Halloween Paper Chain Garland
A few weeks ago, I popped into a cute little shop to kill some time. It was a rare moment when I had finished errands ahead of schedule and had a bit of free time before my next appointment. I only had about 15 minutes, but I managed to find a few little trinkets, so I made my way to the checkout to settle up when I noticed something hanging over my head – St. Valentine’s paper garland.
The sight instantly took me back to my childhood. Back then, my sisters and I would cut, glue, and fashion wrapping paper scraps into colorful Christmas chain garland for the tree.
Why had I not thought of adding Halloween paper chain garland to my haunted decor? I have no idea, but I decided that I needed to remedy that immediately. However – I wasn’t going to settle for some small, wimpy loop chain. Nope. I need a “go big or go home” chain that would maximize a full 12×12 sheet of scrapbook paper, cut and assemble quickly, and make a big impact.
Want to see what I came up with? I thought you’d never ask.
Let’s get started.
Halloween Paper Chain - Double-Sided
Begin by cutting the cardstock using the SVG template.
If your cardstock is double-sided or you don’t care that the back of your paper chain is white, then no glue is required for this project.
I distressed the white edges of my strips with an alcohol ink marker. This step is optional, but I really like the look it gives to the chain.
Next, I curled the paper, lined up the holes, and attached the ends with a metal brad.
Now repeat until your chain is the length you desire. Easy peasy!
Halloween Paper Chain - Solid Core
For the second version, I used solid core 12×12 cardstock. I dug through my stash and found some white, paper hole reinforcement labels and some simple Happy Halloween ribbon, so I decided to do a bit of embellishing.
To begin, cut the strips.
As I only had white paper hole labels, I decided to color them with colored pencils to match the paper. I then added them to the strips.
For more interest, I cut lengths of ribbons and glued them to the strips.
Finally, I curled the paper and attached the ends with a metal brad.
So simple it’s scary.
No glue or scissors required – unless you’re like me and you have to be a bit extra.
One quick note – I made two versions of the SVG. One has the holes, and one does not, so you have options should you prefer to glue or staple the ends or tie with a ribbon to make this project come together even quicker.
If you don’t have a cutting machine, you can replicate these by cutting your strips approximately 1 5/8″ wide by the entire length of your paper and using a punch or awl to make the hole.
Oh, and yes – it is February and I still have pumpkins hanging around. Doesn’t everybody?