How to make traditional paper-chains – Christmas crafts from the National Trust

How to make traditional paper-chains – Christmas crafts from the National Trust


I’m here at the beautiful Greys Court
to show you how you can make one of the 19th Century’s most popular Christmas
decorations. Paper chains. You can do this by using anything you find around the house such as old magazines. You can use old newspapers, and you could even try to use something that I found which are these beautiful old Christmas Carol song sheets. You will need: some recycled paper or magazines, a pair of scissors and some glue. OK. So let’s get making. I’m cutting my strips about two centimetres by twenty centimetres, but really it doesn’t matter. You can’t really tell once it’s up. You could use a guillotine, but actually I find just cutting really therapeutic. It’s a good way to calm down after all the Christmas shopping stress. I love cutting paper chains because it really reminds me of when I was little. I used to always do this with my sister and my brother. OK so you should now have your nice pile of strips. Looking a little bit like this. And we’re just going to make them into loops now. So wrap it round into a loop, round your fingers. If you find it a bit tricky to balance, or you’ve got small children doing this, you can always put it on the table first. Just put a little bit of sticky glue on the end. You don’t need much at all. Hold it together. Pinch it between your fingers and thumbs. Just hold it a little bit tightly. So you just carry on. You feed it through. Loop it around again, and start from the
beginning. Gluing the ends on. Holding it together, and very soon you can see what it’s going to look like. All comes together really nicely. Just carry on doing exactly the same thing for as long as you want. You can make your paper chain as short or as long as you’d like it to be. And then when you’ve got to the end of your paper pile, or to the end of your chain length, then you’re ready to hang it up. So here it is. The final paper chain. And it does look rather elegant if I do say so myself. You can put this anywhere you like in your house. On your tree, on your mantelpiece like I used to do when I was little. I hope this has inspired you to have a go at making paper chains in your own home. There’s lots more things to do on our website. So check it out.

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