Making a Paper Chain Garland

Making a paper chain garland is a kid-friendly Christmas craft. They can also be used to count down to Christmas. This guide is about making a paper chain garland.

Girl with a paper chain garland.
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Simple Paper ChainNeat way to make a paper garland for your tree without tape or glue.

Approximate Time: 1 hour


  • holiday scrapbook paper
  • cardboard for pattern
  • small piece of tape
  • scissors
  • pencil


You will need paper that measures about 2 by 5 1/2 inches for each loop. Fold this rectangle paper vertically and then horizontally. It should now be in fourths. Simple Paper Chain

Make a pattern similar to the one in the photo, about 2 1/2 by 1 inch. Trace this in the corner where there are two folds. Cut out

Unfold and refold in half horizontally. Slip one end through the opening of another one which is folded in half, then unfold and bring the two openings together. Go on to the next one and continue until you have the length you want. I hope the photos will explain it a bit better.

Of course you could increase the size of your pattern to move the project along faster. When you are finished, you will need to tape or glue the last chain. Well it's almost tapeless. Great for young children to put together if someone cuts them out. Simple Paper Chain

By NoRulesArt from Sunny Florida

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Christmas cards can be cut into strips and made into delightful "chains' for your tree. Also I have made chains using red and green paper from old wallpaper books.

By ilovemydog from Pittsburgh, PA

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A paper chain counting down to ChristmasThere are many ways to count down to Christmas. There are songs about it. Retail has take a cue from the season and transformed it into a list of shopping deals for the holiday season. Each year at church, we take the month of December off from creating crafts about the children's bible stories and make Christmas themed crafts. The Sunday before the month of December, we usually make an Advent. This year, it was a paper chain.

Approximate Time: less than 30 minutes


  • computer
  • printer
  • colored paper
  • scissors or paper trimmer
  • stapler or tape


Making a traditional paper chain is easy. You can choose your colors of paper or just alternate between green and red. Printing our list out on the computer first, we copied it onto colored paper and then cut it into strips utilizing either a paper trimmer or scissors. The chain pieces were joined with a stapler but tape could also be used. At the end of the chain was the description applied as a chain piece.

So what am I taking about? Each chain contains the name of a bible verse to be read each night as a count down to Christmas. The verses chosen relate to the holiday's theme. Here are the verses we used and the description follows:

  • Luke 1:11-17
  • Malachi 3:1
  • Isaiah 9:6-7
  • Luke 1:26-33
  • Matthew 1:18-19
  • Isaiah 7:14
  • Matthew 1:20-25
  • Luke 1:39-56
  • Luke 2:1-7
  • Luke 2:8-14
  • Luke 2:15-20
  • Exodus13:2
  • Luke 2:21-24
  • Matthew 2:1-5
  • Micah 5:2
  • Matthew 2:7-12
  • Luke 2:25-35
  • Luke 2:36-38
  • Hosea 11:1
  • Matthew 2:13-15
  • Jeremiah 31:15
  • Matthew 2:16-18
  • Matthew 2:19-23
  • Luke 2:39-40

This advent chain contains 24 Bible verses to look up about the birth of Jesus. In the month of December, if you remove one each day and read the bible verse, you will have a count down advent activity and in the end, you and your child will have looked up and read 24 Bible verses.

Highlight the bible verses, enlarge them to 24 point type and center them on the page. Then print them out on your computer. They will be ready to copy and cut into strips.

By Janet from Carmel, IN

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Looking for Christmas garlands that cost little or no money? Make a paper chain garland using the funny pages from the newspaper or colorful gloss ads. Just cut paper into strips, tape or staple the loops as you chain them together.

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