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Make a paracord watchband or bracelet

A paracord watchband makes a great gift or can be used as a survival tool. Unraveled, it provides about 10 feet of handy paracord for fixing tent lines or tying together broken gear. You can even use the line inside the cord for fishing line.



  • About 10′ of 550 paracord (If you’re working on a smaller watch, you can use a smaller buckle and 325 paracord.)
  • Watch
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Lighter
  • 5/8″ side-release buckle
  • Felt-tipped marker
  • Hemostat


paracord-11. Melt both ends of the paracord with the lighter. While they are still hot, carefully flatten both ends with the bottom of the lighter. This will make it easier to pass the cord through the watch or bracelet. The best size watch has about 5/8″ between the lugs (where the pins go).


paracord-22. Wrap the paracord around a wrist comfortably and mark it. This will be the length of the watchband.


paracord-33. Loop the cord through the female end of the buckle and draw tight. You should have 20″ of cord on the short end. The long end is your working end.


paracord-44. Pass both cords though the pins and under the watch. Loop both ends twice around the male end of the buckle. Make any adjustments in the length of the band to match the wrist measurement. The band will stretch about another inch after completion because of the tightening and pulling on the wrapped cord, making for a comfortable fit.


paracord-55. Pass the long and short codes back through the pins and under the watch.


paracord-66. Begin to wrap the long end of the cord as shown. Push and tighten the wraps as you go along.


paracord-77. When you reach the watch and your wraps are tight, pass the cord through the pins and under the watch. Continue wrapping and tightening the paracord until you reach the male end of the buckle.


paracord-88. Using the hemostat, reach under three loops of cord, grab the end of the remaining cord and pull the cord underneath the three loops. The cord that you just pulled through should then be cut close and melted flat. Leave enough cord to hide it under the fourth loop. Do this for both the male and female ends.


9. Your paracord watchband is now complete.


Comments about “Make a paracord watchband or bracelet”

  1. G girl says:

    You can buy a buckle that has a striker and flint and a whistle . You can buy a watch that has a compass inset in it too

  2. A-bomb says:

    Looks cool, but where do you get the paracord?

    • Jaysurvival says:

      Can get paracord at Walmart,Dicks online or any sporting good store.

    • RedShirtCowboy says:

      You can get paracord from Academy. i order it bulk online. 1k ft is only $20-$25 or less for when you have Troop or Pack projects. You can get it in all kinds of colors. The sites that sell bulk will usually also sell all the parts like buckles. They usually have duct tape in various colors too.

  3. MyNiqqa says:

    Does it work DOE

  4. Paracord survival tools says:

    This tool could be a useful tool in the wilderness you can also use a compass instead of a watch and you can include more 550paracord on the back if you want.

  5. tr0lldr0id says:

    oh wait never mind I got it now :D

  6. tr0lldr0id says:

    I’m trying to make this right now but it’s too hard to keep it flat!! >:c someone please help!

  7. Lego Master says:

    I’m going to make one

  8. stooky says:

    i have a paracord bracelet with out the watch

  9. PapaBear says:

    Note when you measure your wrist make it a little loose, maybe to where you can put two fingers between the cord and your wrist. Thiis will make it a little loose but will allow you to flex your wrist without popping the pins from the watch.

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  11. Flubber says:

    Instead of using a watch I am using a compass wristband

  12. Jammer says:

    It broke my watch. Putting the 550 cord though the ends caused too much pressure and the metal thingys broke off and ripped a whole in the plactic body where they latch into. Oh well. It looked like a cool idea.

  13. billy bob joe says:

    i hope to do this soon to replace my old watch

  14. ayeye :D says:


  15. -_- says:

    took like 5 hours 2 do then broke cos i did it wrong!

  16. jj says:

    can u use it when u go paracuteing

  17. EW Monkey says:

    Awsome my friend dose that and i think i will too. I did not know how to do that but now i do.

  18. Anonymous says:

    i like making these

  19. ThisProjectIsAwesome says:

    But then how do you change the battery when it runs dead?

  20. dbsmom says:

    would really like to make multiples of these as watches for the boys in the troop- where can I get multiple watch faces?

  21. Anonymous says:

    it looks cool for camping

  22. mama bear says:

    My son really wants to make this but doesn’t know where to get the watch. Do you just use any ol’ watch and remove the band, or did you find a bandless watch and where? Hoping to find all the parts to give him for his birthday!

  23. PhantomEagle83 says:

    I know I am being picky. In fig. 2 it should be “circumference” not “diameter” of the wrist.

  24. Stickler For Details says:

    The graphics for steps 2 and 4 reference diameter when in fact the measurement being taken/used is actually the circumference of the wrist

  25. Auntie T says:

    This is easier than I thought. Might try it.

  26. Age says:

    I made one like this 2 years ago and it is still going strong. The last watch band you will ever need.

  27. trogers91 says:

    “Measure the diameter if the wrist…”? Perhaps the author meant “circumference”.

  28. Juice says:

    This looks cool. I might make it, as my watch band recently broke

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