DIY Twist Ties

I saw some really cute twist ties at the craft store a while back. I thought they would be simple enough to make and it would be fun to customize them for gift giving and other craft projects. The DIY Twist Ties turned out great and I love the variety of styles and colors.

DIY Twist Ties are fun and easy to make and the perfect addition to small gifts

I gathered my supplies and got to work. I had everything on hand so they were free to make. That’s always an added bonus! You probably have most of the supplies too.

Supplies needed:
scrapbook paper scraps
wire (26 gauge wire)
double sided tape (tacky tape)
scissors or paper cutter
wire cutters

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This project is a great way to use up some of your paper scraps. Pick colors and patterns that match or coordinate with gifts or other paper products. Or pick your favorite papers to use in your own home. I cut each paper 4 3/4″ long and a little over 1/4″ wide. The next ones I make will probably be 6″ long to make them a bit easier to use.

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I used 26 gauge wire and cut it a tiny bit shorter than the length of the paper. Any wire 24-28 gauge would work fine.

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Stick the double sided tape to the back side of the paper and peel the protective cover off.

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Then stick the wire to the tape. I used Terrifically Tacky Tape by Provo Craft. It’s very sticky and comes on a thin roll so it doesn’t have to be cut down the center.

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Put the other paper on top and that’s it. You could also make some twist ties with different paper on each side so once it’s twisted you can see both patterns.

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Aren’t they fun? I love how they turned out.

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You can make them out of any paper for any occasion.

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I’m going to be making dozens of these for gift giving. Are you going to try your hand at DIY twist ties?

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  • Suzanne March 7, 2012, 9:13 pm

    Those are adorable!!! What a great idea!
    I’d love to make some of those!

  • Angien24 March 7, 2012, 10:31 pm

    Those are adorable! What’s the brand of tape you used? Did you have to cut the width to make it as thin as the paper strips or is it sold that thin?

  • Lisa March 7, 2012, 11:47 pm

    Could this be done with fabric instead of paper so they could be reused more often? What brand of tape do you use?

  • Lorraine March 8, 2012, 4:44 am

    ingenious 🙂 Love this idea.

  • Gwen @ Gwenny Penny March 8, 2012, 5:38 am

    Love this, Leanne! Also curious to know what kind of tape you used.

  • Anne McGuire March 8, 2012, 5:49 am

    I thought it was fabric at first, great idea. I was wondering what kind of tape you used also.

  • leanneja March 8, 2012, 7:41 am

    Oops! I guess I should have told you what tape I used. It’s called Terrifically Tacky Tape (on a roll) by Provo Craft. You can order it on-line or find it in almost any craft store. It comes that thin so it doesn’t have to be cut.

  • Sarah March 8, 2012, 10:53 am

    Really neat idea and I love the patterned paper you used. Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Kaysi @ Keeping It Simple March 8, 2012, 12:31 pm

    This is genius!!!! I love this!

  • Vanessa March 8, 2012, 5:03 pm

    Love, love, love this! Very smart and innovative! I love your choice of papers too. Really eye-catching!

  • Jessi @ PracticallyFunctional March 9, 2012, 8:21 am

    Those are so CUTE! What an innovative idea, I love it.

  • Beth @ Flair-For-Home March 10, 2012, 6:27 am

    How CUTE! I am visiting via Serenity Now Blog. Love this idea! Thank you for sharing!!! Best To You, Beth

  • TheBargainBabe March 10, 2012, 4:30 pm

    Also stopping by from SerenityNow. 🙂

    I had no idea someone could make their own twisty ties. This opens up an entirely new world for me. 🙂 Planning my youngest son’s 2nd bday party and will use old kids BOOK PAGES as the paper for making twisty ties for the goody bags. Love it!

  • Tamara @ Etcetorize March 11, 2012, 7:40 am

    What a smart idea! A great way to use up little scraps up paper.

  • April March 12, 2012, 3:19 pm

    Love this idea! They are so cute and easy to make and I am always losing those darn things anyway!

  • Rachel March 12, 2012, 6:04 pm

    What a fun idea! I think these might have to make it onto some goodie plates!

  • Elena at `A Casarella March 13, 2012, 7:32 am

    Brilliant! Sometimes the best (and cutest) ideas are the simplest. I’m totally doing this. (And pinning it 🙂
    `A Casarella

  • Mandy March 13, 2012, 10:36 am

    Wonderful idea!!!!

    I’d love it if you shared this at a party I have going on at Project Queen!

    Already a follower on of your blog :-).

  • Michelle March 14, 2012, 1:15 am

    What a great idea, very cute and handy. I am always looking for these things!

  • Natasha March 14, 2012, 10:25 am

    so so cute!!! Your newest follower!!

  • Q @ JAQS March 14, 2012, 12:32 pm

    Such a wonderful idea. This is a great way to personalize any gift :

  • Alison March 14, 2012, 2:54 pm

    Leanne! This idea is so incredibly clever!!! I love it… twisty ties are so much more fun when they are bright and colorful!

  • Katie March 14, 2012, 6:38 pm

    OH MY GOODNESS….this is soo stinkin awesome!! so clever and soo simple! I would be beyond THRILLED if you shared this at my link party thats going on right now and perhaps if you like what you see become a new follower!

  • Diane InMyOwnStyle March 15, 2012, 5:50 am

    I love projects like this. These are so cute and could be used in so many ways. What is really nice is that the supplies needed to make then I already have on hand.

  • Jonie @ Just Between Friends March 15, 2012, 10:08 am

    How fun are these! I am totally going to have to make some now. Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Ann @ Suburban Prairie Homemaker March 16, 2012, 6:45 am

    I’ve got some bits of scrapbook paper that are calling my name now! How clever – thanks for sharing such a wonderful tutorial!
    Found you on Home Is Where My Story Begins – newest Linky follower. Would love for you to come by for a visit!

  • wendiwinn March 21, 2012, 4:00 pm

    yeah. that’s pretty genius. great idea! thanks for sharing!

  • Trish @ Uncommon March 21, 2012, 4:02 pm

    This is such a great idea! Love it!

    Take care,


  • Jenny March 21, 2012, 4:47 pm

    I love these! {And you can make them longer for your very own wired paper ribbon} Thank you for sharing!

  • Lauren March 21, 2012, 5:28 pm

    Love this! I will sure be making some for holiday treats when I make some!

  • April March 21, 2012, 6:34 pm

    Love them!! I will be making some!

  • Staci March 21, 2012, 10:46 pm

    Leanne you are amazing! I am so making me some.

  • Donna March 22, 2012, 5:12 am

    Wow! When I am in need of a twist tie I can never find one around the house. Thanks for sharing this super tip! I have all the supplies at home so I will be stocking up. Cheers! Hope you have a great day!

  • JeJeweled March 22, 2012, 7:59 am

    Love these! So cute.

  • Tori March 22, 2012, 8:06 am

    These are fantastic! I use twist ties all the time and never once thought about making them myself. I’ll be making myself some cute ties. Thank you!

  • SueTiger March 22, 2012, 9:58 am

    I am addicted to making these. I have a jar of about 200. They look so pretty sitting on my sewing table. I found it easier to cut 12″ strips 1/2″ wide and put the tape/wire on half and fold over. I then cut the strip into 3 4″ pieces.

  • Edna MacLeod March 22, 2012, 11:10 am

    Leanne…………Thank You for this “Awesome” idea……….I am going to use them for my Cake Bite Business as a way to advertise………Love it!

  • Shelene March 22, 2012, 12:26 pm

    i was going through a braiding phase and i made something like this sometime ago except the ones i made were out of fabric and i used them to wrap the elastic on the end of my braids….

  • Jayma March 22, 2012, 9:25 pm

    Oh my word, how clever are these?!?! Found you from Every Creative Endeavor.

  • HawaiianLibrarian March 23, 2012, 2:49 pm

    OMG! This is so awesomely clever. I wonder if washi tape will work, also? Mahalo so much for sharing.

  • Ilana Graf March 27, 2012, 8:41 pm

    Fantastic DIY project. Very innovative and useful for all types of things. Thank you!

  • Shannon(8foot6) March 31, 2012, 4:07 am

    These are really adorable!!!!! I am sticking a pin in it!

    I can’t wait to package up something sweet!

  • melissa*320 sycamore April 11, 2012, 7:29 am

    so cute. I think I could actually make these!! 🙂

  • gina love April 11, 2012, 3:18 pm

    making the world more beautiful one trash bag at a time! 🙂 seriously way too cute! i will be doing this. thanks for sharing.

  • Marilyn April 13, 2012, 7:59 am

    I’m visiting from 320*Sycamore. Thanks for editing your post to tell us about the tape you use. I’ve been using Scotch double-sided tape, and haven’t been happy with it. (Very UNsticky!) I’ll check this out. Cute idea!

  • Siobhan April 13, 2012, 11:45 pm

    I LOVE these. I use twist ties for so many different things. I can’t wait to make these. Thank you so much for the cute idea.

  • Su-sieee! Mac May 5, 2012, 9:15 am

    Oh, Lady! I can do this. Thanks for the idea and the instructions. You rock!

  • Abi Hunter May 14, 2012, 4:03 am

    I love these! i had a go myself, pictures on my blog

  • Missy Allaire June 23, 2012, 9:29 am

    Just saw these….so super cute!

  • Sharon December 28, 2012, 4:19 pm

    Have you tried fabric? It wouldn’t ripe like the paper and would be reuseable

  • Sharon December 28, 2012, 4:23 pm

    Sorry meant rip lol

  • Bina February 7, 2013, 1:03 am

    These are so cute!! I’m going to try this with washi tape. I just got my hands on my first-ever washi tape.. There is none available in Pakistan so I got a friend to bring me some from the US 🙂 Cheers!

  • Jen V. July 13, 2016, 1:15 pm

    I would have never thought of making my own zip ties. It would be fun to make some holiday themed ones for wrapping up plates of cookies to hand out at Christmas!

  • Jennifer Warren June 10, 2023, 8:12 am

    Genius! You had me at “use up some of your paper scraps”! Thanks for the terrific idea! ⭐️❤️🥰

  • Pam June 15, 2023, 2:40 pm

    Washi tape would work perfect too! Since much of the time it is waxy or coated, reusing it would work.

  • Evelyn September 4, 2023, 7:19 pm

    I wonder if you could use material instead of paper

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