Sep 26, 2011

Paper Chains, Gum Wrapper Style

Gum wrapper paper chains have been around for a long time, but the original size is rather tedious for small hands. I found that scrapbook paper cut into larger strips works for many ages. This has been one of the most popular activities that I've ever tried with students from grade two to five.
1. Cut LOTS of strips of paper that are 1" x 10" in length. To make each link, the students must fold each strip in half, wrong sides together, and make a crease. The strip is opened, and each side in folded in half again. Lastly, both sides fold together, much like a book is folded. Press all edges to crease and make flat. The final should look like "bunny ears", or two loops. Repeat to make many links.
2. Follow the diagram to the right to link chain together. Short chains make nice bookmarks, and long chains are fun to decorate with.

8 comments:

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

I love the scrapbook paper idea, thanks so much for this!

BETH said...

I REMEMBER MAKING THESE IN THE '70'S. GLAD TO SEE IT AGAIN.

Nancie Kay said...

This would be a great lesson plan for an art substitute teacher! Thanks for sharing...

CatyRose said...

Love this! I was looking for a fun project to do with my younger siblings that didn't require too much materials and wasn't too difficult. This was perfect, thanks!

Artist Lama Hajjar said...

It's simple and interesting,
I like the coloures. Sharing our ideas and projects is very useful keep going...THANKS

Suha said...

very niiiiiiiiiiice :-)

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Anonymous said...

Made my students make these as a filler project used them to outline all of my display boards! Fantastic!