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How To Make A 60’s Inspired Christmas Paperchain

Grab your paper and get your creative cap’s on and check out our fun – How to make a 1960’s Christmas paper chain. Hobbycraft kindly supplied the products we needed for this how to.

The 60’s saw the paperchain become popular as many families made their own Christmas decorations and it was also a good way to keep the kids occupied.

UTCT has put together a step-by-step guide on how to make your very own 1960’s inspired Christmas paper chain.  All you need are a few products from Hobbycraft and your ready to go!

You can watch our fun demonstration below on our official YouTube channel:

So what do you need before you can start?

  • Cream Card
  • Red Card
  • Glue Gun
  • Glue Mini Melts
  • Assortment Of Beads
  • Paperchain Paper
  • 3D Stickers
  • Red Glitter Glue
  • Green Glitter Glue
  • Christmas Stickers

Before you start we would like to point out that the glue gun does get very hot and we would strongly recommend that an adult be present and use the glue gun if children are helping out.

Step 1 – You have all of your products set out in front of you, the first thing you need to do is plug the glue gun in to heat up which will only take a few seconds.

Step 2 – Cut the red and cream card paper into thick strips, roughly 3 strips per piece of card.  We recommend using card instead of paper as it will not rip and tear as easily as paper

Step 3 – Take the first piece of card and pick out a handful of beads you would like to put on the first loop of the paperchain. With the glue gun, place a small amount of glue on the card where you would like your bead to go and place the bead on – giving it a few seconds to set before moving onto the next bead.  Repeat this, creating your desired effect (we went for a squiggle line), until three-quarters of the paper is covered with the beads.

Step 4 – Lift and hold the paperchain and place a small line of glue along the bottom of the paper and loop the card backwards to make a loop and join up with the other end of the paper.  This will give you a loop and your first loop of your paperchain.

Repeat step 3 with different designs.  For our next loop on the chain we took a piece of red card and a Christmas sticker which we wrote for each member of the team,  we put this in the middle of the card and wrote that persons name on the card beside the sticker with green glitter glue.

Then for our next one we used some 3D Christmas stickers and then looped with the other two.  For the next section of our paperchain we glued paper onto a piece of card and stuck on some Christmas snowflakes from the Christmas stickers pack.

Then this was looped with the other three, this was carried on with different designs until we had as many as we wanted to make over own 1960’s inspired Christmas paperchain.

Have you made your own paperchain?  Why not let us know by leaving us a comment below as our ByGone Christmas series continues.

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