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50 Amazing Ways to Reuse Bubble Wrap® and Other Cushioning Material Around Your House

We haven't been able to stop popping Bubble Wrap® since 1957. With Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day Jan. 29, it's time to celebrate all the uses for Bubble Wrap® and other cushioning material.

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Whack on Bubble Wrap®

To a kid who's not quite ready to drive nails, nothing feels better than whap, crackle and pop. Supply a kid-size hammer or a rubber mallet. (Hearing protection is a good idea here. This gets LOUD.)

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Bubble Wrap® Windows in Winter to Save on Heat

Bubble Wrap® can be used to wrap up windows during winter to help your home retain heat just like plastic film. Depending on the size of your windows, Bubble Wrap® might be a cost-effective tool versus regular plastic film.

Figuring out how to work the blinds after you put plastic shrink wrap on your windows can be tricky but we’ve got the solution. Find out how to prevent window leaks with proper window installation.

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Cushion a Toolbox

Bubble Wrap® is designed to protect fragile objects for shipping but its protection properties can extend to the toolbox to protect your tools.

Check out other toolbox cushioning ideas for your workshop and how to prevent moisture from causing problems in your toolbox with 20 cool tool hacks.

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Start Growing Plants

Bubble Wrap® can serve as a mini greenhouse in a way. Place the Bubble Wrap® bubble side down over a plot of soil and cinderblocks. Secure the plastic wrap with some bricks after you place the seeds in the soil. Cut some slits in the Bubble Wrap® for airflow and water with a drip line or soaker hose for a small garden or wrap a greenhouse in Bubble Wrap®.

Find out how to make a mini greenhouse out an old window or with a clamshell container.

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Add to Handles for Better Grip

For people who have a hard time gripping some objects, Bubble Wrap® can help with that.

Find out what hockey tape and garden hoses can help you get a grip on things.

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Grow Strawberry Plants

Keep your strawberries off the ground with some Bubble Wrap®. Wrap the Bubble Wrap® around the plant as a collar to keep the berries from falling to the ground.

Get a head start on gardening with these tips and see how to save money in the garden.

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High Fashion

The 2017 Ready-To-Wear Moschino featured the work of designer Jeremy Scott and his take on consumer waste. That show included designs from recycled products, like Bubble Wrap®.

We can’t keep you up-to-date with fashion trends but you can find out what’s going on in home décor and home design.

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Cup

It’s not exactly practical but some Bubble Wrap® can be fashioned into a cup if really needed. Engineers have yet to figure out the structural integrity, though.

See how to fix your kitchen cabinets to store your cups safely and see what a coffee cup can do for your plants.

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Bubble Wrap® Shoes


Anant Gunjeet created Bubble Wrap® shoes as part of a science class nearly eight years ago as a way to help his great aunt who suffers from foot pain.

Check out why putting grocery bags over your shoes is actually a good idea and how to get rid of that pesky salt residue on shoes in winter.

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Keep Deer out of the Garden


Solutions for keeping deer out of the garden has become like trying to find ways to keep squirrels out of bird feeders. But according to some folk tales, when deer step on Bubble Wrap® it will spook them.

See how to keep pests out of the garden humanely and other home remedies to keep pests away.

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Stress Reliever


In 2012, Sealed Air Corporation (the maker of Bubble Wrap®) conducted a survey and found that just over one minute of popping bubbles provides the stress relief equivalent to a 33-minute massage.

Take out some stress with some demolition work if Bubble Wrap® isn’t going to cut it or save yourself some stress and your marriage with that next renovation project.

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Compost Cover


A Bubble Wrap® compost cover can promote decomposition for a compost pile and keep out unwanted items.

Create a countertop compost for your home or see if Bubble Wrap® can help in winter composting.

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Knee Saver


Save some money on that fancy knee pad for the garden or other work that requires kneeling by slapping on some Bubble Wrap® to make a job comfy.

If you think using Bubble Wrap® knee savers looks a bit ridiculous, check out some products that can save your knees and look great.

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Plant Protector

 

Some Bubble Wrap® can save saplings from mower mayhem. Set up some Bubble Wrap® around the budding tree to signal the young tree and help protect it.

Make planting a tree no problem with these awesome secrets and discover the best trees to want to plant.

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Broken Bones


Bubble Wrap® can help with a broken bone before a cast is set. It can also help athletes with broken bones back on the field when they wrap their cast in Bubble Wrap®.

Take care of yourself when doing DIY work and work safely with power tools.

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Blister Prevention


Bubble Wrap® can help prevent blisters by placing some on the handle of a rake or a broom.

Discover the best rakes for dealing with leaves and how to make yard work easier.

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Frost Deterrent


Save yourself some time in the morning dealing with a frosty windshield by placing some Bubble Wrap® under your windshield wipers. The Bubble Wrap® will help insulate the windshield.

See how to keep your outdoor faucet frost proof and why you should pour Coca-Cola on your car’s windshield.

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Sleeping Pad


Feel like you’re sleeping on air when in the woods with a Bubble Wrap® pad.

See what else you should bring with you into the wild and some awesome camping gadgets.

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Food Insulator


A reflective food insulation pouch will help keep food warm if you line a bag or a cooler with it.

Bring it along on your next camping trip and other useful items, like these insane PVC hacks.

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Wallpaper

The inventors of Bubble Wrap®, Al Fielding and Marc Chavannes, originally tried to create a textured wallpaper in 1957 and though they originally failed, it has shown an effective protector of walls. Bubble Wrap® can serve as a sweet door stopper and help prevent any holes in the wall from the handle flying through.

See what a rubber band can do for an oft-used door and learn how to fix a rattling door.

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Hand Bag Reshaper


Keep a handbag upright by lining it with some Bubble Wrap® so it keeps its shape.

Bubble Wrap® for mom and her handbags isn’t a bad idea but it’s probably not going to cut it as a gift. Check out some great gifts for mom or the misses.

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Cushion Food in Fridge


Don’t let food go bad from rolling around in the fridge. Add some Bubble Wrap® to the bottom of the crisper to keep fragile fruits from spoiling.

Find out how moving that fruit bowl can change your life and where you should store bananas.

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Insulate Drinks


Insulated foam can do wonders to keep beverages hot or cold. Just wrap some around a cup to keep a drink warm or add some ice to a cooler of beverages wrapped with insulated foam to keep them cool.

Check out how to use expanding foam insulation in the home and how to prevent frozen pipes with insulation.

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Keep Food


Insulated foam can keep perishable foods warm and make them easy to transport to events. Add some insulated foam around the food and it’ll stay warm.

See what food containers can do for storage and how to fix a refrigerator if yours is on the fritz.

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Sole Saver


If you’ve got trouble with shoes getting flattened out from sitting in the back of a closet, Bubble Wrap® can revitalize them by stuffing them with Bubble Wrap®. Keep the Bubble Wrap® in the shoes for about a half hour and they’ll return to form.

Find out how to build a shoe organizer to safely store your shoes or learn how to create a stylish shoe rack.

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Save Necklaces from Tangles


Keeping necklaces untangled when packing can be tricky but Bubble Wrap® can make it easy. Lay a necklace out and tape the ends to Bubble Wrap® and roll the wrap up for a tangle-free solution.

See if a safe is a good home security option for your valuables or if you have some secret hiding places in your home that will work.

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Lumbar Support


A roll of Bubble Wrap® can be a quick fix for some lumbar support with a chair. Just tie it to the chair where the small of your back rests and bask in the comfort.

Fix up that old office chair before you throw it out with our repair tips or if you’re looking for that perfect piece of patio furniture, learn how to build an Adirondack chair.

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Bubble Calendar


A bubble calendar can be a fun way to check off the days of the month or the perfect punctuation to a tough day. Bubble calendars can be found at Amazon or create your own.

Get organized with a home message center to keep track of everything or put together a mail organizer to stay on top of bills.

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Easter Decorations


Bubble Wrap® is a lot of fun for crafts and kids. Cut some squares of Bubble Wrap®, paint them and place them on an oval piece of paper for a unique Easter egg look.

Ask Alexa what you can do with Easter eggs and find out what you can do with empty egg cartons.

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Winterize Your Pipes

In the colder months, wrap it around pipes and outdoor spouts and tie it with string to help prevent bursting.

Foam pipe insulation is a great tool around the house and your car, see what you can use it for in your car and how it can protect your house.

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Keep your pets warm


Insulate your outdoor doghouse with bubble cushioning to keep them warm.

See how some pet owners keep their dogs living in style and other incredible pet care tips.

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Stop Sweaty Toilets

Bubble Wrap® keeps condensation under control. Bubble Wrap® can work to insulate the toilet and prevent it from sweating.

Learn the parts of a toilet so you know how to fix one and make your toilet run like a charm.

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Home Security

Place some Bubble Wrap® under a doormat as low-tech solution to home security or just as a fun way to stomp out any frustration when you get home from work.

Check out some more practical home security upgrades like improving your door security and other DIY security systems.

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Flower Float

Want to know the secret of a great looking flower float? Unroll some Bubble Wrap® and slip it behind the bloom for a striking centerpiece.

Check out some easy centerpieces for the holidays and other DIY home decorating ideas.

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Bubble Wrap® Steering Wheel

Change the feel of a steering wheel and provide some stress relief in rush hour with a Bubble Wrap® steering wheel. The cushioning can be great for those with troubled hands. Pop them after someone sneaks in during a traffic backup.

If your steering is acting up, find out how to replace power steering fluid or how to fix your horn so you can use it when someone tries to cut you off.

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Bubble Wrap® Rollers

Get your hair curled and provide a comfy sleep with Bubble Wrap® curlers.

You’ll never believe how you can store hair bands and how you can get hair out of the sink without chemicals.

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Stop Bugs in the Garden


Hanging some Bubble Wrap® in the garden can help keep a number of pests out and provide protection from frost. A little Bubble Wrap® will help keep bugs from attacking your garden.

Start your garden the right way to avoid pests and find a place to store garden tools.

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Fill a Scarecrow

Newspaper is the tried-and-true method of filling a scarecrow but a better way might be Bubble Wrap® for a fuller and complete look.

You don’t need Columbo to solve how to do your own pest control, or say, “just one more thing” before explaining how a sprinkler can deter pests or how to use some home remedies to get rid of bugs.

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Make Stakes Less Dangerous

Whether working in the yard putting up stakes or you have stakes standing in your yard for the long-term, protect others from potential injury by wrapping them in Bubble Wrap®. The wrap will also signal others to watch out for the stakes.

Learn how to add an archway to your backyard or garden edging.

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Keep Chisels Sharp

Keep some Bubble Wrap® in the workshop to also protect sharp-edged chisels. They’ll stay sharper longer and protect you from injury when fumbling around for them.

See how to keep your chisels sharp and another creative way to protect chisels.

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Insulate a Bed

Bubble Wrap® can work to insulate a bed and keep you extra warm or it doubles as a great way to keep a mattress clean when making a move.

Save your back when moving with some easy to remember tips and learn how to plan your next move.

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Dust Protector

A primary use of Bubble Wrap® is to protect items for shipping and transporting but it can also protect against dust collecting on your furniture if you are gone from home for an extended period of time.

Check out some awesome packing tips to make moving easier and find out the first things to do in a new home.

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Bubble Wrap® Shower Curtain

It’s far from ideal but if that shower curtain got lost in the move and you need to rid yourself from the stench of moving, Bubble Wrap® can serve as a makeshift shower curtain.

Perform a bathroom makeover on a small budget and find a way to make everything fit in the bathroom.

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Take it with to the Thrift Store

Thrifters will be wise to carry around some Bubble Wrap® when they go shopping because those delicate items at the stores will need protection on the way home.

Find the perfect pocket tool to carry around so you can be handy on the spot.

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DIY Craft Projects

Bubble Wrap® can entertain kids with an array of projects besides popping it. The Chaos and the Clutter outlines 101 crafty things to do with Bubble Wrap® like a Bubble Wrap® runway and sheep.

Find the best way to store toys at home and great gifts to get kids started in DIY work.

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Pool Cover

A creative DIYer can make their own pool cover out of Bubble Wrap®. Many pool covers are already similar to Bubble Wrap® and they help heat the pool water, reduce evaporation and keep the pool free from debris.

See how to winterize an in-ground pool and how to stay safe around the pool.

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Stained Glass Decoration

Cut some small slits in the bubbles to insert some colored water to create a really cool stained glass window effect.

Check out other DIY window projects and a really cool mirror project.

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Make Car Seats Comfy

Cover a car seat in double layer of Bubble Wrap® for a long car ride to make it a little more comfortable.

See what car seat covers can do for your vehicle and how you can rejuvenate your car’s interior.

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Protect Tree Seedlings

Save your tree trunk from the harshness of cold weather with some Bubble Wrap® around it. Bubble Wrap® will help protect young trees.

Find out the best way to plant a maple tree.

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Rain Coat

Make a fashion statement with a Bubble Wrap® jacket. It doubles as a rain coat but be careful of people trying to poke you.

Make use of the rain with a rain garden at home.