DIY-Wallhanger

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Paper Chain Wallhanging

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TOOLS & MATERIALS:

  • Card stock in sky blue, two shades of pink, medium blue, yellow, purple, and white
  • Paper trimmer
  • Hot glue gun
  • 17″ x 1″ dia. cardboard cylinder from a roll of wrapping paper
  • Thick jute rope
  • Scissors

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.

https://www.whitehousecrafts.net/post/diy-paper-chain-rainbow-in-the-sky-wall-hanging

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

Total project time: about three hours.

Thank you for reading 🙂