Super Simple Rainbow Chain

Project time: 10-15 Minutes

Cost: $4-7 Estimated

Difficulty: Simple

Materials: Textured cardstock + Stapler

Finished product: Apx. 8' Sturdy Paper Chain

Use ideas: Birthday Backdrop + Table Runner + Doorway Decor + Crepe Paper Substitute

The paper chain, minimal work for great aesthetic payoff! I made this adorable rainbow themed chain for my baby girl's first birthday.

Instead of paper, I used pre-cut cardstock. I liked building with this for a few reasons:

  • It's pre-cut in perfect size strips (Time saver!)
  • It's textured - for added visual detail
  • It's double sided - so the chain is aesthetically pleasing from all sides
  • It's heavier - making it more of a fixture rather than a flimsy paper chain. (Great for outdoor parties!)
  • It handles staples really well (super quick assembly.)

Ready to get started? 


1) Remove the paper strips + sort your colors into the order you're looking for

I left the colors in the order they came - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink. I used most of the each colors shades (see example below) but did not use the browns, or darkest greens/blues. I wanted to keep it bright and 'rainbow-like'!


2) Build a basic chain

Create a loop, staple twice on the edges, slip another link through, staple again, repeat.


3) Hang, drape, or strew this bad-boy

Enjoy the simple aesthetic this party classic brings!



- I was really happy that the staples didn't show once the chain was hung. You can see from the 'in-use' park picture that they blended pretty well with the paper!

- I bought the pre-cut cardstock at Hobby Lobby, I used their always running 40% off coupon, helping keep the cost below $5.

- As always, if you try this project I'd love to see your creation! Please share a pic and tag us on instagram, @somanyhoorays #naileditsomanyhoorays or on the So Many Hoorays facebook page