Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Paracord Survival Bracelet - Small Adventures Week 4

3 paracord survival bracelets sitting on a rock

I've been at the cabin a lot lately and this seemed like a fun craft idea. We watched a video, made a loom, and printed the directions. We were ready to shop.

I had to go to WalMart anyway so we checked their craft department. WalMart is known for supporting the military so I thought there was a good chance they would have the materials. They did, but only in camo shades.

We then went to JoAnn Fabrics and found kits in the jewelry making area. We bought the kits and came home. The green one came with a mirror reflector dog tag.

We opened the package and discovered that the cords were cut in half so the 8 foot directions no longer worked. The package directions were different and the bracelets were no longer made on a loom. OK.

They were fun to make but if you want the functionality of a true survival bracelet I would not recommend the kits. We sealed the ends with a lighter but they popped away from the bracelet when we opened and closed the bracelet. I wanted it stay down so we glued they ends down with Tacky glue. It's not up to military specs; but in the event of a zombie apocalypse, I can find North, we can signal for help and my other daughter's job will be to yell "Run faster!"

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