Recycled Garden Twine Can

If you've been following along for a while you know I often get inspired by things I see online and make them with my own spin. 

I encourage everyone to do that giving credit where credit is due of course. 

Today I saw the cutest can that holds twine and I knew it would be an easy project using a recycled can. 

Take a look...

Twine can with basket and flowers

So I happen to be addicted to all things twine, especially twine holders. I've made a ton of them, you can find the links below...

As you're reading through this post please pay attention to the bold blue links that will take you to more information and the products I used for this project. Also the READ MORE sections will take you to related Homeroad projects. 

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Every kind of twine holder captures my attention and this one is no different. This gorgeous can is sold on French Mercantile Home and can be purchased for a great price. 

twine can

Today I'm going to make my own version using this old dusty can I've been hanging onto. You can also use a coffee can. 

Supplies to make a twine holder can:

metal can with lid

The first thing I did was to bring the can out in the garage and spray paint it using a matte finished white spray paint

spray painted can and lid

Before I painted it I drilled two holes into the top of the can, one in the center and one off to the side. 

top of can with holes and a hammer

I created a vintage looking label using PicMonkey and I'm sharing my design with you below. I'm using my Epson Ecotank Printer, the best investment I have made for my business and my teaching career. It uses so little ink and the ink lasts for a year! 

twine label on computer screen

Yes, the design is in reverse, you will need that for this project. You can use this one, just adjust it when you print for the size of your can:

reversed twine label

I cut out the label then painted Mod Podge to the inked side of the design. 

cut out twine label

mod podge on twine label with brush

I adhered it to the can then left it overnight to dry. This technique occasionally fails and I believe it is because it is not left to dry long enough. 

label drying on can

In the morning I used a tiny bit of water on my hands to rub off the paper. Keep rubbing gently until the design is all that is left on the can. 

garden label on can

The design stayed on the can perfectly this time! If you did have any of the image rub off you could either go with that distressed look or use a Sharpie marker to draw in the holes. Even the most experienced crafters cheat a little LOL!

twine can with string

I usually give it a day to dry then I rub a little more to remove all the paper remnants if there are any. After that I give it a spray coat of sealer. You can read more about this technique in this post. 

For the top I searched my collection for the perfect knob for the top and I think I found it! I glued the knob into the center hole on the lid.


lid with wooden knob

All that was left to do now was to drop in a ball of twine

can with twine inside

I strung the end of the twine through the offset hole in the top of the can and it was good to go!

tin can with label and wooden knob

At this point, after you've sealed your label, you can use dark wax to "dirty it up", add black sharpie to give it an enamelware look, or leave it as is! 


Twine can with overlay


twine can and flowers

I think this turned out amazing and since I am a string holder hoarder I'm adding it to my collection. 

garden twine holder and basket


twine holder with basket and tea towel

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can with label for twine


I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .