On the eleventh day of Christmas my true friend gave to me…
…eleven gift tags so my gifts go under the right tree.
If you are just joining us, refer back to day one for all the details of our 12 Days of Christmas event!
Click the image to download Kristin’s printable for today’s gift:
I decorated these gift tags using paper yarn that I spun from a variety of different papers.
I cut tags out of heavyweight white paper, and lined the edges with two layers of home-spun paper yarn (tutorial below). I also formed a decorative heart out of the yarn and glued it on each tag.
I punched a hole in the top of each tag and tied on matching yarn.
I used many colored tissue papers, newspaper, and even toilet paper (shhh!) to make my yarn.
Here’s how I did it!
Home-Spun Paper Yarn Tutorial:
For this example I’m using one sheet of red tissue paper.
Fold the sheet on it’s natural fold lines and cut width-wise into 1-2 inch strips.
Unfold the strips and twist the end of one. Insert it into the end of an electric drill, and tighten it down. Two people are needed for this next part, so I enlisted the help of my darling husband. He was happy to help because there were power tools involved.
One person runs the drill (any bets who that was?) and the other person holds the other end of the paper strip. Run the drill until almost all of the paper strip is twisted tight. Leave a section big enough to fold in another strip and then keep on twisting.
Keep folding in new strips and twisting them tight. Each sheet of tissue paper ends up making approx. 20 feet of yarn!
I made some out of newspaper and toilet paper too. The toilet paper is easier because it’s already long and on a roll, so unwind it as far as you want, cut it to the width you want, and spin away! No need to fold in additional pieces.
Have fun spinning paper!2
Spinning paper! Amazing! I love that idea!
Very neat! I never would have thought to use a drill to spin it. I so want to try it!
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What a beautiful blog! Why am I just now finding you? So glad I did. ;o)
ellie g says
Ummmmm, Emily….I hope it feels completely amazing being an absolute genius. Because you are. And these are divine!
Wendy Walker Cushing says
To Sew With Love says
what a fab idea! ^^)
Love the newspaper and toilet paper… I'll be using these ideas! thanks!!!
This is one fabulous little project!
Great idea and what a creative way to use the drill! Keep those great ideas coming! :o)
I love that! Genius to use the drill!
Jenn Erickson says
Stopping by from the linky party over at A Little Lovely. What beautiful tags. I've never seen hand-spun paper yarn before. Ingenious! So glad I stopped by to soak up some inspiration. Happy Holidays! Warmest wishes, Jenn
Simply Domestic says
Love this idea! I think I've been living under a rock, because I just know found your blog! Can't wait to look around.:)
What a great idea to recycle and reuse your scraps. Check out my post on Green wrap.
SO ADORABLE! You are my new favorite bloggy blog 🙂
Katie's Nesting Spot says
Wow fun idea, I had never heard of spinning paper, great technique and thanks for sharing it.
Love this idea!
This is so cute! I've recently discovered spinning paper as well. Isn't it fun 🙂 I use a drop spindle though….a drill would scare me lol
Popping by from the Girl Creative
The stuff you do with paper amazes me! You rock. Thanks for linking up again 🙂
That is an awesome idea! Found you on Vintage Wanna Bee's Talent Tuesday. Lovely blog by the way. Those tags are so pretty, and my favorite one is the newspaper print one.