Old School~Paper Chains

Hi everyone!

I have had basically empty shelves and tabletops in my living room since taking down Christmas decor. I have to confess, I enjoy it. I have been in no hurry to re-decorate the room. It may surprise you but, I LOVE clean, completely empty flat surfaces. But, I also enjoy decorating. So, I have decided that I will enjoy my clear flat surfaces in between some of the holidays.

Now that Valentine’s Day is coming up, I am thinking of what to use to decorate for this holiday.As I have been doing for the past few years, I only budget $5.00 for decorations for what I refer to as the Minor Decorating Holidays. Everything else is from using things around the house. Or making things from what I already have on hand.

I have also decided that I need to involve the Princess in decorating these small holidays. She loves decorations and loves to be part of creating things. I forget that simple basic arts & crafts skills are not things you are born knowing how to do. It is my responsibility to take advantage of any skill building projects to teach my 4 year old!

So, that is why we are starting our decorating old school ~ Paper Chains!

IMG_0506When was the last time you made old fashioned paper chains? For me, it was MANY years ago! I forgot how time consuming they are to create! LOL But, I also forgot how fun and pretty they can be!

Of course, I did the bulk of them while the Princess was in bed because Mama has new and easier tools to make them.

IMG_0505But, I wanted to teach her some important skills so, I had her do it old school. Just look at the simple skills she is gaining by learning how to make paper chains:

  • Learn how to use a ruler
  • Learn to draw a straight line
  • Learn how to measure spaces
  • Learn how to use scissors and cut along a line
  • Learn how to make a chain link
  • Learn how to use a dab of glue
  • Learn how to use a paperclip

IMG_0511Wow! Who knew there were so many learning opportunities in making something as simple as a paper chain! I am really trying to take advantage of these moments to teach the Princess any thing new. And if you are creating some fun decorating project, it makes it so much easier for kids to want to be part of it. It’s not about being perfect. It’s about learning and having fun!

IMG_0515The Princess is 4 years old and it seems that about 15 minutes is that age groups maximum attention span. So, keep their help and involvement to small increments. One small section of a chain, turned into an all day affair (broken up throughout the day). But, in her eyes, she made all of the chains. LOL

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22 comments :

  1. Who doesn't love a good paper chain...especially a pink one. Love those cutting skills.

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  2. Have to agree on cutting skills. Those are great for a 4-year-old. Looks like she did great!

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  3. That really does bring back memories! And after all these years...it still looks like fun to make! ♥

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  4. Diann you are the best Mom. So many don't take the time to do things like this with their kids. You are not only teaching skills, you are making memories. hugs to you and the Princess! Linda

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  5. Good for you for using this craft idea to teach your little princess. Parents need to do more of that instead of relying on the schools. (Retired school teacher here.) The chain brings back fond memories of when I made one for my first Christmas tree that my mom let me have in my room years ago. Yours looks great in pink.

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  6. What a sweet mother/daughter project. PINK is the perfect color for Valentine's Day.

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  7. great idea for the pink paper chains.
    Cathy

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  8. Funny you should ask. I just had a Vintage Picnic theme party for my niece and I made some chains to decorate there. I agree, they do take longer then I thought they would. But, they were fun!

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  9. Oh my...those were the days...loved making these back in the day!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  10. I adore paper chains! I made some for Christmas a few years back after not for well, a lifetime, and it was so much fun. Now every holiday gets their paper chain. :)

    Happy Rednesday!

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  11. Oh thank you for the memory. I had forgotten about the hours that I spend helping my sons do the chains. It has many,many years now however.
    I really don't do a lot of decorations for the minor holidays either since we are nesters.
    have a wonderful day.

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  12. Hi lovely lady.
    This was a lovely memory sweet lady. My Mom and I would set at the kitchen table and cut paper for the chains to go on the Christmas Tree, this was a long time ago miss this with her...I would like to thank you so much for your sweet comments on my Tablescape. I hope you and your family have a wonderful week.
    XXOO Diane

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  13. We used to do that when I was a kid, we hang them in Christmas tree.

    Pink Bathroom, have a great weekend!

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  14. So cute and fun to do with your princess!! Thanks for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday!! ~Lorraine ♥♥♥

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  15. Who wouldn't want to create pink paper chains when you have pink scissors! Happy Pink Saturday! ~Marti

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  16. It has been a very long time since I made school chains. They still make nice decorations.

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  17. I haven't made one of those since the children all grew up and left home! They were always such run!
    HPS!
    Jil ♥

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  18. What a sweet project for you and your 4 year old! I'll have to involve my GD in making some chains soon!

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  19. I remember making paper chains. My grandgirls love any thing to do with paper, glue and scissors!!!Yours pink chain is really cute.
    Ann

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  20. I used to love making chains as a kid, the last one I made was for a Christmas countdown and that was probably 17 years ago.
    What a sweet memory for your princess and a pretty decoration too :)
    HPS
    Jenny

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  21. Beautiful! My children (quadruplets) are twenty-three now, but I loved doing crafts with them when they were little. I also volunteer for a program called Rainbows. I work with the four to six year olds. I am always looking for simple yet time consuming crafts to do with them. Thank you for this idea!

    I will feature your blog on my blog next week. :)

    Happy Pink Saturday!
    Terry

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