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What are some things you can do with leftover shipping styrofoam?

  1. theclevercat profile image94
    theclevercatposted 5 years ago

    What are some things you can do with leftover shipping styrofoam?

  2. galleryofgrace profile image78
    galleryofgraceposted 5 years ago

    The smaller peanut type pieces can be strung together for Christmas and party decorations using a needle and thread or yarn. Great project for children, use large size plastic needles. They could also be used to make collage pictures.
    Larger pieces can be cut to almost any size and used to make pin cushions. Some pieces can be used to make jewlery, such as a round tube cut in slices will make bracelets. Just cover them with fabric.

    1. theclevercat profile image94
      theclevercatposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Pin cushions, great idea!  Maybe for hairpins then too.  Thanks, galleryofgrace!

  3. thoughtfulgirl2 profile image93
    thoughtfulgirl2posted 5 years ago

    Depending on the shape of the piece, you could cover it in 2 or 3 coats of gesso, and then attach mosaic pieces for a lightweight mosaic.  If you want to continue to keep it light, use buttons to make a mosaic or eggshells.  If you are creating a mosaic this way, remember the background color (full body acrylic paint or gesso) will act as the grout.  Have fun:) It is a shame to waste these pieces, isn't it?

    1. theclevercat profile image94
      theclevercatposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Great idea, thoughtfulgirl2!  Thanks.  Yes, I feel that reusing interesting shapes and forms is a great way to recycle. :^)

  4. jezebellamina profile image76
    jezebellaminaposted 5 years ago

    I have used styrofoam peanuts to fill up the bottom of large plant pots before adding soil and plants. It serves the same purpose as putting small rocks or broken pottery in the bottom of a container (drainage, etc) but doesn't add so much to the weight of an already heavy pot! 

    I imagine blocks of styrofoam could be broken into smaller pieces and used the same way.

    1. theclevercat profile image94
      theclevercatposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I love this idea! I don't have much of a green thumb, but this idea is enticing and I'm going to try it anyway.  Thanks, jezebellamina!

    2. Rochelle Frank profile image96
      Rochelle Frankposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You have to make sure they are not the 'dissolving' kind. Some shipping companies are actually making their foam 'peanuts' out of a corn product that biodegrades, and dissolves in water.

  5. joanwz profile image74
    joanwzposted 5 years ago

    The peanut type can be reused whenever you send packages yourself, especially with Christmas coming up. Alternatively, find out how much the packing stores are charging (Uhaul, UPS). THen bag them up, and sell them in a garage sale, for a fraction of the price (the price of the bag plus about 5 or 10 cents. They won't end up in a land fill, you won't have to store them indefinitely, someone who needs can have them at considerable savings, and you make a little money off of something you never bought to begin with.

    1. theclevercat profile image94
      theclevercatposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Good idea, joanwz!  I'll have to check to see when the next neighborhood yard sale is.  Thanks!

    2. teaches12345 profile image95
      teaches12345posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I also save them and reuse them in packages I sent out.  Also, they do make great art material for preschoolers.

  6. Rochelle Frank profile image96
    Rochelle Frankposted 5 years ago

    I use them for shipping-- but if I have too much, I bag them up and take them to a local packing and shipping company-- they are glad to have them.

    1. theclevercat profile image94
      theclevercatposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Sometimes I use them for shipping, but I don't do much of that. Also, packing them up is not really feasible for me.  I guess I'll have to create some more crafts! :^)

 
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