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Foam Chain Halloween Decoration

Low-cost, easy-to-make chains of black foam are a versatile Halloween decoration you can use indoors and out.

Chain made of round foam links.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Ruler
  • Heavy-duty scissors


  • 1-in x 6-ft self-sealing pipe insulation

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Step 1

Cut chain links from foam insulation.

Hold the insulation flat and cut pieces 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch wide along its entire length. Avoid removing the plastic backing along the adhesive edges of the foam.

Step 2

Peel off the plastic backing from both edges of a link and press the ends together. Loop one end of a second piece of foam through the first foam circle and press the adhesive ends together to make the second link.

Step 3

Continue adding links until the chain is as long as you want or you run out of foam insulation.

Good to Know

Depending on the width of the links, one piece of insulation will make a chain 6-1/2 feet to 7 feet long. Buy additional pieces of insulation for longer chains.

Drape foam chains around a pumpkin, your front door, or on a party table centerpiece.