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14 ingenious paracord projects for survival

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Originally used by the military, paracord has now become a staple item for adrenaline junkies and crafters alike. Thanks to its extreme strength and durability, paracord is the go-to item for intensive applications like bungee jumping, rock climbing and securing heavy cargo. But since it’s also extremely lightweight and flexible, paracord can be used for a wide range of other applications, including the creation of intricate, decorative items like coasters, bracelets and keychains. 

Over the past few years, paracord projects – the creation of items using paracord – have become extremely popular. Not only are these items attractive and fun to make, but they can also be very useful for those who need durable, lightweight items, such as hikers and campers. Keep reading to learn more about paracord and discover a plethora of paracord project ideas to aid survival in the great outdoors.

What is paracord?

Paracord or parachute cord was originally used by the military in the suspension lines of parachutes, and it has also been used by astronauts on space missions. These synthetic, 100% nylon cords are extremely durable and flexible, and they contain an interior core protected by a woven exterior sheath to optimise tensile strength. In fact, type-III paracord is sometimes referred to as 550 cord because it has a breaking load of 550 lbs (249.5 kg) – this makes paracord ideal for even the most heavy-duty applications!

Despite initially being used by the military and government agencies, paracord can now be bought and used by the general public as a multi-purpose utility cord. Paracord is particularly popular among those who are fond of hiking, camping, adventuring and extreme sports, but in recent years, paracord projects have become a craze among arts and crafts enthusiasts, who use this flexible, durable cord to create useful or decorative items with intricate woven designs. 

What are the benefits of using paracord for craft projects?

Not only is paracord extremely strong, making it ideal for outdoor, heavy-duty applications, but it’s also highly flexible and somewhat elastic thanks to its 100% nylon material. This means it can be easily manipulated and woven into intricate patterns, so it can also be used as a decorative item.

Crafting enthusiasts also love paracord because it comes in plenty of colours and styles, and even neon and multicoloured options. As a result, paracord can be used to create beautiful, unique jewellery and other accessories, in addition to household objects like coasters, dog collars and children’s toys. Plus, once the project is complete, you won’t have to worry about the item becoming ruined because paracord is very durable and waterproof.

What tools do I need?

Creating paracord projects can come with a bit of a learning curve, but as you practise and get to grips with handling the material, you’ll soon learn how to create more complex and interesting designs.

However, as a beginner, there are just a few things you need. Scissors and needle-nose pliers are essential for manipulating and cutting the strands, and we would also recommend using a tape measure so you can be precise with your measurements. You also need a lighter or match to seal the ends of the cords when you’ve finished cutting them – this will prevent the paracord from fraying.

14 creative paracord survival projects

Ready to don your hiking gear? These paracord survival projects are essential for keeping you safe in the great outdoors without weighing you down. Bring your love of adventure and your love of arts and crafts together with these paracord project ideas:

1. Survival bracelet

One of the most important paracord projects you can learn is creating a survival bracelet. Not only is a woven paracord bracelet a fashion statement – especially if you weave multiple colours together – but this item can also provide much-needed help if you suddenly need a rope while you’re away from civilisation. For example, you could fix a belt or another item of clothing, tie a strong survival knot, secure heavy items, moor a boat or aid a water rescue. 

A survival bracelet is made out of several feet of paracord that’s woven tightly together so it can be worn around the wrist. In an emergency situation, you can unravel your survival bracelet to get a useful length of rope for a wide variety of purposes.

2. Paracord belt

Similarly, you could create a paracord belt if you like the idea of wearing a compact length of paracord that can be unravelled if needed. Plus, even if you never unravel your paracord belt, it can still be an extremely useful accessory. By adding carabiner clips to your paracord belt, you can attach multiple items to your belt to free your hands, such as a water bottle holder or keychain (which can also be made from paracord for extra durability and flexibility). Since paracord is so strong, you don’t have to worry about whether your belt can handle the weight of any items you attach to it.

3. Drawstring bag

Has your backpack ever broken halfway through a hike or camping trip? You won’t have to worry about this unfortunate event occurring if you create your own paracord drawstring bag. Drawstring bags are an extremely efficient way to carry your belongings. Plus, since paracord is so lightweight, this bag won’t put as much strain on your back while walking.

4. Lanyard

By keeping your hands free as you walk, you’ll find it much easier to grab items as you need them or stabilise yourself on uneven surfaces. So, if you have any small items you need to keep on your person (such as a paracord tin pouch – see below), it’s a good idea to create your own lanyard out of durable paracord material. Simply add a carabiner clip to the end of your lanyard and attach your essential items. This means you won’t ever forget your most important items while out in the wilderness.

5. Paracord tin pouch

As mentioned above, it’s a good idea to keep small, essential items around your neck on a lanyard rather than in your hands or at the bottom of your bag. Therefore, you can easily grab what you need and never worry about accidentally misplacing something.

By creating a small paracord tin pouch, you can store items like medication, first aid supplies, a lighter or a small knife in a handy tin. This tin can then be slotted into the tin pouch and attached to your paracord belt or lanyard with a clip. Alternatively, you could use this paracord project as a phone pouch for keeping your phone safe and out of your hands or pockets.

6. Water bottle holder

Another thing you can attach to your paracord belt (or drawstring bag) is a paracord water bottle holder. It’s essential that you alway carry a bottle of water with you when hiking or camping. Keep your water bottle safe and easily accessible with a lightweight water bottle holder made from criss-crossed strips of paracord. You can either create a paracord handle or clip the bottle holder to your belt with a carabiner.

7. Bottle and knife wraps

Another bottle accessory you may need is a paracord bottle wrap. This is a much more tightly woven paracord item that fully encases your bottle or flask, providing an insulating layer. So, if you’re going for a long hike and want to keep your flask of soup or coffee warm for hours, creating a paracord bottle wrap is a great idea.

8. Hiking stick and knife wraps

These paracord wraps aren’t only good for keeping your drinks warm. Thanks to the moisture and sweat-wicking properties of nylon, paracord is a great item to wrap around handles, such as knife handles, to improve your grip. If you like to use a hiking stick to help you walk, you could wrap some paracord around your hiking stick to make your grip more comfortable.

9. Sleeping bag compression strap

Sleeping bags can be a pain to carry around, especially if they no longer fit easily in their bags or the straps have broken. Luckily, if you’re a creative person, you can make your own compression strap for carrying around your sleeping bag or pillows more efficiently. Remember to create some handles too so you can carry your sleeping bag or wear it on your back.

10. Hammock

Got no tent? If you’d rather sleep under an open night sky, a woven paracord hammock could be the perfect camping item for you. Paracord is extremely strong and has a breaking load of 550 lbs, so you can rest assured that your hammock will easily support you throughout the night. During the day, you can neatly pack up your paracord hammock and store it in your paracord drawstring bag.

11. Survival keychain

Another item you can clip onto your paracord belt or bag is a paracord keychain. Keep your keys safe with this durable, lightweight keychain, or attach useful survival items to it like a mini torch or a keychain pocket knife. Plus, by using bright or multi-coloured paracord, you can ensure that you never misplace your keys again!

12. Fishing lines

If you ever find yourself in a desperate situation where you need to find food in the wilderness – or you just fancy a bit of fishing – it’s good to know that you can repurpose your paracord as a fishing line. All you have to do is remove the yarns of the core of the rope and use these thinner threads as fishing lines. Plus, if you ever need to repair your gear but you didn’t bring a sewing kit, you could use the yarn in the core of the paracord as sewing thread.

13. Paracord sling

Another tip for those who need to hunt for their food is to create a paracord rock sling. Use a weaving pattern for the pouch part of the string, which is where you place your projectile, and then use thin ropes for the cords and handles on either side. Since paracord is very flexible and elastic, it can make a very strong weapon if needed.

14. Dog leash

Finally, if you’d love to bring your furry friend with you on your adventures, you can create a simple yet elegant dog leash with paracord. This strong material will ensure that your dog can’t break away from you and get lost, and since you only need to use a simple braiding method, this item is easy for a beginner to make. Adorn your leash with bright colours or multi-coloured patterns, or make a matching dog collar to complete the set.

Frequently asked questions about paracord projects for survival

What is paracord good for in survival?

Paracord is an excellent and versatile survival tool. With paracord, you can create a wide variety of survival tools, such as bags, belts and hammocks, and also use it to secure cargo, fix broken items and climb steep rock faces. Plus, in an emergency, you can use paracord as a tourniquet, as part of a sling for an injured arm, or you can remove the inner yarn to collect finer strings for fishing lines or sewing thread.

What are some cool ideas with paracord?

In addition to being a great survival tool, paracord is extremely popular among arts and crafts enthusiasts due to its strength and flexibility. Using multiple colours and weaving patterns, you can create items like children’s toys, necklaces and bracelets, dog collars and toys, coasters, keychains and much more!

Can you make money with paracord?

Paracord projects could just be a fun hobby in your spare time, but as you get better at manipulating these ropes, there could be an opportunity for you to make some money. If you think people will enjoy your paracord designs, why not sell them online for some extra cash? 

Can paracord hold a human?

Paracord has a breaking load or breaking strength of up to 550 lbs, which means it can definitely hold a human if the body is supported correctly. Therefore, if you create a paracord hammock with doubled-up strands and a strong criss-crossed pattern, this should hold you comfortably throughout the night.

Why wear a paracord bracelet?

Paracord bracelets or survival bracelets are very popular among hikers and outdoor sports enthusiasts. In addition to being a fun accessory, these bracelets can be unravelled if needed, revealing a long length of paracord that can be used to tie knots, secure heavy items or participate in a rescue. If you’re heading out into the wilderness, we would definitely recommend wearing a paracord bracelet just in case you need it.

Can you get paracord wet?

Paracord is waterproof, but you shouldn’t submerge it in water for long periods of time. The fibres can weaken and shrink if they’re exposed to moisture for too long, and the shrinkage can get worse if you use heat to dry the paracord instead of letting it air-dry. Paracord can withstand splashes of water and short-term water exposure, but try not to keep it in moisture for too long.

Why do you burn the ends of paracord?

During paracord projects, you’ll have to cut your strips of paracord down to size. Whenever you cut paracord, you should burn the end of the cord to seal it – which you can do with one of our hot knife rope cutter sealers. This prevents the paracord from fraying and weakening because the nylon fibres will melt and fuse together.

Are you planning your own creative paracord projects, or are you an adrenaline junkie looking for your next survival tools? Whatever you’re planning for your paracord projects, we’ve got the paracord resources you need here at Rope Source. Browse our wide range of colourful paracords, check out our helpful blog, or contact us today for a speedy answer to any of your paracord questions.

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The best ways to stop a rope from fraying

Rope fraying prevention

It’s only natural that your ropes will begin to fray over time as a result of normal wear and tear, which occurs when the small woven fibres they’re made up of begin to slowly unravel. Whilst this is incredibly irritating, this doesn’t mean you need to get rid of your rope. They’ve still got plenty of life left in them yet, and their longevity can be enhanced through a number of easy methods. 
So if you have frayed rope (whether that’s natural or poly rope) that you want to recover, we’ve listed out all the best ways to stop rope from fraying, so you can use it for longer! Discover which is the most appropriate for you, as we list the best ways to stop a rope from fraying.

What is your rope made of?

Before you decide on the best anti-fraying method to use, you must start by determining your rope’s fibre – for example, is it a natural fibre, or is it man-made? Using the wrong method could be potentially dangerous, and it could end up destroying your rope all together, which you definitely don’t want. 

If you have a natural rope, for example: jute, cotton, or hemp, it’s important to be careful when using these techniques as they could burn up entirely. With this in mind, always act with caution before attempting any of the following methods. 

What is the best thing to cut rope with?

We recommend using a sharp knife over scissors, however, we also always advise safety first. If you only have scissors to hand or feel uneasy about cutting rope with a knife, then always stick with the safest option.

How to splice the end of a rope to stop it from fraying

Splicing is a way to secure the end of a rope, without having to knot anything in place. Although knotting is a method used to prevent fraying, it affects the appearance of the rope, alongside reducing overall strength. In contrast, splicing only decreases the rope’s strength by around 10% (or less), ensuring that the original properties of the rope are maintained. 

You can choose whether to create a soft or hard splice (the latter being done with a galvanised metal thimble), both of which use the same method of the rope being looped back on itself, with the loose ends being interwoven neatly into the standing rope. Splicing will stop the end of a rope from fraying, and it won’t impact on its appearance. 

Here are the steps you can take to splice the end of a rope:

1. Unravel the end

You’ll need to unravel the end of the rope that’s already showing signs of fraying or damage. After this, trim off the unravelled ends with a sharp knife or some scissors to give it a nice, clean-cut edge.

2. Tape the end

We cover how to tape the end of a rope in a little more detail later on. But essentially, you’ll want to wrap some tape around the rope’s end. You can usually stop at this point if there’s not much excess, however, follow the next few steps to give your rope a better chance of longevity.

3. Measure out how many splices you’ll need

You’ll need to tuck back some of the rope to create a splice, but the length will depend on what you’ll use it for. 

4. Unravel the required amount of rope

Unravel the three strands of the rope to the desired splice length. Make sure to keep the strands separate and avoid tangling them together – which can be troublesome if the rope material is especially thin.

5. Tuck the strands in

After measuring your splice length, tuck back each of the three strands of rope. Typically, this will follow the path of the rope’s weave. Read more about how rope is made in our comprehensive guide to find out all about the different types of rope.

6. Tighten the splice

Once all three strands are tucked back into your rope, tighten the splice by pulling on the rope to remove any slack and ensure a secure fit. Do this gently to ensure you don’t cause any unnecessary damage.

7. Trim off the excess rope from the splice

Trim the excess rope ends as close as possible to the splice, being careful not to cut into the splice itself – this is the last thing you want after your hard work!

8. Heat-seal the ends

If you’re working with synthetic rope, you can use a heat source (e.g. a lighter or heat gun) to melt and seal the ends of the rope strands. This prevents fraying and provides extra security. Be careful when handling any sort of fire!

How to whip the end of a rope

Whipping is the traditional method used to stop a rope from fraying, and the technique is just as easy as it is effective – particularly where natural ropes are concerned. For this, you’ll need to snip off the part of the rope that’s fraying, then arm yourself with a strong piece of cotton string or twine, using this to loop around the rope. Secure this in place by wrapping the string tightly around the rope several times until the whipping is as wide as the rope is thick. Once you’ve reached this point, slip the end of the string through the loop, pulling everything tightly, and snip off any excess. This will stop a rope from fraying.

If you’re wanting to use a synthetic rope for this method, just remember to fuse the strands together with heat. However, this shouldn’t be done for natural rope, otherwise you’ll end up burning the ends. 

How to attach a rope end cap

Plastic end caps can be used to stop a three-strand natural rope from fraying, being a durable method that’s most commonly used for heavy duty applications. Once heated up, these caps begin to shrink, moulding themselves around the frayed end of a rope to bind the loose fibres back together. This will secure the ends and keep the rope from fraying

How to heat seal a rope

Heat sealing is a great binding technique for synthetic fibres, so for those dealing with polypropylene or polyethylene ropes, you’re in luck! All you’ll need for this method is the frayed end of your rope, protective gloves, and something to generate heat with  – blow torches, candles or cigarette lighters are all possibilities. Holding the rope around 5-6 inches above the flame, begin to lower it down slowly until you start to see the ends melt. Again, this method shouldn’t be used for natural fibre ropes, otherwise you’ll singe the ends. Keep a rope from fraying through heat sealing. 

How to hot knife a rope

A hot knife works by cutting through your synthetic rope, melting the ends and binding everything together in the process. After placing on a heat resistant surface, slowly cut through the rope using controlled movements to move the blade black and forth. In doing this, the once frayed section of your rope will be nowhere to be seen. 

How to tape the end of a rope

Taping the ends is an alternative to applying heat directly onto a natural rope (which should never be done). Using electrical tape as a barrier, wrap this several times around the end of your frayed rope until the area is completely covered. Then, grab a lighter and begin to carefully melt the edge of the tape, binding it to the rope for a permanent bond. Now your rope won’t fray. 

With so many different anti-fraying methods to use, you can ensure that your rope – regardless of the fibre – will last you for years to come. Why not explore our range of ropes and twines today to add to your collection? Get in touch with a friendly member of our team to discover the right materials for you.

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How is rope made? A comprehensive guide

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Rope has been an indispensable tool for humanity since ancient times. From rope magic to DIY home decor ideas, ropes serve a multitude of purposes. But have you ever wondered how rope is made? In this article, we will delve into the fascinating process of rope manufacturing, exploring the materials used, the different types of ropes, and the step-by-step production methods.

Types of rope

Before we dive into the process of how rope is made, we need to understand what types of rope are available. To make it simple, we’ve covered the two main types of ropes; natural and synthetic. Of course, there are many different types of both natural and synthetic ropes, however, the way that they are made will largely differ due to their basic material, i.e., natural or synthetic.

1. Natural rope

Natural rope is made from natural plant fibres sourced from plants. This type of rope is the most traditional and will be closest to the very first instances of rope making thousands of years ago. These ropes have a rustic feel to them, making them popular for DIY projects and crafting due to their traditional finish. Plus, natural ropes are strong, flexible and durable. Some examples of natural rope are:

2. Synthetic rope

Synthetic rope is made by braiding together synthetic materials, producing a stronger, more durable alternative to natural ropes. They’re often used around ships and water, for example, to moor a boat, or for lifting and securing heavy loads. Synthetic rope can even be made to look like natural rope, which is often the case with decking ropes. Some examples of synthetic ropes are:

How is rope made? The full rope-making process

Ready to find out how rope is made? Continue reading for the full, step-by-step construction of both natural and synthetic ropes in the modern day.

1. Processing the fibres

For natural ropes, the raw natural fibres are lubricated with natural oil before passing through a series of machines. These machines remove dirt and straighten the fibres, passing them through a series of steel-toothed combs. This forms what’s called a sliver – multiple fibres are aligned to create a cohesive sort of ribbon. 

A similar process is followed for synthetic ropes, with the synthetic fibres grouped together by machines. Synthetic fibres are easier to work with since they tend to align more easily than natural fibres.

2. Forming yarn

After the first step is complete, we are left with slivers of synthetic or natural fibres. These slivers are twisted together to form yarn, which is then wound onto a spool or bobbin. 

3. Dyeing

Once the yarn has been collected, there is the option to dye it different colours. This process is done before the rope is formed, as it allows the opportunity to have multiple strand colours in a rope. Marine safety ropes often use this technique, mimicking the colourways of a life jacket in order to keep people safe on and around the water.

4. Forming the rope

With the yarn ready for use, it’s time to form the ropes. There are two main types of rope in terms of how each strand of yarn is interlocked with the others. 

Twisted rope

To make twisted rope, the bobbins are placed onto a frame called a creel inside a rope-making machine. Twisted rope is commonly formed of three strands of yarn, however, there are twisted ropes that consist of four or more strands. The strands of yarn are fed into the machine, where they’re compressed and twisted. 

When making the rope, yarn strands are twisted in the opposite direction to how the yarn itself was formed. For example, if strands of yarn were made from slivers that were twisted to the left (S twist), then the yarn will be twisted to the right (Z twist) when forming the rope. This is to ensure that the rope is incredibly strong and sturdy. 

Braided rope

Braided ropes tend to be made from synthetic materials, such as this pre-spliced dock line, in order to create a very strong and stretchy rope. A braided rope requires many more strands of yarn than a twisted rope – normally around 9-18 strands. The bobbins are placed in a braiding machine which weaves the yarn into an incredibly tight braid. 

5. Finishing touches

Once the rope has been formed, it will go through other processes to create the final product. The ends of each rope will be sealed – natural ropes are taped and synthetic ropes are melted. This is to stop the rope from fraying and ensure it stays strong throughout its intended use. Protective coatings may also be applied, depending on the type of rope.

6. Quality control

Quality control is taken very seriously by rope manufacturers. The standards and checks will vary depending on the intended use of the rope. For example, ropes intended for general use are tested by their ability to hold loads. Ropes for more high-risk applications such as rappelling and climbing are very closely inspected in these final stages, looking out for any defects or faults in the rope’s properties.

FAQs about how rope is made

How was rope made in ancient times?

In ancient times, ropes were made by twisting natural fibres obtained from plants like hemp, sisal, or jute. The fibres were dried and cleaned, then twisted together by hand to form long strands. Although not as advanced as modern rope-making techniques, the core methods of making rope haven’t changed significantly since ancient times. Strong, flexible ropes have long been a staple of human life, and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon.

For more information on the history of rope making, head over to our other blog post.

What natural material is rope made of?

Natural ropes are commonly made from natural fibres such as cotton, jute, hemp, sisal and manila. These fibres can be combined to create mixed fibre natural rope

Why are ropes twisted?

Ropes are twisted to increase their strength, durability, and stability. Twisting rope distributes the load across multiple fibres, making the rope stronger and more resistant to breaking or stretching. Ropes aren’t always twisted, however, as braided ropes are another common form of rope that’s incredibly flexible and strong. 

What is the strongest rope made of?

Although all types of rope are very strong for general use, those looking for heavy-duty applications should opt for synthetic rope. Specifically, polyethylene rope has been praised as the strongest rope, with an incredibly high breaking strength.

How does rope not unravel?

There are a few ways to seal the end of a rope to prevent fraying or unravelling. When working with synthetic rope, a hot knife rope cutter melts the end of the rope, keeping each braid or twist nice and tight. For natural ropes, techniques like whipping and splicing use tape or even metal to secure the ends of the rope. The way you secure your rope will depend on its material and intended usage. 


Now that you know how rope is made, how do you plan to use it? Visit our Blog for countless rope ideas, including how to make a rope headband, a gorgeous rope picture frame hack, and even different types of paracord survival knots. Ready to get started? Contact us today!

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How to make a rope headband

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Want a stylish new accessory without breaking the bank? Unleash your inner boho vibes with a handmade rope headband! Using any ropes or twines you may have left over, you can craft a custom headband that’s cheap, quick and easy to make. Plus, it makes the perfect handmade gift for your fashion-loving friends. Continue reading to find out how to make a rope headband in just a few simple steps.

How to make a rope headband

Learn how to make a rope headband that will look great with any outfit. Grab your materials and follow the straightforward instructions below.

What you need to make a rope headband

1. Choose your rope

First and foremost, you’ll need to choose your rope of choice. There are so many different styles, thicknesses and colours of rope, so you can customise your rope headband to suit you. Try a soft cotton braided rope for a thick and comfortable headband, or use some chunky bakers twine for a slightly thinner band. If you want to get fancy with your rope headband, try some metallic or sparkle bakers twine. You’ll be sure to catch eyes in a shiny new headband!

2. Create a knot in the rope

Leaving around 8-10 inches on one side of the rope, begin creating a figure-8 knot. We’ll run through the steps below.

  • Create a loop with the rope, leaving 8-10 inches to the side of the rope
  • Pass the end of the rope underneath, creating a figure-8 shape
  • Bring the rope end through the top loop, completing the 8

Take care not to pull the knot too tight, as you will need to thread a second rope through this knot.

3. Repeat the same with the second rope

With your second strand of rope, match the original figure-8 shape. Simply pull your second rope through one of the loops and follow the knot around so the two ropes intertwine. You should now have the two ropes joined together by the figure-8 knot. Squeeze both ends of the rope so that they are tight enough not to fall apart. 

4. Cut the ropes to size

Measure the rope headband against your head, with the knot positioned where you would like it to sit. Mark the areas where you’ll need to trim the rope. Then, arrange your headband into a loop, and position your hair bobble where you would like the rope ends to meet. Take away the length of the hair bobble from your rope and then trim them to size. If you are using synthetic rope, a hot knife rope cutter will seal your rope ends with heat and ensure they don’t fray, leaving you with a durable headband. However, if you are using natural rope to craft your headband, you should not use a hot knife – opt for scissors or a sharp craft knife instead. 

5. Attach the hair bobble

Using your hot glue gun, attach each end of the rope headband to opposite sides of the hair bobble. If you are using a thinner rope or twine, you could also tie the rope to the hair bobble for extra strength. Let the glue completely dry before you wear the headband – you don’t want to end up with glue stuck in your hair!

6. Style and wear your new rope headband

With your new rope headband freshly crafted, all that’s left to do is choose the perfect outfit to wear with your headband. If you want another matching accessory, find out how to make a friendship bracelet that you and your friends can wear alongside your rope headbands. 

Ropes can be used for all sorts of crafts; just take a look at our rope decor ideas for your next home DIY project. But the fun doesn’t end there, with countless ideas such as a rope picture frame and other uses for decorative rope.

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How to safely moor a boat

boat that has been moored safely

Knowing how to safely moor a boat is an essential skill for any boater, whether you are a seasoned sailor or a beginner. Proper mooring techniques not only ensure the safety of your boat, but also protect other boats and structures in the harbour. In this guide we run through the best rope for mooring ships and boats, a mooring rope size guide, as well as a comprehensive step-by-step guide to mooring a boat.

What rope is used for mooring ships?

There is a whole variety of different marine and yacht ropes that are suitable for use in and around the water. These ropes are made from a variety of synthetic materials, including nylon, polypropylene, polyester, polyethylene and polysteel. This makes the ropes strong, durable and adequate for regular use around water. Marine and yacht ropes can be purchased in different diameters and lengths, meaning you can choose the perfect sized rope for your boat, mooring location, and conditions. If you’re not sure about the best size for your mooring rope, we will run through this later in our mooring rope size guide. 

What is the best rope for mooring lines?

The best rope for mooring lines is a specialist polyester mooring rope, which is made from three strands of twisted polyester rope. Mooring ropes are soft yet incredibly strong, meaning they are reliable whilst still being easy to work with. They are low stretch, non kink, and highly water resistant, which makes them the best rope for mooring boats. 

Mooring rope size guide

Unsure of the best size for safely and effectively mooring your boat? Take a look at this handy mooring rope size guide to determine the ideal length and thickness for your mooring rope. 

Boat SizeRope diameterRope length
6 metres and smaller10mm diameter4 to 8 metres
6 to 9 metres12mm diameter7 to 10 metres
9 to 12 metres16mm diameter10 to 13 metres
12 to 15 metres20mm diameter13 to 17 metres
15 metres and larger22mm – 24mm diameter17 to 20 metres (or more)

Note: These are approximate sizes for mooring ropes. The appropriate size for a mooring rope will depend on many factors, including the weight of the boat and the conditions of your mooring location. For the most accurate estimations, please consult your boat guidebook or seek professional advice. 

How to moor a boat

Now that you have the perfect mooring rope, along with the recommendations laid out by our mooring rope size guide, let’s dive into how to safely moor a boat. 

1. Choose the location carefully

As you approach the mooring area, dock or marina, look out for a suitable location that will protect your boat once moored. Try to ensure that this location will keep your boat safe from wind and currents, although this isn’t always possible. Ideally, your boat should be moored somewhere with adequate shelter from the wind, and not too close to other boats or objects that could inflict damage. You should also ensure that the water is deep enough to prevent your boat from becoming stuck at the bottom when the tide drops.

2. Approach the mooring

It’s now time for your boat to approach the mooring. This can be difficult to do, so we’ve broken it down into three simple steps. 

1. Slow down

Mooring your boat isn’t a race. Be sure to reduce your speed so that you aren’t at risk of crashing or losing control. You should be slowed almost to a stop before attempting to manoeuvre your boat. 

2. Approach against the tides

When mooring a boat, it’s important to approach against the tides. This helps you to maintain control over your boat, minimising the risk of collisions. By moving your boat into the current, your boat’s forward momentum will reduce, making it easier to manoeuvre the boat. This is especially important when it is windy or there are strong currents. 

3. Go into neutral

Take your boat into neutral and smoothly glide into your mooring position. This will ensure you don’t have too much power moving forward. You can also carry out a few short bursts of reverse throttle to bring your boat to a standstill.

3. Get a member of crew to depart the boat

Mooring rope in hand, a member of your crew should safely depart the boat. Never jump off a boat, as the ground around bodies of water is often very slippery. To avoid slips, falls and the risk of injury, those departing the boat should always carefully step onto the ground. For this to happen, your boat must be close enough to the dock or mooring location for a person to step off the boat with caution. 

4. Secure the bow

The crew member now on the ground should secure the bow with the mooring rope. Secure the rope with a round turn and two half hitches, attaching the bow to a buoy, cleat or other object at your mooring location. Make sure to leave enough slack in the line to allow for changes in the wind direction or tide. 

5. Secure the stern

Once the bow is secured, the stern will usually drift into position with the tide. You can also gently pull in the stern by hand. Firmly tie the stern line into position, then revisit your bow line and tighten this too.

6. Adjust and check the lines

Once you have brought the boat in and secured the lines, you should check them again. One side – or both – may need readjusting, in which case you should tighten or loosen the lines accordingly. Make sure that the boat is not too close to the dock, other boats, or any other obstructions. You should also ensure that the lines are not rubbing against any sharp objects, which could cause them to fray or even break over time.

7. Turn your engine off

With the boat securely moored, turn your engine off. You should also check around the boat to make sure that any other electrical appliances are switched off. 

8. Give everything a double check

You can never be too careful when mooring a boat. Before leaving your boat, give everything a final check. This includes your lines, the position of your boat and its surroundings, and any items on board that could potentially break or fall overboard. 


Ready to grab some mooring rope and embark on a boating adventure? If you fancy a spot of fishing along the way, check out our guide: What should be in your fishing kit? For all kinds of ropes, lines and cords, get in touch with Rope Source UK to find the best rope for your project.

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What is flax twine and what can it be used for?

flax twine

If you’re looking for more information about flax twine, you’ve come to the right place. This nifty type of twine has many uses, which we discuss further in this blog post. Learn what flax twine is, as well as some clever ways to use flax twine around the home and garden.

What is flax twine?

Flax twine is a strong thread-like material that’s made from a plant called flax. Flax has been cultivated for thousands of years for the use of its versatile fibres. To create flax twine, the fibres are first extracted from the flax plant’s stem. These fibres are then spun together to create flax twine, creating a twine that’s thin, strong, and resistant to breaking and stretching.

Flax twine is a natural twine, therefore it is light brown in colour and has a slightly rough texture. Due to these qualities, flax twine gives a perfectly rustic look to any craft or project. If this aesthetic is your cup of tea, take a look at these five rustic design ideas for your home.

What is polished flax twine?

Polished flax twine refers to flax twine that has undergone a finishing process to enhance its appearance and smoothness. The twine will undergo either chemical or mechanical processes which leave the twine feeling smoother. Polished flax twine is most often used for upholstery and stitching, since its smooth texture won’t irritate the skin as much as untreated flax twine might.

What is the difference between rope and twine?

There are a few main differences between rope and twine, such as:

Thickness

Rope is much thicker than twine, with diameters typically ranging between 6mm and 28mm. On the flip side, twine can be as thin as 1mm in diameter, ranging up to approximately 3mm thick. As you can see, twines are much thinner than ropes. 

Material

Both rope and twine can be made from many different materials, including both natural and synthetic fibres. The material used will usually depend on the intended application. Since twines are normally used for decorative or light-duty purposes, they are more likely to be made from natural fibres such as flax, natural cotton, jute or sisal.

Strength

Whilst both ropes and twines provide strength and durability for their intended purposes, ropes are a lot stronger than twine. This is due to a combination of the materials and thickness of the rope, meaning it is capable of holding large loads. 

Uses

Rope is commonly used in activities such as climbing, sailing, construction, agriculture, and other heavy-duty applications. It is also utilised for making nets, rigging, and in industrial settings. Twine, with its lighter and more flexible nature, is often used in packaging, arts and crafts, gardening, and smaller-scale applications where less strength is required.

What is flax twine used for?

Flax twine can be used for many different purposes, which we will outline below.

1. Gardening

Flax twine is commonly used for tying plants to stakes, trellises, or other plants. The strong natural fibres ensure your plants will remain in place despite adverse weather conditions such as wind. Because flax twine is made from plants, it is eco-friendly and will biodegrade without leaving waste in your garden. You can also use flax twine to bundle together herbs, flowers and other plants that you pick from your garden.

What kind of twine should I use for gardening?

Flax twine is perfect for gardening due to its natural fibres and strong, durable characteristics. This twine can be used for tying plants to all kinds of surfaces without damaging them, and is also biodegradable. However, if you don’t have flax twine on hand, another strong natural fibre will do the trick. Consider using natural jute twine, sisal twine or any other garden twines.

2. Crafting

Like any kind of twine, flax twine is perfect for a multitude of crafts and DIY projects. If you like the look of these jute twine craft ideas, you can simply substitute flax twine for jute twine. Or, take a look at some more craft twine ideas to get stuck into with your flax twine.

3. Tying parcels

One of the most common uses of flax twine is for tying parcels together. Whether this is for practical parcels to send in the post, or beautiful gift wrapping, flax twine is a strong yet attractive way to hold parcels together. What makes flax twine a great option is its biodegradability, which allows you to do eco-friendly gift wrapping on a budget. For more gift wrapping ideas that will bring smiles to faces, why not take a look at our inspirational guide?

4. Bookbinding

Flax twine is suitable for use in bookbinding. It can be used to sew pages together, creating a strong and flexible binding. Because flax twine is so flexible, it ensures that the pages will be good to last for a long time and many uses. Flax stitching twine is well suited for creating strong stitches that still look attractive.

5. Household uses

The uses for flax twine are limitless, especially for odd-jobs around the house. Here are just some examples of how flax twine can be used around the home:

  • Hanging picture frames
  • Hanging ornaments and decorations
  • Tying back curtains
  • Bundling herbs
  • Repairing broken straps
  • Wrapping cords together
  • Hanging clothes (use a thick flax twine for this)

Is twine made from flax?

Twine can be made from many different materials, including flax. Flax is a natural fibre derived from the stem of the flax plant (Linum usitatissimum). It is known for its strength and durability, and it has been used for centuries to make various products, including twine. Twine can also be made from other materials such as cotton, polyester, jute and sisal. 

Is twine eco friendly?

Flax twine, and other twines made from natural fibres, are incredibly eco friendly. Flax is a biodegradable material, making it perfect for use in the garden since it will break down naturally over time. However, synthetic twines are not biodegradable and have a higher impact on the environment.

Are you ready to get your hands on our multi-purpose flax twines? Whether you want to use it for crafting or out in the garden, flax twine is a reliable tool to have on hand. Contact Rope Source for more information about all things ropes, cords and twines.

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What is butcher’s twine and what is it made from?

meat strung up in a butcher's window using butcher's twine

If you’re a whiz in the kitchen, butcher’s twine is an inexpensive yet effective tool for enhancing your roasts, as well as for other food preparation purposes. This guide covers what butcher’s twine is, how it is made, and whether you can substitute other types of twines in its place. Keep reading to learn all you need to know about butcher’s twine.

What is butcher’s twine?

Butcher’s twine is a low-stretch, durable and oven-proof type of twine that’s typically used for tying meats – hence the name. It can be used for trussing poultry, cooking meat evenly, or securing different food items together before cooking. You may often see coloured butcher’s twine used to create attractive displays of meat or other food products. However, this twine could also be used in a pinch for gift wrapping and other twine crafts.

Butcher’s twine should conform to the standards of the Food Safety Act 1990. To reach these standards, butcher’s twine is manufactured in a BRC accredited factory to ensure that it is safe for use with food. 

What is butcher’s twine made out of?

Butcher’s twine is made from rayon yarn, which is ideal for hygienic kitchen use and food preparation. Rayon yarn is constructed from continuous filaments, which is what gives butcher’s twine its impressive strength and durability. Rayon yarn is available in different thicknesses, ranging from the thinnest 104s twine, to a medium/thin No. 6 rayon butcher’s twine. Take a look at the different sizes of butcher’s twine here, from the thinnest to the thickest:

104s Rayon butcher’s twine

104s Rayon butcher’s twine is the thinnest butcher’s twine available. It has a runnage of 1,200m per kilo, as well as a break load of 25 kg. So, despite its delicate thinness, this butcher’s twine is still incredibly durable and fit for all sorts of purposes.

No. 4 Rayon butcher’s twine

No. 4 Rayon butcher’s twine is a medium/thin twine with a runnage of 400m per kilo and a break load of 75 kg. 

No. 5 Rayon butcher’s twine

No. 5 Rayon butcher’s twine has a higher runnage but also a lower break load than No. 4. Its runnage is 600m per kilo, with a 50 kg break load. Coloured butcher’s twine also boasts a 50 kg break load, with 575m of runnage.

No. 6 Rayon butcher’s twine

No. 6 Rayon butcher’s twine features the longest runnage per kilo, providing 850 metres in length. Its break load is 30 kg – more than 104s, but less than No. 5 Rayon.

Is butcher’s twine just cotton twine?

Butcher’s twine is made from Rayon, which is a natural-based material made from the cellulose of cotton. But what sets butcher’s twine apart from cotton twine is the way it is made. As we touched upon earlier, butcher’s twine is specifically manufactured in line with the Food Safety Act 1990. Unlike cotton twine, butcher’s twine is made in a BRC accredited factory and goes through more comprehensive testing and processing.

What is the difference between butcher’s twine and regular twine?

There are many different twines that are specifically made for different purposes. Jute twine is the most common variety of twine, which is what most people looking for a generic twine will use. However, there are strong differences between butcher’s twine and regular twine. Firstly, butcher’s twine is made to the standards of the Food Safety Act 1990, which regular twine does not need to be concerned with. Butcher’s twine is specifically made to be food safe, and it won’t burn or fall apart in the oven, which makes it suitable for use in commercial kitchens. On the other hand, regular twine is designed for general use, often included in craft projects or for wrapping parcels.

 Other varieties of twine include:

What can I use instead of butcher’s twine?

There are no direct replacements for butcher’s twine, since it is specifically designed and manufactured for use with meat and other food products. However, if you are in a pinch, be sure to choose a twine or string that’s made from 100% natural cotton. For smaller food items, toothpicks are also a trusted substitute that can hold things together.

A popular substitute is dental floss, however we would warn against using this as it is not guaranteed to be safe, and may affect the taste of your food. 

Can you use normal string instead of butcher’s twine?

For commercial kitchens, restaurants and other places that sell food, you should stick to dedicated butcher’s twine. This is because it is food safe, protecting you from any legal issues and keeping the food you serve customers to the highest quality. However, if you are just cooking for yourself, a natural cotton string can work in place of butcher’s twine.

Are you ready to start using twines for a variety of crafts, decor, and jobs around the house and garden? If so, speak to a member of our team to determine the very best twine for you.

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Rope decor ideas for your next home DIY project

spools of colourful rope perfect for rope home decoration

Are you looking to spruce up your home with some DIY projects? Why not try out some of our creative rope decor ideas? Rope decoration is a fantastic way to add a touch of rustic or nautical charm to your living space. Learn how to use rope for crafting, and be inspired by some charming crafts that you didn’t know were possible to make with rope. Before you get started, be sure to read our guide to different rope types and their strength, to ensure you select the most suitable rope for your needs. Here are our top four rope decor ideas to inspire your next home DIY project.

1. Hanging rope mirror frame

A nautical rope hanging mirror frame can add a touch of beachy style to your home. You can easily create one with some coiled rope, a hot glue gun, and a circular mirror to start with. To stop the rope from fraying, you’ll need to use the right tools. We recommend using a hot knife rope cutter sealer paired with hot glue to ensure that your rope ends don’t fray, guaranteeing that your nautical rope mirror will last for many years to come! Follow these steps to craft your own rope mirror as the first of our exciting rope decor ideas:

1. Choose your rope

Like with most home DIY projects, this hanging rope mirror frame is fully customisable to your desired finished product. The type of rope you choose for this rope decor idea can completely transform how your rope mirror looks. For example, opting for a decking rope or natural rope will help you to keep a nautical theme. Making a mirror with these ropes can perfectly complement our other simple nautical home decor ideas. Alternatively, you could choose a bright decorative braid for a rope mirror that adds a unique pop of colour to your home.

2. Arrange the rope on your mirror

With your rope of choice, create coils around the border of the mirror. Start with one on the outer edge and work your way in, taping the ends down as you go. The number of coils you choose depends on the size of your rope and mirror, but around four is a good estimate for this rope decor idea. Position the ends of the rope at the top of the mirror, so they can be covered later by more rope. 

3. Glue the rope down

Once you’re happy with the arrangement of ropes on your mirror, it’s time to glue them down. Use a hot glue gun to do so, as this is the best type of glue to use for all types of rope, from jute to sisal rope. However, don’t glue the ends of the rope, as we will cover these up in the next step.

4. Cover the ends

To cover up taped ends, unwind a portion of the rope to get a thinner piece. Then, wrap this rope around the ends until they are covered. Be sure to glue this rope down securely at the back of the mirror.

5. Hang the rope mirror

With another piece of rope attached to the back, hang your newly crafted nautical rope mirror in a place where you can show off this impressive home DIY project. If you want to really embrace a nautical home decor theme, hang the mirror from a dock cleat like in the image above.

2. ROPE BASKET BOX

The perfect addition for any room in your home, why not create a homely box basket using some twisted jute or natural rope? All you need is a cardboard box, your rope of choice, a hot glue gun with glue sticks, and scissors. 

1. Cut the box

Choose a cardboard box of your desired size – but bear in mind that the larger the box, the more rope and glue you will need. Cut the top flaps off the cardboard box with a pair of sharp scissors. 

2. Glue rope to the box

Begin wrapping the rope around your now flap-less box. It’s easiest to start at the bottom, using your hot glue gun to secure the rope in place as you go. When you reach the top, cut the end of the rope using a hot knife cutter or your scissors, then glue down the very ends, including any frays. 

3. Use fabric to line the box

Now that you have the outside of the basket box looking perfect, it’s time to cover the cardboard interior. Use fabric to line the inside – any type of fabric will do, from coloured hessian rolls for a bright, fresh craft, to classic white muslin like pictured.

3. DIY ROPE VASE

Add a touch of rustic style to your home with a decorative rope vase, which can be displayed alongside these other 5 rustic design ideas for your home. You’ll need a vase, twisted jute rope, a glue gun and glue sticks, scissors or a rope cutter, and a heavy clip. 

1. Choose a style of rope

This rope decor idea is fairly straightforward, which means the rope you choose can make all the difference in the overall look. If you are opting for a more rustic rope vase, choosing a plain natural rope will deliver this look. However, you can really customise this craft with a variety of decorative braids, from coloured cotton and decorative polypropylene braids, to metallic braided polyester for a more luxurious look. Take a look at our guide to the best uses for decorative rope for more home DIY projects to undertake with any leftover rope!

2. Attach rope to the base

Grab your rope of choice, and add some hot glue to the inside of the rope end. Attach the rope to the base of the vase, then begin to coil it around the base tightly, adding glue to the rope. When you reach the top coil at the end, add an extra dab of glue to make sure it’s completely stuck down.

3. Let the glue set

Use a heavy clip to clamp the rope so it is secured and let it sit for a few minutes until the glue is completely set.

4. Perfect your rope vase

If you use scissors rather than a hot rope cutter to cut your rope, you may have frayed ends. Be sure to sort these out at the end, using extra glue to fuse the ends together and minimise the risk of your rope vase slowly falling apart.

4. NAUTICAL ROPE COASTERS

Learn how to make nautical rope coasters in just 3 easy steps. This is a super easy rope decor idea, as all you need is some rope and a glue gun!

1. Coil your rope together

Create a small, tight coil with your rope and glue it in place. Continue to coil and glue the rope until it reaches the perfect coaster size. 

2. Finish the ends

As you reach the ends of the coaster, use some extra glue to make sure the end is strongly stuck down. There may be some fraying, so we recommend using a hot knife rope cutter to seal the rope before you glue it down.

3. Decorate your coaster

This next step is optional, but means you can customise your rope coasters to match any theme or aesthetic you like. Create your own stencil – or simply freehand – and use paint to add designs to the top of your coasters. However, be wary of the texture of the rope, as this may not be the easiest to use brush strokes on. Let the paint dry completely before using.


These simple DIY rope decoration ideas are bound to spruce up your home, and are perfect for matching any aesthetic. Our blog is overflowing with rope decor ideas, including this gorgeous rainbow rope wall hanging. Why not take a look at our extensive range of ropes, twines and cords, perfect for inspiring your next rope decoration project! Feel free to contact us to find out some more.

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How to put up a marquee

marquee that has been put up

What is a marquee?

You may hear marquees referred to interchangeably with other outdoor structures, such as gazebos or tents. However, marquees are much larger structures that are suitable for large occasions such as weddings or commercial events. So, what is a marquee? Put simply, a marquee is a large tent that is temporarily erected in order to provide shelter for an outdoor event. Most marquees are waterproof as they use materials such as polypropylene, which is the same hard wearing material that tarpaulin consists of. 

If you’re curious about how to put up a marquee, or you’re not sure what you need, we’ve got everything you need to know in this guide. 

Things you’ll need to put up a marquee

Aside from your marquee, you will need some other equipment to help you. We’ll explain how these tools come in later – for now, here is everything you’ll need to put up a marquee:

How to put up a marquee

The way to put up a marquee will differ depending on the size, shape, and manufacturer of the materials gathered, so be sure to read their instructions carefully for specific details. Additionally, many marquees for hire are assembled by the company themselves, due to the sheer size and intricacy of erecting a marquee. However, if you would like a general rundown on how to put up a marquee, keep reading below. We outline the basic instructions that’ll guide you through putting up your marquee.

1. Assemble the frames

The first step to putting up your marquee is assembling the structure that will hold everything up. It helps to first lay out the parts of your frame on the ground, so that you know which pieces fit together. There will usually be two parts of the frame to assemble; the roof frame and the apexes. Don’t attach the legs to the marquee yet; this will come later.

If you have the instructions that came with your marquee, use these to correctly slot different poles and frames into place. Without the instructions, it may take some trial and error to fit them together correctly. If your frame doesn’t look right once you’ve assembled it, it is safest to take it down and try again. Incorrectly constructing a marquee can cause serious injuries to guests, so if you’re doing this yourself you must take care to create a solid structure. 

2. Attach the roof

Next up, you’ll need to attach the roof fabric to the frame using bungees. Ensure that the roof is pulled tightly across the frame to prevent it from flapping in the wind. If the roof seems too long to be taut across the frame, you will need to take another look at the roof frame, as this will not have been constructed properly. 

3. Erect the marquee

Now it’s time to get your marquee standing up, which you may need a few people to help you with. Take the legs and lay them out along the longest side of the marquee and attach them. You can do this by starting at one corner, lifting the marquee and having someone insert the leg into the marquee. Then, move towards the centre pole and attach this one too. Continue until all of the legs on one side of the marquee have been attached, and then repeat on the other side. 

4. Attach the ground rails

Ground rails will add extra support to the structure, but they can be something of a trip hazard when placed in the entrance. So, whether you choose to include ground rails here is up to you. Simply slot the ground rails together in place to provide more stability to the marquee.

5. Attach walls, windows, and any other parts

Now that your roof and structure are in order, it’s time to add all of your walls, windows, doors, or any other features of the marquee. These are simple to erect, but it can be time consuming as you’ll need to fasten each eyelet on the marquee – and there will be a lot of these. Use bungees or some thin cord to attach these in place, and cut to size using a hot knife rope cutter that won’t fray the material.

6. Anchor the marquee

You’re almost finished putting up your marquee! Once the marquee is constructed, it needs to be anchored down so that it doesn’t fall over or blow away in the wind. The easiest way to do this is with some strong rope or load straps attached to a stable point nearby. You could also attach weights to each leg to help keep the marquee grounded. Marquee weights vary from 10 kg to 1000 kg, so the weight you use will depend on the size of your marquee and the weather conditions for the duration of your use. The larger the marquee and windier the conditions, the more weight you will need to use. 


Your marquee should now be ready to use for whatever outdoor event you have planned. For more equipment perfect for outdoor projects, take a look at our range of products. Contact us to learn some more.

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7 helpful uses for sandbags at home

pile of hessian sandbags

We’re all familiar with the image of sandbags piled up in the midst of a Hollywood blockbuster shoot-out. But what are the practical, everyday uses for sandbags? There are many uses for sandbags that can benefit yourself and your home. Read on to uncover the top seven uses for sandbags – some of which you may have never known before. 

1. Protect from floods

Undoubtedly the most common use of sandbags around the house. Why? A sandbag wall is the perfect defence mechanism against floods. So if your area is prone to flooding, be sure to keep some sandbags in the house in case of an emergency. Building a sandbag wall is a cheap, easy, and effective way of minimising the risk of serious damage to your property. Not sure where to begin? Our guide on how to prevent flood damage with sandbags tells you exactly how to fill, stack, and waterproof a sandbag wall. 

2. Yoga

Did you know that you can use sandbags for exercises such as yoga? Yoga sandbags are simply sandbags that are used during your usual yoga session. They can be utilised in different ways to make things both easier and more challenging, depending on your goals for that session. Learn how to make yoga sandbags, using a variety of different materials for a cheap and easy yoga accessory. 

3. Weights

Sometimes, outdoor items and furniture may need some extra help to stay in place. Sandbags can be used to weigh down any outdoor items to prevent them from being knocked over or blown away in the wind. Simply fill and tie a sandbag up, then place it at the base of whatever needs to stay grounded. Try using sandbags for tents, garden furniture, or even balloons if you’re throwing a party. They can also be used to weigh down awnings by tying them together with rope

4. Improve traction with rear-wheel-drive

When driving a rear-wheel drive vehicle on slippery roads, it helps to have weight towards the back of your vehicle. So, if you don’t frequently have passengers or equipment in the back of your vehicle, then sandbags can help with traction in slippery conditions. Place sandbags somewhere secure towards the back of your vehicle, over the rear axle. This will usually be in the boot of your car. Just bear in mind that sandbags should always be positioned as close to the rear wheels as possible – as long as it’s safe, of course. 

5. Prevent erosion

Erosion is an issue caused by exposure to wind and water, which can quickly escalate to cause more serious structural damage. Luckily, sandbags prevent erosion by providing extra support to walls or roadways. Since sandbags are not a permanent solution, this means they can be easily moved and rearranged. Hessian sandbags are perfect for supporting natural structures, as the natural fibres will break down and merge with the surrounding landscape over time. 

6. Physical training

Using sandbags for exercise doesn’t stop at yoga; there are a whole range of ways to utilise sandbags for physical activity. The most obvious way to use sandbags would be to practise strength training. Hold the sandbags like you would any heavy item for a cheap alternative to weights and dumbbells. You can pair sandbags with basic exercise like squats and lunges for a more intense workout too. The best thing about using a sandbag for exercise is that the weight is so easy to adjust. All it takes is a couple of minutes to empty or fill your sandbag to achieve your desired weight. So if you’re worried about buying tonnes of weights, you won’t have to anymore. A sandbag is really all you need for home strength workouts. 

7. Shooting gun rest

If you enjoy shooting clay pigeons as a pastime, then you’ll likely know that a gun rest is incredibly helpful for improving stability. However, there’s no need to splurge on an elaborate, expensive gun rest – a few sandbags piled up does just the trick. Many gun rests are made from similar materials to a sandbag too, so why not save yourself the cash? Plus, by creating a sandbag gun rest yourself, you can customise the exact height and shape that is most comfortable for you.


Are you ready to put sandbags to use around your home? Use them alongside our high quality ropes and cords for incredibly strong DIY materials – suitable for use around the home and garden. Contact Rope Source to learn more about what we have to offer.