For anyone wondering what the heck paracord is - Paracord (also referred to as Parachute cord or 550 cord – when referring to type-III ) is a lightweight nylon kern mantle rope originally used in the suspension lines of parachutes. This cord is now used as a general purpose utility cord by both military personnel, campers, and crafters everywhere. This stuff is super strong and durable because of its kern mantle construction- which basically means the rope is constructed with its interior core (the kern) protected by a woven exterior sheath (mantle).
Alright, enough about the rope- lets get started. Now this dog collar is not very difficult to make but it will take some time. Keep in mind that once you get the paracord weaving rhythm down, it will go much faster. Be patient with your hands when you start, it will take a few minutes to get your flow.
If you’re familiar with paracord projects, then you know all about the Cobra weave. For this dog collar, we are going to take it to the next level and do a King Cobra weave.
The collar below is done for a larger dog, and is 20” around. Be sure to measure your pup’s neck first and then calculate how much paracord you will need to create the collar. You can follow this rule to calculate the amount of paracord you’ll need: 1.5 feet of paracord for every 1 inch of your paracord dog collar.
Step 1: First we are going to join both pieces of paracord to make one single cord. Trim the end of each color at an angle where you going to join them. Then use your flame to melt the ends and press them together while they are still hot. Be super careful not to burn yourself!
Step 2: Fold the cord in half at the joint you just made. Thread the loop through the one half of your buckle. Secure the cord to the buckle by making a hitch knot.
Step 3: Now we are going to set the size of the paracord dog collar and secure the other end of the buckle. Measure the length you want the collar to be (ours is 20”). Once you measure, loop the ends around the buckle slot one more time to make it secure.
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.
Step 5: Now we are ready to start the cobra weave.
Step 6: Continue weaving 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.
Step 7: This is where your Cobra weave becomes a King Cobra weave. You will weave back down the section you just created.
Step 8: Continue all the way down until you are back where you started. 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. Turn the collar over and thread the ends of the cord through a couple of the loops. Once you secure the ends, trim any extra paracord and seal them with your lighter/matches.
Photos by R. Simms and Dana Ball