Paper Yo-Yos

One thing always leads to another. My T-shirt project from a few weeks ago started me thinking about yo-yos. I wondered if it were possible to apply the same technique to paper. I love brown paper bags so, that was my first choice and it turned out to be a successful venture…

I wrapped a gift using a paper grocery bag. This paper was easy to work with - both malleable and strong. I was able to sew yo-yos out of this paper using a needle and quilting thread.

To make the brown paper bag easier to work with and give it a subtle, wrinkled texture - I balled it up a pulled it out flat a few times. This breaks the stiffness of the paper, making it softer and easier to shape. I glued the yo-yos to the package and wrapped it with waxed paper twine to add layered detail. I like to add various textures to monochromatic pieces to create depth and interest.

To make paper yo-yos I strongly advise using the Clover Quick Yo-Yo Maker - available in the sewing supply section of Michael's (about $9.00). Follow instructions on package - substitute paper for fabric. I find quilting thread is best for this project.

Here’s a link to Amazon for Clover Yo-Yo makers.

We’re listening to Kings Of Convenience today.

Comments (4):

  1. Michelle L.

    August 22, 2010 at 11:30 am

    So elegant looking!

  2. AJ Tarrant

    August 24, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    As always, I love to see your original thinking in action!
    Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  3. Bonnie@WhatAboutPie

    August 24, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    this is a great way to wrap a gift. i love the paper yo yo’s. i definately don’t like spending money on wrapping paper and I often wrap gifts in either the Sunday funnies or brown paper bags or tissue paper…of course it’s fun to decorate plain wrappings!

  4. Keri Lee Sereika

    May 9, 2012 at 1:10 am

    I found your site via Pinterest and this is just such a cute idea! I know the post is almost 2yrs old but I wanted you to know I stopped by and I am going to check out the rest of your site now too! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your idea!!

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