DIY: How to make paracord survival keychains and bracelets in 3 easy steps (with videos!)

Want to learn to tie a paracord bracelet? Watch this!

Paracord bracelets don’t just look cool—they’re also functional, potentially life-saving gear items that are super easy and lightweight to bring on outdoor adventures. Just clip it around your wrist, pack or keys, and you’re ready!

We have paracord survival bracelets with an emergency whistle and flint and steel on our store, but if you want to make it yourself, here are three easy tutorials.

DIY paracord keychains and bracelets are a great rainy weekend adventure activity that’s safe and fun for the whole family—just use caution with the scissors and lighter.

Bookmark this page and come back to it when you’re ready to make your own paracord survival keychain and bracelets.



Step One:

How to braid the Cobra knot

For the first step, you’ll need:

  • scissors
  • approx. 6 ft of paracord
  • lighter

Make sure you watch this video first to learn the fundamentals of tying paracord!

If you’ve ever made a hemp bracelet, you might recognize this braiding technique. It goes by many names and is easy to fix or untie when you need to use the paracord in an emergency situation. In this video, we make it into an easy keychain.


Step Two:

Using the Cobra knot to make a bracelet

For the second step, you’ll need:

  • scissors
  • approx. 10 ft of paracord
  • a buckle
  • lighter

To make this paracord bracelet, we used a buckle rather than tying a difficult diamond knot. You can order paracord and buckles online. 

This tutorial is a lot faster, so refer to the first video if you need more help with braiding the Cobra knot.


Step Three:

Make your paracord bracelet different colours!

For the third step, you’ll need:

  • scissors
  • approx. 6 ft of one colour of paracord
  • approx. 6 ft of another colour of paracord
  • a buckle
  • lighter

Once you’ve conquered the first two tutorials, this will teach you how to make your paracord bracelet multi-coloured!

I used purple and black, but you can play around with different colours. Neon orange is a great choice for explorers who spend a lot of time in the woods and want to stand out. Camo will let you blend in with the forest. Let your creativity show!



What type of paracord do you want to learn to make next?

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