How can I reuse or recycle … little pieces of bubblewrap?

We’ve featured bubble wrap before but many of the (great!) suggestions were for big pieces – installation around plants, shower curtains, . However, Aine Palmer has asked about smaller pieces:

In our local supermarket, the punnets of strawberrys all have a small piece (3×4 being the smallest, and the largest not too much bigger) of bubblewreap at the bottom. Not stryofoam peatnuts, but good old fashioned bubblewrap. Does anyone have a good idea for what to do with these?

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18 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle … little pieces of bubblewrap?”

  1. Faye Griffin says:

    Well those small 3×4 pieces of bubble wrap are good for baby crafts ( sound inserts for soft toys and teddy bears) Also I find that the insulating qualities of the plastic good for starting seedlings(it’s clear)so it may be slightly unpleasant to look at but it is a solution for the size and of course it is durable/reusable to some extent, so the delicate seedlings don’t get damaged, so many times of usage and many seasons. also if you have those 6pack plastic bottle/can holders and really want a hammock the little squares would add some comfort to the thing stitched together well treat it like any nylon product and you have more uses thing is that may some more time on your part(use speed stitch it won’t leave holes) otherwise I am at a loss to help you on this thing

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  2. Mary says:

    Our cats love bubble wrap. Put two pieces together like a pillow case with something bright in between. Tape the edges with strong tape such as duck tape and let the cats play with it. They especially love the large pieces to sleep on! (I don’t know what appeals to them about such things–they also curl up on plastic bags, wrapping paper, knocked down boxes…)

    • Delusion says:

      I know what you mean about cats, mine like to sleep on polystryene sheets! I think anything that isnt there and is on the floor is fair game ;)

      I will try the bubblewrap pillow, I think mine would like that!

  3. abby says:

    you could use it as a funky mat/background for some photos you have. Try glueing some colored paper behind or magazine cut outs to make some homemade decorations.

  4. Karlie says:

    The preschool my children attends use bubble wrap as sort of a “snow” stamp.

    Just paint the bumps white and press onto the paper.

  5. Emily says:

    Save the little pieces, tape together and then use as extra packaging? Christmas will soon be coming with parcels being shipped all over…

  6. erin says:

    if you’re into creative decorating, i’ve seen people paint bubble wrap (the bubbly side) with acrylic paint and use it as a stamp to put cool patterns on cards, wrapping paper, etc.

  7. Jennifer says:

    My son and I are making a recycled marble maze — with tubes and different things attached to a board. In theory the marbles will run through the maze. Anyhow, we don’t have any bubble wrap pieces but some small ones would look great wrapped around the cardboard tubes for our maze. Brighten it up some. I guess I’m saying kid projects.

  8. Andy says:

    I collect loads of it from tesco veg aisle -great for wrapping all the stuff I sell on ebay.

  9. Karlie says:

    The smaller bits can be used as stuffing for boxes – a lot like you would use packing peanuts. While it’s not wrapping an item, it’s still cushioning

  10. Estelle says:

    I work at a book publisher. We are always sending out review copies of books. Instead of buying ready-made insulated envelopes, we pack books first in recycled bubble wrap and then place them in a normal paper envelope. This saves money and reuses the bubble wrap.

  11. Elouise says:

    Kids love popping the bubbles, one by one. Might be a nice activity for a kid if they go along to a boring, long adult event. Those tiny popping noises are still preferable to the racket of a whining child.

  12. pamphyila says:

    I use bits of bubble wrap to stop up the too- low drain holes on my tub drain – so I can take a real bath…

  13. sara says:

    use it for a prank, put a peace under a carpet or somthing so when someone steps on it it will pop and make them jump

  14. Lora says:

    If you store china or seasonal place settings, you can use it between plates and bowls to prevent chips or breakage.

  15. Menkiee says:

    I have seen people make shower curtains out of them that are really neat. also a cafe style curtain for a bathroom window which was really cute.

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