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DIY: How to make a 550 cord bracelet and keychain – Tips and Tricks

Hello everybody! Don’t be alarmed. You are still viewing The Sophomore Slump 2. Today I am taking a pause on travel post, and present you a DIY post.

I got three end products to teach so I’m going right on it.

I’ll show you the end results now to give you an idea what we’re working on.




  • All images are taken with a cellphone.


This is the third installment of the tutorials. In order to achieve these results, you need to visit the first tutorial.

The link to first tutorial ==> https://thesophomoreslump2.com/2012/10/24/diy-how-to-make-a-parachute-bracelet-550cord-bracelet/

The link to second tutorial ==> https://thesophomoreslump2.com/2014/06/24/diy-how-to-make-a-keychain-and-a-parachute-bracelet-with-buckle/

Okay, for this post, I will be giving tips and tricks on making the bracelet or key chain a little easier.



You will need two long lanyards or paracords and one short lanyard. Cut the long lanyards about two to two and a half arms length. The short one should be about the size of your wrist WITH EXCESS.

Normally, when using two colors, you have to burn both ends of the two long lanyards. That is basically the hardest part of the whole process. Now, I will show you how to avoid doing that.

Take both ends of the two long lanyards. Make a square knot.


Make a loop on the small lanyard, making it even; and then insert it inside the hole. DO NOT make the loop of the small lanyard too big.


And tighten it! Do not pull the ends too hard so you are only leaving a small extra length.

Then start making the cobra knot on the first tutorial. The pictures below shows you the pattern. See link above on step by step tutorial on how to do cobra knot.



When you get to the end, tie the end of the small lanyard.


Cut the ends of the small and long lanyards. And burn it.


That’s it. You’re done! You got yourself a bracelet.


The first tutorial it shows how to make a bracelet with attaching a button. If you do not have a button, just tie the ends of the small lanyard and burn it. With button is still better because it’s more secured. That is why you really need to not make the loop of the small lanyard too big or else it will make it even less secured.


This next one, we are attaching a small buckle.


This is different from the second tutorial. The two have different steps to make. See link above.

With this small one, we are basically just attaching it to the cords.

See Product 1 because it is close on how to do it. You need two long lanyards and one short lanyard.

Attach the female end of the buckle to the loop of the small lanyard.


Next, take the end of the small lanyard, and make a half square knot.


Attach the male end of the buckle on one of the ends. And then, complete the square knot.


Basically the same steps as Product 1 from here.

Make a square knot using the two long lanyards.


Insert the end of the small lanyard (the one with the male end) to the hole.


It looks messy right now but it will look better as we go on.

Start doing the cobra knot.


See, it starts looking more decent. Either cut those loose ends or burn it to make it even *more neat.


Again, when you get to the end, cut the ends of the long lanyards and burn it.


There you have it, you got yourself a 550 paracord bracelet with a buckle. This one is going to be mine. πŸ™‚


Here is another trick so you don’t have to burn two ends together.


Plus, you will only need one or two colors on this one. You do not need to cut or use a small lanyard on this one.

First make a curve. Again, the short end should be about the size of your wrist with some excess.


Take the long ends and make a knot going around the loop that you are going to make.

My apology. I should’ve taken a picture closer. But I know you can do it. πŸ˜€ It’s all about securing that end, and making a loop.


Now, start doing the cobra knot again!




Again, tie the short end and burn; cut the long ends and burn.


Viola! You got yourself a bracelet.

But wait, here’s a tip for you.


I turned this one into a key chain. I am actually using one just like this I just made here.


Like the second tutorial, you can make any of the above with a thinner design.


All you need to do is yank the inside threads out.


Yank those out.


And then just do the same steps as you would with the thicker design.

DO NOT remove the inside thread on the small lanyards. The small lanyards will always remain thick.




There you have It folks! It may seem like it’s too much. I’m telling you. It is easy. It gets even easier once you get the hang of it. It’s nice for gifts to give away. It’s good hobby. And it can be addicting too.πŸ˜€ I do this while watching T.V., when doing laundry, when hiking, and I even do it when I’m out sight-seeing. πŸ™‚


I actually have a ton of these. We are doing a fund raising next weekend, and I’ll be selling these.

Once again, thank you for viewing the first and second tutorial. Those two posts always generate at least one view a day. The first post never left my list of Top Posts. Every single day, it is there.

Thank you, thank you.

I have done my due diligence in making these bracelets. If you think this is also worth the share on other social media, like Pinterest and Facebook, please do share this post. You or someone else you know might be interested in making it.

Please feel free to ask any questions. As always, don’t be shy to say hi. πŸ™‚

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  1. Wooow. 😍😍😍. This I got to bookmark and make. This bracelet is expensive here, and to think I can make a custom one for myself, I do love bracelets. Thanks Rommel 😎

  2. Haha I was unsure if i was in the right place when I first opened this post but sure enough our very own Rommel took the stage to teach us these really awesome bracelets ! Good job man! πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

    The amount of work is definitely worth the results πŸ˜‰

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