styrofoam ice chests

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    These might not qualify as "junque"... but I hate to throw them away. I get some of my medicines in small ice chests, and wanted to do something useful with them. I am considering worm farms? I looked at some videos, and it seems easy to do. I have not figured out the trays yet for collecting the "worm juice"...

    Or maybe just making planters of them. I always have lots of seeds to plant...
     
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    we get styrofoam ice boxes from the fishmonger, and I use them as planters on a table outside and i put a plastic cover on top as a frost and rain protection. DidnĀ“t protect my basil though. but everything else was alright.
     
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    Drill holes in bottom. I grow lettuce in mine ans use them for extra vegetables when I have too much. Just put 1 cold pack in with the vegetables and close the lid. Keeps them fresh til I can get them in the freezer.
     
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    I usually only think of making holes in them after a rain storm.
     
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    LOL ! Yes that has happened to me too. Kind of odd to see floating lettuce.
     
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    I have a small collection of them, and still have not gotten around to trying anything with them. Maybe if there is enough compost leftover. I could always use more compost around here.
     
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    Styro makes really good molds for hypertufa pots. You could drape a cloth over them and make some cool permanent planters.
    draped-hypertufa-pot.jpg
     
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    Good link! I try to reuse packing styrofoam. It can be shaped with a hot knife or long tip soldering iron too, as well as glued to improve the shape with a shelf, pocket or whatnot. I notice the author mentioned the lightweight masonry in the last paragraph links.
     
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    I looked at your ideas on fish boxes, they turned out nice for the work that you put into your projects. Mine are more of a cube-shape. I still have not gotten around to doing anything with them, other than move them to the shed. Mine will likely stay white, since there is mountains of work waiting for me here. We have not gotten very far on the clean up from the ice storm in January. Thankfully, the new ice storms have not done too much damage so far.

    DS has been working on replacing the plumbing here; and when he got as far as the bathroom, he noticed that when he moves the vanity, it will be kaput for good. He has had a lot of delays trying to work around his job, and weather, and ordering parts... So now he is building a new vanity since we had some nice salvaged oak boards from elsewhere. When that is done, there are lots of trees to cut up for firewood.... and brush piles to burn, and other repairs to this old house. (We had some trees cut down awhile back away from the house and power lines before that first ice storm hit us...)

    Thank you for the suggestions and ideas. It will give me something to think about.
     
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