How to Make a Glittered Chain-Link Holiday Garland

Dipped decor is definitely on-trend for the holidays, and while not every object can withstand being partially submerged in paint, it's an easy look to reproduce. Get the kids involved to create this fashion-forward paper garland.
Mint and gold holiday chain garland

How to Make a Glittered Chain-Link Holiday Garland

Dipped decor is definitely on-trend for the holidays, and while not every object can withstand being partially submerged in paint, it's an easy look to reproduce. Get the kids involved to create this fashion-forward paper garland.

By: Erika Snayd

Materials Needed:

  • 12x12 sheet of gold scrapbook paper (enough for 3 feet of chain)
  • mint-green acrylic paint
  • small bowl for paint
  • 1" paintbrush
  • pencil or pen
  • ruler
  • 1"-wide blue painter's tape
  • X-Acto knife
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks

Paint Back of Paper Then Mark Chain Links

Completely cover non-glitter side of gold scrapbook paper with mint acrylic paint. Once paint has fully dried, make inch marks on both edges of paper. Connect marks to create 1-inch stripes.

Mark stripes on back of paper

Paint Back of Paper Then Mark Chain Links

Completely cover non-glitter side of gold scrapbook paper with mint acrylic paint. Once paint has fully dried, make inch marks on both edges of paper. Connect marks to create 1-inch stripes.

Score Then Bend Paper

Using an X-Acto knife, carefully score (but don't cut) along marks. Make sure not to cut all the way through; cut the paper just enough to make it easy to tear later. Flip paper over and slightly crease at score marks to make them more visible.

Score the Paper for a Holiday Garland

Score Then Bend Paper for Garland

Using a craft knife, carefully score (but don't cut) along marks. Make sure not to cut all the way through; cut the paper just enough to make it easy to tear later. Flip paper over and slightly crease at score marks to make them more visible.

Tape Off Then Paint Strips

On paper's glittered side, place painter's tape along the center of each scored line (Image 1). Paint exposed paper with mint-green paint. Once paint has dried, carefully remove tape to reveal tone-on-tone pattern (Image 2).

Separate Strips Then Create Links

Gently tear the paper at each scored line. Create links by gluing the paper's ends together with hot glue, looping each piece of paper through the previous link to create a chain.

Creating chain link garland

Separate Strips Then Create Links

Gently tear the paper at each scored line. Create links by gluing the paper's ends together with hot glue, looping each piece of paper through the previous link to create a chain.

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