Fishtail Paracord Dog Collar

Back around Father’s Day my son started making all sorts of things with paracord.  He had learned a few different things back in scouts & then some more while spending so much time at the station.  He continued to play with it until he had created the paracord key chains that I shared with you all in my Paracord Key Chain tutorial.   I have been wanting him to show me the steps for the bracelets he has been making.  Then I had the idea for him to make a super huge one into a dog collar.  He came up with this great fishtail type braided version that I just love.  So we spent some time photographing each step & he created the

Fishtail Paracord Dog Collar

*Note- this is not for attaching your leash.  I use this for a nice collar to attach my dog’s tags to.  I use a noose style leash when walking him.  I can’t be 100% sure that the plastic clasps or the D-Ring would be strong enough to hold him in the event I had to control him on a walk.  Granted he’s 105 pounds of boxer- but still.  I don’t want to be responsible for someone’s dog getting loose.  So I have to let you know- the paracord weave is super strong- the store bought clasps & d-ring I can’t be 100% sure of in the event a large dog would be pulling on them.

Fishtail Paracord Dog Collar tutorial

So I am going to walk you through the steps here.  This particular weave is very simple & it should go quickly.

Fishtail Paracord Dog Collar/ Fishtail Paracord Bracelet tutorial

*Measure your dog’s neck circumference.

*Take that measurement & multiply it by 5.

*Take that final calculation & cut 2 strands of paracord to that length.

(feel free to use 2 different colors if you like- this would make for a nice pattern)
Fishtail Paracord Dog Collar/ Fishtail Paracord Bracelet tutorial

Fishtail Paracord Dog Collar/ Fishtail Paracord Bracelet tutorial

*Take both strands of paracord & fold over at the original length of the dog’s neck measurement & push the loops through your plastic clasp.

 

Fishtail Paracord Dog Collar/ Fishtail Paracord Bracelet tutorial

Fishtail Paracord Dog Collar/ Fishtail Paracord Bracelet tutorial

*Push the ends of your cord through the loop & pull tight so that the clasp is now secure.

Fishtail Paracord Dog Collar/ Fishtail Paracord Bracelet tutorial

*Separate the short sides & the long sides.

Fishtail Paracord Dog Collar/ Fishtail Paracord Bracelet tutorial

*Take the long 2 strands & weave both around one short strand & then back over to wrap around the other short strand.

Fishtail Paracord Dog Collar/ Fishtail Paracord Bracelet tutorial

Fishtail Paracord Dog Collar/ Fishtail Paracord Bracelet tutorial

Fishtail Paracord Dog Collar/ Fishtail Paracord Bracelet tutorial

*Continue on repeating this process & remember to pull tightly to keep the cord firm.

You do not want any looping to show or for it to be loose.

Fishtail Paracord Dog Collar/ Fishtail Paracord Bracelet tutorial

*If you choose- at the half way point slide on a D-Ring or metal loop for the dog tags- sliding on the longs strands & then continue weaving as before.

Fishtail Paracord Dog Collar/ Fishtail Paracord Bracelet tutorial

Fishtail Paracord Dog Collar/ Fishtail Paracord Bracelet tutorial

*As you get to get close to the end- stop with at least 3 inches left on your short cords.

*Take one long cord & loop around one of the short cords & knot tightly.  Do the same for the other side.

Fishtail Paracord Dog Collar/ Fishtail Paracord Bracelet tutorial

Fishtail Paracord Dog Collar/ Fishtail Paracord Bracelet tutorial

*Cut off the longer cords – burn with lighter to melt & secure those ends.

Fishtail Paracord Dog Collar/ Fishtail Paracord Bracelet tutorial

*Slide remaining shorts strands through your other clasp piece.

Fishtail Paracord Dog Collar/ Fishtail Paracord Bracelet tutorial

*Knot those strands tightly.

Fishtail Paracord Dog Collar/ Fishtail Paracord Bracelet tutorial

*Cut & burn those final strands & you are finished.

Fishtail Paracord Dog Collar/ Fishtail Paracord Bracelet tutorial

Here is my dog sporting his collar.  He loves it.

Fishtail Paracord Dog Collar/ Fishtail Paracord Bracelet tutorial

We also made a matching bracelet for the hubs with the same method.

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Ok, you make it look so easy!!! Love the step by step pictures. Even though it looks easy I don’t know that my craft clumsy hands can handle it, so just send one in the mail. hehe.. :) Thanks for sharing at Show Stopper Saturdays!

    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

    • says

      Absolutely- I have to give all the credit to my son. I told him I wanted him to make the dog a collar & he came up with the design & figured it all out. Amazing how the 15 year old mind works.