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Printable Patriotic Paper Chain Garland

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The fourth of July is sneaking up on us...and my mantel is red, white, and ready for it. I created a (free) printable Patriotic Paper Chain Garland to add some extra interest...and it's available for you to download below and use in your own patriotic decor. Because who doesn't love a good paper chain garland, right?
Paper Chain Garland
We're heading straight back to elementary school craft class with today's paper chain garland printable (does anyone else remember making these for the holiday classroom decor?). I've truly always wanted to create a printable patterned paper chain and the fourth of July season seemed like the perfect opportunity. You can download this one below.'s Thrifty Style Team day! We all created patriotic projects this time around and there is sooooo much inspiration. I left all of the links to my friends' pages at the bottom of this post. 

Patriotic Paper Chain Garland

Printable Paper Chain Garland
Seriously, not much beats an old-fashioned paper chain garland. But, instead of that faded construction paper chain looped around your second grade teacher's classroom, this one is full of patterns and pizzazz. I built each patterned strip into its own section to prevent ink and paper waste, too.

Push Pin Clip

Attaching My Garland

  • I used those same bull dog clip push pins to attach these to my mantel (I shared them last month on my bulletin board when I posted Five Ways to Display Printables). 
  • But, you could also tie a string through the ends of your paper chain and tie them to Command Strips or even nails that are on your mantel. 

But, I will say that the clip push pins (found here on Amazon) were really easy and kind of fun to use in this manner. It made centering all of my different garlands easy since I just moved the push pins around.

Three Cheers for the Red, White, and Blue

Other Patriotic Mantel Decor

To keep the budget in line, I mostly just used items I had on hand for the mantel:

Patriotic Mantel Ideas
I'm really happy with how the fourth of July mantel came together this year. I may have to create a paper chain for every holiday.

Putting Together the Paper Chain Garland

Free Printable Paper Chain

Supplies for Your Paper Chain Garland:

  • free paper chain printables (linked below)
    • I played around with this, but found that white, letter-sized cardstock works best. Regular paper couldn't take the weight of a longish paper chain and the loops all flattened and looked kind of sad. Grab a pack of white, letter-sized cardstock here on Amazon.
  • paper cutter or scissors (I like to use my trusty Fiskars Paper Trimmer, pictured above)
  • stapler (or glue, if you don't want your staples to show)
  • staples

Paper Chain Directions:

Fiskars Paper Trimmer
  • Start by cutting your strips apart. 
  • I found it helpful to keep the unprinted end of the paper intact (see above) to hold onto as I cut my strips.
  • If you're unsure of how many strips you'll need for the length of garland you desire, see my ruler photo a couple of pictures below.

Easy Paper Chain Craft
  • Make a strip into a circle and staple the ends together.
  • Just keep repeating the process and adding strips to the end of your chain. 
  • Personally, I try to make a pattern, but have fun with it!

Fourth of July Decor
  • To give you a length estimate, roughly seven strips create a 12" foot. 
  • There are ten strips per printable page. 
  • Feel free to print as many as you like for the length you desire.

Fourth of July Ideas

Download Your Paper Chain Garland Printables:

Below, you can see how I organized this paper chain garland printable into two pages. Both patterns are included on both pages, however, there are two extra gingham patterns on page one (below left) and two extra dots and stars patterns on page two (below right).
Free Fourth of July Printables

Fourth of July Mantel Decor
Where would you put a paper chain garland this holiday season?

Thrifty Style Team

Below, all of my super talented friends have shared their wonderful (and thrifty) patriotic ideas, too! Be sure to check them all out. 
Patriotic Home Decor
Doesn't everything from my friends look so fun and festive? See all of these Thrifty Style Team Patriotic Decor projects below:


  1. What a bright and happy mantel Kristi, I love that darling paper chain garland as well as all your other goodies!

    1. Thank you so much, Cindy! Always love thrifty styling with you, friend! xoxo

  2. Love the paper chain. Thanks. I was looking for the beautiful print on the friends display: second row, middle picture of a mason jar with flowers on a red easel. I browsed all the sites and didn't find it. Can you help me?

    1. That is a piece of art created by Jane at Cottage at the Crossroads. Her link will take you directly to it. So happy you like the paper chain! Happy red, white, and blue season! xoxo

  3. I love these so much! Thanks for sharing them as a free printable!

    1. I'm so glad you like them! Thank you for stopping by!

  4. I hope that lady found my easel! Anyway, I love your paper chain printable! If I didn't already have garland on my navy mantel, I'd print this off right now! So bright and festive!

  5. Oh my goodness, thank you for bringing back my childhood. Such a great project and so very colorful. Thank you for sharing

  6. This is PERFECT for my living room mantel. I love the colors, prints and fun craft! Thanks Kristi!

  7. Kristi, your printable patriotic paper garland is adorable! I love the different patterns and the bright colors. Thanks for the tips and the free printable!

  8. Your mantel is just fabulous!!! I love your style and the paper chain just adds the perfect finishing touch. Pinned!

  9. Super cute! They're perfect for the 4th of July mantel! Pinned on my printables board:)

  10. OM goodness, Kristi! This is so cute, I can't take it. I have never seen those clips either!

  11. I love those printable garlands Kristi! Thank you so much for sharing it with us I love how it looks draped over the mantle so pretty.

  12. Thanks for posting these again and the whole list. I also love the chain.