Hi guys! I am super excited Kitschmas is here! I have so many things I am looking forward to sharing with you guys! Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in November are going to be dedicated to Christmas DIY projects. To kick off this month’s diy series I am going to share this “paper chain” garland with you. This particular project I found a version of in a 1955 Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Ideas Magazine. The original was an intricate paper chain tree garland. Paper garlands are so classic to me. I thought about making this particular paper chain, but in the end I was lazy and decided to make a felt simple traditional chain.
Here’s What You Need:
*Stiff Felt Sheets
*Scissors or Rotary Cutter and Self Healing Matt
*Hot Glue Gun and Glue
I bought the 9×12 stiff felt sheets in red and green. I cut the sheets in 1″ strips and then cut those strips in half with my rotary cutter ruler and mat. I separated out my red strips and green strips into separate piles and heated up my glue gun. Take one strip of red and place a dab of glue on one end then wrap the other end around and press into the glue making a loop. Take a green strip and slip it through the red loop. Place a dab of glue onto the end and then press the other end on the glue forming another loop connected to the first loop. Continue gluing your strips into loops making your chain until you have a chain as long as you want. I used four sheets of each color and made a chain long enough to cover my 4.5 foot tree nicely.
Here is the original tutorial from Christmas Ideas 1955:
Although the magazine version is super cool, I really love the classic simplicity of my felt garland, and I love that my garland will keep better and can be used year after year! It was really fun to make and I love how it holds it shape with the stiff felt. I hope you guys will add my simple felt chain or the fancy chain in paper or felt to your holiday crafting list. I think you’ll love it too! I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun DIY. Until then…