Bubble mailers are great at protecting your more fragile items during shipping, but once used there are many creative things you can do to recycle them!
First of course you can just reuse them for mailing another item, some have a built in double peal and seal which make reusing easy, if they don’t have this built in feature, a nice strip of packing tape will do the job! Then just cover up the old shipping label with a new one and it’s good to go.
A few other creative ways of reusing a bubble mailer may include:
– Extra protection for a move – just place the fragile item (such as a vase, video camera, laptop, etc) in the bubble lined bag and into the box you are packing
– Protect items in storage from damage or dust
– Cut the bag at the seams and use between stacked plates, or picture frames
– Use it to create art! Cut the bag into squares and use the bubble side to dip into paint and make bubble art with your kids
– Make an Ipad cover! Here are some great instructions from Cremedelacraft.com (http://www.cremedelacraft.com/2012/04/diy-ipad-case-from-bubble-mailer.html)
• Bubble Mailer (10.5in. x 11in.)
• Fabric (or repurpose pieces from an old t-shirt, dress or jeans)
• Adhesive (glue gun, tacky glue, stapler and/or small brads)
• 2 Buttons
• Needle & Thread
• Piece of Ribbon or String (approximately 8 in.)
• To measure the correct size for your case, slide your tablet horizontally into the envelope. Cut along one side of the envelope, leaving the back layer a few inches longer to create a flap for your case (see Step 1 above).
• Line the inside of the envelope with your first piece of fabric. I used a stapler and small brads to secure the fabric onto the envelope. You can also use tacky glue or a glue gun instead.
• Apply the next piece of fabric so that it covers the base of the envelope completely (front and back).
• Cover the flap with your third piece of fabric. The envelope should now be completely covered.
• With a needle and thread, sew on a button on the flap and on the base of the envelope.
• Grab your ribbon or string and knot it onto one of the buttons to make a string-and-button closure for your case.”