Wednesday, December 7, 2011

4 Creative Ways to Gift Wrap Using a Ball of Yarn

The other day, I was asked to come up with a creative an inexpensive way to gift wrap over 100 books. I went home, found some old butcher paper and a ball of yarn, (leftover from the Christmas stocking I made) and started brainstorming different ideas.

Here are a few more details...
#1 "The Bow" - I made a bow using the same method you would use to make a yarn pom-pom, only I didn't cut the ends. I added the square "Merry Christmas" tag to the bottom (I thought it looked like a mini present :) but It's cute with or without the tag. 

#2 "Basket Weave" - I wrapped the yarn around the present 5 times horizontally and tied off the ends. Then, using a new string, I worked vertically and weaved the yarn over and under the horizontal strands 4 times.

#3 "Cats Cradle" remember back in the day when string tricks were cool? Well this is just a simple cats cradle made from one large piece of yarn...if you need a refresher, try THIS tutorial. 

#4 "Pom Pom" - I'm sure you've all seen this trick,  but go HERE if you need a good pom-pom tutorial.


  1. these are all so fun! I'm using a lot of kraft paper this year so I'm really dependent on my ribbons/embellishments. Red yarn is a perfect idea! I need to add that to my list! :)

  2. I never would have thought of using cat's cradle as a package decoration...props to you! Love all of these.

  3. Very clever!

    Kindness is the best accessory,

  4. love these! I so recognized Jacobs loved cat's cradle!

  5. What a clever lady you are. Always filled with
    amazing and great ideas. Thanks.

  6. Love the bow version - so cute!

  7. hy Andrea,
    just found your space..lovely space you have..
    excellent presentation with beautiful posts..
    gift wrap idea is awesome..
    happy following you..;)
    do stop by mine sometime..

  8. Those are just beautiful. Great idea. Great pictures.

  9. Excellent gift wrap ideas! I really like the basket weave.

  10. wahooo ! great ideas !
    thank you !

  11. this is one of the best present wrapping tutorials I've ever seen. Thanks so much Andrea!

  12. Love your wrapping ideas! Yarn is such a cheap and easily accessible item. Thanks! I linked to you on my blog.

  13. not sure if this is still active.. i saw these ideas and i love them but i cant seem to find a way to glue them or get them into place? (cat's craddle for example)


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