You Will Need ...
1. Paracord (Two colors. At least 2 feet of one color and 5 feet of the other )

2. Measuring Device

3. Scissors

4. Small Candle

5. Lighter

6. Some sort of hook (a doorknob works, you can also use a clipboard – see photo in variations below)

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Step 1:

Establish the length of your base string by measuring your wrist loosely.
(a) Add 3-5 inches to that number - this is the length of your base string.
(b) Double this length (i.e. For a 7 inch wrist – (7 + 3-5) = 10-12 inches, (10 x 2) = 20 inches or (12 x 2)= 24 inches. Thus, you will need a 20-24 inch piece of cord

Step 2:

Make your tying string by cutting your second piece of paracord 3 times the length of your base string. (i.e. 20 x 3 = 60). Thus you will need a 60-inch piece of cord.

Step 3:

Set up your workstation. Loop your base string over a hook or any secure knob, make sure the ends are even.
(I will now refer to this as “the body”)

Step 4:

Secure the body by folding your tying string in half so it is even. Slip the mid point of the tying string under the body. Slide it up under your hook. Make sure you allow enough of a loop to allow you to slip the finished bracelet from the hook). Tie a standard knot and pull tight, making sure the tying strings are even at the bottom.

Step 5:

To tie your first knot: Step 1
The most important thing to remember is that your "body" never moves. Take the Right side of the tying string (R) and cross it over "the body" so it makes a letter “P” shape, the excess string will be on the left side of "the body".

Step 6:

To tie your first knot: Step 2
(a) Take the left string (L) and place it over the excess (R) string.
(b) Take the remainder of the (L) string, cross it under "the body".

Step 7:

To tie your first knot: Step 3
(a) Slip the remainder of the “L” string through the hole in the “P” shape.
(b) Pull the ends of the (L) and (R).
(c) Tighten.

Step 8:

To tie your second knot – Step 1
(a) Take the (R) string and pass in under "the body" to make the "P" shape, leaving the excess on the left side.
(b) Take the (L) string and place it under the (R) string.

Step 9:

To tie your second knot – Step 2
Pass the remainder of the (L) string over "the body".

Step 10:

To tie your second knot – Step 3
Pass the remainder of the (L) string directly through the hole in the “P” shape . (Note – do not pass it under the (R) string, go directly through the hole and out the top of the “P” shape)

Step 11:

Finish the second knot by pulling the ends of the (L) and (R) strings to tighten. You should start to see the zigzag pattern beginning to form.

Step 12:

Continue this pattern back and forth.

Step 13:

Continue by repeating steps 4 through 12. You will be alternating between “over” knots and “under” knots. I have a little chant that I keep in my mind – “Over, over, under and through. Under, under, over, and through” That helps me keep track. Keep going until you have about 5 ½ to 6 inches of woven bracelet. Pull your last know very tight. You should have at least 3 inches of body left.

Step 14:

To finish the bracelet:
(a) Tie the two ends of the body to form a knot (Ideally about 2 inches below the woven part).
(b) Slip the bracelet from your hook and trim all of the excess.
(c) Light a candle (*Note: Adult supervision needed!!!), and hold it to each cut end of the cord. The paracord will seal itself.
Note: You should be able to move the woven section up and down if necessary.

Step 15:

To wear the bracelet
(b) Slip the untied loop end through the tied loop directly under the knot.
(c) Pull the untied loop end up and over the knot. That will secure the loop and close your bracelet.

Age:
School-age
Tween
Teen
Senior
Basic:
Wearables
Craft Length:
15 - 30 minutes
Difficulty:
Use your noodle! (challenging; focus required)
Prep Time:
5 minutes or less
Supervision:
1 adult per 5 children
Tips:

I brought this craft to a few link parties:
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Be sure to check them out you'll find more ideas and inspiration than you could make in your entire lifetime...seriously!

Variation Photos: