Make Cute Jute Twine Containers for Only $2.50
Author: Haeley Giambalvo

jute twine diy

Here is a simple DIY that every thrifty person should have in their arsenal. It uses jute twine that you can buy a roll of it for $2.50 at the craft store (or even better, use a 50% off coupon to purchase it – most craft stores offer them regularly!). One roll of twine has lasted me for a couple years. The best part – the uses for it around the home are endless. I often use twine for garlands and gift wrapping, but you can also use it to make some cool home decor pieces. Check out these jute wrapped storage containers I made for literally pennies and in under an hour a piece!

With a little jute and some hot glue I transformed some hot cocoa tins into great storage containers for craft supplies, kitchen utensils, toiletries, etc. You can decorate them with a little craft paint for an added touch. Here’s all you need to make them:

  • Empty, clean tin cans (from soup, coffee, hot cocoa, etc.)
  • Jute twine
  • Hot glue
  • (Optional) Acrylic craft paint, foam brush, painter’s tape and/or cardboard stencils

How To Make Cute Jute Twine Containers for Only $2.50…

To make the cans, first peel off the paper wrapper if possible. Then, start a 3-4 inch long bead of hot glue along the bottom of the can. Press the twine into the hot glue and then repeat, wrapping it around the tin:

Make sure to wrap the twine around the can in close rows to avoid any gaps and glue showing through. A thin line of glue is all you need. Once you are done wrapping the jute around the can, just cut it off and secure the loose end with a small dab of glue.

If you want, you can use some craft paint to stencil a monogram or add stripes to your storage containers. I used Martha Stewart multi-purpose craft paint ($2.50 a bottle) and applied a small amount with a foam brush.

These containers can be used in so many ways and add some nice natural texture to your space. Want some other ideas for your $2.50 roll of jute twine? Here are four more for you!


Have you ever made anything with jute twine? What are your favorite crafts to make with everyday, easy-to-find supplies?

This post is the crafty and thrifty Haeley from Design Improvised!


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  1. Alicia Jay // March 10, 2013

    These are so cute! I like the natural, earthy look of jute, but this would also be a cute project to use up ends of balls of yarn. I have a lot of colorful worsted weight yarn sitting in my crochet bin that would brighten up a few jars for kitchen or craft storage.

  2. The Norwegian Girl // March 10, 2013

    Love these! I actually have some empty containers and jute twine laying around, now I finally have an idea what to do with it!

  3. Carol // March 19, 2013

    Hello Anna- mom here! I made some candleholders out of glass jars: wrapped colored jute around them (glued with hot glue,) attached a wire for hanging and a few beads at the rim and Wa-la! I plan on making a pencil holder like on your site with the stencil idea: you could have fun with words on those containers. like the idea. love, mom

    • Anna Newell Jones // March 19, 2013

      Hi Mom, You’re funny! I want to see pictures of what you made. Love you, Anna

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