10 Hidden Uses for Packaging Foam

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What’s the first thing you do when you receive a package? You tear open the box, toss it in recycling and immediately pluck out that soft, cushiony packaging foam. But stop before you trash it! There are tons of uses for your leftover packing foam to make life just a little bit better. Even though you’re probably throwing away a lot of this stuff, here are some ways to get the most out of your leftover packing peanuts:

1. Use it for your kids’ arts and crafts projects.

  • Use it for your kids’ arts and crafts projects.

Whether you’re a parent or not, if you have children at home, chances are that they’re making art on a regular basis. If your child is into painting or drawing, then this can be an easy way to make custom canvases without spending much money! You can use the foam packaging as the base of the painting surface so that it won’t scratch easily and will keep its shape when filled with materials like watercolors or acrylic paints (just make sure to let it dry before using). If your child likes sculpting with clay or other materials, then simply cutting out sections of packaging foam will help them mold shapes easily.

  • Use it for building models

Models are not just for boys; girls love them too! And again—the same goes for adults who enjoy building miniature creations from scratch rather than buying them pre-made from toy stores. Packaging foam comes in different sizes but typically comes in 1″ thicknesses which are perfect for making walls on buildings within model cities; plus there’s no need to worry about whether these walls will crumble!

2. Use it to keep pesky bugs away.

In addition to being a great packing material, foam is also an effective insect repellent. Bugs can be a nuisance inside your house, in your garden and even in your car or office. Fortunately there are plenty of ways to keep those pesky bugs away from where they belong. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Keep them out of the house by lining any screening with packing foam before hanging it up on the window frame.
  • Use 3/4″ thick pink or blue foam (the color doesn’t matter) cut into squares that are at least 2-3 inches larger than each opening between frames and screens; this will not only prevent them from getting through but also make it more difficult for them to chew through these areas later on because they’ll be covered in an extra layer of protection against their teeth! Also note: It’s important when using this method that you place it around window frames only; otherwise there could still be gaps large enough for flies etcetera access which defeats purpose entirely!

3. Protect your delicate packages with it.

Packing foam is great for protecting your delicate items during shipping. It can help keep them from moving around and rubbing against each other, keeping them safer from breaking or getting dirty or wet. If you’re planning on sending an item in the mail, it’s worth considering using some packing foam to keep it safe from any accidents that might happen along the way.

4. Create a super-cool clog slipper out of it.

Another use for packaging foam is to create a clog slipper. This may sound like a crazy idea, but it’s actually pretty easy and fun to do. First, you’ll need a pair of slippers that are about two sizes too small for your feet (the original purpose of the foam). You can purchase them at any major department store or thrift store in your town. Next, grab some packing peanuts from inside the box they came in and stick them into the toe box of each slipper until there’s enough room inside for your whole foot to fit comfortably without touching the ground – this will be where you’ll put on and take off your new clogs!

In addition to being warm and cozy during winter months (and cool & breezy during summer), these DIY clogs also have many other advantages:

  • They’re waterproof so they won’t get ruined if they start raining while walking outside with no umbrella nearby
  • They don’t make noise when walking around indoors so parents won’t hear them coming downstairs late at night before bedtime like regular sneakers do

5. Use it to keep your plants watered while you’re away on vacation

If you’re going on vacation and want to keep your plants watered while you’re away, try using packaging foam. First, place your plant in a plastic bag. Then, fill a bucket with water and place the plant into it. The bucket should be placed in sunnier location—ideally outside! If it’s too hot out, however, then simply place the bucket in a sunny spot inside of your home. You can also use an old watering can or other large container for this purpose instead of a standard bucket if needed (though these containers may be less effective).

Now that everything is set up properly and ready for use, all that’s left is turning on the water! I would recommend setting up some type of timer so that you don’t have to worry about forgetting about turning off the sprinkler after adding fertilizer or other chemicals into the soil before planting starts again once summer arrives here in Southern California (which will likely happen within next month).

6. Turn it into cool jewelry pieces

You can also use packaging foam to make cool jewelry pieces such as earrings and necklaces. You may have seen these on Etsy before, but they’re a great option if you’re looking for something fun and creative to wear around town.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Cut out any shape that you’d like from the packaging foam with scissors or an X-Acto knife (depending on the thickness of your foam).
  • Paint it with acrylic paint in any color combination that you think will look good together! You can even use regular nail polish if you want something more subtle than acrylic paint; just remember that nail polish will soak into the foam more quickly than acrylics so make sure not to overload them with too much liquid when painting them (if this happens, just let it dry overnight without touching anything else).3*4#3

7. Pack valuables in it to protect them from damage during shipping

Now that you know the ins and outs of packing foam, it’s time to put those new skills to use. One of the most important things to remember when using this material is that you should always pack your valuables in it before shipping them.

Packing items in foam will protect them from damage during shipping because the product itself absorbs shock, which prevents fragile and breakable objects from being damaged by impact.

Additionally, if the package ends up being dropped or bumped around during transit, its contents will not be affected as much because they have been safely encased within a protective shell.

8. Bring along with you to the beach to make seating more comfortable

You can also use packaging foam to make a comfy seat. It’s particularly handy for campers and beachgoers who can use it to create a more comfortable seat for themselves on the sand or in their boat. If you’ve always wanted to add some extra comfort to your backyard furniture, packaging foam is the perfect material for that job. And if you don’t have any outdoor seating at all and want to create some comfy spots in your living room, then wrapping up some packing materials with this stuff may be just what you need!

9. Use for sports or recreational equipment protection

  • Use for sports or recreational equipment protection

If you’re a weekend warrior and you like to go out and play a little basketball with your friends, chances are that you’ve already experienced the frustration of losing your ball during one of their shots. That can be pretty annoying if you’re trying to win, so why not use packaging foam to keep everything in place? It’s cheap, effective, and doesn’t take up much space—you can even use it at home if you have kids who are always fighting over toys!

10. Bring it along on picnics to keep your drink cold

Did you know that packing foam is great for keeping food cold and fresh? It will prevent foods from spoiling, as well as keeping them warm. This makes it an ideal choice for picnics, where you might want to take along a variety of food items to keep yourself full all day long. Whether you’re heading out to the beach or enjoying a special meal at home with friends, packing foam can help make sure your food tastes as good when it’s time to eat as it did when you packed it up!

There are so many uses for packaging foam, and some of them are really unexpected!

  • Packing foam is great for protecting your fragile items in the mail.
  • If you’re planning a weekend trip and you need something light to pack, packing foam is perfect!
  • You can use packing foam as an additional layer of protection between your furniture and walls when moving into a new home or apartment (or even just if you’re moving studios). This will prevent any damage that could happen during transport, which means fewer repairs after unpacking!
  • If you have children or pets who like to chew things up, packing foam is ideal for preventing them from chewing up furniture legs and baseboards—and it’s cheaper than replacing all those things every time they start chewing on something new!
  • Packing foam is also great when making crafts/DIY projects; it helps keep everything together so nothing falls apart while working on them! It keeps glue from seeping through layers of paper mache too—so there are no worries about getting messy while crafting 🙂
  • On top of its usefulness for DIY projects like making puppets out of cereal boxes (which my kids LOVE), it can also be used to make realistic-looking costumes: simply cut out shapes using an X-acto knife then paint over top using acrylic paints mixed with Mod Podge (the mixture depends on how thick/thin one wants their coatings).


We hope you enjoyed our post and learned a little more about using packaging foam. There are many creative ways to use it–and hopefully we inspired you to think outside the box when it comes to packing materials. If you’re wondering what else we do, please feel free to check out our website where there are links for contacting us as well as other posts like this one.

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