Weekend DIY: Twine or String Dispenser

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Image of vintage string holder

One of the most popular designs of string holders was a chef. (Source: Allee Willis)

Here’s a unique craft inspired by functional yet decorative string holders that donned walls of bakeries and butcher shops primarily in the ’40s and ’50s. These string holders, like the one found at Allee Willis, kept balls of string or twine in line so lengths could easily be pulled for closing boxes and paper packages.

Vintage string holders were often made of plaster and depicted human or animal faces. Many of these “half head” items were hand painted and hung just above countertops for easy access. A ball or spool of string or baker’s twine was set in the back, and the end was fed through the character’s mouth. Because they were so easy to break or chip, many of those from the past have become collectible. Among the most popular designs were of chefs and bakers, but even cartoon characters and brand mascots were produced as string holders.

Found at Handmade Charlotte, this modern craft uses simple tools and food jars to create a cute and useful dispenser.

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DIY String Holders (Source: Handmade Charlotte)

Of course, you could get even more creative by mod-podging pictures of  kids or animals on the lid, punching the dispenser hole right at the mouth.

My favorite thing about this craft, though? No more wadded, easy to knot or unspool, balls of twine I use to wrap packages or complete craft projects. And, because the jars are made of glass, they’re heavy enough to stay in place as you tug on the string.

Plan to make one of these economical goodies? Be sure to post your pics!




Last updated: Jul 05, 2013
Filed under: DIY & Upcycling Tagged with: DIY, retro crafts