I LOVE me some bakers twine! It is so adorable, and with my new found love of pennants, I see a color combination I like and I feel like I just HAVE to have it. The only problem? Its ridiculously expensive. Some twine I have found would cost more than the paper I buy to make the pennants I’d be hanging on it, and that just seems like a waste of money.
I knew there had to be another way, for times when the absolute perfect twine wasn’t necessary (like when the bunting/banner is up high in a room where you won’t see the lines up close). Then I can save my precious twine for things like cupcake buntings.
There are two different methods I came across- one easy, one professional looking- but both are great for when you either don’t have any bakers twine on hand, or if you aren’t going to see the twine up close.
For the first method, you will use two (or three) fine crochet twine in alternating colors.
First, cut off the length you’d like to use, a knot at the end of the two colors.
Next, take the knotted end and tie it around a door knob with a small loop. The next step varies depending on your use. If you will be using it in a way that it will be pulled taut, you can take a bit of a shortcut. Tie off the other end, and twist. Keep twisting until the twine is tightly would, and when done, wrap around a ruler, business card, etc until use.
For a twine that can be used and hung loosely, take the other end and twist both colors in different directions (like a braid with two colors only). Keep twisting until you have the twine colors spaced to your liking. Tie off other end for safe keeping, and wrap around a ruler, business card, or something long and flat.
*The second method uses one color of your crochet floss. Wrap around a piece of paper, an old ruler, or anything you won’t mind getting a little marker on. When the thread is tightly wound, use your marker to draw lines across the bunch.
Make sure you really get in there and color all of the strands! Go all the way around, and when you’ve evenly spread the color, pull it off the ruler, and you’re done! You could even alternate colors or make diagonal lines to vary the outcome. It isn’t perfect up close, but it is a very convincing replica (and you can go back through and fix some gaps later).
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