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    Default New uses for old baling twine?

    Our county fair offers a "recycled" category in the arts and crafts section. Basically, you need to create something useful or decorative from recycled goods. I would like to make something from baling twine since I have gobs of it. Thought of maybe using the baling twine to macrame something (haven't done macrame in 20+ years though). Any ideas? I could probably make some placemats or a plant holder. Though about pot holders, but baling twine is a bit flamable. Most of the twine I have is blue so at least I won't have to stare at ugly orange.
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    My sister makes/braids her baling twine into leadropes.
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    I braid the Sisal twine into lead ropes with a bull snap on the end they work especially well for young horses and cattle I want to drag a rope. The plastic stuff IMO is useless I burn it in my wood boiler.
    Last edited by county; Feb. 17, 2009 at 04:46 PM.
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    I loosely crochet the twine into a 12" x 12" square cloth. It makes a great horse "rubber" and brings out a nice shine on the coat.



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    You can use the sisal twine for building bird houses. Kind of like a small basket with a top, vine or wire ribs. Not too big, just for small birds. They sell them at our bird supply store for a few dollars each. Probably would work for a larger basket too, with more solid ribbing to hold a load.

    I use the sisal for tying up plants in the garden.

    Besides emergency lead ropes, I really can't think of much we do with binder twine. Theres are always a few strings in the trailers for hanging things at shows.



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    You can use baling twine to make baskets. I have several! I think you can look up directions for twine baskets and just follow those.
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    My sister-in-law made long-handled totes (purses, shopping bags, etc) out of baling twine that she knitted together.



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    Quote Originally Posted by county View Post
    I braid the Sisal twine into lead ropes with a bull snap on the end they work especially well for young horses and cattle I want to drag a rope. The plastic stuff IMO is useless I burn it in my wood boiler.

    Useless, maybe, but why put it into our air?



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    To get rid of it beats putting it in the ground for 100 years IMO
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    I have heard of someone who made a hammock with the fibre twine, though I imagine that could get a bit scratchy if one were wearing shorts!
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    Quote Originally Posted by county View Post
    To get rid of it beats putting it in the ground for 100 years IMO
    some plastics release a carcinogen when burned... such as dioxin



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    I thought all plastics did?
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    Thanks for all the great ideas!
    I remember reading about trial recycling project for baling twine last year. It was on the other side of the state though. Don't know if they are still doing it. I hate just throwing the stuff out.
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    Years ago, my art teacher challenged us to make furniture out of recycleable materials. One of the students lived on a dairy farm, and had TONS of baling twine. Our team did a loveseat and chair out of plastic feed bags and stuffed with baling twine. They were lashed together with more twine. They were awesome, and my friend used them in her tack room for years.
    Personally, I like the basket idea and have several colors/textures of twine to mix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeaSting View Post
    I loosely crochet the twine into a 12" x 12" square cloth. It makes a great horse "rubber" and brings out a nice shine on the coat.
    Is that the sisal twine or the plastic? I guess either one would work....



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    It's the sisal. I haven't tried the plastic, but it would probably work, too.



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    I'm going to try to make some hay nets with my leftover plastic twine. The hay nets sold in the stores have openings so large that the hay falls out too easily. I want to make nets with smaller holes. Shouldn't be too hard to do.



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    Quote Originally Posted by BeaSting View Post
    I loosely crochet the twine into a 12" x 12" square cloth. It makes a great horse "rubber" and brings out a nice shine on the coat.

    What size hook do you use? What type of crochet stitch?
    Do tell!



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    In this county? Dental floss.


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    What size hook do you use? What type of crochet stitch?
    Do tell!
    I'm not sure what size the hook is - but it's one of those thick plastic ones made for bulky yarns and loose stitches. The stitch is just a basic single crochet done loosely.



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