paper chains

Paper chains

Pile of paper chains made from cut up junk mail

Paper chains made from junk mail are colourful and cheap!

When I was 6 or 7, my mum and me took a whole day making paper chains. mum cut strips from magazines and stuff then we stuck them together looped through each other to make our chains.

It really was all day we did it so we had a huge pile of chains at the end 🙂 When we hanged it up it went all around our lounge room two times and dangled down beside the door on both side too.

loved that day with my mum, loved seeing those chains hanging up for weeks. So that’s my favourite Christmas memory and my idea of what people can do with kids for fun in December.

A hanging Christmas tree

We had our break up at the scout hall last night – Santa came, we played games, we ate food and we had lots of fun. Some kids even got badges and awards.

The hall was decorated with paper chains, balloons and pictures of Santa. Best of all was a tall Christmas tree near one corner, with a basket of presents from Santa. But the tree didn’t touch the ground!

The tree was hung from the roof on a rope so it swings – can’t knock it over that way I guess, and it does get a few knocks with 60 or so kids running around. I don’t know how’s its made – its sort of spirally and then has decorations hanging on it. I think its pretty old, too.

Oh, and thanks for my present Santa!

Paper chains

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. We didn’t have strips of paper so I tried cutting my own 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 – and I always looked back on the previous 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 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!

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