Making paper chains for Christmas is a great pastime for children; perhaps as an adult, you would like something a little more elegant to adorn your home. An elegant paper-chain garland uses pretty shiny decorated paper instead of construction paper. Hang the garlands in your front windows or wind them around your tree for sophisticated charm.
Fold a piece of paper in half, and cut along the folded edge so you have two sheets of paper each measuring 6 by 12 inches. Lay the cut sheets of paper on top of each other.
Mark off 12 strips measuring 1 inch wide with the ruler and the pencil. Cut through both sheets of paper along the pencil marks, giving you 24 strips of paper, each measuring 6 by 1 inch. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to make as many strips of paper as desired.
Place a piece of double-sided tape on one end of a strip of paper, and form a loop by curling the other end over and adhering it to the taped end.
Place a piece of tape on one end of another strip of paper, insert the end through the first loop and join the ends of the second loop together.
Repeat Step 4 for as many strips of paper needed to form the length of garland, alternating the patterned and solid sides of the strips.