My “Mad Max” Camera Wrist Strap – A fun DIY during Lockdown

Maybe a fun activity for yourself, and you will have a camera wrist strap as a plus,
or maybe even with the whole family, because the original design is intended as bracelet, key lanyard, multi purpose lanyard … and believe me, being busy with your hands passes the time and it is calming. And in a family context it can be a lot of fun !


I’ll first explain why the “Mad Max”, well, there is an original one, but it is (sorry creators) worthless and only usable as a bracelet, and not even a good one. There are also many other designs on Youtube, but they all have a problem – you need extra buckles, is not adjustable, cannot be reused or is difficult to reuse, etc.
So we (me and my youngest daughter) came up with a new design together, based on the original Mad Max bracelet, only better 🙂
Our goal was to design a bracelet / tool that consisted only of rope, could be made with a minimum of tools, could be used for multiple applications, could easily be taken apart if you needed the cord for another purpose, and re -made if you wanted.
And so the “new Mad Max” paracord bracelet was born – and as it happens, it is also a good camera wrist strap !

I’m also bushcraft instructor and sometimes (although it has been a while now 😦 ) give workshops on this to adults and children, for most children we make the center part shorter (60-70cm) because they usually only want to use it as a bracelet. For the adults, the center part is slightly longer (70-90cm) and then you can do anything with it. As a camera strap you need 80 to 90cm, but it is more convenient to cut the rope at 100cm for tying the end knot.

If you don’t have paracord, that’s no problem, in the example here I use “multi purpose cord” from Lidl myself. In principle you can use almost all types of ropes that are about 3 to 4 mm thick and made of nylon, polyamide (PP) …

So, you will need a length of cord, for the base (center piece) about 1m, and for the longer braided (cobra stitch) part about 2.5m.
Scissors a lighter (or candle) and a tape measure.

I have a step-by-step plan on my bushcraft website, so you will have to visit there for the continuation of the DIY, but below you will find some steps in pictures of the new wrist strap I specially made for this blog with just multi purpose cord.

There is an introduction to the bracelet/wrist strap here,
and here is the workshop itself. It is in Dutch and English.

For this bracelet / wrist strap I used a normal knot, but you can also use the special end knot that is mentioned in the workshop.

Published by Marc R.

Belgium Based and Retired Photographer, IT specialist, Technician and Bushcrafter - not necessarily in that order. A few years back I got a message on my PC : "The box said 'Required Windows 11 or better'. So, I installed Linux Kubuntu 20.04 LTS" :-) - My Photography software : RawTherapee, Darktable, Digikam, Luminance HDR, Hugin, Gimp and many other. Oh yes, the email address is still there, but I'm not a Pentaxian anymore - now i'am proud to be a Fujiian !

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