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4 Ways to Decorate Your Gift Packages with Yarn
By: Lion Brand
 

There are so many ways to dress up your packages for holidays like Christmas and Chanukah, birthdays, and more -- all with just a little bit of yarn! Whether you simply wrap some yarn around a package or add a knitted or crocheted flower, yarn is a simple way to add fun and flair to your gift wrapping! Here are 4 unique ideas that you may want to try (click the titles to jump to them):

WOVEN WONDER GIFT TOPPER
Turn any package into a mini loom! If you teach the recipient how to tie off the edges, they’ll have a little coaster or place mat in addition to the gift inside.

Woven TopperFor this gift topper, you'll need two types of yarn (the example below uses Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Citron and Lion Wool in Dark Teal), tape, and a tapestry needle, in addition to your wrapped gift.

Step 1: Tape the end of the first yarn to the back of your package. Wrap yarn around package lengthwise, keeping strands close together (aprox ¼" apart). Wrap about 20 times for a coaster, 50 for a placemat OR any even number of times. Once wrapped, cut yarn, remove the tape holding the other end of yarn and tie the two strands together, being careful not to distort the front lineup. Trim tails.

Step 2: Cut about 3 yards (108") of second yarn (or enough yarn to go around your package in the other direction several times). Tape one end to back of package as before. Thread other end of yarn through tapestry needle.

Step 3: Wrap yarn around to front of package. When you reach the crossing yarns, weave tapestry needle over one strand then under one strand until you reach the other side. [For more tips on weaving, click here to see our step-by-step pattern for making your own cardboard loom and weaving on it.]

Step 4: Wrap yarn around back of package to front again. Weave tapestry needle through crossing yarns again, this time working under one strand first, then over one strand to the other side.

Repeat steps 3 & 4 10 times for a coaster (20 strands), 30-40 times for a placemat, depending on the size of your box. Keep the number of strands an even number, to make tying off easy. When you run out of yarn, remove tape from starting end and tie the two strands together in the back. If you’re not finished weaving yet, tape a new strand of yarn to the back and begin again. 


MINI POM-POM GIFT TOPPERS

Pom-poms are easy, fast, and fun -- add a couple of mini ones to your packages for a whimsical touch! 

Mini Pom-Pom Gift Topper

For this gift topper, youll need several colors of yarn (the example below uses Lion Cotton in Turquoise and Lion Wool in Dark Teal). 

Step 1: Wrap yarn around your fingers about sixteen times.

Step 1

Step 2: Remove from fingers and cut one side of bundle. Divide strands into groups of 8 and set aside.

Step 2

Step 3: Cut a length of yarn long enough to tie around your package, plus 6" extra. Tie this yarn around package making a double knot on top of package. Place the 8 strands that you set aside on top of this knot and make another double knot to secure them in place.

Step 4: Cut remaining tails to match length of pom pom.

Step 4

Repeat steps 3 & 4 once more with the yarn.

Repeat the process with other yarn(s). Once you have enough mini pom-poms wrapped around your package, arrange strands so that pom poms create a diagonal on top of your package.

Arrange the pom-poms


YARN WREATHS
What a great gift for a yarn crafter! Turn two balls of yarn into cute wreaths in minutes. They can stay wrapped and be ornaments or later be knit or crocheted into fabulous projects.

Yarn Wreaths

For this project you'll need two balls of yarn (our examples use LB Collection Silk Mohair in Azure and Sunbeam), as well a tapestry needle. 

Step 1: Remove labels from yarn, (hang on to them if giving to a yarncrafter!) and remove a little bit of yarn from each ball. If your yarn isn't already in a cake or doughnut shape, wrap it around a water bottle or cup to make "cakes." From the yarn you removed from each ball, cut 2 lengths of yarn (1 of each color), long enough to wrap around your package. Set them aside. Thread tapestry needle with remaining yarn in first color.

Step 1

Step 2: Insert tapestry needle through center of the other color yarn ball and pull through leaving a 6” tail. Wrap yarn around mohair ball, coming up through the center each time.

Step 2

Step 3: When you reach where you started, tie ends into a bow and trim tails.

Step 3

Repeat for other ball of yarn using contrasting yarn to wrap.

Step 4: Thread the piece of yarn you set aside through one of the loops on the back of first wreath. Tie this strand tightly around package, making a knot in the back. Repeat for other wreath.

Step 4


FLUFFY POM-POM TOPPER
Fluffy Pom-Pom TopperMake a big statement with a fluffy pom-pom! Make it one color or two for different looks! Once the gift is unwrapped, it can also be used as a luggage tag!

For this project, you will need yarn (in the examples at the right, we use Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Fisherman with Vanna's Glamour in Diamond for the gift at the left and Alpine Wool in Chili and Olive for the gift at the right) along with a pom-pom maker.

Step 1: Make your pom-pom. To make your pom-pom, follow the directions on the pom-pom maker package or click here for directions on making them by hand. Leave the strand of yarn used to secure the middle of the pom-pom long; you will use this to secure the pom-pom to your package.

Step 2: Tape the end of the yarn to your package and wrap it around the package several times in one direction. Cut the yarn and tape it to the back of the package. Repeat this step, wrapping the yarn around the package in the other direction.

Tie the pom-pom to the yarn wrapped around the package at the point where the yarn crosses the top of the package.



Authored by Lion Brand

 
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