DIY Paracord Bracelet

If there’s anything from my list of DIY accessories that one of male best friends wouldn’t mind wearing, it would be a survival paracord bracelet. In addition to the the fact that it not only looks ‘manly’, it also serves another function during emergencies. From making an emergency dog collar to making a makeshift rifle sling while on active soldier duty, no wonder these paracord bracelets are so popular among the men!

There are many different cord patterns, but the most basic type of pattern is actually the macramé pattern which is in fact used a lot when making friendship bracelets. I did a different take with this DIY Paracord Bracelet, using gold hardware – fortunately my male best friend didn’t have a say in it!

Read on:

DIY Paracord Bracelet

What you need:

  • 550 Nylon Paracord
  • Lighter (to burn the ends)
  • Large jumprings
  • Large clasp
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #1:

The length of the cord is based on the full diameter of the person’s wrist including the hardware. Here, I cut 10 feet of paracord just to be sure. Better to have more than less! Burn the ends so that you secure the ends because if not, the white fibres will start peeking out and nobody wants that!

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #2:

Attach the clasp to the jumpring. With the paracord bent in half, make a loop with your paracord.

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #3: 

Thread the free ends through the loop as shown above.

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Now the loop should like the above!

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #4:

The free ends will go through the other jumpring. Make the loop as in the picture!

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #5:

As for the right side, follow step #4 but in the opposite direction.

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #6:

This is the part where you will need to measure the full length so that you can get a perfect fit. The whole length (including the hardware) should match the wrist size.

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #7:

Start with your macramé pattern! (1) is over, under; (2) is over, under; and (3) is over.

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #8:

Pull slowly in opposite sides! That’s your first knot. Now, continue step #7 using the opposite way, which is the right paracord (as you had used the left paracord earlier above).

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #9:

You’re nearly there…!

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #10:

You’re almost done! Make a knot at the end, cut the remaining paracord and then light the ends. Do make sure it’s lit up close to the main body so that it melts into the main body.

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Voila! Easy peasy paracord bracelets!

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Have fun making these DIY paracord bracelets!

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Paracord bracelets make great presents for your male friends. My best friend loves them, yay! 🙂

P.S: All photos were taken on my iPhone 5 with the help of my pop up photo studio, the Lightcase.


An Update!

Hello!! I know my last update was a while ago (last February) but I’ve been so busy/lazy to get onto WordPress to blog! I just recently got my first iPhone, after years of Nokias and a Blackberry and I must say I am liking it very much!

So I’ve started my pupillage in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia since January, and so far so good 🙂 I’m getting used to working life but once I get home I really don’t have any motivation or energy to blog or even DIY! My weekends are mostly filled up and that pretty much leaves me with no time at all…

I’ve got so many DIY ideas lined up but executing them is going to take me more discipline! Though just a few days ago I managed to revamp a broken glass bracelet into a chunky one:


I’ll post a tutorial on it soon, super easy!

Kuala Lumpur’s great, I do miss home in Borneo loads but can you believe that pupils don’t get annual leave for 9 months?? Every day we miss will have to be replaced, therefore delaying our Call to the Malaysian Bar 😦

It’s a quick update, but hey, follow me on Instagram: vorlotwen 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone! xx

DIY: Update Your Friendship Bracelet!

So I’ve been having an obsession with studs and spikes lately and have been poking them (hehe) into anything I can find my hands on! Recently you read in this post that I updated a piece of laser-cut leather bracelet by studding it! Alternatively, you can do so with friendship bracelets too 😀 Honestlywtf did a great tutorial on it too a while back. So what are you waiting for? Stud stud stud! 😀

Here’s my easy pictorial guide!

All you need:

  • Friendship bracelet
  • Studs
  • A sharp tip

Tip: Don’t poke the sharp tip to the side, but right in the middle to give the bracelet a nice consistency when you are placing the studs.

How simple was that? 😀 Have fun with your studded arm party!

Have a great weekend everyone xx

Sunday Arm Party!

Happy Father’s Day! 😀 Unfortunately I can’t be with my dad back home this year but I am quite sure he’s being well pampered by mum.

I’m currently in Edinburgh for a week, then I’m off to London next weekend for an advocacy weekend with Lincoln’s Inn in this awesome place, which the Queen also happens to be a patron of!

This is my arm party for today, which I made AND…is for sale too 🙂 If you’d like any, do let me know! (There are 3 bracelets on each hand, and costing between £6 – £18)

I hope you’re all having a great weekend, even if the weather has been horrendous! I’ve been wearing damp chucks the whole weekend 😦 I will update more in the future – it’s just really nice to have some freedom at the moment!

♥ Much love! ♥

Woven Chain Bracelet for Monday’s Arm Party

Bracelets:  (L-R) Woven chain bracelet, Single gold bracelet, Rhinestone bracelet, Leather studded bracelet. 

The arm party that I am donning has bracelets that are handmade by me! Well, except for the single rhinestone bracelet which is from Urban Outfitters. There is something oddly satisfying in making something which is actually wearable 😀

I’ve always wanted to try how to make a woven chain bracelet, which was popping up everywhere since last year.

I tried it once before and failed miserably! 😦 It made me frustrated so I just left it aside for a good few weeks. Then, I decided to give it a second try last night and this is how the process looked like:

My 2nd time attempting the woven chain bracelet worked! The trick is to always go from under the chain! 😀

I can’t wait to try out more colour designs, this is going to be so fun 😉 Have you tried this before? I’d love to know! In the meantime…back to studying for my LAST Bar exam on Wednesday! I can’t wait to partyyyy!

Have a great Bank Holiday to those in UK!

♥ Much love! ♥