Jake Wandel from The Crossing in Columbia, MO brings us these fantastic paper chains.
This design took them seven weeks to implement – from conception to reality. They got the idea from Pinterest.
Jake met with Brake Printing, their local print shop, and they calculated the amount of paper needed. It was more of a “best guess” decision. They made a sample chain out of one sheet of paper, measured it, and multiplied that out by the square footage of the space they were trying to cover – then multiplied by 3. Total cost for the paper they used was $495. But that included cutting the paper strips and three types to reflect light differently.
- Get more paper than you think. They ran out.
- Use staples. Don’t use the lick-and-stick paper or glue because throughout hanging you’ll have a lot of scrap strips of paper that you can re-staple into chains later.
- To hang in the ceiling between rafters they hung black deer netting and used just under 1,500 zipstrips.
- You may have to rent a genie lift or two.
- Get lots of help making chains and the project doesn’t seem as overwhelming.