recycling project no. 19 - yarn gift tag

recycling no. 19 - yarn gift tags

The segment that I shot yesterday with a local news crew went really well. I was a bit nervous at first but as soon as I got into a rhythm it went smoothly from there. The segment will air next week. I'll post it if I can get a hold of the video.

We worked on projects from my book, but from more of a recycling angle. We used paper towel cardboard tubes for one of the projects. The leftover cutouts inspired this new idea. It's a quick, very easy and cheap project to make.

Materials:
- Paper towel cardboard tube
- Yarn - two strands of different colors that are about 4' (120cm) in length each
- Scissors

1. Fold cardboard tube lengthwise and cut off 'ovals' that are about 3/8" (1cm) wide.

2. Starting on one end of the oval, wrap the yarn continuously around the cardboard. Once the oval is completely covered in yarn, make a double knot with the two loose ends.

recycling no. 19 - yarn gift tags

3. Repeat step 2 with an another piece of cut cardboard and the additional strand of yarn.

recycling no. 19 - yarn gift tags

4. Attach both tags to a gift and cut off the loose yarn strands evenly. I made a very impromptu video (my first! - so bear with me) of how I attached the tags to a box.



I would've wanted to record something a bit more substantial but it got really dark around here just when I was working on this.

recycling no. 19 - yarn gift tags

I called these gift tags for this project but these yarn decorations can also be used for a party (hung around a table, on branches or a mantle) or holiday tree decorations. What about a whole wreath full of these?

Need more ideas that use cardboard tubes? Try my glass hurricane or tea light covers.

34 comments:

  1. Hard to believe a toilet paper tube could make such a cute shape.

    These would be great to make with the leftover yarn from a knitted gift. It's like when you get a little extra yarn when you buy a sweater in case you need it for a repair or to reattach a button.

    They'd also be cute tied in a bunch as a cat toy! :)

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  2. or as flowers!

    these are really great!

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  3. These tags look great! I even liked them before you covered them in yarn.

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  4. Ooo! I love new ideas for decorating packages! This is great! Thanks!

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  5. These are so cute, and really quite brilliant. I just received a couple balls of beautiful yarn that this would work perfectly for. Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Thank you so much for this wonderful idea!
    I can't wait to try it!!!

    Eleonora from Sweden

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  7. I love this idea! I think it will be great to adapt to Christmas decor because I like to use different colors every year. Thank you! :)

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  8. Oh my goodness, Patricia, I love this idea SO MUCH. I think I know how I'm going to adorn all my Christmas presents now! So creative, wow. :)

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  9. Love this! Could make great christmas ornaments too.

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  10. Fantastic idea! I think they'd be the perfect size to attach little Moo cards to, hung in the middle?

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  11. these look great! I agree, they would make fabulous Xmas tree decorations :)

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  12. So cute. And I like the idea of decorating Christmas presents with them, 'cause they'll also make really sweet onraments!

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  13. I'm thinking novelty yarns - furry, sparkly, etc... !

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  14. I am constantly blown away by how creative you are. You manage to make the most beautiful things from such simple, uninteresting items. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  15. These are wonderful!!! I might try some of these with my kids. I think we would all have a fun time with them and end up with some beautiful decorations. Thank you!

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  16. My first thought was also that they might make great flower petals, but I see someone else already suggested that. Placed side by side, wouldn't they make wonderful cat eyes for a Halloween gift or project?

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  17. Adorable is the word. Now my husband is going to be bugging me about my extensive toilet paper roll collection. Great!

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  18. You are a paper genius! This is so pretty and creative, I love it! I'll be linking.

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  19. Fantastic - I'm always looking for different (and non-plastic) ways to dress up gifts... The shapes become so much more when you wrap them - reminds me of a project in a sculpture class I took. Thanks for the great idea!

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  20. That's so clever and beautiful. fantastic idea.

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  21. What a great idea for that leftover yarn. I am definitely going to try this.

    If you would like to listen to something while you work, I read old-fashioned fairy tales on my podcast, Knitlark Lane -- free on your computer or Itunes. (I also read from the classics and talk about books, travel and yarn stuff sometimes, too). Hope you will check it out.
    knitlarklane.libsyn.com

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  22. This is such a wonderful idea for recycling toilet paper rolls. I'm so glad you shared this with the rest of the world. For years I've tried to think of cute ways to recycle these little cardboard things, but now my search is over. Thank God for clever crafters like you :)

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  23. Yay, been trying to come up with something cute to make with toilet paper rolls - and these are perfect! I'll make a bunch now & then attach hooks & put them on all my holiday gifts when the time comes.

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  24. This is so cool! You just gave me an idea for a good installation piece, thanks very much. I do hope you drop by sometimes to see my work when you have the time. Although I've been a practicing artist and writer for quite a long time now, it's not until recently that I decided to get in touch with other artists via blogging(http://www.eternallyme28.blogspot.com). Hope we can be blogfriends.

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  25. I love this idea and will be linking on Friday!

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  26. Oh how sweet! Such a simpleyet pretty idea!

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  27. this is amazing!!!!! Thanks for the idea!!

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  28. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Very cute!

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  29. I love this idea ... i love recycling.... Thanks for sharing !!!

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  30. These are great! What a simple and easy way to add some life to a gift. Thanks!

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  31. You are so cool ~ i like recycling in a more creative way...thanks a lot for sharing all these great idea love them =)

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  32. Hello,
    I put by manually link for your blog. That is so great idea :)

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  33. That's a good idea! I've used yarn as a ribbon for gift wrapping to make things different but this is a really neat 3-D idea. : ) Love it.

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