When Whitney re-introduced basic red and white twine to all of us several years ago in a myriad of colors we all went crazy for it (even Martha took notice).
There are times when I would have a crafty get together and I would want to break out all of my special supplies to share, including my twine stash.
black + white diagonal stripe bags from Whisker Graphics
The cones were getting a bit sticky from glue spillage, a bit dirty in spots if one rolled away on us and onto the floor and sometimes they got buried under the piles of paper and other supplies as the evening would progress and we would get a little messy.
I needed a quick, cheap solution, specifically for these nights when we were sharing craft projects and ideas. But a solution that still displayed the twine so we could appreciate the colors (what would a craft night be without visual texture?).
i find myself attracted to an industrial metal "look" when it comes to shelving + storage so these suit my tastes perfectly.
To make some "string stands" for yourself you will need to go to the hardware store and ask for "double rod chairs"--that is what the wire form is called. If you shop at Lowe's it is in the same section as the steel mesh (for concrete stabilization). On the shelf they are usually stacked one on top of the other (see above photo). There are usually 2 sizes available. The ones I use are the smaller size.
Brace yourself for the price. Approximately 49 cents.
You will also need a heavy duty pair of wire cutters as the "chairs" are made of steel.
Place one of the "chairs" on a flat surface. Snip the top wire in the center. The above photo shows where I have snipped all of the "chairs".
Slide on your roll of twine. And you're done.
These are very light weight and easy to carry around, they are easy to "see" when you are working on a table filled with craft supplies because they elevate the twine and they keep the twine clean.
I hang these on my pegboard hooks for storing and easy access when it is not craft night.
...and don't forget about your Japanese washi tape. For washi tape I snip the "chairs" along the side instead of the middle and thread the rolls on that way--if you have a lot of washi tape rolls and like to "see them" on display, these forms are a great inexpensive way to display them-especially if you do put the "chairs" up on your pegboard or wall display area.
these double rod chairs caught my eye at the hardware store and i remember exclaiming to my husband "i love these!" although i had no clue as to what they were or what their intended use was. i purchased a small stack of them because i felt certain i could turm them into something??!!
+ 49 cents, i mean come on, right?