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What Else Can You Use Packing Foams For? 5 Crafty Ideas You Probably Didn’t Think Of

It never fails, you open a package that was sent by your aunt Brenda, and it is stuffed with packing peanuts. Then someone else ships you an item from Amazon you ordered. Again, the box is brimming with even more packing peanuts. Before long, your closet is filled with boxes of packing peanuts and you are clueless what to do with all this filler. Packing peanuts come in a variety of types. These include, PP foams, EVA foams, PU foam, EPE foam and even some edible varieties formed from substances like rice and corn starch. But, as these foam peanuts continue to accumulate, you are left wondering what to do with them all. Here are some useful things you can do with packing peanuts.

 

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Paint your packing peanut to make it look more outstanding.

 

Painting Your Toenails

As strange as it may seem, some people use packing peanuts when painting their toenails. The idea is to stick the foam peanuts between your toes to prevent paint from smearing and dripping between your toes. This helps to keep any dripping paint off the carpet or other material you may be using with which to catch paint droppings.

 

Saving Soil

Another awesome use of packing peanuts is to cut back on potting soil use. When using packing peanuts in potting soil, it is important to not directly apply the foam into the soil; rather, place the foam peanuts into onion or mesh bags to keep it from mixing with the soil. This way, when you go to clean out your flower or plant pots, you will not have a mess on your hands. The packing peanuts will help to allow more aeration and easier movement of water towards the roots.

 

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Packing peanut could be arts and crafts for your children!

 

Arts and Crafts

If your children are bored, then packing peanuts can be a useful arts and crafts material to keep around for a rainy day. Cut the peanuts into usable shapes and glue them to a cardboard back for stability. When you have created the image you want, use paint or markers to add lines and colour to your foam portrait.

 

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Design your Christmas tree with packing peanuts and creativity.

 

Christmas Decorations

Another way to use up the foam peanuts you are keeping around is to string them together. Using a relatively long string will make it possible for you to make foam peanut garland for a Christmas tree. Once the garland is formed, carefully weave it in and out of the branches of the Christmas tree. Be careful not to tare the foam in the process. Alternatively, you could hang the foam garland around other parts of your house. If you live in a region that is not too windy, you can even apply it to trees outside.

 

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Make your own style bean bag with packing peanuts.

 

Create a Peanut Style Bean Bag

If you have a skill for sewing material together, why not create your own peanut version of a bean bag? Once you have the exterior material bag formed, simply fill it full of foam peanuts. When you are finished, sew up the end to secure the peanuts safely inside. Now you have a peanut bag for the living room to relax on in front of the television. If you are really feeling frisky, you may attempt creating other types of living room furniture using packing peanuts.

 

Conclusion

You may have thought all those packing peanuts were useless, but with a little thought you will find they actually have numerous uses. If creating things with all those excess packing peanuts is not your forte, then you should consider returning these peanuts to your local shipping center. Many companies will reuse packing peanuts when shipping products. This ends up being one of the most cost effective ways of recycling packing peanuts and will help to save the environment.

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