How to Make a Survival Bracelet

How to Make a Survival Bracelet

A true lifesaver, the survival bracelet is not just a pretty piece of jewelry. People have used paracord as tourniquets, slings, climbing aids, and even fishing line (don’t ask me if it really works).

This weekend, while shopping at our local Army Surplus Store for AirSoft Pistol accessories (belt, holster, etc.), we noticed some paracord bracelets for sale and, on the wall behind them, a large array of parachute cord (AKA paracord) for sale, with buckles sized for children and adults as well.

My daughter and I looked at each other and agreed to give making survival bracelets a try. Turns out it’s not that difficult (but don’t tell anyone).

If you’ve macraméd before, you’ll have no problem making this version (turns out there’s more than one way to skin a cat and the same for survival bracelets). We used two differing colored paracords for interest and to add some much-needed excitement to our lives (I kid, I kid). We went with the buckle option, though it’s not necessary if you don’t like the look.


  1. Threading the paracord through one end of the buckle, you end up with four hanging threads – you’ll be working with the two outer threads while the middle two just sit there and take up space.
  2. Taking one of the outer threads, bend it over the two middle cords, like you’re making a European number 4 (second photo from left below).
  3. Taking the other outer thread, cross it over the “4’s” perpendicular (non-loop) end.
  4. Then, taking this same outer thread, poke it UNDER the two middle threads and then up and out through the loop (third photo from left below).
  5. Pull on the loose ends while sliding it up to create a tight knot.
  6. Taking the same thread originally used to make the “4” (now on the other side of the middle threads), repeat steps 2 – 5 until bracelet is desired length, dependent on wrist size.
  7. Run loose threads through the other buckle part, tie off with knots.
  8. Cut off any of the paracord that remains loose, then singe ends with a lighter, fusing the ends and preventing them from fraying.
  9. You are finished!
How to Make a Survival Bracelet

This is definitely only one way of many to make a survival bracelet – there are plenty more on the Internet, easily found. We thought that this might be one of the simpler ways and we were right.

Even Munchkin at 8 years old had no problem at all (though he unexpectedly balked at using the lighter, guess he didn’t inherit my pyro tendencies). Fun project for a rainy day or to get psyched for  an upcoming weekend of adventure!

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