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After making this paper chain backdrop a couple months ago (inspired by this one from the House that Lars Built), we sort of caught a paper chain fever, and now we want to make ALL THE PAPER CHAIN CRAFTS. We love them. We love them so much, in fact, that we went on TV to talk about them (click here for the video), and boy was that somethin. One of the projects we shared on our segment was this Basketweave Paper Chain Photo Backdrop – a little twist on our original paper chain backdrop – and we are excited to share it here on the blog! Keep scrolling for the tutorial.
Supplies needed to make your own Basketweave Paper Chain Photo Backdrop:
Backdrop template (Access it at the bottom of this post)
12×12 Cardstock (9 green, 10 cream, 10 yellow, 16 peach, 10 red, 12 dark pink, 14 light pink)
Hot glue/glue gun
Backdrop stand (or dowels)
Step 1: Begin by mapping out your design. If you are using our template (available for download at the bottom of this post), each square represents 1 link.
Step 2: Cut the paper into 1.5 inch strips, keeping them sorted by color. Using the paper strips and hot glue, create each chain following the pattern, working from top to bottom and alternating between large links and tight links (pictured below). Switch between large and tight links on the first link of each chain.
Note: If you will be assembling the backdrop somewhere else, it’s super helpful to number each chain on the inside of the top link for quick assembly.
Step 3: Once all of your rows are made, slide the tops of the paper chains onto the backdrop stand.
Note: We ended up trimming some of the links off the bottom to make it more irregular.
So fun! I love how alternating the chain sizes creates a staggered, basketweave effect – the perfect photo backdrop!