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Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas Using Twine, String and Yarn
Wrap Your Holiday Gifts with Leftover Yarn and Twine
Decorating holiday and gift packages with yarn and twine and brown paper is a creative and very popular way of quickly wrapping gifts for any occasion.
Crafters like to find creative ways to decorate Christmas and holiday packages. It is even better if they can find ways to use up old craft supplies like yarn, twine, paper and leftover projects.
Wrapping gifts can be very simple, economical and eco-friendly. Use leftover yarn, basic twine, brown paper bags and leftover paper, spices, bits of nature and other items you may have to embellish packages and create one-of-a-kind wrappings. See how easy it is to create your own unique "brown paper packages tied up with string" for gift giving at the holidays or any other special occasion.
Decorate for Christmas with brown paper packages tied up with string...— Socrafty Christmas Ideas
Brown Paper Packages Tied up with String
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Use Recycled items, Natural and Leftovers to Wrap Up Gifts
Decorating gifts can be pretty simple (especially for crafters) by using leftover yarn, twine and ribbons to wrap up gifts. Add in some natural, spice, yarn or cut paper embellishments and you have a unique one-of-a-kind wrapping.
- Yarn Ties
- Twine Ties
- Brown Paper Bags
- Natural Decorations
- Spice Trimmings
- Yarn and Twine Craft Toppers
- Cut Paper Decorations
Use Multicolor Baker's Twine
Start with this collection of Baker's twine with two spools of red, green, and brown stripe.
Brown Paper Packages with Cedar Twigs
Gift Wrapping with Yarn
Gift Wrap with Yarn
Knitters, crocheters and crafters often have left over yarns from completed projects or yarns from abandoned projects.
Yarn is a very versatile material for decorating packages as ties, as knitted or crochet toppers or even being turned into fun pompom ornaments.
Take a look below at the video from Lion Brand Yarn at some of the easy ways to use yarn to decorated packages.
With a bit more time, you can even turn leftover yarn into cute little package toppers. Knitpicks online knitting shop offer a lot of fun holiday gift patterns for free that are a great way to use up leftover yarn.
Turn Leftover Yarn into Gift Wrapping
Wrap Your Gifts with Yarn - Video Tutorial
Gift Wrapping with Yarn - Video
In this video clip from LionBrandYarn learn about four different ways to wrap gifts using yarn.
Lion Brand Red Christmas Yarn on Amazon
Wrap your packages with red colored yarn.
Crochet Decorative Garlands and Gift Tags
With a bit of time and some basic crochet skills you can turn colorful yarn, string or twine into decorated string garlands and cute gift tags to decorate holiday packages.
Sewing Daisies used crochet motif patterns from Beyond Square Crochet Motifs (below) in Christmas gnome colors of white and red to decorate these brown paper packages with custom crochet toppers for the holidays.
The red and white crochet gift tags can be made in stars or heart shapes to decorate wrapped packages for Valentine's day.
Wrap up packages with brown paper from brown paper bags and tie up with crochet star garland for a holiday look.
Crochet Motif Pattern Books on Amazon
Crochet squares, circles, hexagons and hearts as package decorations.
Also available as a Kindle version.
Crochet Motif Patterns
- Tutorial: Crochet Valentine Kisses | Sewing Daisies
The crochet pattern for Teeny Tiny Heart Bunting.
- Crochet: Happy Holidays! | Sewing Daisies
Use 'Beyond the Square' motifs as gift tags to brighten up gift packages.
Gift Wrapping with Twine
Easy Gift Wrapping Ideas with Twine and Paper
Lorna Watt created these very creative gift wrappings using brown paper wrapping, twine, bits of natural elements and spices.
She describes her creative ides for decorating "brown paper packages tied up with string" in her blog Knits for Life.
The cedar twig wrapping (seen in close up above) uses brown paper wrapping, twine, cedar twigs, star anise, peppercorns and cranberries, cut from construction paper.
The paper tree wrapping below uses paper trees cut from construction paper, star anise, peppercorns and twine to decorate the brown paper wrapping.
Brown Paper Packages Tied with Twine and Paper Trees
Brown Paper and Jute String on Amazon
How to Make Paper Dolls (or Trees) - Video Tutorial
How to Cut Out Paper Dolls (or Trees) - Video
Learn how to cut out paper dolls in this video clip for eHow.
Cut out a string of paper trees by cutting out a tree instead of a doll. Be sure to design your tree so several of the branches can touch.
More on Decorating Brown Paper Packages
- Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String | Knits for Life
I know a lot of women haven’t outgrown the joy of creating a special package for someone on a special day.
Christmas Bell Garland with Twine
Red Christmas Bells and Twine on Amazon
String some red bells onto twine for a package decoration that can also be hung as a garland.
With 10 bells you'll have enough to make a garland.
Create a Christmas themed garland to use to tie up packages using peppermint twine.
Basic Twine Gift Wrap - Video Tutorial
Wrapping Gifts with Twine - Video
Learn how to do a basic twine gift wrap from Brittany Spriggs in the video tutorial above.
Decorate with Baker's Twine and Washi Tape
Another quick decorating idea for embellishing packages with twine comes from Saaleah in South Africa.
She decorated this CD package using Baker's twine, a washer-style charm and Washi tape.
All you need to do is wrap the Washi tape of your color choice around the package, string the jewelry pendant onto Baker's twine and tie it to the package.
Simple, elegant and unique gift wrapping in just a few minutes.
Note: The jewelry piece can be found at many beading stores. Look for pendants or links like the ones I've included that can be easily strung onto twine.
Washi Tape on Amazon
Colorful Washi tape for decorating.
Decorate a Brown Paper Package with Twine and Doilies
Baker's twine gets combined with a doily in this simple gift packaging idea used to wrap up the photos she sells from Jessica Torres Photography.
Using simple brown paper (kraft paper or recycled paper bags), a paper doily and baker's twine you can create a very elegant gift wrap in a matter of minutes.
Make it more special by including a hand crochet doily or a crochet motif in colors of your choice from the Beyond Square Crochet Motifs book above.
Decorative Paper and Crochet Doilies on Amazon
Gift Wrapping Toppers
Knitting or Crocheting a Gift Topper
In addition to being a fun way to decorate packages, handknit or crochet gift toppers are a great way of using up leftover yarn, which may be found in abundance in most crafters' homes.
This cute knit grumpy lump of coal would be a silly gift topper for someone who is on the "Naughty" list this year.
I found many free patterns for knitting up gift topper / ornaments at Knitpicks online knitting shop. With creative patterns like mini stocking and Christmas pickle ornaments, mitten garlands, tinsel trees, snowmen and grumpy coal lumps (with Santa hat) you are likely to find something to help embellish your Christmas packages.
Grab your needles, you leftover yarn and get knitting.
Knitted Embellishments for Gift Wrapping - Video Tutorial
Knitting Embellishments for Gift Wrapping - Video
Knitpicks show how to decorate gifts with knitted embellishments.
KnitPicks has a collection of fun holiday patterns for little knitted embellishments that can be used to decorate package and be hung on the tree as ornaments.
Since these embellishments are small, they are great projects for using up leftover yarn.
Here is the list of Free embellishment patterns available on KnitPicks. Look in their Free Knitting Pattern section.
- Smitten (a Holiday Garland)
Knit up a mitten garland to count down the days to Christmas! At 4.5 inches from fingertip to cuff, each mitten is just the right size to hold a small treat for each of the first 24 days of December.
- Santa Hat Pattern
This darling hat can be knit up in whatever weight yarn you have on hand! The heavier the yarn weight, the bigger the hat will be. (The hat can be added to Grumpy the Lump of Coal.
- Grumpy, the Lump of Coal Pattern
It's the gift that says, "I could have knit you something cool, but all you deserved was this lump of coal." Knits up quickly, so you can make one for each of your ingrates!
- Tinsel Tree Pattern
Make these tiny trees as festive decorations for your home during the holidays. Quick to knit, each tiny tree only takes a small amount of yarn - making the Tinsel Trees a great and fun way to use up leftover yarn.
- Snowmen Pattern
Use up your stash and knit these clever little snowmen just in time for the holiday season. Knit them as gift toppers, ornaments or just to decorate your house this season.
- Mini Stocking Ornament
Perfect for your tree, to give as a gift, or as a cute gift tag, this adorable ornament makes good use of those odds and ends of yarn.
- Christmas Pickle Ornament Pattern
What's a Christmas Pickle? Every year some American families hide a pickle ornament deep in the boughs of their Christmas tree for the children to find. The child who spots the well-hidden pickle first is believed to have good luck through the year.
- Tidings of Joy Holiday Ornaments Pattern
Knit a complete set of Christmas ornaments! This pattern includes instructions to make over 20 ornaments in four different themes. Knit them all or knit four sets of one theme in assorted colors!
How to Make a Yarn Gift Tag or Decoration - Video Tutorial
Make a Recycled Yarn Gift Tag - Video
Learn how to make a recycled yarn gift tag from Patricia Zapata.
More on Making Yarn Gift Tags
- Recycling project no. 19 - yarn gift tag | A Little Hut - Patricia Zapata
Cover paper towel cardboard tubes with yarn to make quick and easy yarn gift tags.
- Recycling project - wrapped hearts | A Little Hut - Patricia Zapata
Cardboard boxes seem to accumulate very easily, so I keep trying to come up with ways to use them. To end my week of heart projects, this is a really quick and simple one that was inspired by my yarn gift tag.
Make a Holiday Pom Pom for Embellishing and Hanging
Pom poms are a fun way to decorate a package. Add a string and the pom poms can be used as ornaments that can be hung up, so double as an extra gift.
Using Christmas colored yarn you can quickly wind up some pompoms for decorating.
Teresa from the Art of Crochet shows how to make a pom pom using cardboard cutouts that you make yourself. After watching the video you'll be making your own pom poms for decorating packages in no time.
You can also buy special Pom Pom Makers that make the process even easier.
How to Make a Pom Pom - Video
Learn how to make a yarn pom pom from tjw1963.
How to Make Twine Flowers - Video Tutorial
How to Make Twine Embellishments
Find out how to make twine flowers from Dsscrapie in the video tutorial above.
Basic Twine on Amazon
Gift Wrapping Yarn and Twine Supplies
Baker's Twine on Amazon
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