At least in my neighborhood, twist ties are super hard to find!* And sometimes a DIY chick really just needs a couple of frigging twist ties to do her project right now. Such was the position I found myself in last week when it came time to do a final Easter project shoot (tune in Wednesday, btw), so I had to get creative. That’s when washi tape and craft wire from my stash came in very handy!
*(Maybe they’re just not as widely available since so many trash bags have drawstring ties now???)
Begin by cutting a length of wire a little longer than 12 inches.
Grab your washi tape, sticking one end to the numbers/front side of your ruler as shown.
Leapfrog your tape over the end of your ruler as shown so that the sticky side of the tape faces out on the back/non-number side of the ruler.
Run your tape, sticky side out, along the whole length of your ruler. Don’t tear the tape from the roll – let the roll hang off the end. The weight of the roll helps you out in the next step. :)
Place your 12+ inch wire on the sticky side of the tape.
Hold your ruler, tape and wire down with your thumb on the wire, as shown, then tear the tape from the roll just past the wire.
Fold your tape as close to exactly in half as you can around the wire, working from one end to the other.
When you get to the far end, it will look a bit like this.
Detach your tape from the ruler and snip off excess wire and tape, all together. If necessary, repeat the snip on the other end.
So! 12 inches is kind of a long twist tie, don’t you think? Fold your long twist tie in half to find the center point and cut it there.
Voila! A pile of the cutest twist ties in the world. Don’t worry if you have a few wrinkles or other imperfections in your ties. Assuming you use these like any other twist tie – you know, folding them and twisting them to secure something – your paper will naturally be wrinkled anyway. This project is awesome because it’s kind of a no-failer!
What you think? Am I nuts to say this one’s no-fail? Do you hate it? Love it? Don’t get it? ;) Let me know!