Things to Do With Binder or Baler Twine

You might call it baler twine, binder twine, and various other unmentionable names when it becomes tangled around your feet or in farm equipment. If you've got horses no matter what you call it, you've probably got a huge hank of it hanging off of a nail somewhere. After all, you can't just throw it away—it must be good for something.

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    Bird man at Swinton estate pheasant shoot in Nidderdale with a pocket full of twine
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    Get creative with old twine. It comes in many colors, so collect them all. Macrame cool plant hangers, coasters, rugs, wall hangings and other decorative items to give away as gifts. (Many clever horse owners have macramed hay nets from baler twine.) It can also be woven. Plastic types of binder twine are strong, so it will even last a summer outside holding your hanging plants. The jute type may break down in the sun and damp. 

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    Clothes Lines

    White t-shirts on a washing line.
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    Knot several lengths of binder twine together and replace your old ​clothesline. This is handy when you're camping or need to dry wet saddle pads near the barn. 

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    Collector's Items

    Ten foot ball of twine
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    Make a conversation piece by simply winding baler twine in a ball and marvel as it grows bigger and bigger with each passing week. Don't be surprised if it goes missing after someone makes a trip to the landfill site. Or, if you're lucky, your twine ball will attract enough people it will be worthwhile charging to see. 

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    Ad For Binder Twine
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    Make cool streamers from binder twine to tie to your truck antenna. Think also: streamers for birthday, wedding, shower, and Christmas decorating. This might be regarded as a time-saving tip as you will likely never be asked to help decorate again, thereby saving you time. With the trend in barn weddings, you might have brides-to-be begging you for the stuff.

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    Belts and Braces

    Leather belt
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    Need a belt and don’t have one? A length of baler twine is inexpensive and adds a rustic flair to your wardrobe. Learn to braid multi-strand braids and add a buckle from a broken halter or other tack. Now you have a useful and fashionable accessory. Scratch, scratch. 

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    Horse Equipment

    Horse being lunged in lunging aids.

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    Braid several lengths of binder twine together to make inexpensive lunge lines, lead ropes, and rope halters. No one will ever use them because they are too rough and picky, but they'll look better hanging around the stable than hanks of ‘unorganized’ twine.

    (Although binder twine lead ropes might be rough on the hands, twine is just the thing to make breakaway tie loops from. You can also use it to temporarily tie up feed buckets.)

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    Costumes and Wigs

    Young woman with string headdress
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    Make a scary costume. Make a “Cousin It” costume using binder twine for hair. Other costume ideas: Lady Godiva, a sea anemone. 

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    Learn to Crochet

    Seamless braided rope background
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    Learn to crochet and make heavy-duty sweaters, lap quilts, and handbags. Seriously, you could crochet or weave sturdy mats from binder twine. Hint: Wear gloves.

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    Dental Hygiene

    Woman flossing her teeth
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    Separate the strands of binder twine and use it for dental floss. It's much less expensive than the floss in those little plastic boxes. And you'll never run out. Your dentist will be impressed.

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    The Duct Tape of the Horse World

    Three rolls of duct tape
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    Baler twine is essential for doing temporary fixes on fences, gates and door latches until you find the hammer and nails. It’s the duct tape of the horse world.

    Word of caution: Using binder twine to repair bridles, girths or harness is asking for trouble—unless you want equipment that will break.