Friday, November 18, 2011

Project Pinterest: Vintage Paper Chain

When I saw this pinI was reminded of the paper chains we used to make as kids to adorn the family Christmas Tree.  We made them out of strips cut from leftover pieces of Christmas wrapping paper.

You might remember THIS POST where I used pages from an old hymnal which I decoupaged onto an unused melamine plate -- turning it into something completely new.  I still had LOTS of pages left in the hymnal.  Don't you know it was the first thing I thought of when I saw this paper-chain idea on Pinterest?

So, I played around a little bit, and here's what I ended up doing...

1.  Cut the hymnal pages into strips a little bit more than 1" wide.

2.  Scalloped edges on both long-sides of the strips using decorative scissors.

3.  Adhered the strips end to end with Therm O Web Mounting Squares.

4.  Since my scallop-scissors were a smaller scallop, I didn't think it would look good to punch a hole at every scallop.  My paper is way too fragile, and I thought placing the holes that close together and along the edge might lead to tearing.  So, I just experimented with my own pattern of holes, and ended up with an all-over pattern...

...resembling dotted swiss.

I'm still working on creating links so that I have a substantial length of chain.  But, I have to say, I'm happy with the results.  I picture the chain either on our Christmas tree, or incorporated into a decorated spot where there are twinkle-lights.  I love the way the light shows through the punched holes.

What Pinterest Project have you experimented with?  Link up!

Here are the rules:
1. Decide which pin on Pinterest you’d like to recreate.
2. Create it!
3. Flop or success, create a blog post about your re-do and include the original pin’s url.
4. Add the Project Pinterest button to your post so others can join in too!
5. Link up and check out other bloggers’ posts!

Linking with Jennifer Rizzo for the Fabulously Creative Friday linky party, and: 


  1. That is really cool! I haven't seen that pin before. Thank you so much for linking up to Project Pinterest! Can't wait to see what you do next week!

  2. *GASP!* I love it!!! LOVE it! Oh, I can just see this chain on a white-themed Christmas tree with snowflakes and angels...this is so awesome Sally!! Thanks for sharing yet another fabulous project! :)

  3. Get!
    Okay, I know I already said that, but not with the exclamations. That is a work of art, little missy.

  4. Wow! This looks great. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones! I would love for you to visit me and see the centerpiece at my Thanksgiving table I am visiting you from Savvy Southern Style!

  5. I love what you can do with those hymnal papers! This is such a pretty idea, Sally. Thank you for sharing this at my HOME and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones.


  6. Very pretty, I haven't made paper chains for a long time.

  7. Wonderful pinspiration! I love paper chains and can't remember the last time I made one. Using hymnal papers for Christmas is perfect! Happy HOME!

  8. Oh my goodness! Your chain is gorgeous!! Just the bit of inspiration I needed today!! I'm pinning...sharing on's so inspiring. I made a kraft paper chain last year...loved it...but this is so pretty!!! But, it's so hard to tear up old hymnals. I know. :D

  9. That is a beautiful paper chain! I love the holes to let the light through.

  10. Fun! I haven't made a paper chain in so many years. I love the creative twists you have this classic Christmas staple.

    Warmly, Michelle
    Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust


Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I read each and every one, and truly enjoy "conversations" with you! ~Sally

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