Kennedy made paper chains for Christmas at school this year and I’ve been slightly fascinated by them ever since.
They’re so easy! So straightforward! So classic! But still so eye-catching.
I had the brilliant rule-bending thought that maybe I could make a paper chain for a holiday other than Christmas if my little heart so desired. And desire it did! So off to Michael’s I went for some red paper. I used some brown kraft paper as well to tie in with the rest of my fantel that I’ll be showing you soon.
Of the “garland family” of crafts, I think this one is my new favorite. The garland family, you know what I mean right? You’ve got your standard buntings, you paper buntings, your strings of pom-poms and beads, your natural material garlands, your fabric scrap garlands, your ruffle garlands and your seasonal motif garlands. Am I missing any?
I vote for the paper chain to be top dog for a few reasons. It’s so quick, for one. You think it’s going to be a big complicated, elaborate thing, because it looks pretty snazzy, but really it comes together super quickly with some scissors and hot glue. It’s also super cheap to make and gives any little area of your home a good ol’ fashioned fun kinda feel.
You know what else? Perfectionism is just not welcome to the party when you’re making paper chains. You can make them with your kids and even if the strips of paper get cut to all different widths and there are glue strings everywhere, no one will even notice because they’ll just be distracted by all that cuteness.
If you’d like to vote for paper chains, or any of the other garland-style crafts, simply head on over and “like” Paper Chains for President over on Facebook and cast your vote.
I’m just kidding. That’s not really a thing. You were getting a little scared about what this world is coming to there weren’t you?
I still think my chain is pretty cute though!
Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.