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Ribbon Chain Garland

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Do you remember making paper chains for the Christmas tree or mantel when you were a child?  I do!  It was so much fun.  My sisters, brothers and I would sit and cut strips of construction paper, always red and green, and glue them all together.  We’d compare to see whose was the longest.  Sometimes we joined them all together to see if we had made “the biggest chain in the world” before they went on the tree.

I thought of those fun times when I was thinking of what I could do with some wonderful May Arts ribbon scraps I had left over from wreath making.



How fun is this?  A ribbon chain!  Just like the paper chains but you can keep this one year after year, adding wonderful new May Arts ribbons and memories as you create.  No tearing or fading to worry about.

Thanks to the wonderful selections in the May Arts Ribbon Store, you can create these in any style to match your décor.  I can see shimmery silvers and gold, rich burgundy  and greens, fresh blue and white, deep lush purple and cream…the choices are endless!

 Let’s get onto the details so you can get started.  This is simple enough that little hands will be able to help too.   Firm ribbons in widths of 1 inch to 1 ½ inches work best.


Ribbon Chain:


Step 1

Gather your supplies:

  • May Arts ribbons to make the length of chain desired.  Quantity will vary depending on the finished length you desire.
  • Stapler
  • Rotary Cutter or scissors (I found that a rotary cutter gives a cleaner cut edge.)


Step 2

Cut May Arts Ribbon to 7” lengths.


Step 3

To form first loop, place chosen ribbon right side up.  Place Glue Arts ribbon adhesive on one end.


Step 4

Bring ribbon ends together and press right sides together.  Staple the end close to the edge.


Step 5

Flip the ribbon over.  Place another strip of Glue Arts Ribbon Adhesive over the prongs of the staple.  Remove the plastic strip.  Press the adhesive onto the ribbon base.


Step 6

Turn the ribbon right side out.


Step 7

To add additional loops, insert your next ribbon choice through the loop.  Repeat steps 3-6 until desired length is reached.

That’s it!


We can’t wait to see your ribbon chains.   No matter your style, you can find it and make it with May Arts Ribbonsand Glue Arts Ribbon Adhesive!


Blog Posted By: Charlene Driggs

  1. Sue from Oregon

    oh so pretty!

  2. Do {at} Piggy Bank Parties

    Your finishes amaze me, Charlene! Love how you tucked in the ribbon end!

  3. samantha sibbet

    such a cute idea and it looks like it would be fun to try with children.

  4. Amy Serbaroli

    Love this!

  5. Donna Przybylowski

    Yes this sure does bring back many good memories!! wonderful job!! All your ribbon is so gorgeous, I some times find I don’t want to use it as I want to save it for mysef!!! That is so bad of me!

  6. Nancy Peterson

    Love it, love it, love it! Certainly brings back wonderful memories of making chains as child and with my own children. I think this will be a weekend project! Thanks for such great projects!

  7. Pam Loris

    Lovely version of our childrens paper chain!


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