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Learn to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions

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How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions

How to make a paracord dog collar

What is paracord? There are so many fun paracord projects out there. Right now, our favorite one is this DIY paracord dog collar. It's the ultimate dog collar made with about 40ft of 550 paracord.

This paracord dog collar is your best bet if you are looking for a stylish collar that is also super strong and durable.

If you've been following our paracord projects, then you know the Cobra weave is one of the more popular weaves. For this paracord dog collar, we are going to take it one step further and do a King Cobra weave! This weave is super strong and even adds a thickness and padding to the original cobra weave, making the collar more comfortable for pooches of all sizes.

The tutorial below is done for a large dog, so our collar ends up being a whopping 20″! If your pup is smaller, you can follow this simple rule to calculate the amount of paracord you'll need: 1.5 feet of paracord for every 1 inch of your paracord dog collar.

Beyond its awesome looks and customizability, a paracord dog collar is waterproof and resistant to rot. Plus, if your dog outgrows it's collar, you can recycle the cord and turn it into a survival bracelet! (Check out the quick deploy bracelet here.)
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Paracord dog collar tutorial:

Supplies You Need for a Paracord Dog Collar:

  • 550 Paracord: 19ft one color, 19ft a second color (to make a 20″ collar)
  • Plastic buckle (or metal, whichever you prefer)
  • A D-Ring   (metal or plastic)
  • Lighter
  • Scissors

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How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions

Step 1:

You are going to start out by joining both pieces of paracord to make one single cord. First, trim an end of each color at an angle. Then use your lighter to melt the ends and press them together while they are still hot.

How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Trim one end of each cord at an angle.
How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Melt the ends and quickly press them together to make one single cord.

How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions

 

Step 2:

Fold the cord in half at the joint you just made. Thread the loop through the female part of your buckle. Secure the cord to the buckle by making a hitch knot:

How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Fold the cord in half at the joint you just made. Thread the loop through the female part of your buckle.
How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
You'll have a loop so you can make a hitch knot to secure the cord to the buckle.
How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Pull the cord through the loop you just made to secure the paracord to the buckle.

 

Step 3:

Now we are going to set the size of the paracord dog collar and secure the other end of the buckle.

How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Thread the ends through the other buckle.
How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Slide the buckle along the cords until you get the correct length.
How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
We are making our collar 20″ long.
How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Once you measure, loop the ends around the buckle slot one more time to make it secure.

How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions

 

Step 4:

Slide the D-Ring on over the other end of the collar and up until it's touching the buckle end you just attached. (the male piece)

How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Slide the D-Ring on over the other end of the collar and up until it's touching the buckle end you just attached. (the male piece)

 

Step 5:

Now, let's start with the standard cobra weave.

How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Cobra Weave:
Take the blue strand over the core strands.
How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Then weave the blue cord under the red cord.
How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Loop the red cord behind the core and up through the loop created by the blue cord.
How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Push up with your thumb and pull both cords to tighten.
How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Repeat the step starting with the right side.
Take the blue cord over the core.
How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Bring the red cord over the blue cord.
How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Loop the red cord under the core and up through the blue loop.
How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Push up with your thumb and pull the cords to tighten.
How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Repeat starting on the left side.

How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions

How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Continue on down alternating left and right.
How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Your knots should look like this.

 

Step 6:

Continue on down until you reach the end of the collar.

Turn the collar around and run the ends through the slot to make a more secure connection to the buckle.

How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Continue on down until you reach the end of the collar.
How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Continue until you can't fit another knot.
How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Turn the collar around and run the ends through the slot to make a more secure connection to the buckle.
How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Pull the cords through.

 

Step 7:

This is where our Cobra becomes King Cobra!

How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
King Cobra:
You weave it the exact same way as the regular Cobra.
Start with the blue cord again. (Start with the same color cord you started with before to keep the color pattern consistent.)
How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Loop the red cord under and through the blue loop.

Keep tightening you paracord dog collar.

How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Tighten!
You'll feel it lock into place.
How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Tighten more
How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Keep Tightening

 

How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Tighten!
You'll feel it lock into place.
How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
It should look like this.
How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Continue on down.

How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions

 

Step 8:

Continue all the way down until you are back where you started. Get as close to the D-Ring as possible.

How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
You've reached the end!
Make sure you get as close to the D-Ring as possible.

 

Step 9:

This last step is where you will secure the cords and finalize the collar.

 

How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Pull the ends of the cord through the center of the D-Ring and through the open slot in the buckle.
How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Turn the collar over and thread the ends of the cord through a couple of the loops.
How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Go ahead and thread the cord through a couple more loops than are shown here. This will ensure that your collar doesn't come apart will you and Fido are romping through the woods.
How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Once you secure the ends, trim them with your scissors and seal them with your lighter.

How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions

How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
Check out your King Cobra Paracord Dog Collar!
How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions
What color will you make your paracord dog collar?

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Thanks for reading!

Comments

  1. AvatarDennis says

    March 16, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I like the clear instructions with the clear picture of the step. Most get confusing. Thanks Dennis

  2. AvatarBrooke says

    March 25, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Excellent tutorial. I love the finished product. Thank you for posting this! I made one for my sons dog, but the d ring gave me fits. Your idea looks much better. 🙂

  3. AvatarJennifer says

    August 30, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Where could I find a strong buckle, in store? I bought the dog collar buckle from hobby lobby and I can pull it apart with my hands. My dog is 70+ pounds!
    Thanks!

  4. AvatarMark says

    September 1, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Well done! I just made my pooch a great new collar following your well laid out instructions and it looks awesome. Thanks!

  5. AvatarNicole says

    April 16, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    I just made one for my chocolate lab. Came out awesome! It took no time at all. Love it! Thanks for the wonderful instructions & pictures!

  6. AvatarCheshire Cat says

    June 15, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    they mentioned nothing at all about how many extra inches to add to your base measurement before you make the collar. So just a heads up to those who havent tried this before. If your dogs neck is say 15 inches around, and you measure out 15 inches as was shown in this indestructible it will be TOO SMALL because as you weave the cord it becomes very thick, and soon the measurement that means anything will be the INSIDE of the cord, not the outside. So that once 15 inch length you thought you measured out so well suddenly wont fit your dog because it’s now an inch or two too small. So before you go ahead and try to follow this thing keep that in mind, and add an extra inch or two to your base numbers. A King Cobra weave is apx 1 inch wide when done, the basic cobra is 3/4 of an inch. good luck

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