Off the Chain: 4 Creative Ideas for Making Paper Chains

August 2, 2016 by Erin Behan

     
Put aside whatever you think you know about paper chain crafting. In today’s Pinterest world, the art of stringing paper together goes well beyond stapling together interlooping strips of leftover kids’ colored construction paper.

Off the Chain: 4 Creative Ideas for Making Paper Chains
Modern crafters get fancy — and we mean real fancy — with paper chains. Take this design from Tell Love and Party, which is elegant enough for a wedding but would be equally at home as part of the decor for a baby shower or birthday party. Check out the full post for all the details (it's easier than you might think), and make sure to have plenty of cardstock on hand, plus a glue gun, scissors or something to cut the paper into strips, and a decorative paper punch.

Off the Chain: 4 Creative Ideas for Making Paper Chains
For a different look, the beautiful scroll paper garland over on Bird's Party feels almost architectural in its beauty, and the design allows for a good deal of improvisation once you get the hang of looping, clipping and stapling the paper strips together. Experimenting with different colors, both in individual scrolls and varying across hanging lines, is key to the design's dramatic effect.

Off the Chain: 4 Creative Ideas for Making Paper Chains
If the involvement of paper punches or the complication of multiple loops feels like more than you want to tackle, then making heart-shaped paper chain loops, like these purple ones over at Blog a la Cart, should be just the right amount of effort with a big payoff. They're easy enough for children to make, and we love the idea of using several hues and hanging them in a color gradient. For this project, don’t forget to stock up on colored paper.

Off the Chain: 4 Creative Ideas for Making Paper Chains
Of course there's nothing that says you have to use solid colored paper to make a paper garland or paper chain. The beauty of crafting with paper is that source materials are all around us, and they're often found in materials that might be otherwise discarded. Instead of throwing away those old books, maps, cards, and packaging materials, why not cut them — and other found papers — up and use them to make paper chains? Have rougher materials like corrugated cardboard on hand? Incorporate some links made from more coarse materials with those made from finer paper. The sky's the limit with paper chain designs

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Erin Behan

Written by Erin Behan

Erin Behan is an L.A.-based writer and editor who considers fine paper one of life's little pleasures.

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