Things You'll Need
- Paracord rope
- Measuring tape
- Sharp scissors
- Button and beads (optional)
Anyone who likes rustic jewelry and appreciates hand work will enjoy a rope bracelet. A paracord bracelet is much more than just a handsome adornment; it can also be a useful tool in the case of an emergency. The rope bracelet can be easily undone, when needed, to bear 10 feet of rope. If you do a lot of hiking or spend time in the outdoors, this may come in handy.
Measure out 10 feet of the paracord rope. Cut off the 10-foot length from the rest of the cord. Set the extra cord aside.
Melt each end of the 10-foot length of cord using a lighter. This will prevent the rope from fraying while you tie knots.
Measure the rope to find the center and fold it in half to form a loop. Measure your wrist then measure the rope loop. Adjust the loop until it is the correct length to fit around your wrist.
Fold the left part of the loop down over the large loop, then back up to form a small loop. Put the left part under the big loop at the base of the small loop.
Fold the right side of the large loop down and back up to form a small loop, the same size as the previous small loop made. Pull the end of this side of the cord through the small loop on the left, under all the loops, then back up through the right-side loop. Pull the knot tight enough to hold it in place.
Fold the right cord over the two middle cords that make up the loop. Fold the left cord so that it is under the middle cords and through the loop formed by the right cord. Pull the end of the right cord through the loop formed by the left cord. This is half of a square knot. Repeat to make the other half of the square knot then pull the knot tight.
Repeat step 6 to continue tying square knots all the way down the bracelet. Tighten each knot equally so that the bracelet has a consistent width. Stop tying square knots when there is 1/2-inch left of the middle loop.
Turn the bracelet so that it is horizontal in front of you with the end of the middle loop on the right. There should be two small loops on the left side of the bracelet. These loops must be just large enough to fit two pieces of cord. Pull the right and left lengths of cord used to tie the square knots up through the loops on the left. The bracelet should now form a loop. Put the bracelet on and adjust it to a comfortable size. Tie the ends of the rope together to form a large overhand knot. Cut the ends of the rope.
Tie each knot tightly, but not so tight that the bracelet is stiff. Add beads to the bracelet to add a unique touch. Use a button or bead instead of a knot as a fastener.
Be careful when melting the ends with a lighter.
- "Knots and Rope Work"; Geoffrey Budworth;1999
Susan Patterson is a health and gardening advocate. She is a Master Gardener, Certified Metabolic Typing Advisor and a Certified Health Coach with vast experience working with organic gardening and nutrition. Her passions include sustainable living, organic foods and functional fitness. Patterson has been writing and presenting on health and gardening topics for 10 years.