A couple of weeks ago, I shared this post about a paracord dog collar over at Craft A Spell. In case you missed it, I wanted to repost the tutorial here in case you missed it. The survival bracelet techniques to make a great, sturdy dog collar. If you are curious about why these bracelets are survival bracelets, as I understand it, these bracelets are easy way to keep several feet of durable but lightweight cording on an individual who is an outdoors man or in the military. I’d love to know if they really use them, but they definitely seem to be popular amongst those individuals of the XY type– check out all of the YouTube videos. Luckily, our puppy, Buster is a boy. (It’s just me by my lonesome self representing women in this house!)
This summer, as a part of my summer swim league swag series, I may frog a collection of paracord bracelets in the colors of his swim team. He’s really enjoyed his bracelets, and generally wears one every day. I have boy who likes his manly jewelry! A few weeks ago, the Frog noticed that our dog’s collar was looking a little ragged, and he told me that I needed to make Buster a collar like his paracord bracelets. There are dozens of great patterns and braiding techniques that you can use
I ordered some cherry red and electric blue 550 paracord. There are different strengths of paracord, but 550 is usually the standard type that you can find at the craft store. I also found a specialty dog collar buckle with a reflector and a D-ring. I had to order this as well, but you could use a d-ring that you bought at the craft store and a traditional buckle clip. I’ve seen those at the majority of craft stores. You’ll also need scissors and a lighter.
To start you’ll need to measure how long you need to make the collar. I took a length of the cord, and wrapped it around Buster’s neck. I then added a little length for slack– when you braid, it will shrink up a bit (or at least mine does!) I really didn’t want the collar to be too tight on Buster. Next I added 8 inches for every 1 inch of the collar. Now, I’ve seen people say that you need 1 foot for every inch, but I’ve tried to determine how to reduce the scraps of extra paracord.
If you have never made a Paracord bracelet before, I would recommend that you check out the wonderful collection of YouTube videos. Just type in “paracord survival bracelet,” and you’ll be shocked by all of the options out there. I personally think that this is one of the best ones for your first paracord project. (I’m making this recommendation as a woman crafter, as some of the ones done by some serious hunters/outdoorsmen are harder for me to follow!) Once you have the two pieces of cord cut, you’ll need to attach the cord to the two pieces of the buckle. You make knots on each end of the buckles like this:
Next, I connected the two colors of paracord together by cutting them, slipping the end of one color into the end of another and fusing them with my lighter. When you’ve done that, the joined colors will look like this:
I made sure that I adjusted the length of the collar to fit Buster again. Now that everything was joined together and attached to the buckle ends, I tried it out on Buster before I started braiding. (Now if you don’t get the measurements quite right, you can always unbraid it and make adjustments. Believe me, I’ve had to do that before!) Here’s picture of the paracord set up and measured before I started braiding:
There are dozens of different braiding styles. I used the most basic Double Cobra braid for Buster’s collar, I knew how wide and strong the braid would be, and I though it would be just right for collar. Again, if you’ve never completed the double cobra braid, a want a step by step guide, you can check out this video or visit this tutorial I wrote. The only difference and think that makes the dog collar special is the addition of the d-ring. I wanted my d-ring to be a little bit away from the buckle, but you might want it right next to the buckle. Its position is up to you. However, to add it, you’ll make one tight knot, and then slide the d-ring beneath the knot, and then continue braiding, so it looks a bit like this:
Once you have finished braiding, you snip off the ends of the paracord between one-eighth and one-fourth of an inch from the collar. Use your lighter to melt the snipped ends into the collar and let it cool and harden to prevent unbraiding. Now, before I cut the ends off, I double-check to make sure that the length is correct. Remember measure twice (or 3 times!) and cut once!
Add the ID tags to the D-ring and put it around the dog’s collar, and see if your puppy likes the collar as well as Buster likes his! Isn’t he sweet?! And by the way, this collar is pretty much a standard width of a collar, so he can wear his standard scarves, and clothing options with it!