Learn how to make a DIY 4 strand paracord braid and from here, create more cool paracord projects using the technique.
In this article:
- What You Will Need for This Easy Paracord Braid
- Let’s Get Started with This DIY Paracord Braid 4 Strands!
How to Make a DIY 4 Strand Paracord Braid
What You Will Need for This Easy Paracord Braid:
- 38″ of 550 paracord
- 3/8″ buckles for a paracord bracelet
- Paracord jig (optional)
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Let’s Get Started with This DIY Paracord Braid 4 Strands!
Step 1. Prepare Your Materials
This bracelet is made with 550 paracords. The working cords were guttered so it would give it a flatter, more feminine look and feel.
But, it works just the same without gutting the cord. The middle core is not gutted. This way gives the braid a more rounded look.
The formula for the needed cord is (wrist size in inches) / (.17). It will give you a measurement in inches.
For example, if you are making one for a 6.5 wrist, then you’ll take 6.5 / .17 = 38.23. So, you’ll need a little over 38 inches of cord for “both” cords.
If you are using 4 colors, then you’ll need 19 inches of both colors. Fused together, this will give you 38 inches.
Since I used 550 cord, this formula might be a little off if you are using 450, micro cord, or even 650 and above.
Tying this works best on a paracord jig of some sort, but it is not necessary. The jig allows you to keep the core tight as you braid the cord.
Step 2. Prepare to Braid
First, fuse the cords together and don’t worry about how ugly the connection looks. You’re going to hide it in the hitch later.
Next, tie a hitch knot on the buckle. If you don’t use buckles, you can just tie the hitch using the loop method.
Loosen hitch knot and run cords through so the fused part is in between them–this will hide any ugliness. Next, re-tighten the hitch so it cinches down on the fused cords.
Step 3. Start to Braid
You can start with either side (The picture started with the top left cord though). Take the cord under the core, in between the other two cords, and down over like the pic shows. Next, pull it down tight.
Step 4. Do the Other Side
Do the same thing on the other side starting with the top right cord. Under the core, between the two cords and down. Pull tight. Rinse and repeat until you reach the desired length.
Step 5. Finish Up!
Make sure the core cords are run through the top of the buckle and then singed on the underneath side. Once you get to the end, take the last two cords you braided and just tie them underneath the bracelet.
The cord is gutted, so the knot won’t be bulky under there. Singe all ends and the bracelet is complete.
Watch this video from CbyS Paracord and More for another 4 strand paracord braid project:
There you go, practical DIY junkies! A paracord braid you can easily make with or without the help of a paracord jig.
From this paracord project, you can create more paracord braid accessories and gear for style and survival purposes!
Will you take on this 4 strand DIY paracord braid DIY project? Share your progress with us in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on September 30, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.