Packaging peanuts put to use in crafty holiday scheme

COLOURFUL CHARACTERS: Sarah Elmes and Ava Church were in serious crafting mode at the Cootamundra Library. Picture: Lachlan Grey

COLOURFUL CHARACTERS: Sarah Elmes and Ava Church were in serious crafting mode at the Cootamundra Library. Picture: Lachlan Grey

Innovation was the order of the day as school holiday kids got creative with an unusual set of materials at the Cootamundra Library on Thursday.

Packing beans – also known as packaging peanuts – are a biodegradable nontoxic starched-based material commonly used in the transportation of delicate goods.

However these little lumps have found new life as the building blocks of miniature masterpieces.

MINI MASTERPIECE: Mia Hines shows off her packing bean sculpture at the Cootamundra Library. Picture: Penny Howse

MINI MASTERPIECE: Mia Hines shows off her packing bean sculpture at the Cootamundra Library. Picture: Penny Howse

The beans can be joined together with water while pens, paints and dyes are being used to add a splash of colour.

“We get hundreds and hundreds of these packing beans all the time when new books come in,” Cootamundra library manager Penny Howse said.

“Now kids can use them for arts, crafts and making sculptures.

They’re biodegradable too – you can wash them down the sink –and it’s a great thing to use for indoor activities when the weather isn’t so great during the school holidays.”

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