Paper Chain Christmas Tree Card

chain treeI call this my “minimalist” tree card. Art stores like Michael’s have lots of pretty scrapbook paper these days; I prefer ones with a small scale print.
1. Cut strips of paper 5″ long by 1/2 ” wide and follow the folding and chaining technique on my post “Paper Chains, Gum Wrapper Style”.
2. Fold and chain 6 links for the bottom row of the tree, 4 for the middle, 2 for the top and 1 for the trunk.
3. Arrange the chain segments as shown on a piece of white paper, about 5″ x 7″ and glue in place. Glue the white paper to a slightly larger colored paper for an accent.

7 Responses

  1. Anonymous
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  2. KJ
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    I have to share with you how much I love these paper chains! I teach 1st grade and we were able to make these chains on a larger scale (1″x12″). We made your Christmas tree and glued to 8 1/2 by 11″ paper. They look superb! Thanks for sharing great directions.

  3. Kathy Barbro
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    Thanks for sharing Jimmie – I love your poster!! I’m still trying to find other ways of using the chain so if your kids come up with something brilliant, I’d love to know.

  4. Jimmie
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    We did this craft! Photos are at Flickr. We used the 1″ by 10″ strips, and our tree was so huge we made a poster! :-)

  5. laura
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    Thank you so much. I have been coming to this site since September and never leave without inspiration. I am a volunteer “art” teacher for grades 1- 3 at a small private school. Your site has been so helpful. Tomorrow we tackle the trees and the plan is to add decorations.
    Thanks again,
    Laura

  6. FeatherBunkle
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    This is lovely–you have a great eye!

  7. Kim
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    I adore this tree. Simple but complete! And it’s wonderful sometimes for kids to have a project they can complete quickly. I know I need some of those from time to time. Thanks for a great site!

    Kimara
    http://www.weefolkart.com

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