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.
Whack on Bubble Wrap®
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.
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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.
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®.
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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.
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.
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®.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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®.
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Bubble Wrap® can help prevent blisters by placing some on the handle of a rake or a broom.
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.
Feel like you’re sleeping on air when in the woods with a Bubble Wrap® pad.
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A reflective food insulation pouch will help keep food warm if you line a bag or a cooler with it.
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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.
Hand Bag Reshaper
Keep a handbag upright by lining it with some Bubble Wrap® so it keeps its shape.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
Keep your pets warm
Insulate your outdoor doghouse with bubble cushioning to keep them warm.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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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