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Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas Using Twine, String and Yarn

Updated on September 11, 2014

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.

Nature Decorated Christmas Package from Lorna Watt Used Under Creative Commons License 2.0

Decorate for Christmas with brown paper packages tied up with string...

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Brown Paper Packages Tied up with String

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Image by grabadonut

Brown Paper Packages with Stenciled Red Stars, Tied up with String from grabadonut. Used under a Creative Commons 2.0 License

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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.

  1. Yarn Ties
  2. Twine Ties
  3. Brown Paper Bags
  4. Natural Decorations
  5. Spice Trimmings
  6. Yarn and Twine Craft Toppers
  7. Cut Paper Decorations

Use Multicolor Baker's Twine

Martha Stewart Crafts Multicolor Baker's Twine
Martha Stewart Crafts 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

Image by Lorna Watt
Image by Lorna Watt

Brown Paper Packages tied up with Cedar Twigs by Lorna Watt

Used under Creative Commons License 2.0

Gift Wrapping with Yarn

Image by Inger Maaike
Image by Inger Maaike

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.

Very big ball of yarn from Inger Maaike. Used under Creative Commons License

Turn Leftover Yarn into Gift Wrapping

Leftover yarn by ejhobbin and Wrapping Yarn Package by trenttsd

Used under Creative Commons License 2.0

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

Lion Brand Yarn 620-102B Wool-Ease Yarn, Ranch Red
Lion Brand Yarn 620-102B Wool-Ease Yarn, Ranch Red

Wrap your packages with red colored yarn.

 

Crochet Decorative Garlands and Gift Tags

Image by alexsbayley
Image by alexsbayley

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 Star Garland from alexsbayley. Used under Creative Commons 2.0 License

Crochet Motif Pattern Books on Amazon

Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs: 144 circles, hexagons, triangles, squares, and other unexpected shapes
Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs: 144 circles, hexagons, triangles, squares, and other unexpected shapes

Crochet squares, circles, hexagons and hearts as package decorations.

Also available as a Kindle version.

 

Gift Wrapping with Twine

Image by Lorna Watt
Image by Lorna Watt

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.

Nature Decorated Christmas Package from Lorna Watt Used Under Creative Commons License 2.0

Brown Paper Packages Tied with Twine and Paper Trees

Brown Paper Package Tied up with Twine by Lorna Watt.

Used under Creative Commons License

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.

Christmas Bell Garland with Twine

Image by Ciara McDonnell
Image by Ciara McDonnell

Christmas Bell Garland with Baker's Twine by Ciara McDonnell.

Used under Creative Commons License 2.0

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.

1 X Peppermint Divine Twine
1 X Peppermint Divine Twine

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.

CD Package Decorated with Baker's Twine and Washi Tape by Saaleah. Used under Creative Commons License 2.0.

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.

Brown Paper Package with Twine and Doily by Jessica Case Torres. Used under Creative Commons License

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.

Grumpy Lump of Coal by Rhonlynn. Used under Creative Commons License 2.0

Knitted Embellishments for Gift Wrapping - Video Tutorial

Knitting Embellishments for Gift Wrapping - Video

Knitpicks show how to decorate gifts with knitted embellishments.

KnitPicks Patterns

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.

Image by Tracy the Astonishing
Image by Tracy the Astonishing

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.

Holiday PomPom by Tracy the Astonishing. Used under a Creative Commons License 2.0

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.

Gift Wrapping Yarn and Twine Supplies

Will you use yarn or twine to wrap up a gift now?

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 3 years ago from Northern California

      @SusanDeppner: I've always loved coming up with creative crafty wrapping since I was much younger.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      What a great resource! I love these crafty gift-wrap ideas.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @mandybeau lm: I hope you found some great gift wrapping tips.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @mandybeau lm: Thank you. I hope you got some great tips.

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      mandybeau lm 4 years ago

      @HealthfulMD: Great Lens.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @RhondaAlbom: Thank you.

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      Rhonda Albom 4 years ago from New Zealand

      These are the most beautiful gifts, and your simple to follow directions make it all seem possible. Blessed.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @Mickie Gee: Thank you!

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      I love the embellishment ideas you have found. You are a gifted crafter and gift-wrapper!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @juditpaton: There's always next year, if you don't have to wrap anything for this year.

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 4 years ago from Ozun

      now i feel creative, after reading this lens, pity that i did not stumble on before...thanks, is great.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @dellgirl: Happy wrapping.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @Jawill: Glad to know you have been inspired to do some special wrapping this year.

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these interesting and helpful Gift Wrapping Ideas. Congratulations on making Fresh Pages - Latest Additions in Arts & Design. Nice work.

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      Jawill 4 years ago

      I have not done any special gift wrapping in years. I should start up again as I really enjoyed it. Many great ideas here, thanks for the tips.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @DecoratingMom411: Have fun wrapping.

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      DecoratingMom411 4 years ago

      Those are great gift wrapping ideas. Thank you for sharing!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @getmoreinfo: They are fast, easy and even better look very chic.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @randomthings lm: I found so many quick and easy ways to get rid of my leftover yarn stash.

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      I like these creative ad crafty Gift Wrapping Ideas

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      randomthings lm 4 years ago

      Very clever and beautiful. I would love to do stuff like this.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @Jadelynx-HP: I too prefer wrapping in ways that can be reused or with recycled materials.

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      Tracey Boyer 4 years ago from Michigan

      I think these are very pretty and different. I would so much rather give wrappings that can be reused, than to buy paper bows that just end up in a land fill. Thank you for making this lens.