Bubble wrap starting to pile up around your house? Been saving it for awhile and now it needs a room of its own? Gather up a bunch of it – big bubble, little bubble, large pieces, small pieces – and make all sorts of new things for your family and your home! It’ll give you something to do, use up some of that old bubble wrap, and produce lots of creative and useful things.
Take a long piece of large-bubble bubble wrap and use it to make a child’s footstool. Just roll it from one end to the other then use tape to secure it. Wrap a piece of tape around the top area, the center and the bottom area of the roll. The footstool won’t hold a tremendous amount of weight but will easily hold a small child.
Use rectangles of large-bubble bubble wrap to make floaters for your kids. Cut a piece so that it’s wide enough to reach from just above the child’s elbow to just below the shoulder. Tape the bubble wrap so that it fits snugly around the child’s arm. Dip the floater in water and it will slide on and off the child’s arm much easier than if it’s dry. Large-bubble pieces can also be cut into squares or rectangles to help you keep other things dry in the pool. Set a lightweight tray on top of the bubble wrap and it’ll float in the pool with you. It can hold your cell phone, snack and other lightweight items.
Cut a long and wide piece of small-bubble bubble wrap to make a pocket-type holder for things around your bed. Cut one piece so that it reaches from about the center of the bed to the floor. Tuck one end of the wrap between the box springs and mattress. Take the opposite end, fold it up, then glue the side seams. This creates a large pocket that can hold the remote, a tv guide, magazine and other things. If you want, use glue strips to turn that pocket into a pocket that has several separate sections. Use these to hold children’s shoes at the end of their beds or even to keep certain things handy for a bedridden individual.
Make pouches out of small-bubble bubble wrap and you’ll be able to protect and store many different things. Tie two lengths of roping onto a closet dowel rod. Create the pouches then glue or tape then to the ropes. Attach one side of the pouch to one rope, and the other side to the other rope, then leave a space and attach the next pouch. These can hold scarves, jewelry, wallets, clutches, belts and other accessories.
Make one pouch by starting with a rectangle of small-bubble bubble wrap. Take the bottom edge and fold it two-thirds of the way up. Glue the two side seams. Fold the top down to make a flap. Add a velcro dot as a closure to the flap. This type of pouch is great for holding makeup, jewelry, documents, small toys, diapers and much, much more. Glue a ribbon or length of roping to the pouch to make a cute purse for a young girl. Make a different type of pouch by folding the bottom edge up to the top edge and gluing the side seams. Glue several of these no-flap pouches together and you have a portfolio for holding children’s artwork, desk papers and other flat items.
Cut rectangles of small-bubble bubble wrap and use them as disposable place mats. Or, fancy them up and use them again and again. Glue ribbon or lace edging around the perimeter of the mat and glue on a plastic flower or other embellishment. Other ways to decorate the bubble wrap place mat include colored tape, satin bows, beads, decorative buttons and similar things.
You don’t necessarily have to make things with bubble wrap. That is, you can just use the bubble wrap as it is. Lay it on a mattress to protect it from a child that occasionally has nightly accidents. Or, lay it out on a table when kids are doing crafts. Lay long, wide pieces across the top of a swimming pool at night and it’ll catch the bugs, leaves and other debris. Just pull the bubble wrap off when you’re ready to swim and you won’t have to do all that cleaning before you take a dip.
Bubble wrap has literally thousands of uses and you’re sure to think of many more besides the ones listed here. Get out some of the bubble wrap on a dull day and make something useful while breaking the boredom. In the future, when you get more bubble wrap, save it for another project. You’ll never run out of projects or useful ways to use it.