Crafting Your Own Paracord Dog Leash

Have you ever wanted to create your own personalized paracord dog leash? With our DIY kit, you can easily make a unique leash that suits your style and your furry friend’s needs. In this article, we will guide you through the process of braiding three different patterns and provide you with tips on finishing your leash and even making a keychain from the leftover rope. Let’s get started!

Braiding the Kara Yatsu

The Kara Yatsu braid is a beautiful design that uses a Kumihimo disc, a tool used in traditional Japanese braiding. With eight strands of Paracord and a Kumihimo Disc, you can create a stunning braided leash. To begin, gather the following tools:

  • Paracord Type III needle
  • Kumihimo disc
  • Crochet hook
  • Gas burner
  • Scissors
  • Smoothing tool/spoon

For detailed instructions on how to braid the Kara Yatsu, watch our tutorial video. It will guide you through the process step by step, ensuring you achieve a perfect braid.

Kara Yatsu Braid

Braiding the Herringbone

The Herringbone braid is a versatile pattern that can be used for various projects, including dog leashes. This rectangular design is easy to learn and creates a visually appealing result. To braid the Herringbone, you will need the following tools:

  • Paracord Type III needle
  • Crochet hook
  • Gas burner
  • Scissors
  • Smoothing tool/spoon

To see the Herringbone braid in action and learn how to create it, check out our tutorial video. This braid is perfect for those looking to add a touch of elegance to their dog’s leash.

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Herringbone Braid

Braiding the 4 Strand Round Double Braid

The 4 Strand Round Double Braid is a popular choice for dog leashes due to its comfortable grip and durability. It is also commonly used in the equestrian world. To create this braid, gather the following tools:

  • Paracord Type III needle
  • Gas burner
  • Scissors

Follow our tutorial video to learn how to create the 4 Strand Round Double Braid. This versatile braid can be used for various projects, making it a valuable skill to have in your crafting repertoire.

4 Strand Round Double Braid

Finishing Your Dog Leash

After completing the braiding process, it’s time to give your dog leash a polished finish. There are several options for finishing touches, including adding beads, cutting off excess strands, or unraveling them for a unique look. Here are a few techniques to consider:

Adding Beads

  1. Thread a bead onto the rope.
  2. Cut the rope to your desired length, leaving approximately 0.5cm from the end.
  3. Slide the bead to the desired position.
  4. Heat the end of the rope and press it flat against the bead using a teaspoon or a similar tool.

Cutting Off Excess Strands

  1. Cut off any remaining strands as short as possible.
  2. Heat the ends of the strands and push them as far as possible into the diamond knot to minimize their visibility.

Unraveling Strands

  1. Cut the strands to your desired length.
  2. Use a sharp object, such as a Paracord needle, to fray the strands.
  3. For inspiration and guidance, refer to our Herringbone tutorial video.

Making a Keychain

If you have any rope left after finishing your dog leash, why not repurpose it into a stylish keychain? You can choose the number of strands you want to use, depending on the desired thickness. Watch our video tutorial to learn how to make a keychain with four strands, or adjust the instructions for different strand combinations.

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Paracord Keychain

Now that you have all the information and guidance you need, it’s time to unleash your creativity and start crafting your very own paracord dog leash. Enjoy the process, and let your imagination run wild!

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