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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.


Earrings Giveaway!

My friends Holly and Kat are conspiring to give away a pair of earrings that Holly made via Kat’s blog.



I have a pair of earrings from Holly and I bought a pair as a gift for my MIL and both pairs are gorgeous!



Now’s your chance to win your own pair!




Click any of the above pictures to take you to the giveaway blog post.



Our New Family Member – meet Sparrow

he’s helping me take pictures, this is my little spot I have set up to take product shots for the winter.



A beautiful FP

I woke up to sales and the notification that I had been on the FP.  Since I haven’t posted my appearances in a while I thought I would post this one, as it is so nice!

Thank you to LostApostle for  sending me a screenshot and MOLStationery for posting about it on my facebook fan page.  Check out their two excellent shops!

Viva Magazine Feature

Viva magazine contacted me a couple months ago and asked to feature my bookmarks.

It’s a nationally circulated and online free publication available in pharmacies, dr. and dentist offices, hospitals and many other places.  Anyone, here in Canada, that I’ve mentioned it to had heard of it or seen it or read it.  So I’m really excited!

It comes out 6 times a year and I will be in the Eco Chic shopping section.

So my Canadian peeps, keep your eyes peeled for this publication coming out in just a few days!

I’m stocking up my bookmark inventory in my shops on Etsy and Artfire, too, so take advantage of the many fun designs 🙂

Kitsch for you

For those of you who don’t know, I now have a shop offering some unusual, fun and retro kitschy items.  I’m trying to stick with a kitchen theme so I don’t end up with a shop full of junk.  I think I’ve found some really cute things.

No Jo is Average

the cutest elephant

Patriotic Canadian

I am one.

I am already looking forward to Canada Day and am making stuff for my online shops as well as the craft sale in April that reflect my Canadian Spirit.

Available on Artfire and Etsy.

Sunburnt Cow Handmade Shop

WooHoo! no more cotton balls :D

Heather of hdawnparratt kindly consented to make me re-usable cotton swabs, for toner, removing make up and the like…

I’m excited about this new way to cut down on our household waste.

I’m going to put a little wash bag under the sink for the used ones and then when I do the laundry I’ll just throw the whole bag in 🙂

>making dr. seuss bookmarks

>This was a custom order for 25 Dr. Seuss bookmarks.

I’ve just finished selecting, cutting and gluing the selections onto boxboard.

they’re drying in this picture 🙂