How to Weave a Paper Chain

How to Weave a Paper Chain

Back in junior high, my friends and I used to fold gum wrapper chains. By the end of the school year we had may feet assembled. The same technique we used to waste time in study hall can be applied to just about any kind of paper with some really cool results. Here’s a how-to to get you started making these simple chains.


Paper of your choosing (I used colorful interior pages from a magazine)

A cutting tool (I used a small utility blade and cutting mat, but a paper trimmer/cutter of the office variety would be optimal)

A ruler

Preparing the Paper to Weave

This project is all about ratio. In my case, I cut my magazine pages into 3" by 5/8" strips. You’ll want to cut a bunch of these to get started.

Take one of your paper strips and fold it in half the long way. The side you want showing should face out. In this case, the blue side.

Next, fold in half in the center as shown.

Fold down both sides to the middle of the paper.

Repeat this procedure using your remaining paper strips.

Weaving the paper

Slip one of your folded papers inside the other as shown. If you keep the cut edges up, it will make things easier.

Tuck them snugly together.

Turn piece over (left to right if you're a righty and right to left if you're a lefty); continue weaving folded paper to desired length, turning over after every new 'link'.

What to do with them

Well, that’s entirely up to you, but here’s what I did. With a few not-so-tricky folds, you can make shapes like these. Add a few embellishments (chrome brads and copper wire) and voila, little art pieces.


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Vanita on Oct 21, 2013:

There was a technique for "locking" the first two pieces together so that the chain wouldn't fall apart, but I can't remember how it was done.  Do you?

Anonymous on Jun 04, 2012:

u helped so much!!!!

MO on Jan 16, 2012:

Thanks for posting this "how to".  I am going to be making a paper chain hat for a "crazy hat day".  I had forgotten how to do it.  

When I was a kid we used to make paper chain hats.  That was a long time ago.

peppypilotgirl on Jun 14, 2010:

Just what I was looking for - thanks!!

Taylor :| on Feb 16, 2010:

wow. not so many comments there, sorry!

Taylor :| on Feb 16, 2010:

Ya, it would make a pretty picture frame!      This is cool! Thanks!!

Caya123 on Jul 19, 2007:

That last one would make a very nice picture frame. Pretty!

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