Braiding paracord the easy way

by Markwell

This page will show you how to braid paracord. Braiding paracord has many uses, from making bracelets and necklaces to leashes for your puppy! Learn how to braid with this page!

In the following segments we will take a look at how to braid paracord with four strands to form three distinct patterns. Braiding paracord is not only easy, but also a must know!
Any paracord crafter should know how to braid and i will show you why in the following segments, where you can get a sneak peak at the finished products!
Enjoy my page and i hope you learn as much as you can.

Types of paracord braids

Some basic information

Braiding patterns differ a lot when braiding. The most common way to make a braid is to use four strands. This is achieved in using two cords of paracord, which are split in half and braided into an item of your choice.

I have identified three simple and effective, as well as beautiful ways of making braids, i will show you how to make all three, two with a video tutorial and one with a photo step by step guide.

 

Enjoy!

 

All pictures on the page are my work, but you are free to use them your websites as long as you attribute them to paracordcentral.org

 

For more information on making things out of paracord, visit my paracord projects and crafting ideas page!

 

Paracord braid examples

Three examples of various pattern techniques
Paracord three color braid
Paracord three color braid
Paracord braid
Paracord braid
Spiral paracord braid
Spiral paracord braid

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How to make paracord braids

Supplies and basic technique

Supplies

For making a paracord braid you will need:

- paracord 550

- a lighter or something to melt the cord ends

- something to hook your braid on so it does not move (a jig, a nail, a door knob)

Basic technique

The basic technique for making braids is to choose two strings, half them and make a knot at that place. That is your beginning, top of the braid. After making a knot you braid paracord by using the technique shown on the video below. Basically what you do is split a cord in half then alternating colors and splitting your precious color with the new one. Believe me it is easier to watch the video than explaining it through text.

Important tips

  • firmly tighten your knots. That way the braid will have a consistent look.
  • when tightening knots, make sure you pull on all four strands to make a knot.
  • be careful when you are melting the cord edges. You do not want to hurt yourself or your house.
  • braiding process is easy, but making quality knots will take a bit of practice. Keep at it until you are satisfied!

 

The basic video

This video will show you two main ways of braiding paracord

The three color braid

A tutorial

If you watched the video on braiding paracord, then you already know the patterns for making the basic braid and the spiral braid. But what about the three color braid?

Well the three color braid is an evolution of the classic braid, but by melting two half sized cords into a single cord we gain an additional color.

The braiding pattern is the same as making a basic braid. Just in case you need a visual aid (which always comes in handy when doing crafts) i have made a step by step photo guide, which you can take a look at below.

 

Enjoy it and remember to tighten your braid firmly!

How to make a three color braid

The other two techniques are shown on the video.
Paracord braids
Paracord braids
Melting the cords
Melting the cords
Making a loop
Making a loop
Placing the other cord next to it
Placing the other cord next to it
Making another loop
Making another loop
Pulling the loop through
Pulling the loop through
Tightening the knot
Tightening the knot
Starting the braid, alternating the cords
Starting the braid, alternating the c...
Splitting the cords in half
Splitting the cords in half
And again
And again
Keep your knots consistent
Keep your knots consistent
Reach a desired length
Reach a desired length
Snip the main cord ends
Snip the main cord ends
Melt the ends together
Melt the ends together
Lets make a knot on the last two cords
Lets make a knot on the last two cords
Make a loop
Make a loop
Pull the cord ends through the loop
Pull the cord ends through the loop
Tighten the knot
Tighten the knot
Enjoy the braid you made!
Enjoy the braid you made!

The end!

I hope you learned all three patterns!

I hope you have now mastered paracord braiding and can use it to great effect on your next paracord project!

Let me know if you like the tutorial and share it with friends if you did!

 

 

A poll to wrap things up!

A poll to see which is the most popular braid!
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Updated: on 06/17/2014, Markwell
 
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Rose on 11/27/2013

This is a really helpful tutorial.



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