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. 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..

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

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

  9. These are so great!

  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)

  14. Great Post! Thanks for your share! I like reading your post. You can get Satin Ribbon here for gift wrapping!


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