Paracord bracelets are pretty popular right now and for good reason. Depending on your wrist size, it can give you seven or eight feet of available paracord to use. I wanted one for awhile but I found the cost to buy and ship was a little high. Instead, I bought the stuff and made 10 for the price of buying three and I still have 40 clips.
My initial cost was total $36 for 50 clips (1 inch x 1/2 inch) and 100 feet of paracord. My cost per bracelet was about $1.52, well below the average price to buy one anywhere.
What I used:
-7 or 8 feet of paracord, depending on the size
-scissors (cut cord to size, snip off ends)
-lighter (needed to burn the ends of the finished product)
-clip (can be omitted of you use a knot closure)
-hairpin or bobby pin or binder clip (to hold your place)
How I did it:
Step 1- Measure the wrist. Convert the number of inches measured into feet. For example, seven inches (around the wrist) will equal about seven feet of paracord. Remember to leave some room when measuring so the finished product is not too tight.
Step 2- Cut your length of cord and fold it in half. Separate your clip and attach the female part by inserting the folded part of your paracord through the buckle. Now take that loop and pull your length of cord through while holding the buckle firm.
Step 5- I start on the right side, using the right piece of cord, take the end and thread it under the centre two pieces, and over the left piece. Then take your left piece and thread it over the center and through the loop. Pull tight and remove your pin/ marker. It helps me to remember "Under, over for 1, then over, through for the 2nd". Continue to make your knots alternating from left to right until you reach the female clip. It helps to pull the knots tightly and push them up on the bracelet for a tighter finished product.
I know it might sound difficult, but it's really just one of those things you have to do to learn and it really is not hard once you do it. My first one looked like it had suffered through unspeakable trauma but the second one turned out great.
Practice really was the key and now I can churn them out in a few minutes.
These make great gifts, or stocking stuffers. You can even get creative and make keychains, zipper pulls, belts, or anything else you can think up.
Good luck, don't get discouraged and have fun.