Not long ago, while browsing the internet, I came across a brilliant storage solution. (Pinned here.) I happen to be a huge fan of brilliant storage solutions so I knew I would eventually try it.
The idea was simple: store baker's twine in a mason jar topped with a daisy cut-out lid. (Buy them here (gold) or here (with jars) or here (silver) or here (choice of three colors).) Then thread the string through the cut-outs for easy access.
If you've been keeping up with things around here, you're probably aware that I have a dozen vintage Ball jars in my garage just waiting to be filled. (And it probably comes as no surprise that I happen to have daisy cut out lids and baker's twine as well.)
The problem is that my baker's twine collection is an assortment of small spools. Putting one tiny spool in a 32 oz Ball jar would look ridiculous and putting multiple spools in at once would be a hot mess.
That is, it would be a hot mess unless I found a way to keep the spools organized inside the jar. With a little creative thinking (and a trip to Home Depot) I came up with the perfect solution:
At Home Depot I picked up a few 1/4" x 6" Hex Bolts, some 1/4" Hex Nuts, and a handful of 1/4" Cut Washers.
The first step was to thread a bolt through the center of the daisy lid:
|(I may or may not have added a jewel sticker to the top of the bolt to jazz it up a bit...)|
Then I flipped the lid over and placed a spool of twine and a washer on the bolt. I continued to alternate washers and spools until I had six spools of twine on the bolt.
Finally I added a nut at the bottom to keep the spools from falling off.
As you can imagine I am very excited about this...
(Clearly it doesn't take much ;)
Update: I would like to address the two biggest questions I've received regarding this project:
Question #1. Where did I get the daisy lids? I have included three links above where you can purchase them. One link takes you to gold ones, one takes you to silver ones, and another takes you to a link selling the lids with the jars.
Question #2. Does the thread get tangled as you pull different strands through? So far the answer is no. And by "no" I mean that you can keep pulling strands through the lid and they all come out smoothly and uninterrupted. They do, however, seem to get twisted around one another. The twisting does not seem to be an impediment, though, as the strands still come through the holes just fine.
I don't know if this is because of the washers I put between each spool or if there's some other reason it's working for me, but I have almost completely unraveled a few of the spools in order to test it out. I hope it works as well for all of you!