Monday, April 2, 2012

Making Your Own Paracord Bracelets
Over the past couple of years I have seen a rise in people making paracord items. Bracelets, bow slings, belts and many other things. I have seen some bracelets around $5 and all the way up to $35 for charity functions (which rocks by the way). They have all been really cool to see, but also very practical to have out in the field when you really need one. My buddy Tony, over at The Bearded Boar, had a need while duck hunting and was able to utilize his. Have you ever needed something like this on a hunting trip?

Last year I met a survival guy who offered to make me one, but it never arrived. I almost bought one from someone else, but I couldn't bring myself to do it. I like making things like this on my own. I have had a nice roll of paracord in my gear bag for the past year and figured at some point I'd use it. On Friday, I received an email from Backpacker.com and in it was a tutorial about making your own paracord bracelet. So, I buckled down and made one... then two... and then a few more. Making these took a slight toll on my 'city' hands that lack the calluses that I used to have from working the farm, but I still had a blast making these.

Check out the photo and let me know your honest feedback. I am going to make a bunch more in case anyone wants to buy one. Right now I have olive green, navy blue and blaze orange. I can do one color or a combo of two colors. I am not looking to make an empire out of this. Instead, I'd like my fellow hunters to have a few extra feet of paracord available to them if they needed it.

The cellphone pics aren't the greatest, but you get the idea.

6 comments:

  1. Those look great Al. I just got one the other day and from your pictures and looking at mine, they look identical. Great work and will definitely have to give it a try.

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  2. Al, they look great. Please email me the instructions. As I grew up in Los Angeles, I can understand the city hands, but am drawing a blank about growing up on a farm...

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  3. @Dustin - Thanks! I really enjoyed putting these together. Let me know how you make out!

    @Anonymous - I can't email you without knowing who you are and your email. There is a link to the directions in the post itself. Good luck!

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  4. Oh, and the farm reference... I grew up working on a farm, picking rocks, baling hay, etc. So my hands were rugged and tough. Thick skin, etc... and now they aren't. Working with the paracord aggressively will leave friction burns and blisters if you aren't careful.

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  5. Al... nicely done bro. I think, the boys and I might try this as a father/son project.

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  6. Kerry, I think you and your boys will love this project. Plus, it gives you more safety cord in the field!

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