Embroidery Floss Saves

Do you have hanks of embroidery thread left over from projects completed or abandoned long ago? Well dust them off and take a look around your house to access new ways you can use them.


Gift Wrap

Use several strands of embroidery thread to wrap small gifts & then tie into a generous bow on top.

Braid embroidery floss into long strands to use as ribbons to wrap gifts.

Homemade tassels using embroidery floss can be used in place of a bow on a gift.



Sewing Projects

Take a look through your stash of embroidery thread next time you need the perfect color of thread for a hand-sewn project or mending session.

Braid one or more colors of embroidery floss together to use as ties, trim, belt loops, button loops …



Twist or braid together six strands of embroidery thread. Dip the ends in glue to stiffen them & when the glue dries you have a new set of shoelaces.



Braid embroidery floss into a long strand, then braid that strand into your hair, use it as a hairband or wrap around a ponytail.



Home Decor

Braid one or more colors of embroidery floss to use as curtain tie-backs, to trim upholstered furniture, lampshades or pillows …

Take a plain basket from ordinary to extraordinary by weaving four or more strands of embroidery thread through the baskets holes with a large eyed darning needle.

Homemade tassels using embroidery floss added to curtain tie-backs and other home decor projects.

Frugal Tree Decorations – Recycled Bows

If you have – and as a frugal Irish Attic devotee that I’m sure you are – a bunch of bows salvaged from previous Christmas gifts – then you have an inexpensive and beautiful way to decorate your Christmas tree on a budget. Gather together all of your bows from previous years. At this point don’t worry about the colors or the sizes. No hooks are needed – nestle your  bows in the branches of your Christmas tree. Any metallic and iridescent bows will reflect the Christmas tree lights and give you a soft glow.

Years ago, I did this as a college student on a budget. And since I”m such a recycler as we had more money to buy ornaments, we reused the bows as gift toppers. It’s amazing how pretty, sparkly, and colorful a bow covered tree can be. Using bows to fill in your tree’s bare spots is also nice, even if you have an extensive ornament collection.

Last Minute Gift Wrap Ideas

I’m rushing around today wrapping gifts but wanted to stop for a moment to share some creative gift wrapping ideas using items you may already have around your home. No need to run to the store for gift wrap, ribbons and  bows and then add it all to your local landfill the next day. You have all you need to wrap your gifts right around your home. Some of these ideas are old standbys but having it all listed in one post can help save your sanity when you’re running around with an unwrapped gift in one hand, a piece of twine hanging over your shoulder and a wallpaper remnant in the other hand.

Simple Gift Wrap

  • newspaper
  • comics
  • magazine pages
  • wallpaper sample pages
  • leftover wallpaper
  • contact paper
  • colored saran wrap
  • tissue paper (I have tons of white tissue paper that can be layered for a luxurious looking gift wrap.)
  • pretty shopping bags (use stickers or glue on pictures to cover up any areas you don’t want visible)
  • trash bag – tie with gorgeous bow, decorate with stickers or glued on pictures from magazines or copies of family photos
  • paper bags – use shipping tape or hot glue to secure
  • fabric remnants
  • linens with stains or holes – cut away the stain or hole or cover with an iron-on applique made from another piece of linen or fabric

Not As Simple But Still Quite Easy Gift Wrap Ideas

With a little more effort you can come up with some fantastically creative gift wrapping.

Photo Wrap

Enlarge a favorite photo on a copy machine and use the resulting page to wrap a small gift. For a larger gift tape together several photo copied pages arranged so that the ribbon covers the seams.

Fabric Gift Wrap

Cut fabric to the appropriate size to wrap your gift. Leave the edges of the fabric raw, trim with pinking shears or fringe them.

Wrap fabric around gift in the same manner as you would if you were using wrapping paper. Secure with diaper pins, small gold safety pins, stitch with needle & thread, secure with double stick tape or use the ribbon you wrap around the package to secure the fabric.

Or set the gift inside the fabric piece. Gather the fabric up around the gift & secure the gather with any of the items listed under CARDBOARD TUBES.

Wax Paper Wrap

Waxed paper and leftover craft supplies can be combined for a truly unique gift wrap. Cover your ironing board with a sheet of newspaper or a large piece of cloth. Lay a sheet of waxed paper flat on top of the paper or cloth. Place real or silk flower petals, dried leaves, confetti, small photos, anything that is relatively flat on top of the waxed paper. Place another piece of waxed paper on top of your arrangement. Place a second sheet of newspaper or cloth on top of the waxed paper and run a hot iron over the whole thing. The heat will seal the edges together and when it’s cool you can wrap your gift.

Wallpaper Gift Bags

Oh Happy Day has a beautiful tutorial on how to make all sizes of gift bags using wallpaper remnants. You could also use stiff paper.


No need to stop at gift wrap for creative gift wrapping ideas. Ribbon deserves it’s place in your green wrapping party.

Embroidery Floss

If you’re like me you have hanks of embroidery floss left over from projects completed or abandoned long ago? Well dust them off  for an easy and elegant way to wrap your gifts. Use generous strands of floss to wrap small gifts & tie into a bow on top or wrap the gift several times with different colored strands and leave the ends hanging free.

Or braid the embroidery floss to use as ribbon to wrap gifts.

You can even use the floss to make tassels for gift toppers.

Fabric Scraps

Fold scraps of fabric into ½ to l-inch wide strips. Use in place of ribbon when wrapping a gift. A bow can be made out of these strips also.

Small scraps can be sewn, glued or ironed together with iron-on webbing to make strips long enough to be used as a ribbon for a package. Frayed edges left showing make the gift look especially “country”.

Other Ribbon Ideas

  • hairbands, scrunchies, pony tail holders work great for small gifts
  • twine or string
  • a pine garland works well for larger gifts
  • string of lights which no longer work
  • colored wire
  • belt- the buckle becomes the gift topper
  • necklace or bracelet which you no longer want
  • clear or colored saran wrap twisted into width of ribbon you desire
  • buttons – string together with elastic thread, fishing line or dental floss
  • feathers, glued around the circumference of the gift

Bow or Gift Topper

  • silk flowers – great way to use a tired bouquet or single flowers that have fallen off
  • dried flowers
  • pretty leaves
  • sand dollars
  • Christmas ornament
  • belt buckle from belt you no longer use
  • keys
  • jewelry or hair accessories you no longer use
  • feather – use one or a group of them
  • sea shells
  • buttons (glue on or string together and bundle on top)
  • small toy


Spray wrapped gift lightly with glue and sprinkle with glitter or confetti. You can even make your own confetti using scrap paper, magazine pages or comic pages.

Cut out the front of a used greeting card and glue it to the top and/or sides of your wrapped gift.

Glue the cards from a deck of cards or other game cards that are no longer useable to the top and/or sides of a wrapped gift.

Okay, break’s over – get up and get wrapping 🙂


Recycled Paper = Free Gift Wrap

A paper shredder is an awesome thing! Besides keeping identity theft at bay I like to use it to make free gift wrap tissue paper for gift wrapping bags and shipping packages.

You can shred any type of paper if you’re going to use it for shipping. If you’re going to use it to wrap a gift then I would suggest choosing your paper with the end product in mind. Even then, you’d be surprised what types of things can be shredded to make beautiful shredded “tissue”:

  • odd pieces of gift wrap that are left over after wrapping a gift
  • used wrapping paper that is not fit to reuse to wrap another gift
  • comics
  • newspaper
  • magazine pages
  • tissue paper that is not fit to reuse for gifts