gift tag no. 3 - popsicle sticks



Here is a new gift tag/gift decor project for the series that I'm creating because of the holiday season. I didn't use any paper for this one. I'm trying to use what I have so this version is using a tiny part of my popsicle sticks stash. The design is fairly simple - one stick to use for a holiday message, another for "FROM" and the last one for the "TO" information.

Materials:
- 3 popsicle sticks
- yarn (enough to make it around the gift about two-three times.
- drill

I drilled a hole on each end of the sticks (1/4" from the end). Then I started wrapping the yarn around the gift starting from the back and threading it through each of the sticks. The ends are tied in a knot on the back.



What the back looks like. Kind of interesting too.



The diagram below shows the way I wrapped the yarn around the gift. I created the illustration hoping the it would be easier to understand. I hope it is. The dotted lines indicate the yarn that is behind the box.



That's it!

Hints + tips:
- There are wider craft sticks that can be used for this. With the wider versions you could probably make a hole big enough to use ribbon instead of yarn. The possibilities are endless!
- Test what size of hole you can make on your stick without it cracking. One of the first sticks that I drilled cracked open because I was using the wrong drill bit size (too wide).

EDIT - Tonia gave me the following tip regarding the cracking in the comments below. I thought it would be better for everyone to read it. Here it is:
"Here's a tiny secret--if you ever want to drill a "large" (anyting bigger than 1/8") hole in any surface that has the potential to crack, just start with a small drill bit (1/16") and gradually work your way up. The surface won't crack then, and you can have as big of a hole as you need."

Thanks Tonia! :)

24 comments:

  1. Hi

    Love the blog, have just been scrolling through and love your ideas and work. Your photography shows it off really well. Wish I could get mine to look like that, whats the secret? Added you to my blog roll, hope you don't mind. Looking forward to visiting again

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  2. Hi Patricia! Here's a tiny secret--if you ever want to drill a "large" (anyting bigger than 1/8") hole in any surface that has the potential to crack, just start with a small drill bit (1/16") and gradually work your way up. The surface won't crack then, and you can have as big of a hole as you need. :-)

    Thanks for the inspiring ideas! I just love your style.
    Tonia :-)

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  3. Each time you post one of these, I love the idea and think it's the best. Then you go and trump it with the next one. Incredible.

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  4. Oh! I love this... I daresay its my favorite so far. You could have so much fun with the various types of yarn available and types of popsicle sticks... hehe. Thanks for sharing!!

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  5. Love it! Simple and beautiful!

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  6. You are just too crafty for your own good! LOVE it! What a clever idea :)

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  7. I really love the simple brown paper with the vibrant red yarn. Great idea!

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  8. Dude! That's so simple, but elegant and a fabulous idea! You always have the best gift tag ideas.

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  9. Hey Patricia:

    I really like the repetition of three you've done here. I don't know if that was intentional, but there are a lot of triple messages in the Christmas story: 3 wisemen, the Holy Trinity (if that is one's belief) and more. Also, like how you can (with the right pen) write a greeting directly on the wood. Some experimentation would be needed to avoid getting too much ink bleeding into the woodgrain. Cute idea as always!

    - Molly

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  10. Patricia, wow!
    I am so impressed. Your ideas are just amazing. I am going to use this idea on my next gift wrapping. I will just have to eat more popsicles/ ice cream before gift wrapping time :).

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  11. Great idea - thanks for sharing!

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  12. another fantastic idea! thank you so much for posting this, you're brilliant!

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  13. Absolute genius - love it, love it, love it!

    I found you through the CRAFT: blog - now off to enjoy a lazy Sunday pottering through your archives!

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  14. Fabulous! I found your blog through Delightful Blogs and I love your tags...and trees...and everything!

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  15. love, love, love it!! so adorable!

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  16. fyi: i had some wide popsicle sticks laying around (like the ones at the drs. office) i wanted to see if i could hole punch it instead of drill it...because i'm lazy like that. anyway....it worked!! i used a small punch (i think it's like 3/16 inch) and it worked like a charm! i'm assuming a smaller stick might crack, but it worked great on the wide ones!

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  17. This is a wonderful idea! Now I need to buy a box of popsicles to get some sticks. Thanks for the excuse!

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  18. what a sweet simple and quick idea! thanks for the tip. :)

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  19. What a fantastic idea!!!! And the tip for drilling a big hole is great too...

    Jodie

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  20. love this idea - i was thinking some of the letraset text could work really well, too. :)

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  21. I wrapped a Christmas present using your idea. Since I didn't have any popsicle sticks handy I cut cardstock in long rectangles & hole-punched the ends. It turned out beautifully. However, the popsicle sticks do look best.

    You're brilliant.
    THANK YOU!

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