When you’re getting ready in the morning, do you face the difficult decision of whether you should wear survival gear or stylish, fun summer attire? Are you often on the fence about whether you should wear your load-bearing vest with a small first-aid kit, magnesium/flint fire starter, and water purifier or a light, chic blazer with your favorite brooch? We’ve all been there one or a hundred times. Here’s a great way for you to have the best of both worlds! Make a cool, colorful paracord bracelet and everyone at the office will be jealous, while you’re simultaneously prepared to make a snare trap in case the zombie apocalypse strikes when you’re at work, away from your stock pile of food (I hear co-workers are good eatin’!). If life is a game, BE PREPARED TO WIN… And look cute doing it.
What you’ll need:
Paracord (any colors you desire), EZzzy-Jig (optional), scissors, lighter, ruler/measuring tape, Dress It Up Buttons (“Something Fishy” shown in directions)
What to do:
Start by cutting two 6′ strands of paracord. You can use two different colors, or the same color if you’d like.
Take your first paracord strand and loop it with one side being about 18″ long.
With your second paracord strand, tie a knot around the loop, leaving one side to be about 18″ on the same side as the 18″ end of your first paracord strand.
Take the two 18″ strands and put them in the center, separating the two longer pieces to each side.
Take one long strand and wrap it around the two middle strands from the back to the front, putting the end of the long strand through the loop it makes. do the same for the second long strand.
Tighten loops while sliding them to the top and continue pattern until you are ready to put on your first button.
To add a button, take one strand from the center of your bracelet and thread it through the shank (or loop) on the back of the button. Slide the button up as far as it will go and continue your pattern around it. You can use as many or as few buttons as you would like, but to use a whole pack (about 5 buttons), I suggest putting a button on the bracelet every 6 loops of a single color. Once you put your button on the bracelet, continue the pattern, adding buttons as you go.
When you have reached the desired length of your bracelet, take all four strands and tie a knot about an inch from where your loops end.
Cut the excess paracord off with your scissors and singe the edges with a lighter to stop them from fraying in the future. When the ends cool, your bracelet is ready to wear! Put the bracelet on and put the knot through the loop!
As always, send photos of your crafts to firstname.lastname@example.org to have your work featured on the Dress It Up Craft Blog and receive a fun goody bag!