Create a Trendy Dog Leash using Paracord

Are you looking for a way to make a unique and stylish dog leash? Look no further! In this tutorial, we will explore the fascinating world of paracord dog leash designs. Among the myriad options available, the braided dog leash stands out as one of the best choices due to its simplicity and the endless color combinations it offers.

The Versatility of Braids

The diamond braid, herringbone braid, and gaucho braid are just a few examples of braids that work wonders when crafting dog leashes. For this tutorial, we will focus on the elegant 4-strand diamond braid. Don’t be fooled by its simplicity; it is just as functional and visually appealing as any other design.

To start with, we need to gather a few supplies:

paracord dog lead

Planning the Perfect Leash

Before we dive into the crafting process, it’s crucial to consider how much cord you’ll need. Running short or having excessive cord leftover can be frustrating. After a few tests, I’ve discovered that the braid consumes approximately 25% of the cord. So, for a 4-foot leash, you should prepare five feet of cord.

To form the four strands required, fold two cords in half and attach them to the snap hook using the lark’s head knot. In addition to that, we’ll need to create a loop and splice the ends back into the braid, which adds a bit more cord to the total length.

In summary, a 4-foot leash requires:

  • 8 feet of cord (folded 4 feet cord)
  • 0.5 feet for the loop
  • 0.5 feet for the splice
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This brings the total to 9 feet. To account for the braid loss, we need to add 25% to that, resulting in a grand total of 11.25 feet. Therefore, you’ll need two 11.25-foot cords for a 4-foot leash.

With all the information in place, it’s time to cut two pieces of paracord.

Crafting the Basic Dog Leash

Now, let’s delve into the steps involved in creating the basic leash:

  1. Attach the two cords to the snap hook using a lark’s head knot.
  2. Braid the leash using the four cords, utilizing the diamond braid technique. Continue braiding until approximately half a foot of cord remains.
  3. To secure the braid, you can either use duct tape or the crown knot.
  4. Shape the handle by bending the leash to form an eye.
  5. Use a lacing needle or hemostat to follow the four cords back into the braid.

the loop

Congratulations! Your basic leash is now complete. All that’s left to do is cut and melt the ends. The leash is functional at this stage, but if you’d like to add some thickness and flair, let’s move on to the next section.

Adding an Eye-catching Overlay

Creating an overlay for the leash is the most enjoyable part of this project. It not only adds a pop of color but also allows for the incorporation of fancy knots. The process begins by attaching two additional cords to the snap hook. These cords will be braided alongside the main leash using the same diamond braid.


Since we are braiding over a core, we’ll require more cordage. I recommend using double the amount you used for the basic leash. In our case, if you used 11.25 feet for the basic leash, take 22.5 feet for the overlay, just to be safe.

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To finish off the overlay, choose any knot that appeals to you. You could opt for a turk’s head knot, a lanyard knot, or a crown knot. In the video tutorial provided, you’ll find an example of how to tie a lanyard knot to secure the overlay.

Video Tutorial

For a visual guide to accompany this article, check out our video tutorial:

Watch the video

In Conclusion

There you have it! We’ve covered the basics of creating a braided dog leash and adding an eye-catching overlay. I hope this tutorial has provided you with the knowledge and inspiration to embark on your paracord dog leash crafting journey. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. Happy paracording!

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