May 10, 2011

DIY Baker's Twine


Okay, this may be one of the most clever ideas I've seen yet! When I saw this post on how to make your own baker's twine by The Frugal Crafter via Ucreate, I'm pretty sure I squealed in delight. This is one of those times that it's a good thing that Hobby Lobby isn't open 24 hours, otherwise I would've gone right away to get the supplies to do this. (updated to add: turns out they sell this type of crochet cotton at my Wal-Mart, so I could've had my instant craftification fix after all!)
I believe UKmaryanne gets the original credit for this idea, and she made this wonderful video tutorial showing how simple it is.


I know not everyone can watch videos, so I'll share a tutorial for how I made this, too. Here is what you need.
  • white #10 crochet cotton thread (a huge roll is just a couple bucks at Hobby Lobby or Wal-Mart)
  • permanent markers in color of choice
  • ruler
  • masking tape (optional)
1. In the video, she recommends covering your ruler with masking tape to protect it from the markers. My ruler is an old one so I didn't bother taping it off since I don't care if it gets marks on it. Wrap the thread around the ruler. You want it tight enough that it doesn't bulk up, but also loose enough that you can slide it together.
2. Slide all your thread together so it's touching, but make sure it's flat and none of it is overlapping.
3. Take your permanent marker, and draw 3 thick lines on the front. You want it really saturated, so I went over it twice. Turn your ruler over and do the same thing to the thread on the back. On the video she said to leave it on for a bit to make sure it's dry, but I took mine right off and didn't have any problems.
And that's it! Pretty cool, huh? She mentions on the video that to make it look more like the original, you could try drawing the lines diagonally...I didn't do that but might try it sometime to see if it looks much different. Does it look exactly like the real deal? Well no, but it is an excellent thrifty alternative, and a very realistic way to have any color you need at your fingertips. Since it was so simple and quick, I decided to make a few colors to have on hand. And seriously? I will have this roll of thread forever.
And here it is in action! I didn't draw my lines thick enough on the red, so lesson learned for next time. :)
Happy crafting! :)

31 comments:

  1. That is pretty clever! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. ok... May I copy?!?! I'm doing mod monkey theme for Ian's first birthday! LOVE THIS!

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  3. This is fantastic! I just linked on my FB page! :)

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  4. I saw this a few days ago and thought it was quite clever! Perfect for gift wrapping! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  5. smart idea! love it and going to try it sometime :)

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  6. Ohhhhh, I can even use the markers that match my paper and make it work on my scrappy pages! GREAT idea!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Very clever! i've been using a thicker white garden twine and this would really give it some oomph...and might look more like baker's twine...time to find a marker!

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  8. What a fancy and fantastic idea!! I love it! So glad I came across your blog :) Thanks for sharing this post!

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  9. Wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing it!

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  10. Thank you thank you thank you etc etc etc

    sassyb95 at yahoo dot com

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  11. Girl you are so crafty! Thanks for sharing! I cant wait to try it!

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  12. this is so awesome! thanks for sharing :)

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  13. Very very cool:)!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Beth

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  14. Oh my!! How simple. Thank you for sharing!
    Benice

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  15. Fantastic idea - will have to have a go!

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  16. maybe painting it with acrylic paint makes it a little bit more pop!

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  17. This is such a crafty idea! It will save so much money and ensures I get the colors I want. Thank you for sharing!

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  18. So clever. I almost spend so much money on this. Now maybe I can use my 50% coupon and go to ACM. I have a lot of markers in a case from Staples. Thanks so much.

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  19. Wonderful! You are a gem for sharing this! Thanks so much!

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  20. Awesome! I was about to buy some on Etsy last night but didn't want to shell out the dough. I was already heading to JoAnn and Michael's today so I just added this thread to my list!

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  21. thanks for sharing... I can't seem to find any bakers twine in South Africa... so you have just saved me a bundle ;P)

    take care and thanks
    shamela

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  22. Thank you thank you thank you!!! I was looking for something a little different to tie up a wedding favor, and you just provided it for me!! And I'm always needing something a little different to "tie things up" and I never even thought about making my own custom colors just for my own use!! You must made my week!! The tute and all your tips were so helpful, and I appreciate you taking the time to post it for us. Found you on craftgossip, btw. Thanks again!!

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  23. Thanks so much for showing this!!
    janiew

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  24. I've been looking for baker's twine and can't seem to find it anywhere. Then I came across your post!!

    I just pinned it to my board on pinterest!!

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  25. Awesome...such a fantastic idea...thanks so very much for sharing. I use the white crochet thread for making doilies and would have never thought of this...duh!! lol
    The crochet thread is very cheap at WalMart and I have even found it at the dollar store (not very often there though).

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  26. This was awesome. What a great idea. Always grateful for new ideas and techniques.

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