Thursday, December 13, 2012

Gift wrapping with Yarn

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They say it is better to give than to receive, but you know what is better than giving? Getting crafty! I have nearly as much fun wrapping gifts as I do giving them, usually personalizing it somehow to the recipient. But that can be a little too much of a time drain this time of year so Wrennie and I set up a production line to get the first of our gifts wrapped up and ready to give.
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It all started with two standard rolls of yarn, but if you want to customize your gifts to any specific color scheme it doesn't come easier than using wool. The sky is the limit with color choices!
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My only investment in our gift giving this year was a set of pom pom makers. 
Where have these been all my life? They are little rainbows of pure happiness! The whole set was around $5 and it allows you to make different sizes of pompoms. I won't go through the specifics because I am sure there are different techniques and ways to use different makers, but once you do one you are a pro.
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I made some big, some small, some a little fuller, some a little thinned out, and even a couple multicolored. It is addicting! The only thing you want to make sure and do to save yourself some trouble is to leave the ends of the piece you use to tie it together instead of trimming them off. This is what we will use tie them to our gifts.
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For the wrapping paper I just used standard Kraft paper. I pick up a giant roll every so often and that usually lasts me a few years. But to add some extra umphf  I 'wove' more yarn around the gifts. This is just one piece I wrapped around the present 5 or 6 times, then I wrapped it the other direction the same number of times, weaving it as I did the second go round.
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All tied up! I like to think of it as extra protection from little fingers getting into them early.  Wren's favorite part after making the pompoms was showing me where she wanted me to tie them on the parcels.
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For smaller gifts (or for the gifts you wrap after your third glass of wine) I just wound the yard around. I actually like this look a little more!
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Different shapes, sizes and color combos.
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Now I just need to round up some more boxes so I can get the rest of my wrapping done! 
(when did stores stop giving these? I miss those days!!)
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11 comments:

Audra said...

Love it! We use brown packing paper too-love the simplicity!

Rachael said...

I've been wrapping presents the exact same way this year, craft paper, yarn and pom poms. I use my hand to make pom poms but that does look like a nice little tool!

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{ L } said...

Presentation is everything! Ok, its actually the thought that counts, but I like to make my presentation thoughtfully. :). I used twine this year and last. Your pom poms are quite a presentation, and I especially love the mishapped zigzag wrap style!

Navy Morrisons said...

Love these! I was totally going to do brown paper this year, but was unsure how I wanted to embellish. Now I know! Where on earth did you find the pom pom makers??

Holly and Sean said...

Navy, I got it at a fabric store (fabricLand), but michaels said they carry them too!

Thanks ladies, I want to see all these creations!

Kelly said...

Loe it! Great idea....I love the pom poms. My dogs may want to eat them off the presents, but it's worth a shot for how cute they are!

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

So lovely!!!

Erin said...

I know what you mean about the boxes: I'm using cereal & orange boxes this year, haha!

Jenski said...

This year is a Sunday comics wrapping year for me! Love the yarn.

Lacey said...

We're also on the brown paper train this season… red and white ribbons and twine… I LOVE your pompoms - very sweet...

Freckles Chick said...

Love the poms, so festive!

I did the kraft paper gift-wrapping this year too & thoroughly loved it. So easy to work with, cheap, & I've always thought ribbons & acoutrements are the REAL stars of a well-wrapped gift so I had a blast adorning the kraft paper.

I think I'll do white paper next year & these poms, thx for the inspiration!!

 
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