Deck the Halls with Paper Chains

Have you been decking the halls? We don’t really deck the halls since we only have one hall and it leads to the bathroom but we have been decorating the living room with lots of handmade garlands and other paper ornaments. I love construction paper. It is so easy to work with and so cheap! Why not get out your stack and see what you can come up with. We came up with a lot of ideas. Here are some of the more successful ones and how we made them…

Deck the Halls with Paper Chains 1

Mistletoe Garland 

You will need 9 or so strips of 1 inch by 9 inches green construction paper, 2 strips of red 1 inch by 9 inches, and a stapler.

  1. With a green strip, mark 1 1/2 inches for the end and loop the other end to that mark (you will have created a spoon shape)
  2. Next take another green strip and align it to the edge of the loop and staple the stack
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have your desired length
  4. To create the bow, mark 3 inches from the end of a red strip and loop the other end to that mark, repeat with the other red strip, sandwich the last green piece between the bow sides and staple
  5. The last step is to cut a “V” on both ends of the ribbon shape

This one is my son’s favorite since he is such a kissy bug!

Wreath Ornament

You will need 2 strips of 1 inch by 9 inches green construction paper for each wreath and tissue paper or kite paper strips of 1 inch by 12 inches in an assortment of colors, one for each wreath. You also need a stapler, hole punch, and a small binder clip.

  1. Start by taking two strips of green, stacking perfectly, and punching a series of holes
  2. Next sandwich your tissue paper between the green strips with an equal length hanging out each end and hold in place at the center with a small binder clip
  3. Then create a loop end to end, fold back the tissue paper strip ends, and staple on either side
  4. The last step is to cut “V” ends on your tissue strips or ribbon ends.

Hang these near natural light or on the tree to catch the light.

Holly Garland

You will need 8 strips of 1 inch by 9 inch green construction paper and 3 red strips of 1 inch by nine inch construction paper. You will also need a stapler and a mini stapler or small brads.

  1. Staple 2 strips of green together and fold the strips at 3 inches and 6 inches
  2. Next staple at the two folds (to the outside of each strip to create the symmetrical concave curve of a holly leaf)
  3. Take a red strip and fold it in half to find the center, line up the final two end of the holy leaf with an end of the red strip, create a loop with HALF the length of the red strip, and hold in place with a small binder clip
  4. Take 2 more greens, align them with the other end of the red, loop them around and staple the stack (my stapler was too big to fit inside the berry shapes so I used small brads); this will create two berries and the beginning of your next holly leaf
  5. Repeat the folding and stapling from steps 1 and 2 to form the holly leaf and 4 and 5 to form the berries and start the next leaf, continue until you have your desired length

The holly is my favorite even though we don’t need paper holly since we have real holly right in our yard!

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Accordion Trees

Make Christmas trees with your leftover green strips! You will also need tree toppers (we used pom poms), craft glue, and glitter glue

Accordion fold a 1 inch by 9 inch green strip, find the center and attach your tree topper with craft glue, then add glitter glue to the branches, and let dry.

You can use these as tree ornaments by draping over a branch. Nothing says holiday excess quite like decorating you tree with more trees!

Santa Belt Garland 

You will need a bunch of  black 1/2 inch by 12 inch strips of construction paper, a bunch of one inch squares of gold paper, a stapler, and a gray pastel

  1. Take your gray pastel and add soot marks to the black strips to make them look like belts that have been down a chimney or two
  2. Take one gold square, fold it in half, snip two slots about a quarter inch long and a quarter inch from each edge
  3. Next thread one black strip through the slots on the gold square to create the belt buckle
  4. Loop the black strip around and staple (or tape if you are having trouble stapling such a thin strip)
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 until you have your desired garland length

My husband thinks these look like pilgrim hat bands so maybe this paper chain would work for Thanksgiving too.

Rudolph Garland

For the reindeer garland you will need 9 strips of 1 inch by 9 inch construction paper, 5 strips of 1 inch by 9 inch yellow construction paper, and 8 black or brown 1/2 inch pom poms and one red, glue dots or craft glue, and a stapler.

  1. Fold a yellow strip in half then create a spoon shaped loop with a brown strip (end to end), sandwich it at 90 degrees in the fold of the yellow 1 1/2 inches down, and staple
  2. Cut a slit about half way down on the exposed ends of the brown strip and fold to create the antlers
  3. Add a black pom pom just inside the loop with a glue dot (if you don’t have glue dots you can wait until the end to add the noses with craft glue
  4. Loop another brown strip and sandwich it at ninety degrees between the end of the yellow strip attached to the first reindeer and another yellow strip, staple, and repeat steps 2 and 3
  5. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have 9 reindeer across and don’t forget Rudolph in the middle!

I apologize there are no tutorial images (I think I overwhelmed myself with the number of ideas!) but really they are all much simpler than they sound in written instructions. So give it a try. Make these or come up with your own ideas. I hope we have inspire you to create with construction paper this holiday season!

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!



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