How to Make a Paracord Watch with Buckle

Throughout this Instructable I will show you how to make a paracord watch. Some people call them survival watches, ICE watches or tactical watches, whatever you call it, they are great items to have with you when exploring the outdoors.

You can view an easier-to-navigate version of this tutorial over on my personal website here: http://www.ParaVival.com

Step 1: What You'll Need

Here's what you'll need:

  • Lighter
  • Watch Face
  • Plastic Side Release Buckle. I get mine from Amazon Here
    How to Make a Paracord Watch with Buckle
  • Tape Measure or Ruler
  • 12 Feet of 550 Paracord. You can also can get cord on Amazon Here
    How to Make a Paracord Watch with Buckle
    . Or you can find Genuine Mil-c-5040h Type III 550 Cord on my personal website Here
  • Scissors

    Step 2: Measure Your Wrist

    How to Make a Paracord Watch with Buckle
  • Wrap a string, cord, or small rope around your wrist. Make sure it is very snug. Not overly tight, but do not make it loose.
  • Take a marker and draw a line across the two crossing cords/strings.
  • I've darkened my lines in photoshop to demonstrate what it should look like in this step.
  • Now measure from the first line to the second line. In this example my wrist measure around 8 inches. So when I go to measure for my bracelet I'm going to add 1 inch to that measurement. This will be further explained in steps to come.

    Step 3: Setting Up Your Buckles

    How to Make a Paracord Watch with Buckle

    First things first you're going to take your 12 feet of 550 Paracord and cut it directly in half so you have two 6 foot lengths of cord.

    Take the two 6 foot lengths and fold them both in half. At the half-way point tie a cow-hitch knot onto the buckles.

    Here's a quick and easy tutorial on how to tie a cow hitch: How to tie a cow hitch

    Step 4: Starting the Straps

    How to Make a Paracord Watch with Buckle

    Take both buckles with respected paracord and feed the cord down through the pins on the watch face.

    Make sure your buckles are setup the proper way. They should be arching downwards to fit your wrist properly. If they are upside down it won't work properly.

    Step 5: Feed Working Cord Through Buckle

    How to Make a Paracord Watch with Buckle

    Now you're going to take your loose ends (working ends) of the paracord and feed them back through the buckle on either side.

    Make sure to keep the cord on the outside of the cow hitch like shown in Diagram 1.


    Step 6: Feeding Working Cord Back Through Watch Face

    How to Make a Paracord Watch with Buckle

    Now continue the cords back through the watch face on both sides. Remember to come from top to bottom through the pin, and on the outside of the cord that is already fead through the watch like shown in Diagram 1.

    Step 7: Starting Your Braids

    How to Make a Paracord Watch with Buckle

    The numbers below match with the numbers in the photo.

  • Take the left cord and carry it under the band to the right side.
  • Now take your right cord and bring it underneath the cord you just brought over from the left.
  • Continue with the same cord from step 3 and carry it over the band and up through the loop you created on the left side.
  • When tightened it should look like this.

    Step 8:

    How to Make a Paracord Watch with Buckle

    The numbers below match with the numbers in the photo.

    This step is the same as before, just opposite.

  • Take the right cord and carry it under the band to the left side.
  • Now take your left cord and bring it underneath the cord you just brought over from the right.
  • Continue with the same cord from step 3 and carry it over the band and up through the loop you created on the right side.

    Step 9: You Should Now Have This

    How to Make a Paracord Watch with Buckle

    Your watch should now look like the photo in this step.

    Step 10: Repeat Steps 7 and 8 to Get This.

    How to Make a Paracord Watch with Buckle

    Now you are going to repeat Steps 7 and 8 so you have what you see here in step 10.

    Step 11: Cutting and Melting The Ends

    How to Make a Paracord Watch with Buckle
  • Cut the ends close to the braids. Not too close you don't want it to pull through.
  • Using your lighter, hold the flame on the frilled ends for about 3-5 seconds or until it's nice and molted. Then lick your finger and smush it down so it melts into the braids.
  • Here's what it should look like.

    Step 12: And You're Done!

    Check out my personal website for more tutorials and genuine mil-c-5040h Type III 550 Paracord here: ParaVival

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