Tweaking it up with Twine

Tweaking it up with Twine

It’s the little things that make a difference. Seriously. Do you think I would string you along?

Okay, that was a bad pun! You’ll see ๐Ÿ˜‰

Enter house plant exhibit #1.

Plastic Trays for Ceramic Pots

Notice the green plastic trays?

So pretty, right?

They’re in place because the ceramic pots in front aren’t glazed, and though the pot in back is, I wanted to elevate it a little from the other two.

Now, here’s the thing. Rope and twine is pretty hot in decor right now, so I decided to trend up these trays… you know, just to give them a touch ofย pizzazz like these plant pots have.

I picked up these balls of twine from the Dollar Store…

Dollar Store Twine

And applied the first row with a glue gun to set the twine firmly in place, and give the next row a solid guide to work from.

Twine DIY Project for Planter Trays

The rest was applied with Modge Podge craft glue. Notice the twine sitting in the basket? I fed it through one of the holes to keep the ball from rolling on the floor… just a little tip if you want to give a project like this a try.

Don’t worry about applying too much Modge Podge. It dries clear, and you want enough coverage to hold the whole length of twine in place.

DIY Twine Project for Planter Trays

I applied a thick layer with a toothpick as I went along. Just be careful not to completely coat your twine with glue, or you will wreck the look of the raw, fuzzy jute fibres.

DIY twine wrapped planter tray

You might have to stop and wash your hands a few times if your fingers get coated in glue. Mine did!

Once all three trays were wrapped, I set them up on containers to dry.

DIY twine wrapped planter trays

They don’t take very long to dry, but I let them sit for a couple of hours before moving them into place.

DIY twine wrapped planter trays

Now that the glue is dry, notice you can still see the fuzzy jute fibres? That’s what I mean about not coating the twine with too much glue.

Here’s a ‘before’ & ‘after’ of the larger tray, the one used to elevate the pot that’s glazed…

Jute wrapped planter tray

I like it better with the twine on it, but never thought to actually cover the bottom of the tray. I’m not sure about that green still peeking through, and might go back and finish it up by coiling a length of twine to cover the bottom, too. What do you think?

Here’s a look back at where we started…

DIY twine wrapped planter tray project

Notice the dirt in the pots?

And here’s where we are now!

DIY twine wrapped planter tray project

Twine wrapped planter trays on the bottom, and polished river rocks on top!

I got the river rock idea from my friend Jessica over at Decor Adventures. Makes such a difference to finishing the look, don’t you think?ย Thanks, Jess ๐Ÿ™‚

And in total this mini project only took an hour and a half!

Who would’ve thought? A Dollar Store ball of twine. That’s what I love so much about the inspiration I get from other blogs, and of course, from Pinterest. Some projects are definitely on the larger scope of make-overs, but then there’s these little things, too. It’s not how grand the scale of a project, but rather, how much difference a project will make to you!

ย Have you made any tweaks to your place lately? If not, is there anything you’ve been planning to do?


PS – I forgot to mention a few things…

  • First, wishing all my friends south of the border a Happy Independence Day ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope your day is filled with fun in the sun, the love of your family and friends, and great BBQ food!!!
  • Second… today is the 2nd anniversary of my blog! 352 posts later, who knew time could fly by so fast? To all of you stopping by, leaving comments, and showing your support, thank you so much for reading what I write. Truly, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!
Hugs, xo

All Photos by Sheila Zeller


17 thoughts on “Tweaking it up with Twine”

    • Thank you, Meesh! Isn’t it incredible how time flies? I’ve been feeling that this past week, and can barely get a post or 2 out! But I have to say, the sunshine is AWESOME!

    • Hi Carol!
      So sorry for the ‘very late’ reply! Somehow summer has kicked in, and my time has been flying – I bet you can relate to that! I have to say the same to you… I love your blog and the way you write, and I’m so happy that you’re back on the blog! See you soon… if not in blog-land, hopefully at idsWEST!

  • It’s funny, I see a package of twine like that and I get inspired. Looking good and I can see the concentration, wheels turning ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Birthday to a great blog.

    • Thank you, Jackie! It was a fun, little project, and I was just saying what a difference it makes not to have those green trays jumping out at me now ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you so much, Shauna! It’s amazing what a difference such a little thing will make. They look so much better sitting up on the counter now – the trays don’t jump out at you in all the wrong ways ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • What a great idea Sheila! I might copy you on these. Look so much better. Happy blog-anniversary! I never would have met you if you did not start your blog! I hope we can meet in person someday!

    • Thank you so much, Kelly! I am so happy to have met you through this wild and crazy world of blogging… and there’s nothing I’d like better than to meet you in person! I love your blog, and look forward to your posts… I’ve been a little behind this past week, but catching up on my blog reading is at the top of the list! Hugs, Sheila

    • Awe, thanks Tiffany! I’m super happy to have found your blog, and look forward to your posts. This past week has been crazy, crazy, and I know you can totally relate to that right now… so I have a little reading catch-up on my hands, and will be tackling that!

  • Happy blog anniversary #2!

    The twine around the plastic trays is a great idea. Easy to do & inexpensive, but makes a huge difference ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d add a bit more twine to cover te green part sticking out. Or for future twined plastic trays, maybe spray paint the trays black first.

    Great tip about feeding the twine through the basket. You could use the same technique for ribbon when you’re wrapping presents.

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