Even as an adult, you probably know just how much fun bubble wrap is. If you’re anything like us, you have a hard time not popping all the bubbles yourself each time you receive a package in the mail. If you’ve ever handed the bubble wrap off to your kids to play with, however, then you know what a big hit it is for people of all ages!
It’s no surprise, then that bubble wrap also makes an awesome crafting tool. You can do more than just pop it, though! Check out these 15 unique things that you can make using bubble wrap in all types of ways.
1. Bubble wrap hop scotch
Okay, so we said we were going to outline craft ideas that involved more than just popping the bubbles on your bubble wrap, but we didn’t say that we wouldn’t include any popping activities!
2. Bubble wrap imprint painting
Painting with bubble wrap is like the opposite of stencilling. Instead of painting in the negative space to make a shape, you’re painting the raised portion of the bubble wrap and pressing it onto the paper to create an imprint. Kids will love watching their picture transfer from one thing to another! Check out how it’s done on
3. Bubble wrap stomp art
This awesome bubble wrap painting idea from
4. Bubble wrap dinosaurs
5. Backyard bubble wrap Twister
As if Twister wasn’t already a fun, interactive game the way it is,
6. Bubble wrap apple stamps
Do you love the idea of DIY gift wrap? You’re not alone! We’re crazy about this apple printed wrap that
7. Bubble wrap sheep
Do your kids love working with unconventional materials when they craft? We don’t blame them! Some of the best projects to make are those that are textured and fun to touch. Bubble wrap is the perfect material for that kind of art. Try making these adorable sheep, painting bubble wrap white to look like lumps and curls in the sheep’s wool!
8. Bubble wrap star fish
Did you know that there’s more than one way to do bubble wrap imprinted art?
9. Bubble wrap print fish mobile
Starfish aren’t the only sea creatures that look great covered in bubble wrap print! Rolling or imprinting paint onto a cut out of a fish looks like little scales, especially if you do it in a blend of colours. Try that, and then help your kids make their fish drawings 3D, just like these ones from
10. Bubble wrap rain cloud
Fish mobiles are fun, but they’re not for everyone. If you love the idea of 3D bubble printed art but you’re not into aquatic life, consider this hanging rain cloud craft instead!
11. Bubble wrap bug
Are you all finished with your bubble wrap paint roller and now you just have a colourful cylinder left over? You can turn that into its very own creature craft too! Help your kids cut lengths of pipe cleaner and shape them like bug’s legs and antennas. Attach the pipe cleaners and some googly eyes to your bubble wrap cylinder and you’ve got yourself a little creepy crawly, just like this one from
12. Bubble wrap jellyfish
Not all of your kids’ bubble wrap art has to involve smothering the bubbles in paint. Cutting a semi-circle of clear bubble wrap is the perfect way to make a silly jelly fish! Have your kids paint a watery background, then stick down their jelly fish body, adding pipe cleaners for legs and even some googly eyes! Check out how it’s done on
13. Bubble wrap crocodile
If you’re still looking for a way to make use of that bubble wrap roller but your kids aren’t very fond of bugs, there are plenty of other creatures they can turn it into! We’re particularly fond of this adorable crocodile from
14. Bubble wrap corn sun catchers
Even if you paint it, bubble warp is translucent enough to look very cool when the sun shines through it. That makes it the perfect material for window hangings and sun catchers! You could make any shape of sun catcher you like, but we think these little corn on the cobs with smiley faces are pretty funny! See how they’re done on
15. Bubble wrap fish mural
Do you know someone with hands-on kids who love touching new materials and getting a bit messy? Share this post with them for a little bit of artsy inspiration!