Growing up, Halloween wasn’t just about dressing up or going trick-or-treating. It was also about bonding with family over simple crafts, like creating decorative paper chains perfectly simple Halloween Decorations that we used to decorate the house and even my classroom when I taught. Passing down this beloved tradition to my children, I’m sharing our Printable Jack-o-Lanterns Halloween Paper Chains with you. Whether you’re crafting with toddlers or older kids, this decoration adds that special touch to your Halloween setting.
Simple Halloween Paper Chains
There’s an inexplicable joy in making paper chains. It’s a straightforward and even very young kids can get involved. Recalling our first attempt, with my then toddler and baby, we kept it simple with purple and green construction paper. Over the years, as the little ones grew, so did their aspirations. This year, they decided on a Halloween Pumpkin theme. So, naturally, I obliged!
What you will need to Make your Halloween Paper Chains
- Halloween Paper Chains printable template below
- Orange, purple and green paper
- Sticky tape or glue
How to Make your Jack-o-Lantern Paper Chains
Start off by printing your paper chains instructions for making the chunky chains and the thinner chains are below.
For Chunky Paper Chains
- Insert 3 sheets of orange paper into your printer.
- Open the PDF and choose the ‘Print’ option.
- Print specifically “Pages 5, 6, and 7”.
- For the next set, insert 1 sheet of purple and 1 of green.
- Print page 8 twice.
Printing Slim Paper Chains
- Place 2 pieces of orange paper in the printer.
- Select print in the PDF.
- Print only “Pages 2 and 3”.
- Place 1 piece of purple paper and 1 piece of green paper in the printer.
- Print Page 4 twice.
Putting Together the Paper Chains
1. Cut up the paper strips.
2. Form a ring with the first orange Jack-O-Lantern and stick the ends together with sticky tape.
3. Use a purple strip of paper and thread through the orange ring. Now stick to form a loop connected.
4. Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the paper strips. We alternated orange, purple, orange, green through our chains. (Read our tip on connecting the paper chains together if you have more than 1 child making them).
Once complete hang up.
Pro-Tip for Multi-Kid Crafting
Both my kids adore crafting paper chains simultaneously. Yet, one household can only accommodate so many! Our solution? Both craft separately and then join their creations. To merge, ensure the last chain on each end is a different color. Then, join them using an orange link. Voila! You have a combined masterpiece.
Looking for even more ideas then why not check out our fun and simple Mummy crafts for kids there are lots of ideas for simple decorations that are perfect to make alongside these Paper Chains.
FREE Halloween Paper Chains Templates!
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More Easy Halloween Crafts for Kids
These fun Halloween Crafts are great for kids to make from toddlers upwards.
- Make crazy monster faces with our Easy Halloween Monster Craft for Toddlers.
- Have fun with paint and create some Straw Blown Ghosts for Halloween.
- Make Spin Art Pumpkins with the salad spinner that you never use.
Why not create your own DIY life-sized skeletons with the kids.
More Halloween Fun for Families
As I said the paper chains is one of our Halloween Family Traditions. They decorate the house and along with pumpkin carving, it’s not Halloween if they aren’t up. However, we’ve shared a few more so check out the ideas below and see what you will incorporate today.
We’ve put together all of our ideas for fun and simple ways to celebrate Halloween as a family into 1 place. There are ways that your toddlers can get involved as well as older kids too.
But, in our house, no celebration would be complete without food. And we love making Fun Food for Halloween with the kids. So check out our Halloween Recipes to Cook with Kids.
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.