3.07.2013

Mason Jar Twine Holders


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.


And here is the end result:


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!


Great News:  I'm now selling Mason Jar Twine Holders in my etsy shop.  Check them out HERE.


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54 comments

  1. I LOVE this! Are daisy cut-out lids a thing I just don't know about...or do you have a tool that does it for you? So cute!

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  2. Love! What a cute and great idea!! :) xo Holly

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  3. Ok, that is brilliant. Love it! You got handy with this project, you used some hardware store supplies. Love it!

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  4. You, my dear are a genius! Pinning this because I hope to have an assortment of lovely twine one day!

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  5. Oh..so love this!!! What a fabulous idea!!!! totally pinning this one to make! Have a great night! Bonnie ;)

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  6. Completely brilliant! I love this so much! Now I just have to find some of those adorable lids.

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    1. Thank you! And the link to the lids is in the post :)

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  7. Brilliant! Simply brilliant. I am going to do this with my twine. I think it will also work with that. You are awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Brilliant and beautiful and pinnable which I'm doing right now!
    Kelly

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  9. This is a great idea and so pretty. We would love to have you share this with this weeks Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2013/03/wednesdays-adorned-from-above-blog-hop.html
    We are also having a giveaway this week for a $50.00 Target Gift Card, so head over to enter.
    We hope to see you there.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

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  10. This is such a great idea! I have my twine in a shoebox right now just waiting to be organized. Thanks for sharing this creative idea. :)

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  11. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
    Nici @ Posed Perfection

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  12. This is a great idea and I'm going to try to do the same with some of my thin ribbons!! Bet they'll fit through the flower holes!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  13. Fabulous idea!! So creative!!

    Frances @ Notions from Nonny

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  14. Love this idea too.. stopping from Diana Rambles and pinned this

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  15. Very clever! I love this idea and I love the daisy lids too.
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  16. Brilliant and adorable! Bakers twine, thanks for the name, I've been seeing it everywhere and no one is naming it!

    Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc.

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  17. Love it! I've seen twine in jars but not with the daisy lids... Too cute! Found you at the Sew Many Ways party... Happy Sunday!

    Danielle
    SewMuchCrafting.com

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  18. Hi Elena, I found you over on Home Talk. This is a fabulous idea! Not only is it pretty, but it's so practical, too. Very clever. One question, when you have all the strings going through the top, do they tangle at all when you pull one out? Thanks!

    Debbie

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  19. Question: when you pull the twine, doesn't it get tangled with the others as it comes off the spool?

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    1. Good question! I was a little worried about that but I've been testing it and so far so good. Although they do get intertwined a bit, they haven't actually gotten tangled (i.e., they all seem to come out relatively smoothly despite being intertwined). But I will let you know if that changes as time goes on!

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    2. I should add that, if that does eventually become a problem, I will continue to use this as a storage solution, and then open up the jar if I need a piece of twine. :)

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  20. I just bought some daisy lids to organize ribbon and wondered how to use the jars for more than one spool. Thanks for this tip.

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  21. adorable. the uses for mason jars are endless!

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  22. Hmmm. I love the idea. I am a logistict kind of person. When tou pull the bottom or third string doesnt it just go around and around and begin to tangle into rhe rest of the strings?

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  23. Hello! I just followed this link from Hometalk!! [And yea, didnt end up at Amazon shopping again!! LOL] This is just so cool!! I did read further up on here, about the possibility of tangling..well..dont pull to fast ..if there are the nuts in between, then just that one would be moving. Great idea and I will be following on here as well!! Thanks loads!!!

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  24. love it. awesome idea, you should market it asap

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  25. That's such a brilliant idea and they look so pretty ... love it!

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  26. What keeps the twine from falling back into the jar? I love the jar idea!

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    1. Gravity, lol. I just leave it hanging over the side of the jar :)

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  27. So smart, and so darling! I've got to try this. My ribbons are in a giant jumble right now. This is the perfect solution! Thanks for sharing!

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  28. This is such a clever idea! I love the vintage, retro vibe it has, too. Well done. Found you via SaltTree Social. I wanted to invite you to join my How To Tuesday link party, if you haven't already joined . It would be wonderful to have you!

    http://housewifehowtos.com/linkage/link-party-2/how-to-tuesday-link-party-12-and-features/

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  29. Oh my goodness I love these! Thanks so much for linking up to Project Inspire{d} ~ you rock.

    Have a great weekend.

    Hugs, Mary Beth

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  30. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured later tonight!
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and join me tomorrow evening for Make the Scene Monday #66!

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  31. I love pretty organization! Great job! :)

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  32. Swoon! Love these!
    Featuring you at this weekend's party :)
    THANK YOU for linkin up to my Sunday FUNday party! Hope to see you tonight!!
    Kristine - The Foley Fam {unedited}

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  33. I love these! Such a great use of mason jars & a great organizing tip! Pinning these and am a new follower on Pinterest and Bloglovin'

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  34. I love these! My collection of twine would definitely easier to manage this way! Thanks for sharing!

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  35. Love...Love...Love thanks for sharing

    Desiree @ YourCraftyFriend

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  36. Stopping by again to let you know we featured this fabulous project tonight at Monday Funday!

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  37. CONGRATS!!!!!! You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer! YAY!! Come on over and grab your featured button, you deserve it!!
    http://thediydreamer.com/from-dream-to-reality/features-58/

    Don't forget to swing by this evening to link up again to From Dream To Reality!

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  38. How have I not commented on this post? Seriously. You can't swing a dead cat around Pinterest without hitting this project!!! Congrats my friend ...

    :) Linda

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  39. Really cute! (huge fan of mason jar over there!)

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  40. love love love love this!! it makes me want to run out and start hoarding bakers twine!!


    drivethirtythree.blogspot.com

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  41. Recycle a small rotary cutter blade for the washer and you gain a built in thread cutter

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  42. Recycle a small rotary cutter blade for the washer and you gain a built in thread cutter

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  43. What a great way to hold twine! I especially love that they're floating!

    Thanks again for linking up for Craft With What You've Got!

    Danielle at Framed Frosting

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  44. Love this! So pretty and functional :)
    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

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  45. I LOVE this tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing it! I featured it on my DIY and Craft Mason Jar Projects and Tutorials post on my blog Sew Creative today. I'd love for you to take a peek:

    http://www.sewcreativeblog.com/diy-and-craft-mason-jar-projects-tutorials/#

    Best Wishes,

    Crystal

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  46. This is one of my favs of yours... love this idea! Those lids are so cool!

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