If you saw my stashbusting tutorial for floor puffs, or cushions (my kids named them floor puffs), you may remember this picture:
- Break up Styrofoam packaging: We've all gotten something that came with molded Styrofoam to protect it. This just ends up in a landfill since at least around here, it isn't recyclable. If your husband can't put up with the mess it causes for a few days, wait until he is out of town!!! Breaking this stuff up is pretty easy, but makes a real mess and is time consuming if you are trying to fill as many as I did! The kids and I broke it down as small as we possibly could but the little scraps fly all over the house. I'm still finding it in rooms we weren't even in. But after a few vacuuminga most of it can easily be caught.
- Old soft stuff: This is a bit of a miscellaneous category. I collected quite a bit of serger trimmings and sweater scraps that were too small to do anything else with. I also found an old pillow that had seen better days and used the stuffing from that. The other old thing I found was a few pillows I'd crocheted years ago out of really soft yarn. They had gotten pretty matted down and weren't being used. I simply started sipping it into small pieces and added some of this to each puff.
- Packing Peanuts: This turned out to be the easiest method. If I had started with this I would have just done this. To get enough I suggest asking local friends to save it for you when they get a package since packing stores will charge for it. Not only was it the easiest Styrofoam to break up, we ended up filling the bag with it whole and then dancing on the puff to break it up.
Peace be with you,