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« on: February 27, 2010 01:23:20 PM »

I really want to figure out some sort of crafty use for the styrofoam packing inserts that came with my coffeepot. 
There's so much there (several large, thick slabs of it) and it's one of the worst materials to end up in a landfill. 
Any ideas? 

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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2010 06:47:41 PM »

I had the same dilemma all the business machines we sell have BIG chunks of them in the boxes!

- Cut them into blocks using a smooth-edged knife or x-acto knife and wedged them into flower pots.
They became good base/supports for silk flower arrangements

- Put one of the smaller blocks into a mug, and stuck in some silk flowers and gave it to
a friend when I visited her in the hospital

- a candy bouquet - this went over REALLY well - start with a block about 4"  tall
hot glue chocolate bars around the outside edge (you may need to trim off some foam to
make it fit)if you don't want to use the bars for your base, use the above mug idea as your base.
Assemble 12 skewers
 use wooden skewers, curling ribbon, cellophane wrapping paper, hot glue,
and of course more candy (make sure it's the kind in a wrapper of sort)
cut the cellophane into about 4" squares (coloured cellophane combined with clear looks nice)
poke skewer thru centre of cello square and slide up 3" from the top, put a couple drops of hot glue
on skewer and scrunch the cello upward, do it again only 6" from top. you can trim with a couple
of curling ribbon bows if you want. hot glue a candy cane or piece of chocolate (in wrapper) to
the top of the skewer - now you have a completed skewer. When you've completed your 12 skewers
put them into your base - you might need to cut down 4 of them 2-3" to give a layered bouquet effect.
I usually do 8-10 at a time because it's faster when you get an assembly line going.
 I give them out to my top 10 customers at year's-end

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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2010 10:13:42 AM »

Cute idea!  I'm thinking both of those ideas would be great for Mother's Day  Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2014 10:33:56 PM »

and a late-comer comments...

I've used some for floating islands in my pond.  cut holes for water to come through, add potted plants.

I found this thread searching for ideas for the big chunks I've got in excess of that needed for islands, and the pot-filler idea is great!  Just bought two giant ceramic pots, will use a bunch of styro to help fill.

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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2014 08:58:14 PM »

If you have large planters, you could cut them into pieces and use them as fill in the bottom, as opposed to gravel or something like that - to decrease weight and promote drainage for plants.

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