8 October 2011

Crafts with packing peanuts

We were given several bags of packing peanuts and used some of them as bricks to make a play area for Sunnyboy's toys. We dipped the packing peanuts in water and put them on a piece of card one by one. After doing this with each layer of packing peanuts we left it overnight so the wet packing peanuts would dry and stick to the card and each other, before adding another layer the next day. Last weekend we decided we'd done enough layers of bricks and it was ready to play with,

and to paint.

Our next project is a packing peanut robot. This picture shows the outline of a robot on the card and the first layer of packing peanuts,

and this picture was taken the next day when we were halfway through the second layer. The packing peanuts from the day before are now dry and have shrunk a little.

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CRAFTS on Sunny Days Pinterest.



  1. Is that a minotaur in the maze?

    I love both of these crafts, and so simple, requiring only water and a bit of patience.

    Thanks for linking up to Learning Laboratory!

  2. Maryanne, I think it's a Ben 10 character but I'm not sure so I'll have to ask Sunnyboy! :)

  3. Lovely to see that you put those peanuts to good use! They always seem such a waste!

    And your crafts look fun!

    Thanks for linking on Kids Get Crafty!


  4. ah, how fab you recycled and crafted with those pacing peanuts! :) The robot is adorable!

    Would love for you to link up to the Sunday Showcase - my child centered linky party (it's open thru Thursday night)


  5. We love packing peanut crafts!! And since my boys love robots, we definitely have to remember this next time we have packing peanuts. Awesome! Thanks so much for linking this up to Monstrously Creative Saturday! :)

    Mandi at BBM

  6. Fun! Thank you for sharing in the Discover & Explore linky. I'm featuring this post today.