Monday, September 29, 2014

Halloween Paper Chain

Paper chains were a go-to DIY Christmas decoration when I was in elementary school. With scissors and a bit of paste I could transform sheets of construction paper into festive garlands. This Halloween paper chain is a grown-up version of the red-and-green garlands I used to make. You can use purchased Halloween papers, but I made my own with rubber stamps, ink, pinking shears, and a hole punch.

Start by stamping images with black ink on white, gray, and orange card stock. The stamps I used are from All Night Media® (ornamental swirls), Rubber Stampede™ (trees), Hero Arts® (manuscript), and Penny Black® (scroll). I also used an artist's eraser to make the wide stripes and a pencil-top eraser for the dots. When you're happy with your stamping, cut the paper into 1 1/8"-by-8" strips with straight scissors or pinking shears. To add more dimension, punch holes in some of the strips and layer narrow stamped strips over solid black strips.

To assemble the chain, shape one strip into a ring and staple the ends together. Add links to the chain one by one, alternating colors and patterns. Hang the chain on your Halloween tree (if you have one) or a mantel. You can also arrange the chain in a bowl or basket to make a Halloween centerpiece. 

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