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What to Do With Foam Trays from the Supermarket



Painting and “Sewing” Aid by Deb Cooper


My craft tip was concerning uses for the foam trays that meat comes in from the supermarket. I know that we all get them. I just rinse them off and use them when I am painting. The trays are light enough that they can be held in your hand, large enough to hold several colors of craft or stencil paints, and there is plenty of room for mixing colors. Another thing I do is to punch holes in the trays to make "sewing" projects for my young granddaughters. I make holes in the trays with a pencil and then give them large plastic needles threaded with yarn for them to "sew." This keeps them busy with a project all their own while I am sewing AND you can remove the yarn and keep the trays to "re-sew" at their next visit.


Christmas Decorations or Jewelry by Carol Martin, McAlester, OK


I can think of one craft tip where you use the meat trays from the grocery store and cookie cutters to make tree decorations or package decorations. Cut out shapes using a cookie cutter and a craft knife, and then decorate them using paint, glitter or a watercolor maker. Use a hole-punch to make the hole where you want it to hang from the tree. Another craft tip using meat trays and cookie cutters is to cut out the shape you want, decorate it, and punch the hole in it. Flour a cookie sheet and put the meat tray decorations into your oven at 200 degrees until they shrink and lay flat. Be care taking them out as they are very hot. Use hooks for pierced ears and you have a cute set of earrings or a small chain and you have a bracelet or necklace.


Stencils by Peggy Marcy, West Leyden, NY


Another craft tip I have for use of the foam meat trays is to use them for patterns for stenciling and quilting. They are stronger than cardboard and don't bend, and also are a lot easier to trace around.

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