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I was in Maine for Christmas, and I helped Red Hen do a Christmas display in her window. A tree with lights was a no brainer, but what to do to decorate? Ornaments were too busy and fussy, and she wanted to stay topical and true to her store. 

We used pages from (non-valuable) books and made a paper chain to wrap around the tree! It looks perfect.

This should serve as inspiration to you, the tired, overworked, and parents – get your kids /friends involved and make paper chains, and give your Christmas tree a classic touch that isn’t a huge project!

In case it’s been a while since you did elementary crafts, here’s the step-by-step:

  1. Find an old book to take apart. Gently pull the pages out from the binding OR use a straight blade to cut them out at the seam. 
  2. Using a paper slicer, cut pages in 1″ strips. The longer the page, the larger the loop. We used pages that were ~6″.
  3. Using tape (regular or double-sided), loop the pages into a circle. Don’t forget to loop the previous link into the next one. (and, if you do, discard that link OR add another in – remember, this is a low maintenance, non stressful project!) 
  4. Continue until pages done or desired length achieved! 

(and, at the end of the season, you don’t want to keep these til next year, they’re recyclable!)