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For a handy way to have string at your fingertips, try this. Hang a cheap funnel as a dispenser, with the roll of twine or string in the top and the end running down through the spout. This is nice for kitchen, basement, garage shop, or garden. Just keep a small knife handy to cut the twine or string. This will also keep you from having tangles and knots in the string or twine. It might even work for yarn for knitting or crocheting.
By fossil1955 from Cortez, CO
I'm still without a working camera, so I've tried to include a detailed description.
Leave the label on the bottle. After cleaning and drying the bottle, replace the cap tightly. This keeps the bottle firm while piercing it with a knife. Then make a 1-1/2 inch cut along the top of the label with an X-acto knife (available at Dollar Store/Dollar Tree).
Insert a scissor blade into the cut and, using the label top as a guide, cut around the bottle. Do not cut completely around the label. Leave about 1/8 inch uncut. Then, remove the label. Bend the top back and insert twine, ribbon, string, etc. into the bottle and guide the lead end of the item through the top opening. The 1/8 inch uncut area acts as a hinge and helps keep the top stationary when taping the two parts back together with wide, clear tape.
For narrow ribbon or string, a hole can be made in the bottle cap and the ribbon/string threaded through it. Place the bottle cap upside down on a scrap block of wood. Hammer a large nail through the cap. Any rough edges left in the opening can be cut away with the X-acto knife.
To refill the bottle, cut along the clear tape with the X-acto knife, where the two parts join. Refill and retape.
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Nail a funnel to the wall and pull string out of the bottom of the funnel.
By Nancy from Madison, WI
What a great tip. I'm looking for a funnel now! (01/24/2007)
I don't know if it matters whether the funnel is metal or plastic, huh? Well this is a great tip, especially for the person who uses string a lot. I was also thinking some sort of empty container that the ball of string or twine would fit in and have the end coming out the lid of the container, like punch a hole in a screw on lid. Or a box with a hole punched in the lid.
If you do the funnel, might be handy in a pantry or closet. Perhaps too, hang a pr of scissors right next to it! (01/25/2007)
Great idea. I love ideas that make me say, "Oh, for heaven's sake." (01/26/2007)