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I do a lot of work in the garden and use a decent amount of twine to tie up plants. Dropping the roll and having it unwind all over the place is common occurrence. Definitely not fun when working with bushy tomatoes that need tying up! This Instructable shows a simple, free solution to the problem. BTW, I am not in the habit of drinking coffee but I have a ton of these available from my work. Apparently the stuff gets folks going in the morning. I brought a stack home so you might be seeing a few more projects in the coming weeks :). This project has been jazzed up mostly for the pictures but as explained below, you can make the same project for free.

Here is a video of the project:

Step 1: Tools/Materials

Tools:

  • Drill
  • 3/8” Bit (With Bushing), 1/4" Bit (No Bushing)
  • Printer (optional)

Materials:

Step 2: Finish

Nowadays, the labels are actually printed on the container for both Maxwell House and Folgers. I tried removing the label on another container with acetone but it was taking longer than I liked. At the same time, the area on the container looked dull compared to the remainder of the container. If you don’t want to look at the Maxwell House logo every time you grab twine, either remove the label with acetone or paint the container. I chose to paint the container option but used a nice glossy blue very similar to the coffee can's color of blue.

Step 3: Label

The label was printed on an Avery 8 1/2" x 11" shipping label. I chose the 3 1/3” x 4” template since it fit the container pretty well. I pulled the template from the Avery website and added some cheesy clip art and the word “Twine” to the top. Note that Folgers has a free Can Decorator App. Once I finished the design, I printed the label on an HP office Jet. I don’t think you need a label since you see the twine coming out the top but this might give you an idea if you are using the containers for another purpose.

Step 4: Hole

Drill a hole through center of lid. See next step for size.

Step 5: Bushing or No Bushing

The original 1/4” hole through the top wasn’t very smooth and I was worried that the twine might catch as it was exiting the hole. To solve this, I decided to add a rubber bushing. You can find these in old electronics (computers, scanners, lamps, etc.) or buy them from a hardware store. I used a 1/4” bushing which requires a 3/8” diameter hole.

Step 6: Press the Bushing Into Hole

Step 7: Feed Twine Through Bushing

The twine is Everbilt #21 x 525 ft and was purchased from Home Depot. The spool size (4" x 3.5") fits nicely into this container. Feed string through the hole/bushing.

Step 8: Place Twine Into Container

Step 9: Add Top on Container

All done!

Love this idea. I need to make one for paracord.
<p>Thanks. I have a bunch of larger Folgers containers. I thought about making a multi-level version with a center axis that could house multiple types of string/cord. Each level would be separated with a disk (old CD). The string or cord would exit out the sides of the container vs. the top. </p>
<p>Thanks for the idea! I've just made a solder dispenser using this concept, gluing a wide screw as an axis for extra stability. </p>
<p>That's pretty cool. I thought about adding a dowel as a center axis but the twine spool pulls from the center. </p>
<p>This is a great idea! I am probably going to do a mini version of this with wire! I have one suggestion: you could put a little blade on it so you can pull out the twine and pull to the side to cut. Good luck in the Full Spectrum Laser contest! </p>
<p>Thank you. Yes, having something to cut the string would be a nice addition.</p>

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