The perfect Christmas decoration for the kids and family to enjoy.
1 package of multicolored construction paper
I can always remember helping with the Christmas decorations as a kid. Many decorations are store bought items that hang or rest on the tree or in another spot around the house. These decorations were always nice for some spots, but the real decorating was when we got to make the paper chain. I always loved seeing how long I could make it. By the end of the evening, there was usually enough of our paper chain to cover the tree, the rail on the stairs, and any other place we decided to put the rest.
Making a paper chain is not hard to do and can be a very enjoyable way to create lasting memories with loved ones. There is only a short list of materials that is needed to make the chain into the perfect holiday decoration. The only thing needed that is not on the list is time.
• The first step is to gather the materials. Once this is done, it is time to pick the colors for the paper chain. Red and green are the traditional colors for the season and the ones my family used, but any color of construction paper available will do the job just find. If the chain was meant for another holiday, such as Thanksgiving, yellow and brown would make excellent colors.
• The next step is to cut the construction paper. Start with one sheet and cut the entire sheet in inch wide strips. The strips can be cut from top to bottom or side to side on the construction paper. The determining factor is how large you want the rings of your paper chain to be. Top to bottom will provide larger rings while cutting side to side will create smaller rings.
• To make the rings, pick up a strip of the now cut construction paper. Take the top or bottom end of the strip and bend it around to the other end of the strip creating a paper ring. Use a small piece of tape to secure the two ends together. This will be the first piece of your holiday chain.
• The next piece of the chain is made in the same manner with one exception. Before attaching the two ends of the paper strip together, make sure to loop the strip into the previous ring. Connect each new ring to the last ring and before long, the chain will be complete.
• The final step in finishing the paper chain is to hang the chain. The chain will drape naturally to the Christmas tree or can be used to line step railings, steps, chairs, couches, or countless other places around the house. The only thing needed to attach the chain is a piece of tape every couple of rings. I would not recommend putting the chain anywhere close to heaters or fireplaces because it will definitely create a fire hazard.
Hopefully these directions will guide all readers and help to create a perfect Christmas atmosphere.