Cool Things to Do With Bubble Wrap

Updated April 17, 2017

Though bubble wrap does a great job protecting fragile items during long-term storage or a move to a new home, there are plenty of other cool things you can do with it. Cover with paint or ink and make mono-prints, use it for temporary wallpaper for a theme party, or let your kids pop it while supervising them carefully.

Make Decorative Paper

Designer Todd Oldham and Daisy Yellow recommend similar techniques for using bubble wrap to make monotype decorative paper. Fill a medium plastic container with water-soluble ink for block printing. Lay out a large piece of bubble wrap on your work surface with the bubbles facing up. Dip a brayer, or ink roller, into the container and roll it back and forth until you've covered it with ink. Roll the brayer across the bubble wrap, then press the bubble wrap face down onto a piece of heavy stock paper. Fill more containers with different colours of ink and continue until you've covered your paper with dots of colour. Use your finished paper to make book covers, book marks, abstract postcards or even gift wrap. If you do not have block printing ink, you can use acrylic paint. Put the brayer aside and use a wide brush to apply the paint instead. Rinse off the brush before switching colours.

Bubble Wrap Wallpaper

Though gluing what we think of as packing materials to the walls of your home may sound odd today, New Jersey engineers who invented bubble wrap in 1960 had exactly that purpose in mind. Al Fielding and Marc Chavannes hoped to create a "trendy new textured wallpaper." Wallpaper a room in your house with plain bubble wrap for your next space-age theme party, or spray it yellow to accent walls in a bee hive-themed room. Whatever you do, don't lean up against it, unless you want to hear that satisfying popping sound.

Bubble Wrap Kids Party

Invite your kids and their friends to a bubble wrap party. Unroll a spool of new bubble wrap on a tile or hardwood floor and let them take turns running and jumping across it. Since plastic can be a choking hazard, only use wrap with extra large bubbles and tape it firmly to the floor along the edges and cross any perforated seams. If you have a tile floor, you can use packing tape. For concrete you may need something stronger like duct tape. Kids will be able stomp on the bubble wrap all they want without being able to pick it up. Always supervise children carefully.

Easter Egg Dyeing

Use a brush to apply acrylic paints of different colours to a few strips of bubble wrap. Roll your eggs over the bubble wrap to apply dotted patterns in different colours. Once the eggs have dried, place them in small gift boxes insulated with still more bubble wrap.

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Tim Hesse has been writing professionally since 2000. He has written and edited for a variety of print and online publications, including Tech Tips, FOXSports and Automated Homefinder. Hesse enjoys covering music, film, the open-source movement, education and the arts. He studied cinema and television production at the University of Southern California.