Gum wrapper chain

Jen Lowe was commenting the other day that she bought a kit at Michaels to make gum wrapper chains. Pressed for a price, she admitted that the kit cost $6.95! that seems like a lot of money for little rectangles of paper, especially when she is a papercrafter, and has tons of paper, just like I do.

I had some scraps of valentine paper laying out on my desk, so I cut some up (the dimensions, if you are interested, are 1 inch by 2.75 inches), and played with it.

You can get 52 little wrapper sized bits of paper from a 12x12 sheet, or 32 from an 8.5x11 sheet. Thin paper is great for this, so if you have some cheaper papers, or even leftover giftwrap (wouldn't this be fun at a birthday party sleepover, to cut up the gift wrap and make chains?), go for it. My circle took 38 "wrappers", and is about 3 inches in diameter. I like this - it will be a cute frame for a round image on a card, I think. It works up really quickly, too!

Juliet Arrighi