Ikea Hack: Paper Towel Holder Turned Into a Crochet Thread Organizer

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$4
30 Minutes
Easy

My friend recently took up crocheting. Her thread collection was slowly growing and unfortunately so was the tangled blob holding the spools together. We re-purposed this old Ikea paper towel stand into a functional organizer for all of her spools of thread.
ikea hack paper towel holder turned into a crochet thread organizer, organizing
My friend had way too many spools of yarn to hold in a paper bag .
ikea hack paper towel holder turned into a crochet thread organizer, organizing
I had an old Ikea paper towel holder that I was interested in replacing and thought this would be a great way to use it.
ikea hack paper towel holder turned into a crochet thread organizer, organizing
I picked up some wooden rods for under 2 dollars. I used 3/8th of an inch rods. Those were the only things I needed to buy for the project.
ikea hack paper towel holder turned into a crochet thread organizer, organizing
I drilled 3 holes into the stand, 2 inches apart from each other. I wanted the horizontal crossbars to be offset so I only drilled through one wall of the stand on each side. On this side I started drilling 1 inch from the top. On the opposite side, I started drilling 2 inches from the top.
ikea hack paper towel holder turned into a crochet thread organizer, organizing
ikea hack paper towel holder turned into a crochet thread organizer, organizing
I cut the rods into 4 and a half inch pieces.
ikea hack paper towel holder turned into a crochet thread organizer, organizing
My friend managed to blend some paints to perfectly match the stand, but different colored crossbars would look great too. Here you can see the other side of the stand where I began drilling from 2 inches down.
ikea hack paper towel holder turned into a crochet thread organizer, organizing
I stuck the rods into a cardboard box to dry.
ikea hack paper towel holder turned into a crochet thread organizer, organizing
I used a simple all purpose glue to glue the rods into the stand. Waited for the glue to dry, and that was it :)
ikea hack paper towel holder turned into a crochet thread organizer, organizing
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  • Allison Fenix
    on Jan 26, 2019

    Anyone know a place or how to sell crocheted doilies .i love making them.

    • Joanie
      7 days ago

      Allison: I am a crocheter of doilies, lace table cloths, afghan and etc. I sold mine. My husband sold them at work. I even got orders and I made some money. The string is cheap and the labor is long. You know that......I thought it was a dying art.,,,I pick it up now and then. I made dish rags also. A LOT of things.

  • DORLIS
    on Feb 9, 2019

    Thought: have you ever had a skein of yarn that you could not find the pull out end ? Could use paper towel holder as is, simply slip the yarn skein onto it and you can use as is. then when the yarn flips around as it unwinds it won't bounce all over the place. I had been winding it into a ball before starting to crochet.

    • Ragianne
      on Feb 9, 2019

      love this idea! why didn't I think of this! :)


  • Linda
    on Feb 10, 2019

    how do you prevent the spools of thread from falling off the dowels when you pull on the thread as you crochet?

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  • Dxfrye
    on Feb 11, 2019

    This is sooo doable for many things. Use this idea to hang measuring cups, spoons; often used kitchen utensils:wisk, pizza cutters,. ..hang necklaces, bracelets, rings... Decorative yet functional....

  • Kelly
    8 days ago

    you obviously do not have a cat..

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