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Countdown to Christmas Paper Chain Craft

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Countdown to Christmas Paper Chain Craft

Now that Thanksgiving is over I can go into full Christmas craft mode! It’s the most wonderful time of my crafty year, and I’m excited to be joining the 12 Days of Christmas Series with some seriously amazing holiday crafters. I decided to keep with the paper theme that I started when I shared my scrapbook paper wreath, and make a traditional paper chain countdown calendar. When I was a child my siblings and I would glue links of paper together to create a chain that we could hang on a tree or wall. Each day we’d rip one link off the chain and the remaining links would be how many days until Christmas.

Christmas countdown craft

I decided to change things up a bit with today’s craft, and made the chain into a swag of paper loops. Hang this pretty Christmas decoration on a wall, door,or window and use it to countdown to Christmas day.

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It’s Day 3 and we are sharing DIY Christmas Countdown Calendar Ideas!

Paper Chain Christmas Countdown


Christmas Themed Scrapbook Paper



Christmas countdown craft.


Cut 25 strips of paper. I cut 11 thick strips and 14 thin strips of paper.

Glue a thick strip of paper into a loop. This will the the main link for the rest of the chain.

Christmas countdown craft

Make a chain using 5 think strips of paper, attaching the last loop to the main link. Make a second chain using 5 think strips of paper and attach the last loop to the main link. You now have 2 sets of 5 loops hanging from the main link.

Christmas countdown craft

Make a chain of 6 thin loops, attaching the last loop to the main link, in between the two think chains.

Christmas countdown craft

Make two sets of four thin chains, attaching the last loop of each chain to the main link. I attached these to the main link on the outside of the thicker chains.

Now you should have a total of 25 loops of paper including the main link. Hang your pretty swag and tag me on Instagram so I can see your crafty creations!

Christmas countdown craft


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