Keep your camera close with this beginner friendly infographic tutorial on how to make a DIY Camera Wrist Strap.
What you need to make your own DIY Camera Wrist Strap
- 550 paracord in the color of your choice (Buy US ● Buy AU)
I used about 3m or 10ft.
- 2mm nylon cord
I used 2mm VB cord which I had lying around on our yacht. You can buy this from any marine supply shop for less than 50c per meter (you only need a tiny bit). Any nylon cord will do, but make sure it has a high breaking strain.
- A mini buckle
- Whipping twine
Waxed twine is great here, because it grips to itself and doesn’t unravel. But if your don’t plan on doing other rope work projects, a thick synthetic twine of any kind will do. You could always wax it yourself with some beeswax or a candle.
- A sturdy needle
Any sturdy needle will do, but if you’re planning on doing more projects where you might need to whip rope, these are a great investment. Sailmakers’ needles are extra sharp to easily go through rope and the triangular tip helps it slip through the core rather than tear it apart.
- A lighter
- A candle
The candle is not necessary, but can be handy if you don’t have someone around to help you.
Step by step instructions on how to make a DIY Camera Wrist Strap
1. First up, we’re making a snake knot wrist band. Start by making a loop in the center of your cord. Pass your working end over the tail end and. Now pass it back underneath the tail end and underneath itself.
2. Now we’re going to switch ends. Grab what was your tail end in step 1 and pass it underneath the working end. Pass it over both sides of the top loop and through the center of the right loop.
3. Pull the left and right loop tight by pulling on each end of the rope. Leave a small loop at the top. The top loop should be just big enough the fit two strands of paracord through when we’re done with the snake knot wrist band.
4. Take the end on the right hand side and pass it underneath the end on the left. Now tuck your end through the same loop as step 2.
5. Pull your knot tight. Make sure the knot is flat and tidy and no section are crossing each other. This will make for a neater result in the end.
6. Flip the knot around and loosen up the bottom loop.
7. Take the right end and pass it underneath the one on the left. Tuck the end though the loop you just loosened.
8. Pull your knot tight. If you look at your wrist band it will now look like two knots underneath each other. Flip the knot around. This side will look like a single double stranded knot.
9. Loosen up the bottom loop again. Take the right end. Pass it underneath the left end and tuck it through the loop you just loosened. Just like in step 6 and 7.
10. Pull the knot tight. Keep repeating these steps over and over. You’ll get the hang of a rhythm. Something like: loosen – tuck – tightened – flip.
Loosen – tuck – tightened – flip.
11. Keep tying knots until you’ve reached a length that feels comfortable around your wrist. For me that was about 18cm (or 7″). This length seems to be pretty universal. I’ve made several people of different heights and build try on my DIY camera wrist strap and they all found it a good fit.
12. Pass your two ends through the top loop and try on your DIY camera wrist strap to make sure you have the right length. Pass one end through your mini buckle. Now with your DIY camera wrist strap on, grab hold of your camera to see how much length you want. Make it long enough so you can grab your camera comfortably, without the strap getting in the way. But short enough to keep your camera off the ground when it’s hanging off your wrist when your arms are down. For me that was 18cm (17″) on one side and 21cm (8 1/4″) on the other.
Cutting off the access length asymmetrical like this will allow you to strengthen and hide the join with whipping.
13. Melt the two ends together. I find the easiest way to do this is to hold each end to one side of a flame. Have someone hold up a lighter for you, or if you’re alone, light a candle. Wait for the ends to start sizzling slightly and press the two ends together outside of the flame.
Once the melted bit has cooled down a bit (but is not yet cold), you can roll it between your thumb and finger to smooth out the surface. Applying some spit to your finger with a sloppy lick will help prevent burns, but beware! I still burn my fingers all the time!
Tuck a small length of 2mm cord through the other end of the mini buckle and melt these ends together as well. I used a length of 8cm or a little over 3″.
14. Center your buckle and make sure both sides of paracord are fully stretched out. Thread your needle and pop it through both sides of paracord, slightly above your join. For a neat end result, make sure that the needle goes in and comes out in the middle of your paracord.
15. Pull the twine through the cord, but leave a decent amount of tail. Create a loop in the tail and hold it in place against the paracord where the needle went in.
Make a couple of turns around both sides of paracord to hold the loop in place.
16. Keep making turns until you have just as many turns past the join as you had before the join. Keep your turns neat and as close together as possible. Make sure it never overlaps or crosses the previous turn. Poke the needle through both sides of paracord. This time start on the opposite side as you did before. Don’t let the needle go through the loop, but instead make it exit slightly to the side of the loop.
17. Poke the needle through the top side of the turns, next to where the needle went in first. Poke it through the bottom of the turns. Again, don’t let the needle go through the loop. Poke it through the top once more. You should have two lengths of twine next to each other. Make sure they’re close, neat and don’t cross each other.
18. Poke the needle through the bottom one more time. Again making sure the two vertical lengths of twine are close, neat and don’t cross. Once the needle exits on the other side, pass the needle through the loop. Pull all your twine through and make sure it’s really tight. Now pull on the tail until the loop in completely gone. Pull this end as tight as you can as well.
19. Cut off the two ends of twine. Make the cut close to your whipping, but leave a tiny bit of tail poking out. And I do mean tiny. If you leave too much on there, the next step is going to be a bit messy and possibly mess up all your hard work.
20. Whilst holding the paracord out of the way (otherwise it’ll melt in all the wrong places) melt the tiny tails. I like to use the metal bit of the lighter (once the flame is off) to press the still bubbling end flat against the turns. By flattening it out like this, it’ll further secure your whipping in place.
Repeat the same process on the 2mm cord loop.
And TADAH! You’re DIY Camera Wrist Strap is done! Pretty neat, ay?! Make sure to send us a photo. We’d love to see how your went! And if you got the hang of making awesome creations with paracord, check out our other paracord projects. Got stuck anywhere? Don’t hesitate to ask us anything in the comments below. Good luck!