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.

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  1. Kim

    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!


  2. FeatherBunkle

    This is lovely–you have a great eye!

  3. laura

    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,

  4. Jimmie

    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. Kathy Barbro

    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.

  6. KJ

    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.

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