Creating a paper chain is a timeless tradition, one passed down from the teachers of one generation to the youth of another. I was introduced to the art of making chains from linked pieces of paper in elementary school. I passed on the tradition to my young nephew and we now display our works of art each Christmas. In our household, the chains are used to decorate trees, banisters and entryways, but the options are endless.
To create this inexpensive paper craft, you will need the following:
Paper (construction paper was used in this example)
Tape, Glue or Stapler
Pencil or Pen
To create the chain:
1. Cut the paper into strips, using a landscape orientation (width-wise).
Note: If you prefer uniformity in your paper chain, use a pen or pencil and a ruler to create evenly-sized strips of paper. If you prefer to embrace imperfection, as we do, you will not need the ruler and writing instrument.
2. Bend the length of a strip of paper into a circle. Then glue, tape or staple the overlapping ends together.
3. Take another strip of paper, loop it through the first and once again glue, tape or staple the overlapping ends. You will now have 2 strips of paper linked together.
Repeat Step 3 as often as needed, and most importantly, enjoy this activity. The length and color of your paper chain is dependent upon only you!