Baker’s twine is one of the most versatile crafting articles. Initially, it was used by bakers to wrap up freshly baked bread and cakes. Typically a bakers twine was white with red stripes on them. Today these lovely striped twines come in a variety of colors and can be used for a number of things. In today’s article, I will be putting together a whole collection of ideas that I came across on the internet.
Initially the twine was used to truss meat. These strings were made with safe edible dyes back then. Trussing the meat properly helps retain the form and stop the juices from running. Hence, most chefs have a spool of twine in their drawer. The easy way is to begin with a noose knot and re-loop along the length.
Tie Baked Goodies:
Freshly baked cakes and breads are neatly packed using brown paper or butter paper and then they are secured with colorful bakers twine. Some bakeries have signature colors, knots and packages that beautifully incorporate bakers’ string.
Seal Favor Bags or Bottled Goodies:
Use a length of baker’s twine and pieces of stiff fabric such as organdy or organza to tie up party favors. Spread squares of the fabric on a table, place the favors in the middle and scrunch the ends of the fabric over the goodies. Secure with a knot using this colored twine. You can also add printable tags to go with each little package. Bottled goodies can be tagged and wrapped by securing paper or fabric over the mouth of the bottle and then tying it down with kitchen twine.
DIY Ideas for Tags and Cards:
Wrap colored twine around a card and place it behind a diecut to get beautiful patterned designs. Write on paper or any surface using glue and place the twine on it to get letters. To get bigger letters make paper cut-outs of the various alphabets and wrap them with kitchen string. Draw different shapes on paper and spread glue on it, then carefully arrange this colored twine to get beautiful and colorful pictures.
Make Your Own Bracelet:
There are several tutorials on the internet on the different ways in which you can braid/knot or crochet using baker’s twine. You can not only make little wristbands or bracelets, but also arrange these braided strings in different patterns for cards or gift tags.
Make tiny twine pom-poms to use as embellishments while wrapping gifts. Wrap lengths of twine on a fork to form an “8” with two prongs on either side. Carefully remove the fork without disturbing the pattern and tie a string on the middle. Now trim the edges to get little pom-poms that can be used to top gift wraps.
Bakers’ Twine Tassels:
Make bakers twine tassels by looping lengths of twine on your fingers and slowly easing them out of your fingers. Trim one end and knot the other to get tassels. They can be used to decorate key chains, make bookmarks etc.
These were a few do it yourself ideas that I found interesting. Try them out and send me your ideas in the comments below.
Edward Zhang has been in the business of selling decorative lanterns, candles, lights and silk flowers. He excels in finding different ways of using these inexpensive products to enliven the ambience of homes or parties. In his free time, he likes to share his knowledge regarding traditional paper lanterns, unique candles and decorative silk flowers.
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