12 Days *Make It Yourself*

Technically, the 12 Day thing is over, but …

Just in case you know anyone with LOTS of pattern paper …



Here's the Paper Chain Kit I found in the Land of Nod catalog.

Here's the one I made …

cute eh? Addie is sending these to her two girl cousins that are her age.

Here's what you need to make your own:

Seriously. This was super easy to do …

I made the envelope by simply folding the sheet of fun foam in thirds and sewing up both sides. I rounded the flap and added top-stitching.

For the paper strips, I cut three sheets of cardstock at a time. First into 6" pieces and then 3/4" strips. Three sheets of cardstock will yield 90 strips of paper-chain making bliss.

note: I used a thinner piece (2 1/2 x 3) of Bo Bunny orange gingham to cover my ugly glue stick.


Attach the brad to and through the flower and flap on the envelope and then peel-n-stick the "minus" magnet to the underside. Stick the "positive" magnet underneath on the envelope itself and …

FUN and done.


  1. love this idea! My daughter is 4 and she and her friends would love this and do the actual craft inside on a play date.

  2. very cute! I’m so sad the 12 days are over… I loved your finds, and so will many of my friends and family members when they receive them!!

  3. cute and fun! :)

  4. That’s an awesome idea!! :)

  5. Great idea! Love this idea as birthday party favors. Thanks Stacy! You find the neatest stuff! What would we do without the internet?

  6. Cutest idea ever! Definitely filing this one away for future use.

  7. Love, love, LOVE this!! I have a 9.5 year old boy and with a different color palette, he would love it too!

  8. My girls each have a paper chain Starting Dec 1 to countdown to Christmas. It’s so fun to watch a paper chain shrink. It’s so long when you start, you think you will never finish.

  9. You have the greatest ideas. Thanks for all the Christmas cheer. LOVE the tickle monster and where did you find that beautiful ribbon for the m&m gift pouches? I LOVE it!

  10. clever!

  11. This is EXACTLY what I needed for my nieces!!! You are my superhero……..

  12. Too Darn Stinkin’ Cute!!!!! Have to ask…(hold your bobbins) what KIND of sewing machine do you use? An inexpensive one??? A Bernina? Does the sewing machine sit out in your studio or do you have to get it out, set it up, and put it away every time you use it? I’m inexperienced in using my machine, not only for clothing, but for crafting? Since the machine I own is a Bernina inheritied from my husband’s late grandma, I don’t think his mom would like it I were to use it on paper, or maybe she would, since it stays in it’s case the majority of time.

  13. How utterly ADORABLE! What a fun project for kids . . . and a nice way to share a few scraps! ;)

  14. What a cute idea! And what a great use for some of that patterned paper you’re not so “in love” with any more. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  15. Love this!! Making some and I’ll figure out who to give them to later! Thanks, Stacey, you are so, so clever. And thank you for the free Glimpses class. I just signed up, listened to your uplifting audio, and printed out the handouts. Great project for when the holidays calm down.

  16. ScrappyMommy says:

    CUTE!!! Hmmm I do have a bunch of paper left over from when I was a Scrap In A Snap consultant that I really should get rid of, but it’s not double sided. Maybe I can cheat. I remember loving to make chains with construction paper when I was in elementary school! I bet my 6 year old would love too as well.

  17. Very cute idea – I love all the colors!

  18. What a cute idea. I am going to make a couple of these for a friend’s grandaughters. They will love it.

  19. Tammy Vasser says:

    By the way, you can see the video of the author of How to Talk to Girls on AMAZON http://www.amazon.com/How-Talk-Girls-Alec-Greven/dp/0061709999/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1229360735&sr=1-1 Thanks for the tip, cause that looks like a book my son needs. How to Talk to Moms is coming out next year.

  20. Great idea Stacy!

  21. cute! my sister in law did this with patterned paper & i did it with old Christmas cards. And the kids helps so fun was had by all :)

  22. Thanks for your uplifting blog. I am home with a child with strep throat and needed a little inspiration and FUN today! OK….maybe just the FUN part! I think I may make the chains. How simple and FUN!

  23. Very fun idea…but sb supplies are in such short supply here that I don’t think I can bear to cut up my double sided paper!

  24. I love that you saw this in a magazine & made it yourself! I would have seen it & thought it cute idea, but I never could have come up with such an adorable envelope! I think I’ll make one for my 4 yo daughter – she’ll love it! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  25. What a great gift idea!! Thanks for sharing. XOXO

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