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New Year Countdown Paper Chains {Free Printables}

We love making paper chains for the holidays and thought what better than a New Year countdown paper chain. If you don’t have any construction paper on hand, or want to try out something a little bit different, check out this fun New Year’s  countdown paper chain craft for the kids this year. You could also use the chains to simply decorate for the holiday if you’d prefer. To download these paper chains for free, please continue reading below.

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What You’ll Need

Related: Simple New Year’s Craft for Kids {Free Printable} 

What to Do

Begin by downloading and printing the New Year paper chain printable. We recently signed up for the HP Instant Ink program and are loving it! They offer several different plans (such as $4.99 for 100 pages a month) and will automatically send you new cartridges before you even need them. We are now saving SO MUCH money (and time) on ink and I don’t feel guilty printing out new printables and playdough mats each day. If you want to check it out, ordering through our link here will give you one free month of service. You can use just about any HP printer but we’ve been using this compact one and absolutely love it! The color is gorgeous and matches my decor (we’ll call that a win!) and the size is smaller than any printer I’ve ever owned which is great for small spaces (or living room/dining room offices). Between HP Instant Ink and our compact printer, my printing life truly has become so much easier to print all these fun playdough mats and activity sheets we’ve been making lately.

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Once you’ve printed your New Year paper chains, cut them out.

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Now it’s time to glue! Begin by gluing the end of one paper chain and press it together to make a link.

new years countdown paper chain free printable


Then, add another strip of paper through the link you just glued and glue it closed just as you did with the first link.

new years countdown paper chain free printable

Continue adding strips until you have the desired number of links on your New Year countdown chain. You could also make this for decoration, or make a second for decoration and use one as a countdown and the other as New Year decor.

new years countdown paper chain free printable

Related: New Year’s Free Printable Activity Sheets for Number Practice

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