We brought home a new patio set last week -- for an imaginary patio that's yet to be built, but that's a story for another day. After unpacking and setting it up, I looked at the huge pile of bubble wrap sitting on my lawn. Surely, there must be a way to reuse this stuff
, I thought. So after letting the kids have a few pieces to pop, I got busy looking for new ways to put it to work.
What I discovered is that besides being a fun and addictive noisemaker, bubble wrap is surprisingly versatile. I've squirreled mine away so that I can try out some of these unusual uses:
- Use bubble wrap to line the crisper drawers in your refrigerator. It'll protect delicate fruits -- like pears -- from bruising when you toss them in. And when you forget the pears are there and discover them too late ... easy clean-up!
- Bring bubble wrap with you to the grocery store to wrap frozen items in before bagging, ensuring they'll still be frozen when you get them home.
- Start saving bubble wrap now for when the cooler weather sets in, then use it to winterize your delicate outdoor potted plants.
- Create your own padded envelopes! Cut the bubble wrap to size, then use spray adhesive to glue it inside a standard envelope.
- Tired of meal time messes? Cut bubble wrap to size and let your kids use it as a place mat.
- Use it instead of tissue paper when you wrap a gift -- you can always add a little color by painting it first.
- Check with local animal rescue groups, who may be able to use it to insulate dog houses and cages.
- Are you tough on technology? Here's directions on how to make a cell phone holder out of bubble wrap. Never worry about dropping your phone again!
- Use bubble wrap to make creative backgrounds the next time you pull out a scrapbook.
Bubble wrap still has plenty of use in it even after
the bubbles have been popped. What's your favorite way to reuse it?