An Ode to Twine: Everyday uses for this extraordinary yarn

A generic spool of twine costs approximately $1-$4 but few products can match its versatility. If you like to craft you probably have some twine stored away in a nearby box or drawer. It’s essential for many floral DIY projects. Considering a trip to the store for those fix-it odds and ends? Check your boxes and drawers first.

Clever uses for twine around your home and garden

  • Use twine and newspaper to make really cool old-fashioned wrapping paper for gifts.
  • Use it to tie up a set of curtains where your vertical blinds used to be. Instead of running a full piece of twine through the curtains, make small hoops from the twine starting at the end of the curtain. Grab the loop and cut off a piece of twine so it forms a little circle resembling a curtain hook and knot it off. Each twine hook can then be run up into the vertical hook piece attached to your mounted track. It basically clicks up inside the hook and once all the hoops are secured you should be able to open and close your curtains with the guiding wand.
  • Wrap twine around an old vase or decorative glass to give it a new, rustic style.
  • Create a hanging planter with a wire shell or plant pot.
  • In the kitchen, use twine to make a paper towel roll holder. Simply cut a strand (or several to your preference) and leave enough space for it to hang down when you grab it. Run it through your roller and knot the end. You can hide the knot with a small piece of tape inside the roll. Mount your paper towel roll wherever you’d like. I have mine above my sink hanging off a small hook.
  • Gently hold up your growing plants with a small piece of twine and a thin wooden stake.
  • Make your own pet toys using twine to connect blocks or hang old toys. Giving them a new way to play with an old toy can help fight boredom. As always, supervise your pet if you know they like to eat toys or take it away. Don’t place twine in such a manner that a person or animal could be possibly strangled or lacerated by it.
  • Encourage your vines to creep up by securing them on a piece of twine supported by tape or a small hook.
  • Tie up welcome signs or banners with twine. I’ve done this for wedding showers and many other events. Super easy and super cheap.
  • Make a clothes drying line of twine in the yard or on your balcony.
  • Do a DIY book binding with twine. Use a three-ring hole punch to make your holes. Thread your twine in each hole to create the most secure stitch. Be careful not to tighten your knot too much or it will crush the paper. You can even make designs with the twine like ribbons on the page ends. This project can be as simple or as ornate as you’d like.

There you have it: 11 projects you can do with a material collecting dust in your home. Total cost: $0.

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