Make paper chain decorations

Make paper chain decorations

Paper chains represent many things. Linking of cultures, the joining of hearts, Christmas decorations or just for the fun of it! Make some paper chains and link up some crazy contrasting colours with the kids.

What you need:

  • coloured paper
  • scissors
  • stapler
  • stickers
  • crayons

Number of players:


Cut the coloured paper into strips.

However wide you choose to make the strips will determine how thick the rings of the chains will be.

However many strips you cut, will determine the amount of rings in the paper chain.

Decorate the paper strips with patterns, stickers, drawings or words using crayons.

Fold one of the strips into a circle.

Staple the ends together to form a ring.

Slip another strip through the previously formed ring.

Staple the ends of the new circle together.

Repeat this process until you’ve made a long chain.

Hang up as decoration.


  • Use red and green paper to make chains for Christmas decorations.
  • Make plenty of coloured paper chains in preparation for a child’s birthday.
  • Use white paper in place of coloured paper so that your child’s illustrations are most prominent when hanging.
  • Cut strips of paper from old magazines to make colourful paper chains.
  • Cultural chains can be demonstrated from placing the countries colours in pattern form and then alternating. For example, to illustrate a multicultural community event you could link red, green and white for Italian, red white and blue for French, Red and white for Japanese and so on.

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