Vintage Christmas Paper Chain Garland

Little by little I’ve been chipping away at getting the house decorated for Christmas. I like to have carols playing in the background to keep me in the mood while working. I also light an evergreen candle to bring the sensory experience full circle. We set up the tree a couple days ago and the first piece of adornment was a vintage Christmas paper chain garland that I made from a kit.

Vintage Christmas Paper Chain GarlandThis year marks a new look for the Christmas tree. I replaced all my colorful vintage ornaments with gold, silver, and white ones. Rather than use a red bead chain for garland, I created one with vintage looking paper.


Vintage Christmas Paper Chain GarlandI always loved making Christmas paper chains out of red and green construction paper in grade school. I wanted to make them for our tree at home, but Mom always said, “It doesn’t go with our tree.” Which it didn’t. We always had a very formal tree – nine to ten foot tall live tree that was fully flocked and loaded with ornate ornaments.

So … now that I’m all grown up I decided it was finally time to make a Christmas paper chain for my own tree!


Vintage Christmas Paper Chain Garland KitI found a beautiful vintage paper chain garland kit with pre-cut card stock strips, which saved a ton of time! I bought enough to loop our tree several times.


Vintage Paper Chain Garland KitI used my hot glue gun to secure the strips together. You could use a glue stick, but I like the speed of working with the gun. Just be careful not to burn yourself when using the gun.


Vintage Paper Chain Garland KitStart gluing interlocking circles together to make the chain. You could easily make your own strips with scrapbook paper, but it will take more time to cut the strips and scallop the edges.


Vintage Paper Chain Garland KitSome of the strips have descriptive sentences about a snowman.


Vintage Paper Chain Garland KitAnd some have bars of music from Jingle Bells.


Vintage Christmas Paper Chain GarlandI love the way my vintage Christmas paper chain garland looks on my frosted tree with its new mercury glass ornaments.


Vintage Christmas Paper Chain GarlandThe tree is dotted with a few new feathered friends too. I’ll give a full reveal of this year’s Christmas tree in my holiday home tour on December 2nd. Can’t wait to show you!

Do you adorn your tree with garland?

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  1. The garland you mention is no longer available on Amazon, and the shipping at the one other site I found that had it was quite prohibitive. Darn! I really wanted to buy it.

  2. The chain is beautiful! You know I love those paper crafting ideas! Keep them coming.

  3. Love that garland in that it has scalloped edges and printed in the Christmas theme. Good job. Will look forward to the full reveal.
    Happy Thanksgiving.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  4. I love these chains! I just looked on Amazon and they are currently unavailable (sad face). Oh well, might have to make my own this year.
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

  5. I love it! The garland is beautiful and the scalloped edges add to the perfection.

  6. I love, love, love this look! I must confess, I have loved paper chain garlands since elementary school. They bring back such sweet memories every time I see them.


  7. Beautiful Jennifer…I can’t wait to see more of your beautiful tree!

  8. How big is your tree and how many garland sets did I take? Thanks

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