Confessions of a Twine Junkie

I love twine. I have A LOT of twine. I use it for LOTS of things … from securing a vine or tomato plant, hanging a bird feeder or decorating a package with a pretty twine bow. It’s natural. It’s versatile.

My friend, Annie, from Haven Farms ties her cute bundles of Moo Poo tea sachets with twine.

I have twine in several weights, ball sizes and colors. You are probably looking at the few I have in the pictures below and are thinking that doesn’t look like a lot of twine for a serious gardener.

FullSizeRender-1Don’t be fooled … there’s plenty more in the cabinet in the potting shed !!

For Christmas I received a present that takes twine to another level. Isn’t this just the cutest twine holder you have ever seen…






Martha and Twine

Martha Stewart once did a show on 50 uses of twine to  celebrate Darwin, Minnesota, Twine Ball Days. (Apparently I am not the only twine junkie.) Darwin, Minnesota is home to the world’s  largest sisal twine ball built by one person–Francis A. Johnson. This twine ball is 4 meters (12 ft) in diameter and weighs 4,900 kg (10,400 lbs). Francis started his obsession in March 1950 and wrapped four hours every day for 23 weeks. It is currently housed in a specially made gazebo across from the town park on Main Street, and the town celebrates “Twine Ball Day” the second Saturday in August every year.

You can use twine….
1. to tie up tomato plants.
2. to fly a kite.
3. to truss a chicken or turkey.
4. for macramé.
5. to fasten bundles of kindling.
6. to tie down your Christmas tree to the car.
7. to wrap gifts.
8. to hang a wreath on your door.
9. as a reminder. Simply tie a bit of twine on your finger when you want to remember something.
10. to play Cat’s Cradle.

Read on for 40 more…


Let’s add to the list, how do you use twine?


14 thoughts on “Confessions of a Twine Junkie

  1. I love twine too. I collect twine for all different things too. Thing is, trying to find it once I bring it home. Sometimes I wind up buying the same thing because I’m sure I don’t have it. lol Really time to organize the twine. I really like the jar idea. I need a big huge jar so I can put them all inside! If I get them organized I’ll take a pic for you. lol

  2. Well, I must be missing something! I have no twine. I tie up my roses with used pantyhose, but I think twine would probably do the job much better! I do love your twine holder!

  3. Having two horses, bailing twine is the “duct tape” fix-all of my farm and it’s never, ever in short supply. Pallets too seem indispensable. We are building raised bed frames out of free pallets from the feed store. We’ll be adding stucco to finish them off. My tip to you twine lovers is to find a friend who has livestock :o)

  4. I make holiday wreaths and decided to assemble them with twine instead of the traditional floral wire because then, the whole thing was biodegradable! They were sturdy as heck and beautiful. I thought they would be a huge hit on ETSY but I only sold 2 at Christmas. Bummer. But I can DIG THE TWINE! so much better than wire! Now I have a LOT of twine, but I’ll use it for gardening this spring.

  5. When we purchased our little homestead many many years ago we found a huge wooden spool of heavy rough textured jute in an old outbuilding. It lasted for years. I am now on the look out for some good garden twine and this post got me too wanting something pretty as well as useful. Thanks.

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