Braiding paracord the easy way

Today I will show you an universal way you can use to braid paracord. It is easy to learn and remember and is now my go-to method for all the various ways of braiding. It works well with 4, 6 and 8 strands/cords. Naturally you can use more, depending on what you are making.

Braiding paracord has a lot of applications. Some like to braid necklaces (4 cords seem to be the most popular), while others enjoy making leashes, bracelets, even belts. I posted tutorials on the round braid paracord bracelet and the diamond braid bracelet, which might be interesting to you.

I primarily made this tutorial because there are a lot of different braiding techniques out there and keeping track of them is tiresome, while having one technique for any number of cords is, at least for me, a lot more manageable.

The basic tutorial

Below you will find the universal braiding technique you can use for braiding paracord.

The basic is that you always take the top cord. You split the cords on the other side from the back and place the same cord to the bottom of the side you took it from. You alternate the top right and left cords in doing so and a braid will form.

braiding paracord

But does this work with 6 strands for example?

6 strand braid tutorial

The same procedure can be done with more strands. There are a lot variations to try out!



Braiding also has quite a few variations. These go by color or braid sequence.

By color

The two examples at the bottom both result in a different pattern in the braid for example. With 6 or more strands, the color combination potential increases even further.

braiding paracord two colors

Two colors, one one each side.

braiding paracord different colors

Two colors, both on each side.


By sequence

Splitting the top two cords is one option. You could split the bottom two in a six cord braid.

Another variation is splitting, going over the second cord (like before), but instead of going back to the other side, going under the third cord and back to the other side.

The over-under split shown before.

The over-under split with the blue cord.


Splitting the cords, this time the bottom two.

Splitting the cords, this time the bottom two.

All to these techniques are worthy trying, but the lesson learned should be. It is easy to braid, simply follow the universal rule and you should be fine. If you want to mix it up though, try the additional variations.

If you want to see more on braiding paracord, see my how to braid paracord tutorial, which shows flat braids, as well as some 4 strand round braid styles.

About Markwell

I am a defense science graduate. I like to create beautiful things out of paracord.


  1. Hi,
    Great website and very descriptive. I think I just learnt how hopeless I am though.
    I can’t even do this basic braid no matter how hard I try.
    Guess some things are best left to people that are talented.

  2. how do you finish these braids?

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