How to Make Paracord “Survival” Bracelets

Quick Deploy Style
Please note — 
IMPORTANT: You can find additional information, instructions and tips here: Paracord “Survival” Bracelets FAQs & Tips

Watch this video to learn how to make the new Quick-Deploy style bracelets we are now sending in our care packages:

Click here for the paracord jig layout PDF referenced in the video.

If you’re left-handed, you can watch a tutorial that’s just for you!

In 2012 we began supporting the emergency first responders who volunteer with the disaster response veterans service organization, Team Rubicon. One of the important items we include in our First Responder Kits are Paracord “Survival” Bracelets. Not only are the bracelets really cool-looking, they can actually be used to save a life in an emergency situation.

The bracelets have become so popular we now include one in each of our care packages! OpGratVolunteers Bracelets

To meet the increased demand, we learned how to make our own bracelets and we’ve asked volunteers to start making them, too.

We would love your help!

When you’re all done the bracelets may be shipped to:

Operation Gratitude
21100 Lassen Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311-4278

Please fill out a Donation Form before sending bracelets to us. Find important donation and shipping tips here: Donation & Shipping Info

Note: If you want confirmation of delivery on your shipments of item donations prior to receipt of our acknowledgment letter (allow up to 12 weeks), please use the tracking system provided by your shipper.

OpGrat BrownBraceletNeed Materials or More Information? Bracelet Kits (we cut and seal the ends of the 550 cord cut for you!) are available for sale: — all proceeds benefit Operation Gratitude. Please send an email to:

Please note: You can also Google “550 paracord” to purchase elsewhere; however you will have to cut the cord yourself.  We cannot give advice/input regarding where to purchase 550 paracord or provide Bracelet Kits for free, even if the finished bracelets are ultimately donated back to Operation Gratitude.

Need Community Service Hours? Students can earn one hour of Community Service for every five bracelets made and donated. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a note requesting that a Community Service Certificate is mailed to you. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more information: (Be sure to put the words “Operation Gratitude Volunteer” in the subject line.)

Please remember to complete a Donation Form before you send bracelets to us!

As always, THANK YOU for your support!


About Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude annually sends 200,000+ care packages to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, their Care Givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home. Each package is filled with food, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, as well as personal letters of support. Our mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of the Military and First Responder communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for civilians anywhere in America to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation. Each package contains donated product valued between $45 and $100 and costs our organization $15 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 1.6 Million Care Packages.
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81 Responses to How to Make Paracord “Survival” Bracelets

  1. bill clay says:

    this link is broken:

    can you upload a new pdf please?


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  3. Emily says:

    Are you still accepting Paracord Survival Bracelets?

  4. Jenna Jopko says:

    Can I donate paracord supplies? I no longer have the time to this amazing craft but I have a lot of cord and various supplies to make bracelets. I would love it if my supplies could be used for this.

  5. Morgan Freitas says:

    Does it matter what colors the paracord bracelets are?

    • Thanks for your support, Morgan. We accept all colors, but prefer receiving bracelets that are “neutral” colors — tan, camo, hunter green, brown, navy, beige and black are great options.

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  7. Batgirl says:

    I’d like to have the kids and teens at my library make paracord bracelets for donation. Are they still needed? Are you still accepting Beanie Babies? That would be a great project for my teens this summer. Our theme is “Build a Better World”

  8. Angelia Smith says:

    Hello, It has been awhile since I have been on the site and realized the style of the paracord bracelets have changed, are you no longer having the other style (braided) made?

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  18. Sean Martin says:

    How much extra cord needs to be left on the ends?

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  20. zack scott says:

    Can you make multicolor from

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  22. Nancy says:

    The video doesn’t show how to start the bracelet (before you start weaving)… I missing something?

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  24. Lauren says:

    I have found the pdf of the tutorial on the how to! However, the video says to leave the bracelet unfinished, and the how to pdf says to cut and burn it. Which do you prefer?

  25. Are these bracelets still needed and if so, do you have more than one distribution date?

  26. jared says:

    what is the best way to seal the ends?

  27. Rose says:

    Are you still accepting bracelet donations? They seem like a fun project and I’d like to make them with a service group that I’m a part of.

  28. Lori says:

    How long of a cord is needed to make one bracelet?

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  30. Gabie says:

    Can you send paracord bracelets as part of a goodies bag with items like stationary and nonperishable snacks

  31. Jessica says:

    Hi I make all different kinds of paracord bracelets and have many different styles that I am able to make. I was wondering if its preferred the weave style or if any style is acceptable. I would love to make some to give back and to show our support for the troops who protect us everyday

  32. Sally says:

    I saw the size of 8.5 to 9 inches as being the preferred size. I’m thinking that’s for the men? What size should we make them for the women serving?

  33. PattiC says:

    This is probably a silly question, but how do the paracords help save a life?

    • Not a silly question at all! There are lots of first aid uses for a survival bracelet – here are just a few: Make a tourniquet to slow loss of blood; Tie straight sticks around a broken limb to make a splint; Make a stretcher by running the paracord between two long sticks/branches to carry or pull someone to safety.

      • Terri says:

        They can also be used to create shelter, wildlife/animal traps, fishing line, repairing equipment, create signals (tying items to trees for rescuers to find you) and if you separate the white cord from the nylon casing (as is shown in the video), you essentially exponentially lengthen the size of the cord. We are making these at a duel Boy Scout and Girl Scout camp. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. Good luck to your important organization and God Bless our Troops! 🙂

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  35. Katie says:

    Has anyone tried making the weaving apparatus out of odd pieces of cardboard? How long does it need to be?I am getting ready to do this with a goup and do not want to buy flat rate shipping boxes for each child, especially with all of the cardboard we have! Thanks for any advice!

    • Very stiff cardboard should work fine…but if you would rather use the USPS boxes, they are given out for free at the post office.

    • ruth says:

      Hi good question, we need the bracelets to be between 8 1/2 and 9 inches. that’s buckle to buckle any other questions Please go to opgratparacord@gmail. com Thanks

    • Ma Cole says:

      You can order flat rate boxes from for free. There are a variety of boxes for free. priority boxes. check out website. they will ship directly to you free of charge.

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  39. says:

    When is the last date to ship these bracelets in 2012? I am trying to organize some teen girl scouts to make some but it’s a busy time of year and I want to make sure I don’t wait too long! Thank you!

    • Thank you for your support!! To be able to send the bracelets before the end of the year, we would need to receive them no later than December 10. (Our last care package assembly day for the year is December 15.)

  40. carolyn says:

    Can I send a paracord bracelet with a letter?

  41. Sarah says:

    Just a quick question…..Can they be any color? I also found a way to put 2 cords together so they would make a different kind of color pattern, would that be okay? I like being creative 🙂 The kids and I are going to be making this a fun homeschool project! 🙂

  42. Candi Staten says:

    I can make a square knot bracelet, and would love to help. I just need to know where to get the supplies for the bracelets. I usually make them out of hemp for my Etsy shop…

    I would be happy to make some for our deployed troops.

  43. Jill says:

    Our 5th grade will be making bracelets for our heroes! Thank you!

  44. noremac7 says:

    Thanks for ‘liking’ my posts at Blasted Fools! I respect and appreciate the work your organization is doing for the troops and was pleased to learn about it. I will place your website in my blogroll, so that my readers can check out OG for themselves. Keep up the great work!

  45. Lynette says:

    Reblogged this on Momisms – Moments in Motherhood and commented:
    This can be a really fun craft for your older kids, and a great way to build awareness of giving as well as the wonderful service that our military members provide all of us!

  46. Dylan Turner says:

    Can you help Operation: Letters from Home send Care Packages please?

  47. maggie says:

    the place to get paracords is at the Army & Navy Store along with the clips.

  48. Wandering Voiceless says:

    Reblogged this on Wandering Voiceless and commented:
    I think this is a fabulous idea and plan to start making bracelets ASAP!

  49. ssgt leslie says:

    looks so easy, thanks for sharing…

  50. This is an excellent “How Too” Blog Post!!!! “Border Line 11” as they say in the movie “Gone Fishin”…. 🙂

  51. trixiec67 says:

    Please check out this link. Not only does PeaceCord support Afghan Women it supports the Humanitarian effort of the U.S. Troops.

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