DIY PAPER CHAIN "RAINBOW IN THE SKY" WALL HANGING

In August this blog will turn five years old, and I ask myself, why haven't I ever done a paper chain project?! This is going back to kindergarten days, the most basic and simplest paper craft yet. But this rainbow wall hanging was no quick and easy feat, in fact, I made a few boo-boos I will share with you along the way!


A project like this is definitely a trial and error process, and even when I erred, I didn't want to turn back. I still think it turned out fantastic, and I love the way it looks hanging above my work table!



I have also counted every single group of colours you'll need to make this project. As you gather the following items, remember to have a lot of extra supplies, especially glue sticks and that beautiful sky blue coloured paper. Each sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" card stock paper will yield you ten pieces. And you'll need exactly 264 for this 16 1/2" x 24" wall hanging!



TOOLS & MATERIALS:



DIRECTIONS:


First, start by trimming all 264 pieces into 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" strips. Broken down by colour, it goes:


1. Sky blue: 129

2. Hot pink: 30

3. Light pink: 24

4. Medium blue: 21

5. Yellow: 17

6. Purple: 7

7. White: 36


Here's where I made my first mistake: I MEANT to have the yellow and medium blue papers reversed in the sequence to follow a rainbow pattern more closely. If you wish to go that way, you'll need to switch the quantities around.



Plug in the glue gun, and follow the patterning as you see it below to make your wall hanging. There are 29 rows and 9 columns. Use the hot glue gun to adhere the strips together. You just need a little bit of glue along the edge. Also, if you're using a dual temperature glue gun, make sure it's on a low temperature setting. I made my rainbow from right to left as I was figuring out the pattern, but you don't have to!


1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 3

1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 3

1 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 3

1 1 1 1 1 2 2 3 4

1 1 1 1 1 2 3 3 4

1 1 1 1 2 3 3 4 4

1 1 1 1 2 3 3 4 5

1 1 1 2 2 3 4 4 5

1 1 1 2 3 3 4 5 5

1 1 2 2 3 4 4 5 6

1 1 2 3 3 4 5 5 6

1 2 2 3 4 4 5 5 6

1 2 2 3 4 4 5 5 6

1 2 2 3 4 4 5 5 6

1 2 2 3 4 4 5 5 6

1 2 2 3 4 4 5 5 6

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7


My original idea was to have the wall hanging stop at row 19, and if you can imagine that the pattern I started with would have made more sense. BUT, I didn't like how short it looked, so I kept on adding paper of the same colour down the columns, and then finished it with four rows of white paper to make up the "clouds".


Once all nine chains are assembled, slide the top ends thru the cardboard cylinder of an old or nearly finished wrapping paper roll. Note: the measurements in this post are to specifically fit a roll that is 17" long and 1" in diameter. Anything shorter or thicker will pose a problem.



Last, insert some thick jute twine into the cylinder and tie a double knot. Hang your masterpiece!




Total project time: about three hours.






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