Paper Chain Countdown

DIY Paper Chain Countdown

paper chain countdown

I love an old fashioned paper chain countdown.

I remember making them in school when Christmas was near, and being able to track the days. It was always so much fun breaking a ring off and knowing we were one day closer to Christmas.

This past summer, for our summer vacay, I thought it would be fun to make a DIY paper chain countdown to help Bayleigh (and me) count down the days.

It was so much fun! We loved taking a ring off every day and knowing we were one day closer to vacation.

paper chain countdown

How to make a paper chain countdown

You can make a paper chain countdown with a few different things. For ours, we used:

  • Paper towel/toilet paper rolls
  • Colored masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Markers, optional

Here are the steps for this method:

1. Cut the paper towel or toilet paper rolls into 1-inch rings. The amount will vary based on how many days you’re needing.

2. If you want, you can cover each ring in colored masking tape, so they’re more colorful. We skipped this, but it’s an option 🙂

2. Cut one side of each ring, but not in half. You just need to be able to attach it to the next ring.

3. Wrap one ring around another and tape it closed.

4. Continue until you have used all the rings you need.

 

You can also make a paper chain countdown with these things:

  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape (colored or regular Scotch tape)
  • Markers, optional

Here are the steps for this method:

1. Cut strips of paper from the construction paper. The amount will vary based on how many days you’re needing.

2. Fold one strip into a circled ring and tape it closed.

3. Fold another strip into a circled ring and loop it through the first ring. Tape it closed.

4. Continue until you have used all the strips you need.

 

***For either of these methods, you can choose to create a countdown chain topper. Sketch out what you want it to be on construction paper and cut it out. 

Some ideas include: apple, ghost, palm tree, suitcase, cake, presents, Christmas tree, etc.

You’ll then cut a small slit at the bottom of it and loop your top ring through it.

Why make a paper chain countdown?

They can be a great way to help kids keep track of time (and have fun while doing it).

It was really fun and helpful for Bayleigh to see how the chain got smaller and smaller over time; she knew this meant we were getting closer to going on vacation.

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