Twine Transformations…

I’m into twine right now. Twine, you say? Uh-huh, twine… Well, I should say that I’m really into natural materials and textures right now and I’m not the only one as everywhere you look in interior design today, the naturals are almost everywhere. Burlap, linen, jute, bamboo and unfinished wood are at the forefront of the decorating trends today and I love it! Naturally, the color and texture of twine fits right in with this look but we have to get a little creative with it, as it’s a ball of twine after all.

It seemed that every store that I browsed through while in Florida during our family Spring Break last week, I saw candles just like these that I have made below.

The candles I saw in Florida varied in sizes and price but they generally ran around $19.99 to $50.00 depending on the size and height. I made these candles above for less than $1.75 each! They are just plain candles (I think they are called offertory candles) sold at Kmart for $1.50. Our local grocery stores in Lufkin also sell plain offertory candles for around the same price. I hope I’m not offending anyone by blinging them out.. Yikes! You can also use any type and size of tall glass candle holders sold everywhere if you want to add the candle separately.

Twine or natural sisal (which is basically the same thing) comes in many different colors and thickness. I ran to Hobby Lobby and picked up a ball that looks like this for $2.67.

The ball that I bought is more than 400 feet! I could probably wrap my home a couple times and not run out!

I got home with my ball of twine/sisal and started wrapping everything! It’s very easy and takes just a couple of minutes. Just to make sure the twine wouldn’t unravel once I got it wrapped around the item, I always started and ended the wrapping with a dab of hot glue to secure. I had several of these generic tall flower vases and decided to wrap one about a 1/3 of the way up the vase (see below).

I also wrapped a larger candle holder completely and then hot glued a star fish to the front.

I wrapped a pillar candle too…

You really don’t need any instructions as it’s just as easy as it looks. Just wrap tightly and secure with hot glue. On a side note, I also have fallen in love with burlap covered candles like the one that I made below.

I am in the process of making a bunch of burlap covered candles in various colors including natural and turquoise to use this summer indoors and out. I love that it’s a very inexpensive way to add a natural touch. And yes, the burlap covered candles are just as easy as they look to make. All you do is cut the burlap to fit length and width, use hot glue length and width to start and every inch or so, add just a few small dots of glue and at the end, do a line of glue from the top to the bottom to secure the end. Use this same glue technique if you want to add a scrap of burlap to a tall candleholder and then just tie the twine midway in a square knot around the burlap and hot glue a shell or any kind of bling to the knot.

Back to the twine, if you like this look, think about other possibilities. If I had more time, I would have wrapped a small old lamp and wine bottles like these I found online.

Or how about wrapping a vase completely like this one I found online.

Think about wrapping old candlesticks and use twine add a natural touch to gift wrapping like Martha Stewart suggests.

There are so many things to wrap, yet so little time! If you decide to get into twine, Send us pictures of your treasures!

We have some fabulous fun stuff coming up that I’m working on and a few recipes as well, so check back in a few days.



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12 Responses to Twine Transformations…

  1. I love it!!! Twine to me is the equivalent of duct tape. LOL I have a lamp shade that I did for a friend with yards and yards and yards of twine… it was worth the hours when all was said and done! I LOVE your candles!!! So fun!!!

    😉 robelyn

  2. Anonymous says:

    I love this idea! Even I could manage this. LOL


  3. Meg says:

    Very cute and what a nice idea to make simple pieces stand out. I'll have to copy… 🙂

  4. Anonymous says:

    Have you thought of using raffia?


  5. jerriann says:

    I have seen some of your creations before. I love what you do with twine. I have the same two white candles in the glass jar. I must have seen this from you and knew there was something I should do with them. Love your site and the natural materials you use.

  6. The Exchange says:

    Thank you so much for your comments ladies. It's so great to hear what you think about the postings! Thank you again!

  7. The Exchange says:

    I haven't thought about raffia Mom, but I'm sure it would look cute to just tie raffia in a square knot around a tall candle and glue on a shell or any bling to the knot. The sisal twine looks similar in texture to raffia but twine is by far easier to work with.

  8. Meg says:

    Twine and burlap, oh my! I love what you've done with it… now I must dig out the burlap I had leftover from my headboard project!

  9. I don't get tired of these natural elements. So well done.

  10. Great candles! I love the natural elements. They are so easy on the eyes!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I made some new curtains for my kitchen, and on the side I have beads hanging from twine… It looks really cute! Thanks for posting.
    ~ Paula

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