Gather around the table and assemble metres and metres of paper chains, tell stories, eat mince pies, sing some songs…
EACH KIT MAKES UP TO 10 METRES OF CHAIN.
Easy to make:
1. Fold the paper chains along the perforation lines, before carefully pulling apart.
2. Thread one strip inside the other and secure in a loop with glue, tape or staples.
This garland kit makes approximately 10 metres of chain.
Ecological credentials: Carbon balanced printing and exceptional quality means these chains can be kept and reused if looked after well and stored in a dry place when not being hung.
The designs for this year’s Paper Chain Kits started life as lino-cut prints. Inspired by early 20th century children’s book designs from Eastern Europe, with their woodcuts, bold shapes and inky colour combinations the Paper Chains this year have a distinctly folksy feel.
A table full of printed motifs and designs, rubbed off the lino block onto paper with the back of an old silver spoon. Peeling the paper away from the block is an exciting moment.
A take on the cut out paper doll chains, the bakers in the Biscuit Makers design wear traditional dress and stand proudly, hand in hand, amongst their baked goods.
There’s something very wintery about inky black and an off-white colour combination seen on The Star Vine pattern.
The Old Flag (seen below) is a celebratory design directly influenced by early 20th century Russian book covers. The lino-cut design is inked in reds, blues, pale pink and sage green and has a delightfully ‘wobbly’ effect, showing the hand of the maker.
Garlands have been made since Roman times and there is something very joyous about draping and festooning a chain of paper loops around the home. Strewn around the tree, across the hallway or hang from the table and stretch four pieces to each corner making a Swedish inspired ‘garland tent’.