How To: Make Colored Kitchen Twine

IMG_8714I am pretty obsessed with beautiful gift and food packaging.  The special touches – tags, ribbons, labels – make homemade goodies so much more precious!  I splurge on bakery boxes, cellophane bags (somehow got at least 10 different sizes the last time I counted!), cute paper liners and some more, but I can’t justify spending money on baker’s twine.  Kitchen twine…we all have that, right?  Trussing chicken, making bouquet garni, tying up roulade.  Something that is such a common kitchen item really shouldn’t be that expensive.

As it turns out, you can make your own! This DIY idea came about when I had one of those I-need-baker’s-twine-right-this-moment-and-I-don’t-have-any-(darn-it!) dilemma. I’m sure you can relate.

The method is very simple: in a small cup or bowl, thin out some acrylic paint in a color of your choice with water.  If you use acrylic paint, make sure the colored twine doesn’t directly touch the food you are wrapping.  If you prefer the twine to be food-safe (for example, if you are wrapping around a loaf of pound cake), you can use food coloring instead.

IMG_8660Snip off some cotton kitchen twine from the roll and dip it in the paint mixture. Using your fingers, squeeze out the excess liquid and allow the colored twine to hang dry.

IMG_8663The colored twine will have a pastel tone.  To make the colors more saturated, make sure you don’t thin out the paint to much.  You can also dye it once or twice more after it has dried.

IMG_8667The best part about making your own colored kitchen twine?  You can mix any color and any shade to your heart’s content.  And you don’t even have to commit to one color!  Just snip off however much twine you need from the roll and dye them as you use them.  Reds and pinks for Valentine’s Day. Greens for St. Patrick’s Day.  Orange and black for…. Got it?

Not only can you use the colored twine for food packaging, you can use it for card-making, scrapbooking, and other craft projects.  You can even make ombre shades.  Now go and have fun with it!