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19 Clever Uses for Hay You May Be Missing Out On

Jamie Cearley, PhDHay production is not for wimps. Don’t let this grueling job merely feed animals in winter. Get more from your hay this year by benefiting from one or more of these creative uses.

1. Spare Seating. Grab an old quilt and this hay couch can be made in a matter of minutes with just a few square bales.

spare seating 

2. Babysitter. Something is just plain captivating about hay (below left).

3. Time out. Hay can be used for one of today’s most popular child discipline strategies (below right).

babysitter timeout

4. Photography Prop. Try something besides the “leaning against the old barn” scene for pictures. With hay bales the possibilities are endless. Get creative.

photography prop 

5. Egg cushion. No more cracked eggs! Simply place some loose hay in the bottom of a container.

egg cushion 

6. Hay ride. So this one is a bit more common, yet little can beat a hay ride on a cool fall night.


7. Substitute for gym membership. Save money and lose weight with hay.

gym membership 

8. Hands-on lessons in history. Have youngsters recreate the Egyptian pyramids, or a Native American burial mound. This is a great way to put learning to a purpose.


9. Physics lessons. Hay bales can teach about basic principles of physics such as gravity, and the laws of thermodynamics.

physics lessons 

10. Structural engineering lessons. If there is a future engineer in the family, this is a great place to start. Bigger than Lincoln logs, and more useful than Legos. Not to mention less painful to step on.

structural engineering 

11. Bedding for other animals.

animal bedding 

12. Find a mate. If a girl or boy enjoys just hanging out on a pile of hay and talking for hours, this is a good indication of character.


13. Saddle rack. Cheap and found around every corner.

saddle rack

14. Cat naps. Even the barn cats can benefit from hay.

cat naps

15. Making frightening images of a boss or mother-in-law (below left).

16. Keep children from fighting. It is virtually impossible for two youngsters to fight while pushing a round bale (below right).

frightening images  fighting children

17. Place to park your bicycle.

park the bicycle 

18. Art canvas.

art canvas 

19. Music stage. Set up a nice stage for a fall fest. In just a few minutes this stage can be built and decorated with fall décor. Ready to jam.


20. What is the 20th great use for hay? Please share your ideas.

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