Create winter paper chains

Making paper chains is a great way to recycle scraps of paper and decorate your home! We have created a template for you to use, or you can create your own animals.


(c) Holly Owens



What you will need:

  • Plain paper (white or coloured) 
  • Old magazines 
  • Scissors 
  • Tape or glue 
  • Colouring pencils or pens 

How to make your winter paper chains:

four strips of brown paper with the face of a reindeer, red squirrel, hare, and otter on the end.


You can use the downloadable template below for inspiration or to print out.

  1. The plain paper will be used to make your animals – cut it into equal, thin strips. You can fold your paper beforehand to help with this. 
  2. The magazines can be used to make the rings that join the animals up – cut into equal strips in the same way. 
  3. Round off one end of each of the animal strips by trimming with scissors.  
  4. On the rounded end, draw different animal faces. We used otter, reindeer, mountain hare and red squirrel.
  5. Taking one animal at a time, tape or glue the ends of each strip together into a ring, making sure to leave an overhang at the face end.  
  6. Thread one of the magazine strips through and tape the ends together.  
  7. Repeat until you have a chain with all your animals! A perfect wildlife-themed decoration.


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Time to complete

30 mins

Suitable for age

Suitable location

Curriculum linked

Expressive Arts (Art and design)


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