Baling twine holds most farms together. While some might throw it away, thrifty farmers and gardeners know that this inconspicuous material can make the difference between a disaster and saving the day. Here are 25 uses for baling twine to keep in your back pocket.


It is a universal fact that pants get looser over the course of the day. On the farm, that means a baling twine belt is sometimes the only thing between you and saggy pants. Whether you braid your baling twine belt from 12 strands or stick with a single piece, baling twine belts are always in style.


Sometimes a belt doesn't cut it. That is where baling twine suspenders come in handy. Always close at hand on the farm, baling twine is there to keep your pants where they belong.

Emergency halter

Halters break, usually right when you need them most. Baling twine halters work for horses, cows, goats and sheep, and are easy to make, which is why many farmers keep baling twine in a back pocket or in the cab of the pickup.

Lead rope

Save yourself some money and make your own lead ropes using a clip and braided baling twine, or fasten a quick release knot to make an emergency lead or tie for your animals.

Shoe laces

When a farmer's shoe lace gives out, there is only one acceptable solution - baling twine. Baling twine is also useful for keeping old barn shoes together until you can find your duct tape.

Fence repair

Baling twine is the go-to solution for fence repair. Whether it's electric, wire, or wood, baling twine patches gaps and secures damaged boards until you can come back to make a full repair.

All purpose tie

Need to hang something, tie something, secure something, or dangle something? Baling twine has you covered. A simple loop makes a convenient hook for tools, hanging poultry feeders and hay nets, and securing tarps over equipment.

Tomato Twine

Buying specialized tomato twine makes sense for large gardens with long rows of tomatoes. For smaller scale operations, baling twine is a perfectly acceptable solution.

Toilet paper roll holder

Barn bathrooms aren't always state of the art. Baling twine and a nail are all you need to make a quick toilet paper or paper towel holder.

Hair tie

Keep long locks out of your way with a short piece of baling twine.

Tailgate saver

Farm trucks and their tailgates have complicated relationships. Tailgate cables give out over time, usually at an inconvenient moment. Baling twine offers a quick (and sometimes permanent) fix.

Sled Handle

Baling twine makes perfect replacement sled handles, and also makes it easy to transform a tarp, bin, or barrel into a work sled for garden work.

Horse Tack Repair

Out on the trail, equestrians have to make do with what they have. Those who travel with baling twine know that they are prepared in the event of tack malfunctions. Baling twine can repair anything from broken reins and bridles to stirrup leathers.

Harness repair

Teamsters and driving enthusiasts know that baling twine is invaluable during the training process, not to mention a great temporary fix for most harness mishaps. Rigging head checks and harness adjustments with baling twine is an affordable solution to purchasing expensive harness hardware, provided safety is observed.

Fly mask

Thinking about purchasing a fly mask for your horse? Try this baling twine technique first. Baling twine can also be used to make a fly whisk for trail rides.

Twine cutter

Rather than trust that you remembered your belt knife or kept track of the scissors buried in the hayloft, use the friction of baling twine on baling twine to break open new hay bales.

Measuring rope

Not everybody carries a measuring tape with them at all times. Twine is a great way to make measurements in the field or to take measurements of an animal or human for later comparison.

Hay net

You can make a hay net using the twine that came with the hay, saving yourself a few bucks.


Need a doormat to wipe off your dirty boots or a rug for the dog to curl up on in the barn? Weave or crochet a baling twine rug for a sturdy, long-lasting, free rug.


There are limitless baling twine craft uses, from braided wreaths to baling twine flowers.


Use a crochet technique to make baling twine baskets, perfect for storing keys or displaying produce.


Using the hay net making technique, make a hammock out of baling twine to relax in after a long day in the garden.


Make a trellis for your beans and other climbing vegetables using baling twine.

Chair upholstery

Weave a new seat for old wooden chairs using baling twine.


Baling twine poses risks to pets, livestock, and wildlife. It causes blockages when ingested and can tangle up animals, resulting in injury or death. Letting baling twine go to waste is a crime in more ways than one. Dispose of baling twine appropriately, either in a secure trash container or by using one of these ideas.

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