How to Braid a Flat Paracord

By Kim Blakesley

A flat paracord braid is used to make belts, purse handles and lanyards. The process involves using three pieces of paracord approximately three times the desired finished length. A six-strand flat paracord braid is fairly simple to complete. An under-over weave is used on both sides of the braid to create the flat surface. The same process is used to braid hair, yarn and ribbon to create a flat braid. Make a simple, flat paracord braid using 5-foot lengths of paracord and a D-ring to hold the cord in place.

Fold one 5-foot length of paracord in half and match the ends. Insert the folded center through the middle of the D-ring. Insert the ends of the paracord through the folded center. Pull tight to secure to the D-ring. Repeat the process with the remaining two 5-foot lengths of paracord.

Place the D-ring on a flat work surface so that the paracord is pointing straight down. Locate and pick up the outer three strands on the right side of the D-ring.

Place the outermost strand of paracord over the top of the second cord and under the third. Pull the strand tight so that it slides as close to the D-ring as possible without buckling the braid. Place the paracord with the group of three paracord strands on the left side of the D-ring.

Place the outermost strand of paracord on the left, over the second paracord, under the third and over the fourth. Pull the strand tight so that it slides as close to the D-ring as possible without buckling the braid. Place the paracord with the group of two paracord strands on the right side of the D-ring.

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until the ends of the paracord are approximately 6 inches long.

Tie the ends of the paracord to the D-ring. Insert the end of one paracord through the D-ring. Slide the D-ring as close to the flat braid as possible. Secure the end with a knot. Cut off any excess. Repeat the process with the remaining five ends of paracord.

Tip

Attach the desired end to the paracord flat braid such as a lanyard clip, key ring or belt ends.

About the Author

Kim Blakesley is a home remodeling business owner, former art/business teacher and school principal. She began her writing and photography career in 2008. Blakesley's education, fine arts, remodeling, green living, and arts and crafts articles have appeared on numerous websites, including DeWalt Tools, as well as in "Farm Journal" and "Pro Farmer."