I call this paper chain tree my “minimalist” holiday card. Stores like Michaels have lots of pretty scrapbook paper these days; I prefer ones with a small scale print.

MATERIALS
• Pattern paper, cut to 5″ x 2.5″ strips
• Craft glue
• White card stock paper, 4.75″ x 6.75″
• Red card stock paper, 5″ x 7″
• Envelope (optional)

DIRECTIONS
1. Cut strips of paper 5″ long by 1/2 ” wide and follow the folding and chaining technique shown in the diagram below.
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.
Paper-Chains diagram 700

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