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Top 10 Things to do With Binder or Baler Twine

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You might call it baler twine, binder twine and various other unmentionable names when it becomes tangled around your feet. 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....

1. Macramé

Macrame cool plant hangars, coasters, rugs, wall hangings and other decorative items to give away as gifts. (Many clever horse owners have macraméd haynets from baler twine.) Binder twine is strong, so it will even last a summer outside holding your hanging plants.

2. Clothes Lines

Knot several lengths of binder twine together and replace your old clothes line.

3. Collector's Items

Make a conversation piece by simply winding baler twine in a ball and marvel as it grows bigger and bigger with each passing week. I started one, but oddly it has gone missing...

4. Streamers

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.

5. Belts and Braces

Need a belt and don’t have one? A length of baler twine is inexpensive and adds a rustic flair to your wardrobe. Scratch, scratch.

6. Horse Equipment

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. I also use it to temporarily tie up feed buckets.)

7. Costumes and Wigs

Make a scary costume. My cousin once made a “Cousin It” costume using binder twine for hair. It was too heavy to wear, but it was a great idea. Other costume ideas: Lady Godiva, a sea anemone.

8. Learn to Crochet

Learn to crochet and make heavy duty sweaters, lap quilts and hand bags. Seriously, you could crochet or weave sturdy mats from binder twine. Hint: Wear gloves.

9. Dental Hygiene

Separate the strands of binder twine and use it for dental floss

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10. The Duct Tape of the Horse World

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.

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