Did anyone else make paper chains for Christmas?

We made them at school every year during Primary school, plus I attempted making some at home. At home, I cut my own paper strips and I never did get the cutting quite straight! The home made ones were a bit boring, too, as we never had coloured paper and my attempts to colour them with pencils were a bit faint and dismal.

child made paper chains strung across a ceiling

Paper chains – cheap and easy to make for instant colour in a room for Christmas!

Our classrooms were always decked in paper chains. Then, I always looked back on the lower year’s room and wondered why the kids made chains instead of using the ones we had made (never occurred to me that the year above me probably had done some too!) I also wanted to know where they stored them all…

No more paper chains?

I don’t think my kids have ever made paper chains anywhere but at home. They don’t do them at school or childcare, or even at Joeys (the craft hub of our lives right now.) I wonder why?

Maybe they try to make things so each child gets one to take home, and maybe they prefer things that last better than paper chains so they can be stored and used for Christmas after Christmas. All very reasonable but paper chains were a fun part of Christmas each year!

Might have to start cutting some strips for this weekend – but I’ll use a cutter instead of scissors this time!