Making items out of paracord is enjoyable and relaxing. It is nice to be able to kick back with a hank of cord and see what you can create. The sky is the limit when it comes to paracord and people are constantly trying to raise the bar. Paracord crafts are always getting more and more complex and evolved. While this is interesting and makes for fun challenges, sometimes it can be overwhelming. When you set out to complete something and it has a 20 step process, it can become too daunting to actually pursue, especially if you are more of the instant gratification type. I prefer to find a project that can be learned and completed without too much of an investment. If the chances are good that I am going to screw it up a dozen times before I get it, I am less inclined to try. Don't get me wrong, I do like a challenge, but making a paracord octopus is not really on my list of potential goals.
Since complex projects can sometimes be too much of an undertaking, it is nice to take it back to basics once in a while. There is something to be said for a simple design, after all. Projects that have fewer steps often give you fewer opportunities to fail, and it is nice not to fail. Plus you can accomplish more in less time, which is also good if you have other things you could (or should!) be doing. With all of this in mind, I give you the easiest paracord bracelet you will ever make!
For the purpose of this project, I cut a 12 inch piece of cord and singed both ends to prevent fraying. To start, take one end and tie it in a knot around the body of the cord. All you need is a simple overhand knot-complexity is not required here. Tie the knot snug enough that it won't come undone but do not cinch it down as tight as possible. Work the knot to where the end of the cord is right at the base of it and there is no excess dangling. Once your first knot is in place, take the other end of the cord and do the exact same thing with it, tying an overhand knot around the body of the cord off to the other side. Between the two knots there should be two strands of cord with only one strand of cord for the rest of the bracelet. Again, tie your knot snug enough that it will stay put but do not cinch it down tight.
The reason you do not want to tie these knots tightly is because they are meant to be mobile. Taking each knot into one hand, gently tug them away from each other. If your knots are not tied too tight, they will move. As they move away from each other, your bracelet will be made smaller. If you slide them towards one another instead, pushing them back together, the bracelet will enlarge.
This bracelet is truly about as quick and easy as a paracord project can get. The bonus is that it is adjustable and can be made to fit most anyone. If you need to use the cord for something, it can be easily taken apart. The downside is that it only houses about a foot of cord so there may not be a lot of survival uses for that little amount. Survival aside, if you want to make a quick, easy bracelet that requires few steps and a small amount of cord, this bracelet fits the bill.