Since Canadian Thanksgiving is in October and Thanksgiving sort of marks the pinnacle of fall, Christmas decorating at our house officially begins on November 1st. Perhaps it’s the years I spent growing up in Ontario snow country. Perhaps it’s the days getting shorter and the sun going down earlier. But come November 1st I am ready and eager to pull out the Christmas totes, put on some Christmas music (Bing Crosby or Brian Setzer anyone?) and start stringing up little white lights.
Our decorating has changed over the last several years. Many years ago we used whatever we had, then we went all “primitive country” and last year was very much white and silver which was a complete change and actually a little cold and stark.
This year I wanted to bring back warmth and a bit of a vintage feel to our decorations. Some of that is coming in by using off-whites mixed with whiter-whites, some is coming from adding more texture with burlap garlands and fluffy throw blankets. And some is coming in the form of DIY projects made from using vintage sheet music from hymnals my mother-in-law gave us.
One super easy DIY project is to make a paper chain. Yup, you heard me; a paper chain! Pretty much like those colourful ones we used to make in grade school from construction paper. Only this one is so much more classy and grown up!
DIY Upscale Paper Chain Tree Garland
- hymnal pages/sheet music/book pages
- scrapbook scissors
- scotch tape
Using scrapbook scissors cut your pages in four pieces lengthwise. I used scapbook scissors with a funky edge to add interest to my paper chain. Regular scissors will do if you do not have scrapbook scissors.
Make a circle with one piece and tape together with a small piece of scotch tape. Loop another piece through the circle and tape it together. Repeat until you have a “chain” in your desired length.
Then all you have to do is hang it up and enjoy. You could hang it on a mantle, over a window or looped around a Christmas tree. (Be sure your Christmas lights are safe!)
I hope you enjoy this little project from way back in the archives of 2012!