How to Prevent Cord Ends from Fraying While You Work

By Noreen Doll.

Do you ever try to thread ribbon or twine through a punched hole only to have the end fray and spread in all directions?

Crafty Journal - Twine End Glued

One clever remedy I’ve discovered is to put a drop or two of white glue on my finger tip and then stick the end of the twine in the glue and rub the glue all over the end.

Crafty Journal - Twine End Glued

Twist the end of the twine in the direction that tightens the frayed end, gathering in all the stray bits, until it all stays together.

Crafty Journal - Twine End Glued

Let it dry.  If you are in a hurry, you can speed it up by using a hair dryer.

After it’s dry, trim off any stray bits, and the end will go nicely through the punched hole.

Crafty Journal - Twine End Glued

When you’ve finished your project, you can trim off the glued end.

For ribbon, cut it to a point and put the glue on the end and then gently shape it into a point.

© Noreen Doll

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  1. Thanks for posting this as I always have trouble with this. I always get great tips from this site, Thank you.

  2. hé ! great and useful tip ! thanks !

  3. Such a great tip! So easy, yet I’ve never thought to do it. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Great tip! This will definitely come in handy!

  5. Great tip! I always forget the glue thing so it’s nice to have a reminder.

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. There is no end to the usefulness of white glue. Clear nail polish works too in a pinch but white glue is the king. Thanks for the tip. :-)

  7. That is a great tip. I will have to try it. Thank you!

  8. Hi Noreen,

    This is a great tip. Why didn’t I think of that! 😉

    – Erin

  9. This will work I’m sure, but after being a kindergarten teacher for many years, I would have no patience with the slow drying glue. The quicky tricky I always used is dip string, yarn or whatever you’re using to thread into melted candle wax. It dries instantly & is firm to thread with. Try it; you’ll like it!

  10. Thanks for the idea. I usually use my crafting hair dryer to dry the glue ends – so it doesn’t take long.

  11. This is a very clever idea. Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  12. Great idea!

  13. Excellent tip!! I have used wax but it isn’t always handy. Glue is my best used tool so I will add this tip to my go to list when I need to thread a frayed string or twine.
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  14. Great idea! Thanks for the tip! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Another great simple tip!

  16. That’s awesome! I’m definitely going to remember and use this tip!

  17. Must say I have used this trick before! Works every time!
    Thank you. :)

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  18. This is a great tip. Thanks for sharing at the DIY Sunday Showcase.

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  20. This is a good to know!! I never thought about using a touch of glue. For ribbon I usually burn the ends with a lighter, if you hold it for a second it singes it just enough to stop the fraying. Thanks for the tip! And for stopping by 2 girls and a party! – Dee @ From Wine to Whine

  21. What a simple but brilliant tip! Thanks for sharing at All Things Pretty!

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  23. We usually use tape but I like this idea too!

  24. Thanks for the awesome tip. I wish I would have thought of it sooner. You rock. Thanks for linking up with Tickled Pink Times Two!! Woo!

  25. Great idea. I also use clear nail polish at times. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

  26. Thanks for sharing at last week’s party. Great tip! Hope to see you again this week.

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  28. Kay Underwood says:

    Another suggestion is to wrap the cord firmly in Sellotape around the place to be cut then cut through the middle of the taped area.

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