We’re sharing easy and creative ways to use twine for Thanksgiving — from holiday decorating to homemade gifts.
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With Thanksgiving almost here, you may be like many home cooks and will be purchasing some twine to truss your turkey (tying together the legs and/or closing up the turkey after it is stuffed). While using twine to truss your Thanksgiving turkey is one of the most common ways to use twine, this rustic and frugal string is good for even more Thanksgiving projects. There is lots of creative ways to use twine, including for decorating and homemade gifts.
Personally, I’m a bit crazy for twine. I love the natural look and I especially like how frugal it is.
Recently, my twine obsession went into high gear when OXO sent me one of their products: the OXO Good Grips Twine Dispenser. Ok, at the first glance of the box, I thought it was simply a holder for a spool of twine. Do I really need this to hold my twine? But, after opening it, I realized it had the same perks that all OXO products have — a design solution that makes life easier.
Inside the box, it had a dispenser, a spool of 300ft of 100% cotton twine, and a frosted cover, which was see-through so you can see how much twine you have left.
As I assembled the OXO Good Grips Twine Dispenser, I quickly realized one of the benefits of the dispenser: no tangled twine. You unwrap the twine and place the spool on the dispenser. The end of the twine is inserted into the middle of the dispenser.
The twine dispenser is turned over and the twine is threaded out through the bottom.
When you set the twine dispenser back upright, there is a notch on the front that holds the end of the twine steady.
The coolest part of the design, though, is the twine cutter. The twine cutter make it easy to cut the amount of twine you need, without having to reach for scissors or a knife. I love this feature! It also has non-slip feet on the bottom, so it won’t slide on your counter top when cutting a piece.
I made a turkey this past week and tested out my new OXO Good Grips Twine Dispenser. It worked smoothly, even allowing me to cut a piece of twine with one hand while holding the turkey legs crossed in my other hand.
My next favorite part about the twine cutter: it’s removable. YES! Just take it out of the dispenser and you’ll be able to easily trim up the excess twine.
I’ve had my OXO Twine Dispenser for almost 2 years now and I still love it. It sits on a shelf in my kitchen and is used often for all sorts of things. Want some creative ideas for using twine during the Thanksgiving holiday? Check out these ideas and links below.
Creative Ways to Use Twine for Thanksgiving
Trussing your turkey is just one way to use twine, but there are many other ways that you can make use of the twine and the OXO Twine Dispenser.
1. Make easy Thanksgiving napkin rings out of an old paper towel tube, burlap, and twine.
2. Wrap twine around Mason jars, old cans, or anything else that can hold items, glue or tie as necessary. Use these jars to hold silverware, snacks, or as part of a centerpiece.
3. Make place cards by using twine to tie paper leaves with guest names onto a pumpkin for a fall inspired place setting.
4. Rather than actual napkin rings, tie napkins with twine. This can be done with cloth or disposable napkins and also works well if you want to include utensils in the middle of the napkin. Add acorns to look more festive (these were painted gold for a fun touch).
5. Make Twine Orbs for decorating. You could hang different sizes from the ceiling or make small ones for placing in a large bowl in the middle of a table.
6. Make easy twine wrapped bottles to use as part of a centerpiece.
7. Take a tree branch and stand it in a pot filled with rocks or soil. Use twine to hang paper leafs or tags from the branches to create a “thankful tree”. Each guest writes what they are thankful for on one of the leaves or tags.
8. Tie a small bundle of fresh herbs to a pillar candle with twine (be sure to be safe and keep away from the flame).
9. Make mini loaves of pumpkin bread and wrap them in a brown paper bag tied with twine. Give as a gift to neighbors or anyone else that you are grateful for this year.
10. Give your feathered friends a Thanksgiving treat! Create a DIY Squash Bird Feeder with an acorn squash, twine, and some birdseed.