DIY Wooden Chain Link

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Have you seen decorative wooden chains before? They’re everywhere! Styling book shelves and cabinets. I wasn’t willing to fork over the money to buy them, but when I saw these wooden cups at out local dollar tree, I knew I could make my own DIY wooden chain links for a fraction of the cost!

dollar store wooden decor pieces

I love sharing dollar store DIYs and transforming affordable pieces into beautiful home decor, so I shared my newest wood chain DIY idea, plus three other, easy and affordable DIY ideas!

See how we did all of the dollar store DIYs here:

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How to Make Wooden Chains

These chains are super quick and easy to make! You could easily make a whole set in just an hour or two. Here’s everything you need:

Materials Needed

  • Wooden Cups (these ones were from the dollar tree)
  • Sand paper
  • Wood stain
  • E6000 adhesive

Tools Needed

  • Table Saw or Hand Saw
  • Scroll Saw or Hand Saw

There are only two tools involved in this build, but if you don’t have either of those, or aren’t comfortable using them, then a hand saw could also be used!

The first step is to cut the wooden circles from the top of the cups. I cut 1″ rings off using the table saw. I went slowly and carefully, because I’m always extra cautious when using a table saw.

Do this with each of your 6 wooden cups.

sanding wood

You might find there is a bit of tear out of the sides of the rings, or a bit of an unfinished raw edge. I just lightly sanded all of the cut edges and ended up with a beautiful finish.

using the scroll saw to cut wood cups

Next you need to cut a slit into at least three of the rings so that you can link the rings together. I used our scroll saw to cut a small line because I knew there would be minimal waste that way!

attaching wooden chain

Then I gently tested the rings by sliding them into one another, to make sure that they would attach nicely to form a chain. Once I knew it worked, I was ready to stain the wood.

staining wooden chains

If you prefer the raw, unfinished colour, you could leave them and not stain them at all! I wanted a darker wood stain on ours, so I used dark walnut to stain all sides.

Finally, hook all of rings together to form your chain, and then glue the open links together with a strong craft glue.Make sure to wipe away any excess glue immediately so that the seam completely disappears and is unnoticeable.

I’m so proud of how these chain links look! They look just as amazing as the store bough versions, but for a fraction of the cost.

affordable wooden chains
decorative wood chain

easy diy chains from the dollar store

DIY Wooden Chain Links

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 1 minute
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 1 minute
Difficulty: Easy
Beautiful DIY wooden chain links! Learn how to make your own easy wooden chains with dollar store supplies!

Materials

  • 6 Wooden Cups
  • Sand paper
  • Wood Stain
  • E6000 Glue

Tools

  • Table Saw or hand saw
  • Scroll saw or hand saw

Instructions

  1. Use a table saw or hand saw to cut 1" rings off the top of your wooden cups (found at Dollar Tree)
  2. Sand the edges of your cups
  3. Use a scroll saw to cut a tiny slit into 3 of the rings
  4. Stain the rings in the colour of your choice
  5. Hook the rings into each other, using the rings with slits to wrap around the whole circles (see video)
  6. Use E6000 to glue the rings back together and remove any excess glue

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