How to Make Multi-Colored Paracord Survival Bracelet

Multi-colored paracord survival bracelet

The outdoors isn’t for the faint-hearted, but strong, and daring souls. Only the strong-willed can persevere against all odds and survive outdoors. Imagine being outdoors for just a few days only to run out of food. The thought of dying out of hunger can drive you nuts, but that’s where your creativity comes in. And, the need to learn how to make a multi-colored paracord survival bracelet.

Create a fishing line to catch some fish in a nearby stream. If not, create a snare trap to catch a small prey on the ground. Just like a gill net, the trap entangles animals passing by in a makeshift noose. Use your paracord survival bracelet to make a trap for emergency hunting. And of course, it is useless to say that having a good pocket knife with you when you are in the field can be very convenient in order to manipulate the paracord.

Tie one end of a paracord to a branch of a tree and use the other to make a noose. Create loose knots to tighten the noose when a passing wild game trips it. Hammer or bury a piece of base wood in the nearby ground to affix the tree branch to it. Carve notches into the base wood and the tree branch to attach them to each other.

When an animal trips the noose, the trap releases the attached base wood from the branch, leaving you with game meat to roast. A survival bracelet isn’t just an interesting fashion piece, but a great survival kit outdoors. It can save your life when you least expect it.

So, what’s a paracord survival bracelet? It’s an essential outdoor gear you need when exploring your favorite adventures. It’s woven from paracord, a type of nylon cord that’s been in use, since World War II, for making parachutes.

How to make a multi-Colored paracord survival bracelet

The braided paracord bracelet is ideal for you if you’re an outdoors person or simply want to make a gift for your friend or loved one who’s into outdoor adventures. The survival tool aka fashion wear is comfortable and has the effect of two or more tones. You can make your bracelet in one color or multiple colors as you deem fit.

Consider the colors of your favorite sports team or those that camouflage outdoors in nature. Making one is easy and can take you about 20 minutes only or less. It means no special skills are required to fix yourself a beautiful paracord survival bracelet in your favorite colors. Simply follow easy tutorials to make one or two survival bracelets, or even more.

Materials required

  • Paracord (in different colors and numbers depending on the colors you want on a single bracelet)
  • A tape measure/ ruler
  • A plastic side release buckle (optional)
  • Scissors
  • A binder clip/ scotch tape
  • A lighter

Take measurement of your wrist

  • Wrap a string around your wrist in a snug fit. Make sure it doesn’t get tight for comfort.
  • Mark a line using a marker in a different color from that of the string at the point where the two ends of the string overlap. Straighten the string out on a piece of paper and map out the marks onto it. Draw a line connecting the two points on the paper.
  • Use the ruler or tape measure to measure the line you’ve drawn. Measure the space between the two marked points on the string to confirm the measurement of your wrist.

Cut the paracords and melt their edges

  • Cut paracord into pieces in different colors depending on the specific bracelet pattern you’re making. For instance, each piece can be 5 feet long for cobra braids.
  • Use the lighter to melt the ends of the cut paracords to prevent fraying. Make sure all the paracord ends don’t have the ‘guts’ (internal strings) exposed for clean burns. If exposed, cut off a few inches of the cord before burning its ends.
  • Apply the flame for about 4 seconds. Keep rotating the ends of the cords in the flame for even burns.
  • Use pliers or your fingertips to squeeze the ends flat once they start melting. This step is useful if you intend to use buckles, atop ensuring the ends don’t fray.

Measure the bracelet for the right size

Use the tape measure to make sure the cord between the buckles or bracelet cords is of the right size. Let it be an inch longer than your wrist size. For instance, if your wrist size was 7”, add an inch to make up 8”.

Take measurement from the edge of the buckle on the right to the bottom of the ridges on the buckle to the left because they’ll insert into the other buckle. If not using buckles, take measurements from one end of the cords towards the next.

How to braid a 2 color cobra paracord bracelet

The cobra bracelet pattern is the easiest and thus the most popular of all survival bracelet weaves. It’s also easy to unravel if braiding is loose, meaning it’s handy in case of an emergency. Therefore, it’s what you’ll find in most stores. It can be braided with a lanyard knot or buckle. Each cobra survival bracelet holds a good amount of cord up to 5 feet. You can braid it in one or multiple colors. Here’s how to braid one in two colors.

Move the buckle on the right upwards and the one on the left downwards or simply diagonally. The side facing upwards is the inside of the bracelet, touching on your wrist. The color cord on the left appears along the edges of your bracelet.

How to make a 3 color fishtail paracord bracelet

The fishtail paracord braid is one of the most popular survival bracelet patterns. Measuring only ¾ inches, it’s the thinnest paracord weave.

How to braid a three color king cobra paracord bracelet

The king cobra braid is an advanced version of the cobra cord weave. It’s also easy to braid and just as popular as the cobra bracelet braiding. Basically, king cobra is a cobra braid woven back over itself. A micro cord is braided in with the outside part of an already woven cobra paracord. It uses up to 20 feet of cord, making it the widest cord braiding pattern with the most cordage.

How to make a 7 color millipede paracord bracelet

The millipede cord bracelet is easy and fast to deploy. It’s sturdier than other bracelet patterns because it can take in as much cordage as you’d like. However, it doesn’t stretch as much as other survival bracelet patterns. It’s thicker than most patterns and looks best in two colors, but can be done in more colors.

How to braid a 3 color trilobite paracord bracelet

The trilobite cord bracelet pattern is an advanced version of the ladder braiding pattern. Unlike the fishtail pattern, it’s more difficult to make, but more advantageous. It’s wider, holds more cordage and easy to deploy without a buckle. It’s ideal for making paracord dog collars or for wide wrists and requires a dowel to make it.

How to make a 2 color boa paracord bracelet

Unlike other paracord survival bracelet patterns, boa braiding is more complex and about one inch wide. Therefore, it’s often made on a jig to ease the process. It’s braided horizontally back and forth. Here are videos explaining how to make boa survival bracelets in three steps:

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

How to braid a 2 color viper paracord bracelet

The viper bracelet pattern is newer, but increasingly growing in popularity. Its aggressive look makes it ideal for die hard outdoor adventurers. It has the same width as the cobra braiding pattern. Similarly, a tracer can also be used on the weave.


Also known as parachute cord bracelets, 550 cord bracelets or survival bracelets, the survival tool is often worn by hikers, campers, survivalists, climbers and others persons into spending time outdoors. Up to 6 meters (20 feet) of the woven paracord is used to make paracord survival bracelets.

A cord is made up of up to 7 inner strands, each housing 3 inner strands individually. This explains why a survival bracelet finds varied use outdoors. The versatile outdoor gear comes in handy when marking a trail in the forest or need to floss your teeth after days of not doing so. It can make your pearly whites look clean, nice and attractive.

With benefits ranging from creating a basic shelter, fixing your backpack or rucksack and going fishing to trapping food and making tourniquets, among other uses, the bracelet has endless uses outdoors. What’s more, it’s a fashion icon you can wear even when not outdoors for an adventure.

We hope you found this guide helpful and learned how to make a multi-colored paracord survival bracelet. Check out other related guides on how to make braided paracord bracelets.

Featured image src: Survival Bracelet – Half-Hitch | Jean Paul GIBERT | CC-By-SA 4.0

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