I purchased this sort of dated, wooden candle holder at a thrift shop for $2.99. First, I removed the candle cup with a screwdriver. I painted the candle holder with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in "Old White", and wet distressed the piece.
Now to make a hole! Easy, right? No not really...
Not having a drill bit large enough to make a hole for a funnel tip to fit through posed a problem. My husband said I needed a spade bit. He took it out to the garage and tried to ream the hole larger with a rasp, but the hole got too big and also sort of misshapen. Actually the hole on one side was almost perfect so I turned the wood piece over and used it as the top. But, I still wasn't happy with the big ugly hole on the bottom, even if it didn't show much.
I was able to find a washer the next day that covered the hole, and also allowed the funnel tip to go through. I glued the washer on with E6000, and let it dry overnight.
I painted the washer and distressed it so the repair wasn't so obvious.
I added a metal tag at the top that says "Imagine" with a small nail. The tag is from the Tim Holtz craft collection.
Have you seen the funnel string holders on Pinterest? Most of funnels are just hanging on a nail on the wall or garden shed to keep twine handy.
Mine is a little fancier.
My twine holder is made from a funnel and a thrift shop, dated candle holder!