How To: Make Your Own Colorful Baker's Twine for Cheap!

How To: Make Your Own Colorful Baker's Twine for Cheap!

It's no secret that I'm obsessed with wrapping paper and ribbon (Remember my closet? And yes, it still looks the same, only now it has even more wrapping paper... and about three times as much ribbon!).  One of my favorite go-to, wrap-it-in-a-pinch, easy peasy gift wrapping strategies is the no-fail "brown paper package tied up with string" approach.  The best string to use in such a case?  Baker's twine.  It's got just enough pizazz to keep things looking pulled together and charming.  There's only one problem: it can get pretty dang expensive.  So, what's a crafty gift wrapping fiend to do?  Make her own!  

created at: 07/14/2011

I spied this DIY baker's twine video over on The Frugal Crafter and thought it was a pretty brilliant "solution" to the expensive baker's twine dilemma (or the "I don't have any baker's twine and I need it right now!" dilemma).  The video, created by UKmaryanne, offers up a super easy method for creating your own baker's twine for cheap - and in any color you want!  All you need is:

  • Plain cotton thread (#10 crochet cotton works well) - around $3 for a large ball
  • Permanent markers
  • Metal ruler
  • Masking Tape

When you've gathered your supplies, check out the video below!  Also, The Frugal Crafter offers a few extra tips and creative ideas for using your new twine right here.

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Maria on Sep 27, 2013:

If you're using this string for wrapping or some other [temporary] project, could you use water-based felt pens? I can't think of a reason not to...? Any thoughts?

Kristin on Sep 06, 2012:

Fantastic!!!!!!! Thank you!

Sandy on May 10, 2012:

I discovered that if I use a paint brush with water after I color with my marker it penetrates to the bottom and the color is all the way thru.  I also found that if I use old credit cards or the same type of card it works perfect to wrap the crochet cotton around.  (this is instead of the ruler).  Another tip I have that you might like is I use a floss threader to thread the twine thru the eyes of buttons and/or grommets, it's so much easier than trying to stick the twine thru alone. 

CapreeK on May 07, 2012:

Wow, great idea Lee! Thanks for all the info! :)

Lee on May 07, 2012:

Great idea and nice video!

I work a lot with Sharpies - this also works for any alcohol-based marker (but BE CAREFUL OF FUMES)...for tie-dye effect, make your marks on the cotton thread and then wet a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and dab on to blur and mix the colors on the thread. Way cool effect, let it dry thoroughly before unwinding the thread. Please note: if you are at all sensitive to the fumes of the Sharpie type markers or the fumes of isopropyl alcohol, do not try this technique. I always make sure window is open and wear a flu-type face mask. I'm not sensitive, but I want to be sure I'm okay while making the tie-dye effect.

I have done this on watercolor paper and it looks terrific! Highlighted with Krylon gold metallic pen after everything is completely dry. You might try this with the Krylon after the twine is dry, before unwinding and re-winding into a ball.

Oops - one more thing - when I am winding yarn and threads into a ball by hand, I begin with a starter ball crushed and rolled paper napkin. Then very careful not to stretch the yarn or the thread.

Sandy on Apr 13, 2012:

you can order it on ebay at "Enchantedcreations" and the shipping is very reasonable.  She ships really quickly and is a great merchant to work with...she will combine colors for you.

CapreeK on Apr 05, 2012:

Thanks for the tips, Sandy!

Sandy on Apr 05, 2012:

I already answered and it disapeared so I'm going to try again.l  I had a problem with mine too but I found it was because my markers were to old.  I know you have to move the marker slowly so the ink can soak in.  I made some with my "Keepsake" gel paints and brushed it on and it worked better.  My daughter has made several differet colors with the markers and she didn't have any problem at.  Good Luck  Sandy

Melanie on Apr 03, 2012:

This looks fab however, I just tried this and it looks fab while on the ruler, but how do you get the colour all around the thread? What am I doing wrong, please?

Sandy on Feb 15, 2012:

I Luv it.  I have been looking all over for the Bakers Twine and can't find it and frankly I don't want to order it and have to pay added shipping expense.  I am going to make some right away.  Thanks so much.

Nancy D on Nov 06, 2011:

Absolutley brilliant!!! Love it!


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