Sure, you can keep the little polystyrene squiggles around for boxing up breakables—or you can put them to use in these innovative ways
By Elizabeth Roehrig // Photo by Wendell T. Webber
More Than Just Filler
It always helps to have a stash of the little white foam squiggles around for boxing up breakables. But you can also put packing peanuts to use in these innovative ways.
NOTE: These suggestions are intended for packing peanuts made from polystyrene foam and may not be appropriate for peanuts made from biodegradable materials, such as corn starch.
1. Hold Nails In Place
To drive little brad nails or finish nails with small heads without bashing your fingers, push the tip through a peanut and use it to steady the nail against the wall. After a few hammer taps, pull away the foam and finish driving the nail.
2. Apply Sticky Stuff
In place of a small foam brush, use a peanut to spread wood glue and other adhesives, then toss it when you're done.
3. Use Them As Spacers
Cut peanuts in half and glue them to the back corners of hanging mirrors and picture frames to protect painted walls.
4. Give Blooms a Boost
Stuck with dried flowers that are too short? Add peanuts to the bottom of the vase to lift them to the right height.
5. Lighten up Big, Heavy Planters
Pour peanuts into a large pot and add soil to boost drainage and make it easier to move.
See more of our 10 uses for Foam Packing Peanuts at thisoldhouse.com