Paracord Survival Bracelet

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A long length of cord woven into a bracelet which is readily available for emergencies. Easy to make once you get started. Detailed instructions thanks to


Approx 10ft/3m Paracord (ideally but try different cords/string/rope)
Tape measure/Ruler
Lighter/Flame (to seal ends of certain ropes)
Side release buckle (optional)


Instructions are clearly marked in the attached PDF documents. Below are just suggestions

For the single colour bracelet you can adapt the design not to use a buckle. Step 3 and 4 can be adapted to tie a knot to leave loops which can later be used for tying together to form a bracelet
For the 2 colour bracelet I found that 2x 4ft of each cord was plenty, although the instructions say 6-8 foot.

This link gives instructions for a version without a buckle:

This link is a link to a YouTube Video showing how to do the Cobra Weave used in these Bracelets

It is good to have a follow up activity (i.e. shelter/bivvi building) to show how practical these bracelets can be

Optional: It is a good chance to teach Scouts about measurements without a ruler. If they know their height they can measure rope using their arm span (e.g. a scout is 1.5m tall and wants 3m of rope they learn that 3m is 2x their arm span and can approximately measure the rope accordingly)


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