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Paracord Bracelet Uses

Paracord bracelets are intentionally made to be taken apart. After you unravel your paracord consider these 100 ideas to make good use of it.


Why You Need a Paracord Bracelet

Acquiring your very own paracord bracelet is a pretty exciting thing for being such an inexpensive product.

For most of the less-manly amongst us, it invokes a feeling of unending possibilities.

With this small product attached to our wrist, we instantly become an almost-hero. One who could easily rescue passers-by from countless situations just by having access to a rope.

Pair this survival accessory with a utility knife and knot tying abilities and watch out! Now, literally, any woman will fall at your feet with deep respect, admiration and an unexplainable yearning to be close to you at all times.

To really impress the ladies, though, you’ll need to know how and when to rip that sucker off your forearm and get to work.

Before we get to the list lets start with some basic education.

What is a paracord bracelet?

A paracord bracelet is a tightly woven bracelet made out of paracord that doubles as a fashion item and a handy utility rope for any number of situations.

Paracord is a strong rope made out of wound elastic fibers that were originally used to effectively support humans attached to parachutes.

How can I make my own paracord bracelet?

It just so happens we wrote a whole other post detailing how to make a paracord bracelet for your reading pleasure. There are videos to help too.

Where can I buy a paracord bracelet?

Funny you should ask. Turns out the quite popular e-commerce site has them in abundance. You can buy them in an array of colors or with some other nifty gadgets built in.

You can also purchase a paracord bracelet straight from our shop and we’ll donate 10% of the earnings to the wounded warrior project.

Quick Look : 4 Best Paracord Bracelets

Bracelet Price Quality Rating
TI-EDC Handwoven Outdoor Paracord Survival Bracelet With Stainless Steel ShackleTI-EDC Handwoven Outdoor Paracord Survival Bracelet With Stainless Steel Shackle
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$ A 5 stars
Core Survival Paracord Survival BraceletCore Survival Paracord Survival Bracelet
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$ A 4.5 stars
The Friendly Swede Trilobite Paracord Survival BraceletThe Friendly Swede Trilobite Paracord Survival Bracelet w/ Black Bow Shackle
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$ A 4 star
Paracord Survival Bracelet with a 550LB Parachute Cord, Fire Starter, Embedded Compass, Flint, Emergency Knife & WhistleParacord Survival Bracelet w/ Fire Starter, Embedded Compass, Flint, Emergency Knife & Whistle
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$$ A- 4 star

**Disclaimer: Our product reviews are based mostly on (1) our expertise and that of the experts with whom we consult and (2) the information provided by the manufacturers. We do test many EDC and survival tools (with our team’s help), but we can’t test them all. As such, please remember the above recommendations are our opinions and are subject to interpretation.

Ok. So now that you actually own a paracord bracelet…or at least have one being quickly shipped to your place we can commence.

Here are 100 uses for paracord bracelets that will instantly affirm your manhood

Best Uses For Paracord


1. Tie tarp to trees

Since paracord is stronger and more durable than rope, it’s a perfect handy tool to have for securing a tarp for shelter.

2. Create a snare with the inner bracelet material

Sure, it’s a practice that’s been around for centuries, but snares have remained relevant and effective, especially for hunters, hikers or trekkers. The inner paracord strings can be used to create these snares, but won’t take up any room since you have the bracelet.

3. Make an effective fishing line

If you’re hiking near a stream, fish are the fastest and easiest catches for food. Tie the paracord to a branch and use it as a fishing line. Perfect if you’re running low on food during a long trek.

4. Create fire with a bow drill

A bow drill creates fire instantly. For a survivalist, knowing how to make a bow drill could mean the difference between life and death. So, your handy paracord bracelet could possibly save your life. Check out this video on how to create a bow drill.

5. Repair a sail while you’re out on an adventure

If you find yourself in a lake, rushing water or an ocean with a ripped sail, you can easily use a piece of your paracord bracelet to repair it.

6. Use it to hang a kettle over a campfire

Your paracord bracelet has many uses for a campfire. One of these includes hanging a kettle securely over a fire to heat up food and water.

7. Create trip wires attached to something noisy for extra security

Having added security in unknown terrain can provide you and your travel companions a bit of relief. Tie your paracord to something noisy and it will alert you of an incoming person or animal.

8. Enforce arrows and bows you make

Knowing how to craft a bow and arrow from your everyday supplies is a necessity. A paracord bracelet gives you the durable material you need to make it stable and working.

9. Stop severe bleeding with a tourniquet

Accidents happen when you’re out in the wilderness (or even at home). When a bad injury or cut occurs, you may need to stop the bleeding with a tourniquet. Tie the paracord around the area leaving some room. Take a stick and begin turning it until you can’t anymore. This will stop the flow of blood and give you enough time to get medical assistance.

10. Create a splint with them

If you or your travel companion have a twisted ankle or any impairment with your legs, a splint made with your own paracord bracelet and wood can help make the rest of the travel easier.

11. Use it to pull wood uphill

To have a campfire, you’ll need to have a stock of wood handy. If you find large branches or pieces of wood, a paracord string can help you lug them uphill. This helps you conserve energy for the rest of your day.

12. Tie it to a sled so you can maneuver your heavy loads during heavy snow covered ground

Snowy regions can still be traveled through if you’re an avid trekker. Bringing along a sled to carry miscellaneous items is practical and feasible in these terrains. But you can also make one on the spot using wood and paracord string. Then, tie everything down to the sled and it will easily maneuver around uphill and downhill regions.

13. Hang a light over the designated bathroom area

Waking up in the middle of the night to go the bathroom can be troubling without the proper lighting. This is where your paracord bracelet comes in handy. Take a piece of the string and hang a light over the area you’ve designed for the bathroom. This way, no one struggles to see through the nighttime.

14. Use it as a necklace with an emergency whistle on it

Tie an emergency whistle around your neck using the paracord. This makes the whistle easily accessible to you in the case of an emergency.

15. Make a monkey fist for weaponry if you have nothing else

If you’ve lost your knife and have no weaponry on you, you can make a monkey fist from your bracelet. It’s easy and gives you a tool for self-defense.

16. Use the paracord fabric to create a sturdy stretcher

Medical emergencies occur quite often, and knowing how to make a stretcher from wood is important. The bracelet will give you instant access to a reinforced stretcher. Check out this video to learn how.

17. Tie a knife to the end of a stick or pole for hunting

If you’re looking for a spear, you’ll want to use the string on your bracelet as a fastener. The material is strong and durable against most conditions and will help fasten a knife to any piece of wood.

18. Replace broken string ties on backpacks during hikes

Nothing is worse than having a broken string tie on a backpack. This makes it much more difficult to open your backpack with convenience – especially if you’re wearing gloves. Cut a small portion of the paracord to make a new one so you can focus on your hike.

19. Create a makeshift ladder

Imagine lugging around a ladder with you on a hike. I’m sure it’s not impossible, but it would be clunky and add unnecessary weight during your travels. Your paracord string can be used to create a makeshift ladder from wood, giving you the ability to climb up or down anything in the wilderness.

20. Hang your food from a tree and out of reach from animals

Hanging your food from trees is imperative in bear regions. Bears will attack camp sites and devour all the food. Use a piece of the string and hang your food from a tree inside a tarp or cloth. They won’t be able to reach it, giving you peace of mind your stash is still there when you leave.

21. Make emergency handcuffs for subduing

In an extreme case of self-defense, you may need to subdue something. When tied in a specific way, the paracord gives you the ability to make emergency handcuffs to prevent the perpetrator from escaping.

22. Teach yourself to tie knots

Most of the advice here involves knowing how to tie knots. So, what better way to practice than with your paracord bracelet? It’s an effective tool that will help you understand the material’s craft better.

23. Keep yourself entertained

If you’re riding passenger on a long trip, your paracord bracelet can keep your entertained. Even right now, as you’re reading about this, it’s given you entertainment and interest.

24. Catch rain water

Not every terrain is forgiving with water. If you are trekking in a drier, warmer climate with little to no fresh water sources, you’ll need to survive by catching rain water. Take a piece of the string and hang it into a bottle or water jug. The water will drop down the rope and into the bottle, giving you fresh drinking water.

25. Climb a tree with more support

Even an expert tree climber can use some assistance with climbing, especially as you grow fatigued. Wrap the paracord around the tree and pull your weight back as you hold the strings to climb up it.

26. Make snow shoes while hiking

If you’ve run into unexpected snowfall during your travels, you can create snow snows from wood and paracord string quickly. These will help you travel more efficiently through the snow and strap easily to any shoe or boot you’re wearing.

27. Create an arm sling

An arm sling for a broken or sprained arm or shoulder during a hike can be effective. Using a piece of cloth or tarp and tying the paracord through it and around your neck, you have a ready-to-use sling instantly without having to carry more items.

28. Hang from trees to create a clothesline

Paracord string can be unwound from the bracelet and used as a clothesline. Tie both ends of the string to two trees and hang your clothes from it. The material is durable enough to handle a full rack of clothes, giving you more convenience when you’re washing clothes outdoors.

29. Make a rope

If you and a few traveling companions each have your own bracelet, it’s easy to make a multi-string rope for things like towing a truck. This is for more extreme cases of survival.

30. Secure a poncho with the cord to keep you dry

Exploring the outdoors doesn’t always come with the sunshine and perfect temperatures. During heavy rains during a hike, you can use your paracord string to secure a poncho around you. This way, the wind doesn’t blow the poncho everywhere as you’re trying to make it to a dry location.

31. Tie someone or something to a tree

In the rare event that you have an intruder to subdue, your paracord bracelet can give you an efficient and durable string to tie them to a tree. During the height of survival, this could be a lifesaver.

32. Emergency stitches on the spot

If doing a tourniquet doesn’t seem to be helping, you may need to perform emergency stitches to close a wound on a companion or yourself. Using the inner fabric along with a pin can give you emergency stitches on the spot.

33. Hang up game kills to skin and eat

When you’re hunting animals, it’s best to hang them, drain them and begin skinning them. Preparing the meat as soon as possible is suggested, especially if you’re planning on saving it. Use your paracord string to hang the game from a tree to start skinning it.

34. Drag any hunted kills to your camp site

If you’ve had to travel a distance from your campsite to hunt, you’ll find it difficult to carry the kill around. Tie your paracord string around the hooves or feet of the animal and you can drag the animal back to camp.

35. Mark a trail

If you have something bright in color like a piece of cloth, you can tie it around a tree to mark the location. If you’re lost, it will help redirect you into the right path.

36. Hang your tools from your belt

If you’re looking for a more minimalistic approach to hiking, you want to utilize space as often as possible. You can easily tie several items to your belt to make it easier to carry and giving you more room for other items.

37. Create an emergency raft

When you’re living in the wilderness for several days, you need to know how to improvise. If you’re hiking near streams, you can create an emergency raft with several long, sturdy pieces of stick and your paracord bracelet.

38. Cross a rushing stream

Tie your paracord string to a sturdy tree nearby the stream. Then, tie the other end around your waist, securing it as best as possible. You can then cross a rushing stream without worrying about the water taking you out. If you have a friend with you, have the first person tie the string to a tree on the other side. Afterward, let the other person untie it from the first tree and around their waist. This way you don’t lose the paracord string if possible.

39. Create a fish stringer

After using your paracord string as a fishing line, you can now use it as a fish stringer. Catching extra fish makes it easier to survive and a fish stringer gives you the ability to hang the extra fish away from predators.

40. Make a rock sling for defense

Knowing how to survive on just your paracord string is possible. You can use it to create several self-defense weapons, including a rock sling that will pelt huge stones to repel predators.

41. Pull someone out from drowning

During a tough situation, one of your travel companions could have fallen into a rushing stream or into a huge body of water. You can use the string from your bracelet to cast a line to pull them back to shore.

42. Pull someone out of quicksand

If you or a travel companion fell into quicksand, time is essential. The only way out is to be pulled out. Unwind and cast out your paracord string so they can tie it around themselves. You can then pull them out quickly and efficiently.

43. Make a fishing net

With two or more paracord bracelets, you and your mates can create a fishing net to catch more fish while canoeing or boating.

44. Use it as a bartering tool

During tough times, your paracord bracelet can be used as a bartering tool. It’s a commodity and if you’re in a small village, it could serve useful to barter for other resources.

45. Keep a group connected in the dark

Being lost in the woods happens, especially on short expeditions with a few mates. When the sunlight begins to diminish, you want to keep everyone together. Have everyone tie the paracord string around their wrist so no one gets lost.

46. Self-defense garrote

If you have minimal options, you can quickly unwind your paracord bracelet and turn it into a self-defense garrote to strangle someone.

47. Make a seat in the wilderness

Using a piece of wood, you can cut your bracelet into two strings and hang it from a tree. Once you’re done, you can reuse the two strings throughout your travels.

48. Tie together a tent

If you’re looking to stake your tent down, you can use a few pieces of wood and your paracord string. It also helps if one of the strings broke on a tent with stakes included already.


49. Create a lanyard for holding utility items

Not only is paracord durable, it’s also an extremely flexible material. Easily twist and tie your paracord bracelet and it’s a perfect fit for pocket knives and other small items while hiking or traveling.

50. Easy replacement boot laces

If you’re on a trek for several days or weeks, you won’t always have accessibility to replacement items. But, you can improvise, like when your boot laces tear. This is a quick fix that can be solved with your paracord bracelet.

51. Emergency floss when you need it

If you’re looking for floss outdoors, you can use the inner threads of your paracord bracelet.

52. Replaces a broken knife handle

Even with a broken handle, you can’t ditch your knife during times of survival. Use your paracord string to make a new handle that protects your hand from getting cut.

53. Fix a broken sling on a weapon

If you have a rifle, you can replace the sling if it rips. Use your paracord string and tie it through the rifle and around your neck to make a new one.

54. Clean small hoses using your paracord bracelet

Tying several knots throughout the string, you stick it through one end to the other. You can then pull on both sides and the knots will clean the inside of the hose.

55. Mend any broken fabric gear

Listen, you can’t always replace things on a hike, but you can always repair them. Anything that tears like a backpack can be sewn back up using the inner threads of the paracord.

56. Lock your backpack up

Your paracord bracelet comes with a nifty metal lock to help secure it onto your wrist. You can use this to lock your backpack up by securing together the zippers so it doesn’t open.

57. Make a trap

If you’re looking to make a small trap, you can do it using the paracord string and the bolt attachment.

58. Tie essentials to a backpack

When you’re looking to clear up more room in your ultralight backpack, you can use the paracord string to tie essentials to the outside. With a little creativity, you can free up a good amount of space.

59. Replace pull string on lights

If you have a pull string light in your garage, you can easily replace it using a paracord string. It’s much more durable and likely to last twice or triple the amount of time than a normal string.

60. Use it as a candle or oil fuse

If you’re interested in making your own candles or need to replace a wick in your candle or oil fuse, you can use your paracord string. It burns evenly with the wax.

61. Hang pictures around your home

If you have large pictures to hang around your home, certain ropes may leave you hesitant to hang it. But, paracord is durable and strong, so it’s a perfect material to hang pictures and artworks around the home.

62. Make a handy strap wrench when you need it

This is a nifty little trick that can turn your bracelet into a tool. Since paracord is known for having excellent grip, you can tie it around a socket and use it as a strap wrench for anything.

63. Hang a hammock

In tough times, you may need to improvise. If the string on a hammock has broken, you can replace it with the string from your paracord bracelet. The one strand is strong enough to hold the hammock in place.

64. Replace a pull cord on a boat engine

Whether you just reached the docks or stranded in the middle of the ocean, a broken pull cord on a boat engine is a mood killer. But, with your handy paracord bracelet, you can replace or fix the pull cord and continue your adventures for the day.

65. Replace a pull cord for a weed whacker or lawn mower

Pull cords in your weedwhacker or lawnmower cripple away after years of use. Instead of replacing the entire machine if it breaks, you can use the string from your bracelet to bring it back to life.

66. Tie straps to hold your backpack and cargo together

Traveling with luggage is tedious. If you don’t lock it, there is a chance it could spill everywhere. Not to mention, it gives people the opportunity to go through it. But, in a quick fix, you can use your paracord string to tie your backpack or cargo together just to make sure nothing gets left behind.

67. Replace a drawstring cord

If you’ve ever owned a pair of pants or a jacket with a drawstring cord, you’ve probably lost the drawstring before. It’s not uncommon, but most people just throw it out. But, you don’t have to if you use your paracord string to replace it.

68. Create a handle grip for a flashlight

Whether it’s due to the rain or from clammy hands, flashlights tend to slip out from wet hands. You can create a simple handle grip from your paracord string to prevent this, especially during a long hike.

69. Use it to dock your boat

If you’ve lost your rope to dock your boat, you can use your paracord bracelet as a new docking rope until you can buy a new one.

70. Replace any damaged or severed water ski ropes

Waterskiing gives adrenaline junkies a way to fuel their ambitions. But, what happens when one of the lines break during the middle of a run? Unwind your bracelet and use it as a replacement. It’s durable enough to whip you through the waters without ripping.

71. Secure any items by tying them up

If you need to bundle things together during a camping trip (like wood), you can use the rope to tie it together.

72. Tie vegetable stalks to stakes

During the peak of your chosen vegetable season, you’re going to need to tie stalks to a stake. Paracord is the perfect material to use because it won’t harm the plants, but keeps them attached to the stakes.

73. Secure loose items outside to the ground before a storm

Whether you’re facing a northeaster, tornado watch or hurricane, securing your loose items to the ground is imperative before it hits. A paracord string can secure anything down as needed and can withstand all weather conditions.

74. Make a dog collar

If your dog’s collar rips while you’re walking him or her, you need a fast alternative to get them back home. Turn your bracelet into a dog collar for a fast, efficient solution.

75. Construct a dog leash

Similarly, to the dog collar, if you’re in need of a new dog leash now, turn your paracord bracelet into a leash. Secure the bolt to the dog collar, tying the string to it. Then, construct a looped handle on the other end.

76. Craft a bore snake to clean your firearms

If you own a firearm, you know that cleaning it is imperative. If you’re out hunting and don’t have any spare cleaning tools, you can use your paracord string.

77. Keep your kids entertained

Being a father is a rewarding experience, but it doesn’t come without its complication. If you’re on a long trip with your kids, you can keep them entertained with the rope by showing them how to tie knots in it.

78. Measure distance

When you have neither a ruler nor measuring tape on hand, use your paracord string to help measure distance on a map or on the ground.

79. Safety line when working

If you work in hazardous work environments, you can use the paracord string as a safety line. Tie it around your waist tightly and tie the other end to a secure post.

80. Tie it around balding tires for added traction

During wet or snowy terrain, you may not survive a car ride with balding tires. To make it safer, you can use your paracord string to tie it around the tires to give it added traction. Only for emergency trips.

81. Keep your broken car door shut

Managing a car with a broken door is impossible until you get it repaired. But, it doesn’t have to be with your paracord string. Tie it around the outside handle of the car and tie it on the inside of the car to keep the door shut.

82. Replace a broken chainsaw string

Unless you have a constant need for a chainsaw, it may not be necessary to replace it if the pull cord tears. So, you can quickly repair it with your paracord string, giving you anytime access for “just in case” moments.

83. Wrap the handle of an ax to absorb the shock

If you have a traditional ax, you know it’s much safer to use it when you’re wearing gloves. This helps it absorb the shock. But, when you don’t have any gloves on hand, you can make a handle wrap for the ax to absorb the shock.

84. Bottle wrap for glass bottles

If you enjoy taking glass bottles on a hike, there is one perfect way to secure it. Use your paracord string to make a wrap for it. If it drops, the wrap will absorb the shock, preventing the glass from shattering.


85. Create exotic clothing

Spicing up your sex life can happen in a matter of minutes. Use your paracord string to create small, sexy exotic string clothing.

86. Practice Kinbaku rope play

With a few strands of paracord, you can practice Kinbaku, which was traditionally used as a Japanese torture method. Now, it’s used as a form of role play, which involves wrapping your partner in ropes and binding them together.

87. Make a whip

If you have two or three paracord bracelets, you can transform it into a cool whip to bring into the bedroom. But, be sure you’re playing safe and not leaving bruises.

88. Make bondage cuffs

Bondage cuffs are a 101 with role playing and exploring S&M. If you’re looking for a slow entrance into diversifying your sex life, create some bondage cuffs from your paracord string.

89. Cock ring for lasting pleasure

No, this isn’t referring to a Prince Albert. Rather, a cock ring is a way to help men last longer in bed by squeezing together the scrotum and base of the penis. If you’re uncomfortable purchasing one, you can make one from your paracord bracelet.

90. Armbinder for added sensuality

If full-out Kinbaku seems a little too excessive for you, you can still spice it up in the bedroom by making an armbinder. This involves only binding the arms together, rather than the entire body like in Kinbaku.


91. Use it as a watchband

You can create a makeshift watchband from your paracord bracelet. This is perfect if your watches’ armband breaks during an outing and you want to save the face of the watch.

92. Create a headband

If you’re a guy with semi-long hair, you may need a headband to keep your hair out of your eyes. This is perfect for guys whose hair is too short to tie back, but too long to manage.

93. Repair suspenders

Suspenders break at the most inconveniencing times. For a quick fix, simply use the string or lock to replace the broken piece.

94. Use as an emergency belt

Whether you forgot to bring a belt or your belt broke, you can turn your paracord bracelet into an emergency belt until you get a new one.

95. Use the inner threads as sewing thread

If your clothes rip and you need a quick solution, use a pin and the inner thread of the paracord to quickly stitch it back up.

96. Make arts and crafts when boredom strikes

If you’re tired of tying knots when you’re bored, you can become more elaborate and make arts and crafts from your string. Come up with designs and test your knot and creative skills.

97. Create emergency rope gloves

If you need gloves for gripping something on the spot, use your paracord string to make it happen. There’s usually enough string for both of your hands.

98. Use as a hair tie

If you have long hair that can be tied, use your paracord string if you’re traveling and need a hair tie.

99. Create a compass necklace

Keeping your compass close during hikes is vital. Create a necklace that can slip through the compass so you’ll never lose it.

100. Tie your gloves together

If you’re outdoors and don’t want to worry about your oversized gloves falling off, there is a simple solution. Tie one end of your string to the end of one glove when it’s on your hand. Pull it through the inside of the jacket to the other side and tie that glove. You can take off one glove without worrying about losing it.

Your Paracord Bracelet Could Save Your Life

During the direst situations, you need a tool that could help you survive. Your paracord bracelet is an unexpected tool that has the potential to save your life during the most extreme situations. These are only 100 of the ideas you can use your paracord bracelet for, but there are many more possibilities.

Fill in a comment and let us know how you use your paracord bracelet.

Tim Seidler

Tim's not your typical outdoor guy. He's the guy that buys all the gear and then rarely uses it. But that's all changing now. He moved to the Pacific Northwest and has dedicated himself to learning everything there is to know about survival and the outdoors. What he lacks in experience he makes up for in natural curiosity, enthusiasm, and good looks.

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