With so many Christmas decoration ideas available these days, we can sometimes overlook the classics that still look great! Paper chains were a simple way to create a decoration during the Victorian times, and we think they are still a winner!
Paper chains were first seen in the UK during the 1850s where they were used to decorate Christmas trees. In those days when money was scarce, newspapers were used to make them. We love this simple pared-back idea so we’ve decided to make our own from some Christmas wrap.
You will need:
- Newspaper or wrapping paper
- Glue or washi tape
- Pencil or pen
How to make paper chains
1. Cut your wrap into strips, we did 3cm by 20cm as we wanted ours quite chunky.
2. Take one strip and attach the two ends together, then pick up another and loop that into the first. Continue until you have the length you require.
3. Drape around your tree, or use it as a garland across a fireplace, or hang them from one corner of your ceiling to another.
The best paper chains (if your craft skills are questionable)
And if your homemade ones turn out not to be the glorious traditional Christmas decoration you hoped for, here are our best picks that you can just order online instead:
1. Add some pattern with paper chains
Cambridge Imprint designs their own prints which are beautiful! In their online shop you’ll find stunning wrapping paper - in case you want to use it to make your own - Folk Art decorations, paper chains, Christmas cards, ribbons, tags and stickers.
2. Go for a contemporary twist
If you love paper chains but find them a bit flimsy, then consider these colourful beauties from Artbox. Made from recycled leather, they really are perfect if you want a modern twist on a trad decoration. You can have them personalised too and each piece is connected to the next with a brass coloured metal fastener for you to use.
3. Use a kit for an easy DIY
There’s something therapeutic about sitting in front of the fire making traditional style decorations. These paper chain garland kits will look fabulous hung from the ceiling or used as a table centerpiece. Each of these five paper chain designs has a star or striped lining and have a classic print on the top.
4. Pick a fun design
Festive jumpers have become synonymous with Christmas over the last few years so why not choose Christmas jumper shaped paper chain designs too! These fun chains come in two colourways and you get 5m of each one - plenty long enough to use as a Christmas tree decoration and you could even get the kids involved and see who can make the longest paper chain!