With the current state of the pandemic, it’s likely that your 4th of July plans look a little different than normal. Hopefully you’ll still find a way to light a sparkler or two and/or get your hands on a cake shaped like a flag, and if you want to get extra festive, we’ve got the perfect little backdrop to bring in just the right amount of red, white and blue to your (socially distanced) gathering. You know how we feel about paper chain backdrops, and making one in a 4th of July color scheme felt just right. This Patriotic Paper Chain Backdrop are so simple to put together and make a colorful and bold statement that is perfect for snapping pics in front of or just adding some interest and color to your party. Here is how to make it:
Supplies needed to make a Patriotic Paper Chain Backdrop
Red Paper Pack (l love both this pack and the blue one because they come with a bunch of different shades of red and blue.)
Blue Paper Pack
Hot Glue Gun + Sticks
Rod, String, or Backdrop Stand
How to make a Patriotic Paper Chain Backdrop
Step 1: If desired, begin by mapping out your design. You can find our template for doing this on this post (each square represents 1 link) and trade out the colors for your desired 4th of July color scheme. Or, if you’re more of a free spirit you can create your design as you go.
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 or creating your own design, working from top to bottom and alternating between large links and tight links. 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, rod or string to hang.
That’s it! All you’ve gotta do is dust off your old paper-chain-making skills from elementary school and you’ll be creating a gorgeous and festive backdrop in no time!
What are your 4th of July plans? We’d love to hear how you are celebrating!