On the eleventh day of Christmas my true friend gave to me…
…eleven gift tags so my gifts go under the right tree.
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