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New Uses for
Bubble Wrap®

  • Make a handy grip for holding unwieldy objects.If you have difficulty holding pens, silverware, brooms, mops, and rakes, cut a strip of Bubble Wrap, wrap it around the body of the instrument or utensil, and secure in place with a piece of Scotch Packaging Tape, creating an more convenient grip.
  • Cushion your tools and prevent them from clanking together when you carry your toolbox. Line the bottom of your toolbox with a sheet of Bubble Wrap.
  • Mulch plants. Place long sheets of Bubble Wrap with the bubble-side down on vegetable beds as mulch, securing the plastic in place with stones or weights, Cut slits into the plastic to accommodate seeds or transplants. The radiant heat created by the plastic warms the soil an additional 3 degrees. The sheets of Bubble Wrap can be rolled up at the end of the season and reused the next year. To water beneath the impermeable plastic sheet, use a drip line or soaker hose.
  • Make a pillow for back support. Cut rectangular sheets of Bubble Wrap and stuff into an empty pillowcase or a gallon-size Ziploc Freezer Bag. Place the Bubble Wrap pillow behind the small of your back when sitting in an office chair, when driving the car, or on long airplane flights.
  • Make a protective collar for strawberry plants. To prevent strawberries from touching the soil, cut a large doughnut shape from a piece of Bubble Wrap and put it around the plant as a collar.
  • Make cushioned pads for shoes. Cut foot pads from Bubble Wrap and slip them into your shoes. They’ll cushion your feet for up to six hours.
  • Hasten the ripening of strawberries. Make hoop supports by cutting Hula Hoops in half and inserting the legs firmly into the soil. Cover with a canopy made from sheets of Bubble Wrap draped over the hoop supports and secured in place with Scotch Packaging Tape. Do this in early spring and make certain the sheets of Bubble Wrap are high enough not to touch the plants. You can also secure the Bubble Wrap by staking the ends to the ground with wire. At the end of the season, roll up the Bubble Wrap to be used again the following year.
  • Repel deer. Lay sheets of Bubble Wrap—held in place with stones—on the ground around the outside of your garden. Deer will not walk on Bubble Wrap.
  • Relieve stress. Pop the bubbles in a sheet of Bubble Wrap to relieve tension and provide an harmless outlet for your anxiety and aggression.
  • Stop flea beetles that spread viruses from infecting your cabbage patch. Make hoop supports by cutting Hula Hoops in half and inserting the legs firmly into the soil. Cover with a canopy made from sheets of Bubble Wrap and secure to the hoops with Scotch Packaging Tape, making sure the sheets of Bubble Wrap are high enough not to touch the plant. You can also secure the Bubble Wrap by staking the ends to the ground with wire. At the end of the season, roll up the Bubble Wrap to be used again the following year.
  • Cover a compost bin. Drape a large sheet of Bubble Wrap over the sides of the pile. The Bubble Wrap cover can protect a sufficiently moist compost bin from rain or keep moisture in the compost bin when the sun is out.
  • Make knee pads. When working in the workshop, crawling under the house or in the attic, roller skating, working in the garden, or playing contact sports, improvise knee pads by folding two sheets of Bubble Wrap to form cushions and taping them to each knee with Scotch Packaging Tape.
  • Help prevent potted perennials from freezing in the winter. Line the inside of the planter with Bubble Wrap before planting. Do not line the bottom of the planter to allow for drainage.
  • Immobilize a broken bone. In an emergency, wrap Bubble Wrap around the injured arm or leg several times and securing it in place in with Scotch Packaging Tape. Once the broken limb has been set in a cast, you can avoid damaging the cast by wrapping it with Bubble Wrap (bubble-side in, to resist the temptation to pop the bubbles) held in place with Scotch Packaging Tape.
  • Protect plastic, wood, and fiberglass planters left outside during the winter months. Wrap the planter with Bubble Wrap and secure in place with Scotch Packaging Tape. The extra insulation helps protect both the plant and the planter. Or before planting, cut a piece of Bubble Wrap to fit around the inside of a terra-cotta pot before filing with soil to insulate plant roots and prevent constant freezing and thawing. (Do not line the bottom of the planter to allow for drainage.)
  • Help outdoor potted plants survive the winter. Place the pot inside a Glad Trash Bag, fill the bag with Bubble Wrap to insulate the plant roots and the pot (to prevent cracking). Seal the bag tightly around the trunk of the plant, and set the pot on top of a wood block so it is raised off the ground.
  • Stuff a scarecrow. Bubble Wrap makes excellent stuffing to fill the pants and shirt when making a scarecrow.
  • Make stakes in a garden accident-proof. Wrap Bubble Wrap over the tops of stakes and secure in place with Scotch Packaging Tape to avoid painful accidents should anyone trip over the stakes.
  • Avoid blisters and make rakes, shovels, and hoes easier to handle. Wrap the tool handles with Bubble Wrap secured in place with Scotch Packaging Tape.
  • Prevent chisel blades from smacking into other tools and dulling. Wrap each chisel in a small sheet of Bubble Wrap.


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