I Love Paper Chains
I remember when I was a small child making endless paper chains. Me and my brother made so many, that at the end of the day we were basically sitting in a chain mountain.
Possibly the simplest, fun crafting project for kids. Absolutely hypnotically fun to make. Then you get to decorate with them.
We always made them at Christmas, but now they are used in different colour for decorating at any time of year and for any party occasion.
What We Need To Make Paper Chains
- Selection of coloured papers at least 28cms wide
Oh What Colour Paper Chains Shall We Make?
First we need to pick a colour. If you are good at colour matching this could be an important decision. When I make paper chains still, it really is everything in every colour.
But perhaps colour co-ordinating to a holiday or occasion is a good idea.
You can use most types of craft paper. But consider wrapping paper also for some fancy paper chains. Use paper that is not too thin, but also not too thick. When it is folded around on itself it should form a nice ring that can support itself.
Now We Draw Our Strips To Make The Chains
Paper chains are basically just strips of paper, curled and glued around the last one, on and on forever. So really making the strips doesn't have to be that hard. The best advice, is to make batches of strips that are the same size as each other. This way your chain will at least look uniform along its length.
Or maybe, don't do that. Just make a crazy wobbly chain. It doesn't have to be perfect. It's more about just having fun.
Use a pencil and a ruler and draw strips on your chosen paper. Make the strips approximately 2cms wide. Maybe use A4 coloured pieces of paper. If you have the paper side ways and marks the strips 2cms wide. This should make around 14 strips.
Once you get good at making paper chains, you won't need to measure any more. Just cut the strips.
Cutting Strips For Paper Chains
Using scissors, carefully cut the strips. Make piles of different coloured strips. This will make it easier if you want to make a pattern in your chain. Or to see if you are running out of one of the colours.
Finally Making Chains of Paper
Now for the start of the chain, we just loop one paper strip around to make a ring. Overlap the ends and glue them together. Hold them until the glue holds. Try a glue stick to see if the glue works faster.
The next loop now goes through the first circle. Then it loops round into the ring again and is glued. And that's it. We now just keep adding new loops to the last loop until a chain start forming. Getting longer and longer and longer. Hooray!!!!
Have fun making paper chains. It does become one of those things that's fun to do with a few people or your family, sitting on the floor in front of the TV at Christmas.
But be careful, you might end up with a chain mountain too.