Friday, September 27, 2013

Pinned this, Made that: Halloween Chain

I love decorating for Halloween and try to incorporate a few new things each year into my collection.  This year I am trying to be good and not spend much on holiday decorations (too many bins of decorations + baby coming very soon = staying out of the Halloween aisles!!)

While snooping around on Pinterest, I came across this tutorial for a chain garland made out of foam insulation.  Easy enough!  So off to Home Depot I went and $4 and a couple of hours later, I had a Pinterest SUCCESS!

Here's my tutorial for how to make your own!

SUPPLIES... get a pen & paper, this is a long list! :)
* 6' piece of gray foam pipe insulation (available at Home Depot) 6' of pipe will get you approx 11' of chain.
* Scissors
 If this helps you find it, get the self adhesive pipe that fits 1" copper, 3/4" iron
 Cut foam into 3/8" - 1/2" rings (do not make thicker than 1/2") - just eyeball it, it goes fast!
 You will get approximately 140 rings out of a 6' pipe!  Not bad!
 Now is the fun part - peel off the sticky backing (mine was clear) on both sides of the ring and stick them together.  Then loop one ring through the other and repeat. (*Warning - this isn't super glue sticky foam - it does the job as long as the chain will not be pulled on or rough housed.  If you want it to last for years or need it more durable, I would recommend reinforcing each link with hot glue.**)
 UPDATE 9/27 ... Most of my rings have come unattached (go figure!) so make sure when you are making this, you reinforce with glue dots or hot glue!!)
 It's a tedious job, but it goes much faster while watching Hocus Pocus and drinking a cup of apple cider! :)
 Voila!  A spooky Halloween chain!  I bought 2 pieces of foam pipe insulation (big spender at $4 total!) and it got be 22 FEET of chain ... that evens out to a whopping 8 cents a foot!
 I sort of decided to make this without having anywhere to put them, so they have officially landed a place on my kitchen curtain rods.  Spoooooooooky, right?!


  1. PERFECT! Thank you for the breakdown and the pricing. This is EXACTLY what I've been looking for to help "scare up" my yard at Halloween with a "fence" :)

  2. I am going to use this as the border around our encampment at a pirate festival. Sturdy enough to hang solar powered fairy-lights from for at night, and *looks* pirate-like during the day. Plus easy (and cheap!) and light weight! This is a BIG winner!!

  3. Used a heat gun to make it look even more authentic. Came out really good.