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Twine Dispenser

Martha Stewart Living, March 1998

Keep unruly balls of twine in line with big aluminum funnels, which serve as organizers and dispensers. Hammer a nail through each funnel near the top lip, attaching it to the wall of a shed or back of a door. Place a ball of twine or string in each one; run the ends out the spouts.

Comments (28)

  • Chandlercr 15 Jan, 2015

    I really like the funnel idea but stainless steel or metal funnels are pricey. I like some of the other comments such as using the pots, I think that would be really cute as well. On my garden bench it would be so handy and in my craft room with ribbon or the jute rope. Thanks for all the ideas as well as the funnel

  • jrmbloom 19 Dec, 2010

    Where can you find the aluminum funnels? All I find are the plastic ones!

  • jrmbloom 19 Dec, 2010

    Where can you find the aluminum funnels? All I find are the plastic ones!

  • patcombs 19 Dec, 2009

    That is toooo neat of an idea...

  • CassyCat 19 Dec, 2009

    This is the coolest idea!! So many uses for this, too. Thank you team Martha! ;-)

  • duhbear55 14 Aug, 2009

    I can't believe how easy and useful this is. I love mine.

  • gotpanache 2 May, 2009

    Awesome display with this catchall of twine. Love it!

  • Wwings 1 May, 2009


    Yet another lovely demonstration of "simple is best"...

  • Vigdis 30 Apr, 2009

    Love that one..;O)

  • Skunkie 30 Apr, 2009

    THAT Martha!!! So very clever!

  • lbuser 30 Apr, 2009

    This is great. I really like the coconut idea. And plastic would work as well,

  • duhbear55 31 Aug, 2008

    This idea only took a minute to do, and works great!!! I was always fumbling around looking for twine when i needed it, and now I know exactly where it is.

  • lindacabler 31 Aug, 2008

    This is a neat idea. However I made me a twine holder out of a coconut hull. If you break them carefully and use the [filtered word] you poked in the hull to drain the juice out as a mouoth you can drop your twine inside and let the ends hang out the MOUTh. Put a homemade bonnet on it and you ahve a cute monkey face (head) holding your twine. These are cute hung on the wall in a country setting.

  • kaleidoscope 27 Aug, 2008

    My twine holder is shown in the picture; a clay flower pot! I wound a piece of heavy wire just under the rim of the pot and attached the wire ends to a wire pegboard hanger. Twine isn't heavy, so a 4" double hanger works great.

  • 2008Rose 27 Aug, 2008

    We've always made containers that could be stacked to store and taken with us to our project. For household string or any small ball we used an oatmeal box cut down to size and put a [filtered word] in the top to pull the string through. A cottage chees container could also be used. For larger balls an ice cream bucket was used. For a large ball of twine we used a 5 gallon pail with lid from detergent. We decorated each one the way we wanted.The removable lid with the [filtered word] on top allowed easy access.

  • sharonmanis 27 Aug, 2008

    I made one with a cool whip bowl. Just poke a [filtered word] in the top put it in, and stuck it in the drawer, I can leave it there and just pull out as much as I want and cut.

  • kelsker 27 Aug, 2008

    debrandell!!!! Love the peanut butter jar idea!!!!!

  • NancyMcManus 27 Aug, 2008

    What a sweet, simple idea! Great for the recycling area.

  • ideasbymartha 27 Aug, 2008

    Where has anyone found the mesh bag for the decorator pouch? I have looked and so far have not found one. Thanks.
    another martha

  • alohalorraine 27 Aug, 2008

    What a clever idea! Thank you.

  • tbreanna 27 Aug, 2008

    this would be perfect for bunch of ribbons also =)

  • ibcrafter 27 Aug, 2008

    I often need to take my twine to the garden, but do not know just how much I'll need, so I store mine in a small empty coffee can

  • maya2u 27 Aug, 2008

    what a nice and brilliant idea. never thought of it before.

  • TalleySue_Hohlfeld 27 Aug, 2008

    I won't do this, but I'm going to get a small coffee can and poke a [filtered word] in the top for the string; since my kid trashed my little ball of it.

  • xack1 24 Jun, 2008

    debrandell thanks for the reminder--I'd forgotten that my dad used to keep screws etc. in baby food jars with their lids screwed to an upside down lazy susan of sorts. All he had to do was spin it around and grab whatever he needed. next rainy day I plan on sorting my craft room with the same idea!

  • Monaliza-gypt 23 Jun, 2008

    Thanks Martha for this easy and useful organizing tip no more messed up strings.

  • pilgrimichael 6 May, 2008

    Thanks for that Martha

  • debpellerin 25 Apr, 2008

    Great idea. I use empty plastic peanut butter jars screw the jar upside down to the bottom of a shelf. Drill a small [filtered word] in the lid - put the twine or string through the [filtered word] in the lid put the twine inside and screw the lid on. The string hangs out of the [filtered word] for you to use. I also use jars and screw the lid to the shelf and fill the jar with nails or screws etc and then you just unscrew the jar to use what is inside. Easy to see what is inside and not taking up shelf space.