Super Simple Rainbow Chain
Project time: 10-15 Minutes
Cost: $4-7 Estimated
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.