Sunday, 18 January 2015

Paper chain DIY

vintage party paper chains
Floral garlands with pull-out paper vines

Hands up who remembers playing Oranges & Lemons, Pass the Parcel and eating jelly and ice cream beneath decorations like these at kids' birthday parties in the 1970s…

vintage party paper chains
Heard it through the grapevine?

But who knew you could make them yourself with a bit (OK, a lot) of tissue paper and glue? Scroll down to find out how!

vintage party paper chains
Paper chains are for life, not just Christmas 

Tissue paper comes in really lovely shades that get even prettier as they fade with age...

vintage party paper chains
A simple floral garland

Birthdays, weddings, housewarming or garden parties, you name the occasion, these gorgeous garlands will get everyone in a happy mood.

vintage 70s paper chains
Chain reaction

All pics from Paper Chains (Search Press, 1979)

Paper Chains (Search Press 1979) cover
20p well spent at the Pilgrims Hospice charity shop in Deal, Kent

Instructions for the garland with pull-out vines (as shown in the first picture) here

Better than bunting (in my book)!