Here's how to make a paracord dog collar for man's best friend! This project is your best bet if you are looking for a stylish collar that is also super strong and durable.
How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar
What You'll Need:
- 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)
Step 1: Join Two Pieces of Cord
You are going to start out by joining both pieces of paracord to make one single cord. Trim one end of each cord at an angle.
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.
Step 2: Secure Cord to the Buckle
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:
Pull the cord through the loop you just made to secure the paracord to the buckle.
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Step 3: Set the Length of the Cords
Thread the ends through the other buckle. Now we are going to set the size of the paracord dog collar and secure the other end of the buckle. Slide the buckle along with the cords until you get the correct length.
We are making our collar 20″ long.
Once you measure, loop the ends around the buckle slot one more time to make it secure.
Step 4: Slide the D Ring
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: Cobra Weave
Cobra Weave: Take the blue strand over the core strands.
Now, let's start with the standard cobra weave. Then weave the blue cord under the red cord
Loop the red cord behind the core and up through the loop created by the blue cord.
Push up with your thumb and pull both cords to tighten.
Repeat the step starting with the right side. Take the blue cord over the core.
Bring the red cord over the blue cord.
Loop the red cord under the core and up through the blue loop.
Push up with your thumb and pull the cords to tighten.
Repeat starting on the left side.
Continue on down alternating left and right.
Your knots should look like this.
Step 6: Secure the Connection
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.
Continue until you can't fit another knot.
Turn the collar around and run the ends through the slot to make a more secure connection to the buckle.
Pull the cords through.
Step 7: King Cobra
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!
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.)
This weave is super strong and even adds thickness and padding to the original cobra weave, making the collar more comfortable for pooches of all sizes. Loop the red cord under and through the blue loop.
Keep tightening your paracord dog collar. You'll feel it lock into place.
Tighten! You'll feel it lock into place.
It should look like this.
Continue on down.
Step 8: Continue All the Way Down
You've reached the end! Make sure you get as close to the D-Ring as possible.
Continue all the way down until you are back where you started. Get as close to the D-Ring as possible.
Step 9: Secure and Finalize
Pull the ends of the cord through the center of the D-Ring and through the open slot in the buckle.
This last step is where you will secure the cords and finalize the collar. Turn the collar over and thread the ends of the cord through a couple of the loops.
Go ahead and thread the cord through a couple more loops that are shown here. This will ensure your collar doesn't come apart will you and Fido are romping through the woods.
Once you secure the ends, trim them with your scissors and seal them with your lighter.
Check out your King Cobra Paracord Dog Collar!
What color will you make your paracord dog collar?
Other Paracord Tutorials
You can make other things using paracord. Check out all of our paracord posts here:
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In this video, Sea Lemon share tips that will help to make DIY paracord dog collar for a medium and large dog:
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 its collar, you can recycle the cord and turn it into a survival bracelet!
Have you learned how to make a paracord dog collar? Let us know in the comments below!
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Editor's Note: This post was originally published on July 13, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.