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How To Make A Paracord Watchband

Tutorial and Instructions: Shows you an easy way to learn how to make paracord watchband


How to Make A Paracord Watchband

Looking for a cool paracord project? I really like working with paracord, but after making a couple of bracelets and keychains with paracord, I decided to try a few more interesting as well as challenging endeavors. I was looking to make something unique and also functional. This watchband project met my requirements. I love my paracord watchband because it serves a dual purpose. I like knowing I have a durable time keeping accessory and also like knowing paracord can be a lifesaver in a crisis. This is a super rugged and stylish watchband, and also a bit unusual.   In this project, I use two colors of paracord to create my watchband. (You can also follow these same steps to make a bracelet with a side release buckle.)

This watchband is made a lot like your most basic paracord bracelet, so if you know how to make one of those, it should be pretty easy to make. The big difference is the addition of the watch, where you need to make sure the cords all go up and down through the holes the right way.

Supplies Needed to Make A Paracord Watchband:

  • 10 feet of paracord, all one color, or 5 feet each of two colors
  • sharp scissors
  • torch lighter (regular lighter or soldering iron will work)
  • tape measure
  • watch with the watchband pins
  • 5/8 inch side release buckle

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Instructions for a  Paracord Watchband:

Step One

Measure the size of your wrist with a paracord. Remember with the end of the paracord meets the other part and use a tape measure to find the size of your wrist.


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Step Two

Attach the one end of the 5/8 inch side release buckle through the paracord. There will be enough space on the sides of the release buckle, create another loop, creating four loops in order to tighten the grip.

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Step Three

Slide the 2 free ends of the paracord under the watch, over the pins and back over the other pins. Place the watch center of the paracord. Use the tape measure and use the previous measurement you got when getting the size of your wrist to determine the center.


Step Four

Attached the second end of the release buckle to the other end of the paracord. Repeat the same process with the first buckle, creating four loops. Make sure to try first and adjust so that it fits into the rest before tightening the loop. Normally it should not be more than a 1/2 inch more than your measured wrist size as the length tends to stretch out as you tie the half-hitches.

Step Five

Create an alternate half-hitch, working with the two loose ends of the paracord. Start with the left piece; place it under the two center cords connecting to the ends of the buckle. Place the left piece back passing into the front center cords and sliding through the loop to the left. Then tighten it.


Step Six

Do the same with the right side. Place the cord under the two center cords. Pass it back through the front center cords and slide through the loop to the right. And then tighten it.



Step Seven

Repeat the same process until you reach halfway, at the watch. Slide the two working paracords under the pins of the watch. Repeat the same process until it reaches the ends of the other side of the buckle.




Step Seven

Once finish, cut the excess paracord with scissors. With a lighter, melt the cut ends and press until the melted cord attached to the surrounding cords.


Now you have a Paracord Watchband/Bracelet with a Side Release Buckle


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To make it more personalize, you can use different paracord colors. Aside from making watches, just as mentioned earlier, you can create bracelet for yourself and your friends. You can also create a collar out of this one for your pet cat or dog.

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Side Release Buckles

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I have not yet found a great source for watches without bands. Try a local thrift store or discount store and replace the band, or replace the band in a watch you already own.



  1. Avatar says

    April 1, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Well written!

    I personally prefer metal buckles, but that is just a matter of preference. I like to put some beads in between knots as well!


  2. AvatarConnie Qualey says

    November 17, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Odd that I should run across the watch band tonight. I was just thinking of trying it for myself on my somewhat oversized diving watch. Thanks for the great timing and instructions.
    Just out of curiosity, have you yet run across ways to package EDC gear into the bracelet versions? Something I’ve been thinking about for quite a while now. I think I’m going to give it a try by making a wider band….then stitching on an ultra suede pocket on the back. If you’re interested, I’ll let you know how it all turns out ( if it does, that is). But I think It’ll work the way I have it planned in my mind. Many thanks for the info. I was once an expert at macrame…but it’s been a very loooong time, so thanks again.


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