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:
- 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.
- Using a paper slicer, cut pages in 1″ strips. The longer the page, the larger the loop. We used pages that were ~6″.
- 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!)
- 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!)