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{DIY baker’s twine}

DIY Baker's Twine from {nifty thrifty things}

Oh, how I have been swooning over all this pretty baker's twine out there and all the pretty colors it comes in!
But, cheap thrifty as I am, I thought there must be a way to get the colors I like for a fraction of the price. That's when I remembered a tutorial on Alexis' cute blog, Persia Lou. She uses Elmer's glue to keep the strands from untwisting, which I didn't have on hand. So, I will show you a different technique that doesn't require any additional supplies.

DIY Baker's Twine from {nifty thrifty things}

I scored a 15 pack of embroidery floss for 1.95€ on eBay and had a large amount of white thread already at home, that was left over from a side job I was working on last year.

DIY Baker's Twine from {nifty thrifty things}

Attach three strands of thread to a door knob, drawer handle (like I did), table leg, . .  . . you get the idea. :)

DIY Baker's Twine from {nifty thrifty things}

Start twisting each strand clockwise . .

DIY Baker's Twine from {nifty thrifty things}

. . until it twists up easily when you release the tension.

DIY Baker's Twine from {nifty thrifty things}

When you are done twisting all three strands, hold them together and twist counter clockwise. Make sure you never, at any point, let go of the thread, or it will untwist and you will have to start over again . .  . . yes, it happened to me a couple of times . . ;)

DIY Baker's Twine from {nifty thrifty things}

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    2paw
    Tuesday January 17th, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    I love your hand made bakers’ twine!! When I was a little girl we loved making twisted cords. We popped a pencil in at the twisting end and whirled it around to make the twisting easier.

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    Esther
    Tuesday January 17th, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    This is genious, thanks! I do think that since bakers twine has become all ‘hip’ it’s seriously overpriced! Another tip: go to your local butcher and ask for the string you use to tie lamb pieces and such together. I got a huge roll for €3! Will last me till 2025 no doubt ;-)

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    Johnnie
    Tuesday January 17th, 2012 at 01:11 PM

    Genius! Stumble, tweet, pin, FB. So excited to make my own baker’s twine. Thanks Vanessa!

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    Jaime
    Tuesday January 17th, 2012 at 01:16 PM

    Vanessa thank you for the link and the personal tutorial notes, so very helpful. Something about that white string with a single color running through it gets me every time.

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    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog
    Tuesday January 17th, 2012 at 02:21 PM

    Vanessa! This is such a great idea, now I need to score a deal on some embroidery thread! Thanks for sharing!!

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    Elisabeth Andrée
    Tuesday January 17th, 2012 at 02:24 PM

    Love it! Pinned it onto my crafts idea Pinterest board:)

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    ButterYum
    Tuesday January 17th, 2012 at 04:08 PM

    What a great idea – I have tons of embroidery floss!

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    Havalah
    Tuesday January 17th, 2012 at 04:12 PM

    I love it! I just discovered your blog and I’m now a new follower

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    Brenda
    Tuesday January 17th, 2012 at 04:13 PM

    You are a genius! I love bakers twine and this is a great thing to use up some embroidery floss. Thank you … I never would have thought of making my own twine.

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    Veronica
    Tuesday January 17th, 2012 at 05:20 PM

    Thanks for sharing the tutorial! Just pinned on my board and will make it soon!!

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    Bama Girl
    Tuesday January 17th, 2012 at 05:56 PM

    Vanessa, thank you so much for sharing with us how to make our own baker’s twine! I love doing things myself, so next time I’m at the thrift store, I’ll check out the bins with embroidery thread. Blessings from Bama!

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    Nicole
    Tuesday January 17th, 2012 at 06:31 PM

    This is brilliant. I have tons of this thread that I’ve had no idea what to do with. Thanks!

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    adventuresindinner
    Tuesday January 17th, 2012 at 06:41 PM

    What a gorgeous site you have. Happy new follower.

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    Tamsyn
    Tuesday January 17th, 2012 at 09:45 PM

    Oh, this is so clever. I’m definitely going to give it a go this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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    Nicki Rochead
    Tuesday January 17th, 2012 at 09:57 PM

    What a fantastic idea. Found you through Ta-Da Tuesday and think this is wonderful. Thank you

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    Amanda
    Wednesday January 18th, 2012 at 03:38 AM

    Just found out about your blog from Life in the Thrifty Lane. I’m your newest follower! :)

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    elena worldwidemom
    Wednesday January 18th, 2012 at 08:10 AM

    YOU’RE A GENIUS!!!!

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    Irina
    Wednesday January 18th, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    OMG, I remember cold winter evenings as a child, sitting with my Grandma and making this kind of strings to hang pom poms and other things. I have completely forgotten how easy it was to make it. Thank you for bringing my memories back! I am so going to try it with my girl! xx

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    kim {notcrazy}
    Wednesday January 18th, 2012 at 02:34 PM

    omg this is an awesome idea. i never wanted to pay that much for baker’s twine either so i just bought “wurstband” on ebay before but this is even nicer (and you get so many color choices). love it!! :)

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    mindie
    Wednesday January 18th, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Prettiest twine I have ever seen. I just sent you an email. I am excited to see if you like my idea for a giveaway. Be honest if you don’t like it, I know I can think of something else.

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    Anna
    Thursday January 19th, 2012 at 02:08 AM

    Such a great idea!

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    Katy
    Thursday January 19th, 2012 at 03:30 AM

    Wow, thanks for such a great idea!

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    Ashley @ MommyByDayCrafterByNight
    Friday January 20th, 2012 at 04:35 AM

    Awesome!! I love this! Thanks for sharing!!
    xoxo

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    Tonia @ The Gunny Sack
    Friday January 20th, 2012 at 02:26 PM

    This is so cool! I can’t wait to try it out!

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    Marilyn
    Friday January 20th, 2012 at 03:16 PM

    So creative and awesome. LOVE it.. (PS: I tagged you today via a post.. Please stop in and have a looksey.. ;))) Wishing you an excellent weekend ahead.. xoxox..

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    Gramma G
    Friday January 20th, 2012 at 07:38 PM

    I am so happy to know how to make my own baker’s twine!!! I love the stuff and will use it more now. I featured you on my blog’s Frieday Friends! feature. I hope you will go check it out. Thanks for all your hard work.

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    adventuresindinner
    Friday January 20th, 2012 at 08:47 PM

    I was so happy when I saw this.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to join our Pin’Inspiration party this week. I’m hoping that you’ll pop by tomorrow and share at my “Beat The Winter Blues” party. :-)

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    TAmmy
    Friday January 20th, 2012 at 08:55 PM

    So uber fantastic!!! thank you so very much for sharing and allowing me to glean from you!!!! be blessed
    Beyond Measure

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    Jen
    Friday January 20th, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Wow! This is a great idea! TOtally going to do this! Thanks for the tutorial!!

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    Alisha
    Saturday January 21st, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    This is a great idea.

    Stopping by from Craft Junkie TGIF linky party. Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.com/2012/01/hollys-first-coat.html

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    Shirley
    Saturday January 21st, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    I have yet to try this. I seen this before and they used a power tool to twist the thread. I wonder if you would put fray check at the end would keep it from unwinding? Keep up the great work!

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    Gretchan
    Saturday January 21st, 2012 at 06:02 AM

    I have also seen people use a power drill to do the twisting.

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    Ruth
    Saturday January 21st, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Brilliant idea!!! it’s soooooo expensive!!! Straight onto pinterest! and thanks for the drill tip Gretchen!

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    Netties Expressions
    Saturday January 21st, 2012 at 06:33 PM

    Wow, thanks for sharing this! I’ll have to try this soon! I came over from the Check Me Out Saturday party.

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    Just Jaime
    Saturday January 21st, 2012 at 08:33 PM

    It’s like you read my mind! I want some baker’s twine for my Valentine’s Cards (didn’t get Christmas cards out this year), I was looking for a specific color but couldn’t find what I needed. This is the perfect solution! Thanks for sharing.

    If you’re interested, we’re hosting our first ever link up party. Please stop by and link up! http://www.waywardgirlscrafts.com/2012/01/wayward-weekend-week-1.html

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    Lolly Jane
    Saturday January 21st, 2012 at 08:58 PM

    Brilliant! Thanks a bunch for linking up and this is going on the tip top of my “to make” list!
    Happy weekend :)
    xoxo

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    Gail
    Sunday January 22nd, 2012 at 01:37 AM

    Thanks for the tutorial. Butchers twine is as expensive as it is popular, so I appreciate a cheaper alternative using stuff I have on hand.

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    Lucy
    Sunday January 22nd, 2012 at 04:55 AM

    I tried doing that this Christmas but with two stands and they kept untwining…:( so thanks so much for this little trick I’m definitely going to try this….xo
    Lu

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    Desiree
    Sunday January 22nd, 2012 at 06:50 AM

    YOU ARE A GENIOUS! I am featuring you tomorrow during my Sunday Best!

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    Kasia
    Sunday January 22nd, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    what a great tutorial! I bought some bakers twine the last time I was in the US, but you are right that it is quiet expensive. I will be trying it! Thank you for the tutorial. By the way I grew up in the US and moved to southern Germany (BW neben Schweiz und Frankreich) n 2004. I think you will enjoy Texas. I am sure that you know that designers fabrics and other craft supplies are about 2 to 3 times less expensive in the US:) wish u all the best! Great blog

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    Lauren
    Sunday January 22nd, 2012 at 03:13 PM

    This is awesome! I have a ton of embroidery floss from when I was younger. Glad I can use them up now!

    I’d love for you to link up and share: http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/2012/01/pinteresting-party-number-twenty-three.html

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    Nicole@Thrifty Decorating
    Sunday January 22nd, 2012 at 08:46 PM

    Love this idea….continue to see cool projects with baker’s twine, so I wrote a post linking back to your site about it today! :) “See” you Tuesday when we stumble!

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    Kelly
    Monday January 23rd, 2012 at 02:27 AM

    found you through the 36th ave.
    new follower :)

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    randee
    Monday January 23rd, 2012 at 04:46 AM

    OH MY GOODNESS!! This is PUR GENIUS!!!! ;)

    THANKS for linking up!! ;0

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    Vicky
    Monday January 23rd, 2012 at 04:50 PM

    What a great idea! I just love the look of bakers twine for gifts. I am pinning this. I am a new follower visiting from The Girl Creative. Vicky from Mess For Less

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    Alison @ Momma Did It
    Monday January 23rd, 2012 at 05:10 PM

    Brilliant! Thanks for the tip.

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    Jill
    Tuesday January 24th, 2012 at 01:27 AM

    What a great idea Vanessa! And a bargain for those threads on ebay!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    Ellie
    Wednesday January 25th, 2012 at 01:51 AM

    Great job Vanessa. Your simple technique makes for a fantastic visual affect.

    Ellie

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    Katie
    Wednesday January 25th, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    This is pure genius! Of course I just bought 2 massive spools from Pick Your Plum last month, but thankfully I only have 2 colors. I guess its time I start using your tutorial and making other colors! :) Oh, btw I featured you yesterday on Sew Woodsy!!!

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    Emily
    Wednesday January 25th, 2012 at 04:16 PM

    Great tutorial! Love this idea! Baker’s twine is ridiculously expensive and this is a fabulous substitute. Thanks for sharing! {I’m a new follower…found you via Here’s to Handy Andy’s linky party :0) }

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    Lindsey
    Thursday January 26th, 2012 at 03:29 PM

    Love it! This is also a great way to finish off scarves if you want a fringe. :)

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    Cheryl@ Sew Can Do
    Thursday January 26th, 2012 at 04:04 PM

    So clever!! I’ve been wanting to get some baker’s twine to play around with, but haven’t been thrilled at the prices. Definitely want to try this!! Would love if you linked this great idea to my Craftastic party:)

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    Melanie
    Friday January 27th, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    What a fantastic idea!
    I sometimes do this with my daughter’s hair (it’s called a rope plait) and would never have thought to do this for making baker’s twine ;)
    Thank you so much for sharing — now I HAVE to go and make this — I even have the wooden dolly pegs for windng ready to go!

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    Iffy aka Cameron
    Friday January 27th, 2012 at 05:29 AM

    Hi there! I am your newest follower! This is a great idea & can’t wait to try my hand at it! I wanted to let you know I featured your tutorial in this week’s Stay At Home Nation Spotlight. Congratulations! Grab a button(I only have one) & post it proudly! I hope you link up again this week!
    XoXo
    Iffy

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    mindy cone
    Friday January 27th, 2012 at 07:31 PM

    vanessa you are awesome. thanks for this tutorial! i am pinning this!
    – mindy from creative juice

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    kim@too much time
    Sunday January 29th, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    I AM DOING IT! Can’t wait to give this a try:)

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    Kim
    Sunday January 29th, 2012 at 03:42 AM

    Do you have to do something special to the ends to make it stay together?

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    Rachel
    Sunday January 29th, 2012 at 07:10 AM

    Thanks for this tutorial!!! I made some tonight in Valentine’s colors!!! xoxo

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    Christin
    Sunday February 26th, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Hallo Vanessa, habe deinen Blog gerade entdeckt, stöbere jetzt gerade durch all deine tollen Beiträge und bin total begeistert. Ich hoffe, es ist okay, dass ich auf Deutsch kommentiere, da kann ich mich besser ausdrücken ;).
    Die Idee für selbstgemachtes Baker’s Twine ist absolut genial. Ich kannte bisher immer nur die Variante, dass man weißes Garn mit Stiften einfärbt und das war immer ne riesige Sauerei! Die Idee hier werde ich auf jeden Fall ausprobieren, ich hoffe, ich habe alles richtig verstanden ;). Vielen Dank für die Inspiration :)
    Lieben Gruss

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    northern cottage
    Monday March 19th, 2012 at 06:45 PM

    I’m just loving your creations & who can get enough twine!?

    yay!!! you’ve been featured @ NORTHERN COTTAGE! C’mon over & grab a button! So glad to have ya link up! xo

    http://www.NorthernCottage.net

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    Melanna
    Friday April 27th, 2012 at 09:13 PM

    I didn’t know you could do that with twine. I thought it was made out of something more special! Amazing. I would love for you to come share this with my readers at my new linky party http://rhapsodyofcacophony.blogspot.ca/2012/04/pin-ed-it-made-it-party-0427.html

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    Alison
    Tuesday May 1st, 2012 at 04:30 AM

    I feel kind of silly for never having thought of this! :) LOVE it!

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    Carla Hundley
    Tuesday May 15th, 2012 at 06:26 PM

    This is too easy! Thanks so much for the new idea.

    Carla from Utah

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    Jessi
    Thursday June 14th, 2012 at 09:56 PM

    OMG I love it! You could do this in any color embroidery thread comes in, and that’s a TON of options! Thank you so much for linking this up to The Fun In Functional; I can’t wait to try it!

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    Jessica
    Friday July 20th, 2012 at 05:36 PM

    wow asdfghjk. i actually still searching any shop that sell this kind of thread around the city. this actually work better for me.
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    Britni
    Thursday August 9th, 2012 at 05:53 AM

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    Pamela Sanders
    Sunday January 27th, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Love this techique. I do lots of scrapbooking and card making and can’t seem to let go of the purse strings to buy bakers twine. I also do lots of embroidery work so I have tons of embroidery thread. Can’t wait to try this.

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Tuesday January 29th, 2013 at 09:24 PM

      Oh, I’m so happy to hear you’ve been inspired to try this project! :)
      Let me know how it turns out!
      I hope you’re having a wonderful week!
      xo’s from Germany,
      Vanessa

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