Log in Sign up
PROFILE MENU

Society of Makers

Don't have an account? Sign up.

Society of Makers

Already have an account? Log in.

Select Guild Forgot Logo Society of Makers

Paper Chains, More and More Paper Chains

18 views  •  11 Feb 2023
Kids Craft Ideas
13 subscribers

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
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue
Paper Chains, More and More Paper Chains

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.
Paper Chains, More and More Paper Chains

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.
Paper Chains, More and More Paper Chains

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.
Paper Chains, More and More Paper Chains

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.
0 Comments
CANCEL
CLEAR
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250859231S81000-standard.jpg thumbnail
Making Fruit And Leaf Gift Wrap
Katie Isaacs
19 views • 21 Jan 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250942241S22210000-THUMB.jpg thumbnail
Making Gift Bags Actually Isn't That Hard
Sandy Lane
45 views • 28 Jan 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250902211S01000-standard.jpg thumbnail
How To Make Stylish Heraldic Handmade Stationery
Katie Isaacs
15 views • 13 Mar 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250903451S1000b-standard.jpg thumbnail
Beautiful Rustic Gift Box Shoe Box
Katie Isaacs
15 views • 27 May 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250924071S51000-standard.jpg thumbnail
A Simple Paper Greetings Card
Sally Andrews
22 views • 31 Jan 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250944471S12810000-THUMB.jpg thumbnail
Paper Bead Necklace
Sandy Lane
34 views • 6 Feb 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250841511S61000-standard.jpg thumbnail
A Fun Simple Flower Collage
Alison Jones
18 views • 5 May 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250849141S31000-standard.jpg thumbnail
Basic Japanese Paper Lanterns
Elizabeth Richards
27 views • 2 Mar 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250858591S21000-standard.jpg thumbnail
Make Pretty Little Gift Boxes
Katie Isaacs
19 views • 7 Jan 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250922191S31000-standard.jpg thumbnail
How To Make A Cardboard Lamp Base
Sally Andrews
20 views • 6 Jan 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/260307561S31000-standard.jpg thumbnail
Paper Windmills Are a Fun Project for Kids to Make
Kids Craft Ideas
13 views • 10 Feb 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250903011S11000-standard.jpg thumbnail
Cute Butterfly Wrapping Paper
Katie Isaacs
17 views • 12 Apr 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250847281S51000-standard.jpg thumbnail
Gemini Horoscope Paper Cut Outs
Elizabeth Richards
20 views • 16 Jan 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250948021S61610000-THUMB.jpg thumbnail
Woven Christmas Star Decoration
Sandy Lane
17 views • 16 Feb 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/260307281S41000-standard.jpg thumbnail
Make a Colourful Paper Fan That Impresses
Kids Craft Ideas
20 views • 6 Feb 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250928431S61000-standard.jpg thumbnail
A Simple Corrugated Paper Folder Wrapping
Lottie Smith
28 views • 19 Jan 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250947251S93410000-THUMB.jpg thumbnail
Make Fun Girls Greetings Cards
Sandy Lane
43 views • 14 Feb 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250940251S61000-standard.jpg thumbnail
Paper Punch Tags Are Super Fun
Sandy Lane
13 views • 26 Jan 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250923241S1000b-standard.jpg thumbnail
Making A Corrugated Cardboard Chinese Lantern
Sally Andrews
15 views • 20 Jan 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250947121S83510000-THUMB.jpg thumbnail
Frilly Paper Flower Picture
Sandy Lane
35 views • 13 Feb 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/260345341S21000-standard.jpg thumbnail
Make Wonderful Paper Stained-Glass Butterflies
Kids Craft Club
42 views • 1 Sep 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/260343121S51000-standard.jpg thumbnail
Make a Stencilled Doily Box
Kids Craft Club
16 views • 13 Aug 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250849401S41000-standard.jpg thumbnail
Pretty Green Bee Gift Box
Elizabeth Richards
31 views • 27 Mar 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250948351S42310000-THUMB.jpg thumbnail
Make a Pretty Paper Christmas Wreath
Sandy Lane
33 views • 18 Feb 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250930241S21000-standard.jpg thumbnail
A Sea Themed Paper Hanging Mobile
Lottie Smith
22 views • 7 Feb 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/260336161S61000-standard.jpg thumbnail
Let’s Be Making a Treasure Map, Arrrrrggg!
Kids Craft Club
26 views • 28 Jun 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250937421S60010000-THUMB.jpg thumbnail
Learn To Make a Gift Bow
Sandy Lane
22 views • 23 Jan 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250944331S240506381000.jpg thumbnail
Patchwork Birds Book Cover
Sandy Lane
25 views • 5 Feb 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/260311571S81000-standard.jpg thumbnail
Make a Fun Angel Christmas Tree Toppers
Kids Craft Ideas
12 views • 27 Feb 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250943551S92410000-THUMB.jpg thumbnail
Simple Paper Woven Heart Tag
Sandy Lane
12 views • 3 Feb 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250857331S91000-standard.jpg thumbnail
Make Star Sign Gift Wrap
Katie Isaacs
24 views • 1 Jan 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250929411S01000-standard.jpg thumbnail
A Fun Homemade Snap Card Game For Children
Lottie Smith
27 views • 2 Feb 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/260348011S1000a-standard.jpg thumbnail
Make Your Own Flower and Leaf Paper
Kids Craft Club
37 views • 17 Sep 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250923431S91000-standard.jpg thumbnail
How To Make A Decorative Waste Paper Basket
Sally Andrews
20 views • 24 Jan 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250943421S83410000-THUMB.jpg thumbnail
Make a Simple Gift Box or Good Luck Box
Sandy Lane
35 views • 2 Feb 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/260311411S51000-standard.jpg thumbnail
I Love Making Paper Snowflakes
Kids Craft Ideas
31 views • 26 Feb 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250929151S11000-standard.jpg thumbnail
How To Make Colourful Paper Bags
Lottie Smith
21 views • 27 Jan 2023
/mystu/newpost/uploads/202310/250924511S01000-standard.jpg thumbnail
Handmade Seashore Cards With Shells
Sally Andrews
21 views • 2 Mar 2023