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Make It : Custom Baker's Twine Tutorial

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This clever and easy DIY baker's twine tutorial was sent to us by Joanne Howell Wuneburger, founder/owner and desgner for Oh Goodie Designs and created by Mika Beverly, Creative Assistant for Oh Goodie Designs. It is perfect if you need a specific color combination to match a party theme.  Mika created red, white and blue twine for July 4th and her directions are below.


  • Plain cotton thread (#10 crochet cotton works well) – around $3 for a large ball
  • Red & Blue Permanent Markers
  • 2 Rulers
  • Tape

Tape one end of the cotton thread to the underside of your ruler. Start wrapping the cotton thread firmly around the ruler.

Wrap the layers right next to each other with no overlap. Continue wrapping until you reach the end of your thread. Attach the end of the thread to the ruler with tape. Starting at one corner of the ruler, begin to draw a diagonal line across the rows of thread. I used a 2nd ruler (or straight-edge)to help guide my marker and keep my lines straight.

Press the marker firmly down and draw the line slowly because you want the ink to saturate the cotton thread on both sides. Move a 1/2 inch down or up, and draw another diagonal line parallel to the first. Continue drawing spaced diagonal lines until the whole side is covered. Flip the cardboard over, and do the same. Let it dry until the ink will does not smear when touched. (May take a few hours depending on the type of marker used.) Once dry, unwind and enjoy your homemade, custom-colored baker’s twine!

Here are the steps to making the twine pom in the top picture:

  1. Start with some homemade twine about 6 feet long.
  2. Wrap the twine around your 2nd and 3rd fingers.
  3. Slide twine off your fingers and tie it tightly in the middle with a small piece of twine.
  4. Take sharp scissors and trim off the edges, cutting all the loops.

When you're done you should have a pom pom about 1" in diameter. For larger pom poms use more wraps and three fingers.

Be sure to check out Joanne's blog here for more great party ideas!
Thanks Joanne and Mika!



Comments (1)

  • This is sooo cute! What an easy and economical way to make that special touch!

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