23 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 January 29, it's time to celebrate the many 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. Try out these other extraordinary uses for things you already own.
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.
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. Check out some more great tips to reuse common household items.
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.
A Bubble Wrap® compost cover can promote decomposition for a compost pile and keep out unwanted items. Here are some more tips to help you get started composting.
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. Also, use this clever trick to defrost your windshield in under a minute.
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 proven 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. Find out some more things you didn’t know were invented by accident.
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 you can create your own.
Winterize your pipes
In the colder months, wrap it around pipes and outdoor spouts and tie it with string to help prevent bursting.
Place some Bubble Wrap® under a doormat as low-tech home security measure—or just as a fun way to stomp out any frustration when you get home from work.
Bubble Wrap® your 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. Find out some more car hacks to make driving better.
Keep chisels sharp
Keep some Bubble Wrap® in the workshop to also protect sharp-edged chisels. The Bubble Wrap® will keep them sharper longer and protect you from injury when fumbling around for them.
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.
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 make with Bubble Wrap®, like a Bubble Wrap® runway and sheep. Do you know about these reusable versions of things you use every day?
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.
Make a fashion statement with a Bubble Wrap® jacket. It doubles as a rain coat, but be careful of people trying to poke you. Now, try out these household vinegar uses you never knew about.