Grocery Bag Paper Chain

Paper chain artPaper-Chains diagram 700Paper chain art seems to be most commonly associated with gum wrappers, as was popular in the 1960s. I’ve found that the process of folding and linking paper chains to be extremely successful and satisfying for students as young as 2nd graders. The sample shown here is made from a Trader Joe’s grocery bag, cut into 1″ x 9″ strips. The finished chain could be a bookmark, garland, or serve any multitude of uses.

• Paper, cut into 1″ x 9″ strips or a proportioned equivalent
• Paper cutter

1. Fold strips as shown in diagram.
2. Insert them into each other as shown.
3. Staple ends together or staple them closed, depending on how you want to use your chain.