How to make a Baker’s Twine Wreath Ornament

Today I’d like to show you how to make a cute Baker’s Twine Wreath Ornament from only a few simple products.

Bakers Twine Wreath Ornament

Recently a milk jug ring was sitting on my kitchen counter and a flash of yarn crafts from long ago came to me- when rings which held 6 packs of soda pop cans together were used to create wreaths and hanging bell garlands.  [Yes, I’m feeling old as I recount that memory.] Those rings are pretty much a thing of the past, although not completely extinct if you really look for them.

Well, with that flash of inspiration, a Christmas movie on television, and an hour later, I had the wreath you see hanging on a branch of my Christmas tree above.

I was pretty happy with the results and made another a few days later to photograph the process to share it with you, my blog readers.

Numbered Directions to go with photos above:

  1. Finished item Sample
  2. Gather your supplies: 1 milk jug ring, Baker’s Twine- I had this Emerald Envy lying around from a Paper Pumpkin “What a Gem” Kit from this summer.  It was the perfect length at 10 feet, Mini Bells (a Holiday 2016 Catalog item-now only while supplies last), & scissors.
  3. To bulk up the wrap around the milk ring AND secure the baker’s twine, wrap the twine around the ring and then wrap around ring & baker’s  twine until the entire milk jug ring is wrapped.
  4. On the last wrap, allow the loop to remain.
  5. See that loop again?  Now you need to pull a loop through the loop. (Slip knot).  This will secure your work and allow you to continue without worry of the wrapping unraveling.
  6. This is what your looped loop should look like.
  7. Double check it!  Make sure you pulled tightly. If it isn’t correct it will be all wonky.
  8. Now you are going to finger crochet.  Really, you’ll just pull loops through loops…so don’t freak out by the words “finger crochet” Pull a loop and tighten, decrease size of the loop you are pulling thru if it got bigger and repeat.  You’ll do this 5 times before the next step.  It will create a chain of 5 which you see in the photo. (Own a crochet hook?  You’ll be whipping these out in no time.  I didn’t want to dig mine out. Plus, I also want you to know you do not have to have one.)
  9. Now you have to attach your chain stitches to the wreath base.  Notice in the photo how you run the baker’s twine thru the ring before pulling a loop to secure.  Pull tight when done.
  10. Now you are just repeating step 8.  Create a chain of 5.
  11. Now you are just repeating step 9.  Attach your chain to the wreath and pull tight.
  12. Continue around the wreath by chaining 5 and attaching the chain to the wreath. You can try to space these nicely and have only a certain number of loops OR you can just wing it and work with whichever number of loops you end up with going around.
  13. The newest wreath has 9 external looped chains.  My first sample had 7. However many you have at the end, make one last loop for the hanger and pull tightly to secure.  Allow extra twine to hang for now.
  14. You could stop without adding the bells, but I thought they’d be cute.  However, those holes to thread them are SUPER TINY!  So, you’ll need to split (unravel) your baker’s twine to allow for the tiny threading area.  I split it in thirds and then took one of those thirds and split into 2 threads each.  My Cross-stitching friends out there are certainly pros at splitting threads, but just be patient.  It takes a bit to unravel when you are doing this the first few times.
  15. Thread your bells (I alternated colors) on one of the split 2 thread baker’s twine pieces.  From the back of the piece you will then be able to slip them in each 5 stitch loop (I didn’t secure each one as they held snugly.) Once all bells are secure in their spots you can use the second 2 thread and other threads to knot off and scissors to trim.  Note: my first wreath had a hanging bell also.  I used the second 2-threads, before knotting off to hang that one bell.
  16. Samples 1 & 2.  More external loops or hanging bell- Which do you like more?

I’ve been trying to be a good patient and do little as I (hopefully soon) recover from these health issues I’ve been having. So, bear with me as my blog may not have as many new posts as I would like to be creating this time of year or only two months into this new blog.  I’m trying to do what I can, learn the ropes in blogging (a lot to learn a lot as I go along!), and take care of me.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

A Quick Stocking-Stuffer for the mint lovers on your list

I found these mints at the local grocery store and thought they would make a cute, inexpensive (the package of 3 was just $1.99) stocking-stuffer gift. They are called “Amuse Mints (r)” if anybody wishes to find them.

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The names on the tins helped guide me as I made the wrappers I put on them.  Because the top of this tin is slightly larger than the bottom, that took just a couple minutes longer to get a nice snug fit. They won’t slip out unless you give the tin a little nudge.  You wouldn’t want them falling out as someone reaches in their stocking to pull them out!

christmas-mint-wraps

The final dimensions on the wraps themselves are:

  • 5 1/8″x2 15/16″
  • Score @ 3/4″, 1 3/8″, 3 1/8″, 3 3/4″
  • Put your tear tape on the 3/4″ section and attach to 3 3/4″ side (larger side on top and should be flush with the score line-making it look seamless on the outside)
  • If using Designer Series Paper (like the snowman design) cut this to :         1 1/2″x 2 5/8″

The Mint tins are individually wrapped too and simply slide in and out either side of the wraps, with a gentle push.

You can decorate these any way you wish.  I had a few punches lying nearby and quickly made up these three.  I think I’ll be getting more of them to decorate with the Cookie Cutter builder, Owl builder, and Fox builder punches too.–Mints for everybody! 🙂

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While I plan on using these as stocking-stuffer and small just because gifts, these would be great craft fair projects too.

Thanks for looking!

Until next time…

-Joanne