Check your office store for cheap art supplies!

I’m always inspired by Valerie over at Frugal Family Fun, she’s constantly coming up with cute and creative ideas that involve office supplies. So yesterday, when I took a trip to Staples (after my wireless card jumped off the bed and broke into 43 pieces) I made sure to take a quick spin around looking for crafty goodies.


I hit the jackpot! Have you seen those Magic Nuudles Bloxx? They look like a fantastic craft material and I love the idea of exploring sculpture with them but they’re a bit pricey.  I found a cheapo option in shipping supply aisle – cornstarch packing peanuts! They’re not quite as colorful, but for $10 you’ll get more than triple the amount of fluffy fun. Of course…an even cheaper option is to hang on to your packing peanuts when receiving mail!

A damp sponge was just the right amount of moisture for Claire – a little goes a long way in getting these guys to stick together. If you are too generous with the water, the result is sad and disintegrated noodle goo. Claire added on lots of file sorting stickers and I helped with a bit of pink yarn for the tongue. And voila! A cool magic nuudle style snake sculpture! I can’t wait for Claire to try some more shapes, right now she’s only interested in sticking them together end to end. I suppose we’ll slowly work our way up sculpting the Eiffel Tower, heehee!


I’ve got a book on hold at the library by Sheila McGill-Callahan called The Last Snake in Ireland. It’s a perfect literature connection for this activity and Saint Patrick’s Day! We’ve read it before and its a hoot to read out loud. 

I’m off to drive away the snakes like Saint Patrick. I suppose clearing my table of cornstarch serpents isn’t quite as impressive as driving them out of Ireland, is it?

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26 thoughts on “Check your office store for cheap art supplies!

  1. Funny because I was just going to start to investigate to see if those packaging foam things worked like the magic nuudles! I didn't have any, but didn't want to buy a huge bag of these things so I was hoping to get a package in the mail with these! WE have a million of these snakes made from magic nuudles too! My daughter finally branched out to flowers after a month or two! I really would like to check out the book you are suggesting! My daughter is obsessed with snakes ! (not the real ones!) SHe has 2 stuffed ones, and at least 5 or 6 other toy snakes! I was thinking when you mentioned office supplies that you would be creating a project with paper clips or post it notes!

  2. I never would have thought of “gluing” those pieces together. Usually I dread getting mail that's filled with these things, and now I'll welcome it! This also looks like a good lesson for Claire to figure out just how much water to add to make them stick together. And what a nice tie-in to St. Patty's day. Keep them coming, Regina!

  3. Those packing peanuts are an amazing alternative to the craft version – who would have thought that they would work the same way? I'm trying this!

    P.S. I see on your side bar that you made yarn hearts – we tried that project from Family Fun but it didn't work out well for us. Yours look great.

  4. Oh my gosh… from the picture I thought that was made from grapes. That would be fun too, wouldn't it! So cute!

    Thanks for sharing at the For the Kids Friday Link Party! I look forward to having you back this Friday!

  5. Thanks so much for linking up to Made by Little Hands Mondays! What a great idea! I also think it is fantastic that you connected it to a story! Love it!

  6. great snake!

    We were delivered a whole box of packing peanuts around some books we ordered at Christmas. Not sure if we had more fun with the books or packaging!

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