Garden Crafts: Make a Twine Holder

Make this convenient twine holder and cutter to help with garden chores. Keep it handy on your potter's bench or give it as a gift.
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An Elegantly Simple Garden Craft

This handy twine holder comes with a built-in cutter.

Getting Started: Making a Twine Holder

Gather the materials for making the twine holder. You will need: a wooden salad bowl (thicker is better)/½” galvanized plumbing floor flange/½” x 5 ½” galvanized pipe/½” galvanized cap/(4) ½” wood screws/small picture hanger/2 finishing nails/kitchen knife sharpener/hammer/screwdriver/twine/pliers or vice grip

Sharpening the Twine Cutter

Use pliers or vice grip to hold one edge of the picture hanger and run the smooth edge over a kitchen knife sharpener many times (until sharp).

Putting the Base Together

Wipe off any grease from the galvanized plumbing pieces. Screw the 5 1/2" pipe into the floor flange.

Attaching the Cutter

Clean the bowl thoroughly. Use finishing nails to attach the sharpened cutter to the side of the bowl. Pre-drill holes if necessary.

Attaching the Holder to the Bowl

Use 1/2" screws to attach the galvanized floor flange to the wood bowl. Pre-drill holes if necessary.

Finishing Touches

Add spool of twine and galvanized cap.

A Handy Garden Tool

The cutter attached to the side of the twine holder makes it super convenient. Every gardener needs some twine handy for securing plants to supports or for training creepers along a wall.