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The perfect gift for a survivalist - a belt made from paracord!

What better gift for the survivalist in your family than a belt woven from paracord. Over 150 feet of paracord and a big dose of patience goes into this handsome belt.

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  • How to braid a braided belt. Paracord Belt - Step 1
    Step 1

    You can buy the paracord (in any colors you like) online or at a craft store. I suggest 550 strength. You will need two 50 foot pieces from one color (I used silver camo) and one 50 foot piece from a second color (I used black). Burn the ends of the cord with a match or lighter to prevent fraying. As for the buckle, I purchased mine from Amazon, one that fits up to 1.5" wide.

  • How to braid a braided belt. Paracord Belt - Step 2
    Step 2

    Practice, practice, practice! The belt is woven with a Double Cobra stitch, but it is important to practice this technique, using 3 short pieces of cord, maybe 12-18″ each. Practice is definitely necessary before you are able to weave a consistent pattern for a sharp look. Believe me, this is important. If you practice with those enormously long strands, you’ll grow tired of taking apart your knots and reworking them. So cut two 12" pieces of one color and one 12" piece of a second color; follow the steps below.

  • How to braid a braided belt. Paracord Belt - Step 3
    Step 3

    Tie the pieces of paracord onto the buckle as shown in the photo. (I used black for the inner piece and silver for the two outside pieces for my finished project; this photo is my practice set-up, so don't let the colors confuse you.)

  • Step 4

    Follow the steps in this video to learn to weave the Double Cobra Stitch.

  • How to braid a braided belt. Paracord Belt - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now that you have the technique down, begin again, using your long pieces of paracord. Tie them onto the buckle as shown previously. Now it gets tricky. I rolled up each tail (6 in total) to shorten them and secured each one with a rubber band or pony-tail holder. Otherwise, it is almost impossible to begin weaving with such long strands of cord.

  • How to braid a braided belt. Paracord Belt - Step 6
    Step 6

    The amount of paracord you are using is suitable for a 52" belt. However, you probably won't need it that long. Weave only until you reach your desired length. When you are approximately 5" past the waist length, you will need to "finish" the end.
    Take the two outer ends and make a cobra weave.

  • How to braid a braided belt. Paracord Belt - Step 7
    Step 7

    Finish the second step to this cobra stitch.

  • How to braid a braided belt. Paracord Belt - Step 8
    Step 8

    Pull in so it is taut.

  • How to braid a braided belt. Paracord Belt - Step 9
    Step 9

    Then take the cord as shown and, flipping to the back side of the belt, feed it back under the weave.

  • How to braid a braided belt. Paracord Belt - Step 10
    Step 10

    In this photo, you can see that I fed it back under the weave just a short ways, then cut and burned the end of the cord. You will do this for each cord.

  • How to braid a braided belt. Paracord Belt - Step 11
    Step 11

    After some time, you should have something like this. (Of course, your belt will be longer...this is just a mini practice belt I'm using!)
    When the ends are all woven into the back of the belt, cut the cords and burn the ends to prevent fraying.

  • How to braid a braided belt. Paracord Belt - Step 12
    Step 12

    Here's a view of the front.
    You are done!

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