Styrofoam is one of those manmade products that lasts forever in the landfill or ocean, so think about reusing it. This is a guide about reusing Styrofoam.
Make Styrofoam plates into cute hanging stars after rinsing and letting dry (or brushing off crumbs). I used a stencil of a star for my patterns and cut these out using craft scissors. They are strung on regular sewing thread with a few beads at the top.
This is the result of only 2 plates!
By melody_yesterday from Otterville, MO
Utterly adorable! I'd love to make some, but it's almost always windy here, often with storms and very high winds, so my decorations always get ruined. Maybe I can use them indoors!
Very cute idea! I love it! I really enjoy making things out trash, lol!
When assembling an item that comes with squares of hardware such as bookcases, you can put the nails and other hardware in the Styrofoam to keep them from rolling around. You can also arrange them as to which ones you need to be able to get to first.
By Robyn F. from Tri-Cities, TN
What a great idea! Thank you
When planting hanging baskets, put Styrofoam peanuts in the bottom instead of stones. The plants do not stand in water and the baskets will not be so heavy.
By soochatty from Middletown, DE
Using the styrofoam that comes with almost everything in a box is great to be broken in to large chunks and put in the bottom of large planters too. Our local garden centre actually supplies some during April Basket Planting Days, where members go in, the garden centre provides the soil and slow release fertilizer, you provide your containers then pay for your seedlings and plant away.We are in Zone 3 (Alberta, Canada) so the Garden Centre keeps the planters until just before Mother's Day, at which point we get to take them home. I have a number of 16" and 22" planters and this keeps them from being to heavy to lift or move. Works great!! never thought about the peanuts in the hanging baskets though. Great suggestion!
Great idea. I can't lift a lot of weight like I used to,& this will be a big help as I do still love gardening. And thanks to dse77-I didn't know there were 2 different kinds of styrofoam either.
I've been doing a lot of crafting making small felt and cloth toys. They measure about 2 - 4 inches. With so many little pieces, I needed some way to keep track of everything. I'd been keeping foam meat trays (bleached and washed), trying to find a use.
In trying to keep the landfill free of styrofoam, I clean and reuse mine for a lot of things. I use styrofoam under planters, as trays for under craft projects (like those using glitter), etc.
Today, I was nuking some spuds for fried potatoes and transference them from the glass tray to the cutting board. Spuds tend to roll off if carried far, so I popped on a tray and they transferred just perfectly. You can do the same for hot bowls of cereal, soup, or anything you need a little bit more "friction" and help with spillage. I hope this helps!
By Poor But Proud from Sweet Home, OR
Nope, just use them to transfer. Good tip tho', thanks!!
Also, make sure that the food isn't so hot that it starts to melt the Styrofoam. We've actually gotten take-out food and by the time my husband got home, the food had started to melt the container!
This is a guide about uses for Styrofoam meat trays. Reusing Styrofoam packaging helps keep it out of the landfill. There are a variety of uses for the trays used for packing meat.
Perlite is exellent for amending soil used for container grown plants and for starting seedlings in a soil or soiless medium. It insures better drainage and aeration which results in a larger, healthier root system.
When filling huge flowerpots, reduce the weight and the amount of soil you need by filling the bottom with recycled Styrofoam peanuts or even chunks of Styrofoam. I get pieces when I need them from the dumpster behind a furniture and accessories store.
Does anyone know of what can be done with large pieces of styrofoam like computers and stereos are packed in? I have a bunch and don't want to just send it to the landfill. (Originally published 2000-07-28)
If you have the right tools, there are a lot of things you can do with Styrofoam...crafts, insulation, etc.
Here is a company that sells a variety of foam cutters:
Large pieces of polyethylene foam are particularly valuable for those of us who make bobbin lace. Check out your local needle / handicraft guilds?
I cut out the logos from the Styrofoam cups and cover them with see through plastic. I then glue them to a sheet (e.g.) a poem I made up and give as gifts. Or use as a scrapbook page.
Are there any fun or useful suggestions, tips, or samples of items made from Styrofoam trays that meat from the supermarket comes on? Thanks for the consideration and time.
I use meat trays but I wash and dry them thoroughly and put them in the sun for no less than tree days. My grandma used the sun to erase yellow stains on fabric and to "sterilize" underwear so I figure It will help with whatever bacteria is still there.
I found this the other day and thought it was awesome. Looks like something I would see in a boutique somewhere.
From Styrofoam blocks taken from a new TV box, I created 4 different organizers and a wall flower display with dried or artificial flowers...
Planting large flower pots. Use styrofoam to fill the pots half way. This provides good drainage and makes it easier to move the pots.