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DIY Garden or Craft String Dispenser

If you are like me, you hate it when your twine or string jumps off it’s nice clean surface and finds the dirtiest corner to roll in when you are unraveling it in long lengths.  Or in the garden when you are tying up your vines it seems to always find the mud puddle to roll in.

So today I’m going to show you how I make my string dispensers that I can not dispense with or without *groan*

You will need:

A skein or ball of string or twine

A jar that your string fits into easily with a two part canning lid

mod podge or even white glue will work (not tacky glue)

a foam brush

a crop a dile big bite or other clean hole punching device (no burrs allowed)

a bit of fabric you love, a thin tip sharpie or other marker

a pair of fabric scissors

First trace the size of your canning lid insert onto the wrong side of your cloth and cut it out:

Generously coat your canning lid insert with your glue of choice:

And then place your circle of fabric over the canning lid insert and press it down with your gluey foam brush to get it all gluey and stuck.

The edges might be a bit of a challenge to get completely stuck down but, not to worry too much as the edges will be hidden by your canning jar ring in the end anyway.

let it dry for at least 30 minutes, and then punch your hole(s) in the fabric covered canning jar lid.  The key here is to not make your hole too much bigger than the string or it will always fall back down into the jar making it annoying to retrieve it every time.  For bakers twine I use a 1/8″ hole and for jute I use a 3/16″ hole.

String your thread through from the bottom of the canning jar insert

insert your string into the jar, place the insert on and tighten the ring… VOILA!

now you can get really creative!  use all kinds of different jar sizes and amounts of different string.  in one I have 4 different colors of twine wrapped around clothespins and 4 holes on the top … looks adorable, uses up the canning jar lid inserts you can’t reuse and is fun to make.

Thanks for reading!

If you would prefer to purchase instead of buying all the materials please contact me through either of my etsy shops noJOisaverage or 42things or through my Facebook Fanpage.

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6 responses to “DIY Garden or Craft String Dispenser

  1. Mariana May 14, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Oh, I’ve made something similar a few months ago.:
    http://www.behindmydesk.com/to-be-inspired/2012/diy-weekend

    Yours turned out so pretty!!

  2. layoffthebooks May 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    What a cool idea! Pretty and organized. What type of hole punch is that?

    • 42things May 19, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      Hi, Thanks!

      And it’s a crop A Dile big bite. 🙂

      you can find them at Micheals and so in the scrapbooking section… make sure you bring your coupon! they’re I think 54.95 without the coupon.

      Or you might find one on Craigslist or Kijiji maybe even ebay.

      Good luck!

  3. Natalie @ A Turtle's Life for Me May 23, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Love it! Just bought my first couple spools of craft twine so this is perfect! Sharing on my FB page!

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