How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar | Instructions

By on February 20, 2014
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How to make a paracord dog collar | Instructions

What is paracord? There are so many fun paracord projects out there. Right now, our favorite one is this DIY paracord dog collar. It’s the ultimate dog collar made with about 40ft of 550 paracord.

This paracord dog collar is your best bet if you are looking for a stylish collar that is also super strong and durable.

If you’ve been following our paracord projects, then you know the Cobra weave is one of the more popular weaves. For this paracord dog collar, we are going to take it one step further and do a King Cobra weave! This weave is super strong and even adds a thickness and padding to the original cobra weave, making the collar more comfortable for pooches of all sizes.

The tutorial below is done for a large dog, so our collar ends up being a whopping 20″! If your pup is smaller, you can follow this simple rule to calculate the amount of paracord you’ll need: 1.5 feet of paracord for every 1 inch of your paracord dog collar.

Beyond its awesome looks and customizability, a paracord dog collar is waterproof and resistant to rot. Plus, if your dog outgrows it’s collar, you can recycle the cord and turn it into a survival bracelet! (Check out the quick deploy bracelet here.)

Paracord dog collar tutorial:

Supplies You Need for a Paracord Dog Collar:

  • 550 Paracord: 19ft one color, 19ft a second color (to make a 20″ collar)
  • Plastic buckle (or metal, whichever you prefer)
  • A D-Ring   (metal or plastic)
  • Lighter
  • Scissors

Paracord Dog Collar Supplies You Need

Paracord Dog Collar Supplies You Need

Step 1:

You are going to start out by joining both pieces of paracord to make one single cord. First, trim an end of each color at an angle. Then use your lighter to melt the ends and press them together while they are still hot.

Trim one end of each cord at an angle.

Trim one end of each cord at an angle.

Melt the ends and quickly press them together to make one single cord.

Melt the ends and quickly press them together to make one single cord.

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Step 2:

Fold the cord in half at the joint you just made. Thread the loop through the female part of your buckle. Secure the cord to the buckle by making a hitch knot:

Fold the cord in half at the joint you just made. Thread the loop through the female part of your buckle.

Fold the cord in half at the joint you just made. Thread the loop through the female part of your buckle.

You'll have a loop so you can make a hitch knot to secure the cord to the buckle.

You’ll have a loop so you can make a hitch knot to secure the cord to the buckle.

Pull the cord through the loop you just made to secure the paracord to the buckle.

Pull the cord through the loop you just made to secure the paracord to the buckle.

 

Step 3:

Now we are going to set the size of the paracord dog collar and secure the other end of the buckle.

Thread the ends through the other buckle.

Thread the ends through the other buckle.

Slide the buckle along the cords until you get the correct length.

Slide the buckle along the cords until you get the correct length.

We are making our collar 20" long.

We are making our collar 20″ long.

Once you measure, loop the ends around the buckle slot one more time to make it secure.

Once you measure, loop the ends around the buckle slot one more time to make it secure.

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Step 4:

Slide the D-Ring on over the other end of the collar and up until it’s touching the buckle end you just attached. (the male piece)

Slide the D-Ring on over the other end of the collar and up until it's touching the buckle end you just attached. (the male piece)

Slide the D-Ring on over the other end of the collar and up until it’s touching the buckle end you just attached. (the male piece)

 

Step 5:

Now, let’s start with the standard cobra weave.

Cobra Weave: Take the blue strand over the core strands.

Cobra Weave:
Take the blue strand over the core strands.

The weave the blue cord under the red cord.

Then weave the blue cord under the red cord.

Loop the red cord behind the core and up through the loop created by the blue cord.

Loop the red cord behind the core and up through the loop created by the blue cord.

Push up with your thumb and pull both cords to tighten.

Push up with your thumb and pull both cords to tighten.

Repeat the step starting with the right side. Take the blue cord over the core.

Repeat the step starting with the right side.
Take the blue cord over the core.

Bring the red cord over the blue cord.

Bring the red cord over the blue cord.

Loop the red cord under the core and up through the blue loop.

Loop the red cord under the core and up through the blue loop.

Push up with your thumb and pull the cords to tighten.

Push up with your thumb and pull the cords to tighten.

Repeat starting on the left side.

Repeat starting on the left side.

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Continue on down alternating left and right.

Continue on down alternating left and right.

Your knots should look like this.

Your knots should look like this.

 

Step 6:

Continue on down until you reach the end of the collar.

Turn the collar around and run the ends through the slot to make a more secure connection to the buckle.

Continue on down until you reach the end of the collar.

Continue on down until you reach the end of the collar.

Continue until you can't fit another knot.

Continue until you can’t fit another knot.

Turn the collar around and run the ends through the slot to make a more secure connection to the buckle.

Turn the collar around and run the ends through the slot to make a more secure connection to the buckle.

Pull the cords through.

Pull the cords through.

 

Step 7:

This is where our Cobra becomes King Cobra!

King Cobra: You weave it the exact same way as the regular Cobra. Start with the blue cord again. (Start with the same color cord you started with before to keep the color pattern consistent.)

King Cobra:
You weave it the exact same way as the regular Cobra.
Start with the blue cord again. (Start with the same color cord you started with before to keep the color pattern consistent.)

Loop the red cord under and through the blue loop.

Loop the red cord under and through the blue loop.

Keep tightening you paracord dog collar.

Tighten! You'll feel it lock into place.

Tighten!
You’ll feel it lock into place.

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Tighten more

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Keep Tightening

 

Tighten! You'll feel it lock into place.

Tighten!
You’ll feel it lock into place.

It should look like this.

It should look like this.

Continue on down.

Continue on down.

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Step 8:

Continue all the way down until you are back where you started. Get as close to the D-Ring as possible.

You've reached the end! Make sure you get as close to the D-Ring as possible.

You’ve reached the end!
Make sure you get as close to the D-Ring as possible.

 

Step 9:

This last step is where you will secure the cords and finalize the collar.

 

Pull the ends of the cord through the center of the D-Ring and through the open slot in the buckle.

Pull the ends of the cord through the center of the D-Ring and through the open slot in the buckle.

Turn the collar over and thread the ends of the cord through a couple of the loops.

Turn the collar over and thread the ends of the cord through a couple of the loops.

Go ahead and thread the cord through a couple more loops than are shown here. This will ensure that your collar doesn't come apart will you and Fido are romping through the woods.

Go ahead and thread the cord through a couple more loops than are shown here. This will ensure that your collar doesn’t come apart will you and Fido are romping through the woods.

Once you secure the ends, trim them with your scissors and seal them with your lighter.

Once you secure the ends, trim them with your scissors and seal them with your lighter.

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Check out your King Cobra Paracord Dog Collar!

Check out your King Cobra Paracord Dog Collar!

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31 Comments

  1. Glenn

    February 24, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    WOW…. love this! Going to make my Rottie one. Sure he will love it.

    • Stephanie

      March 9, 2014 at 3:10 am

      Thanks. Good luck!

      • Glenn

        March 25, 2014 at 4:38 pm

        Finished and looks great!! Black and saftey orange with reflection stipes and reflective buckle. Looks great next to his black coat and can see him in the dark when car lights hit him at night.

    • Mark

      August 21, 2014 at 4:35 am

      Hehe, I am sure he will!

  2. Mark Hungerford

    March 7, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Great site,i hope it stays around, as i will use it alot!

    • Stephanie

      March 9, 2014 at 3:05 am

      Thank you. We will bring you more great DIY projects as fast as we can make them!

  3. Dennis

    March 16, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I like the clear instructions with the clear picture of the step. Most get confusing. Thanks Dennis

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  5. Renee V

    March 25, 2014 at 2:24 am

    How wide are your collars from trim to trim?

  6. Brooke

    March 25, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Excellent tutorial. I love the finished product. Thank you for posting this! I made one for my sons dog, but the d ring gave me fits. Your idea looks much better. :-)

  7. dino

    April 13, 2014 at 3:05 am

    How much length is lost by the end of the weaving??

  8. Nat

    April 25, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    My pemerinian loves loves it.

    it looks stylish

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  17. Christine

    May 18, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    What size was the buckle that you used?

  18. Laura

    May 20, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Super clear instructions and photos. I made 3 already….)thanks for the tutorial

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  21. Trevor

    July 23, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    What size of buckle do I need for this?bthey come in different sizes…

    • Lauren J

      Lauren J

      July 24, 2014 at 8:38 am

      Whatever size you like! You can just modify the weave to fit the different size buckles.

  22. Jennifer

    August 30, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Where could I find a strong buckle, in store? I bought the dog collar buckle from hobby lobby and I can pull it apart with my hands. My dog is 70+ pounds!
    Thanks!

  23. Mark

    September 1, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Well done! I just made my pooch a great new collar following your well laid out instructions and it looks awesome. Thanks!

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