Bubble Wrap Todo List




Complete those those things you need to do with a familiar strangely satisfying snap.


Step 1: Materials

bubble wrap (free in the mail!) 
ikea frame ($2.00/pair I think)
something to be a dry erase surface:  dry erase self-adhesive sheets (shown), glossy white plasticky shrinky dink sheets, transparency sheets, glass, something like that (price varies)
cardboard or thin wood for extra backing

hammer and 1 cm hole punch
bubble wrap spacing template (attached pdf)

Update: use a cricut 

Step 2: Trim Acrylic Sheet

Trim off about 3/4" off the left edge of the clear acrylic sheet that comes with the Ikea frame.  I'm using a MicroMark miniature table saw to do this, but you could probably use other saws just as easily.

This will allow you to expose a strip of bubble wrap alongside the whiteboard material.

Step 3: Optional: Cover the Acrylic Sheet With a Dry Erase Surface Material

For aesthetic reasons, I chose to cover the acrylic surface with dry erase material.  This hides some of the rumply edges of the strip of bubble wrap which goes underneath it along the left edge.

I went even further and punched out a line of 1 cm holes for the bubbles to line up into.  That was quite difficult and took a few tries.  I even went so far as to create a perfectly aligned template using Sketchup (see attached pdf on the materials page), which helped with the alignment a great deal.  Update: this can be done much more easily with a cricut and the svg file provided on the materials page

Tape the dry erase material down on top of a magazine.  Tape the template down over that.  Line up the punch over the holes.  Rap with the hammer two or three times to create a hole.  Carry on like that for 14 holes in this case.

Step 4: Cut Additional Backing Board for Support

Using the paper insert of the Nyttja frame as a template, cut out a similarly sized rectangle from thin plywood - approximately 3mm thick.  This will provide extra backing which makes it a little easier to snap the bubble wrap.


Step 5: Assemble

Cut out a strip of 14 intact bubbles from the bubble wrap.

Align it in the frame alongside the whiteboard surface. 

Lay in the backing board and close up the frame.

Step 6: Epilogue

Pros:   Completing tasks has just become slightly more rewarding.
A silly idea has been brought to life.

Cons:  Getting the bubble wrap strip to line up properly is a bit finicky.   Creating the template was helpful, and would be an even easier job for a laser cutter, if I had one... (hint hint)

Snapping the bubble doesn't always work.  Sometimes they just deflate silently, which is disappointing.
This would be much better if it were manufactured in some proper way by whoever makes shipping materials.

Thank you and good night.



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    38 Discussions


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    ...Any ideas how you'd make something for the bubble wrap to slide into so it's easier to refresh it?


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, that's really what it needs... I don't have any great ideas on that yet. ***thinking***


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I don't think I'd want that, cause that would be too permanent. I have an idea for another one though, which I'm going to post as a new instructable, hopefully soon.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    This might just be the thing I need to get my children to get their chores done. Makes the work a little more fun.

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    3 years ago

    Ha! This is a great idea. Nice one.

    First off-you are ingeeeeeeeeeenious!!! Sadly I am not-no tools or know-how. I was wondering... do you think a hacked dollar store frame might work? Do you think I'd be able to slide a new piece of bubble wrap in as needed?


    8 years ago on Introduction

    what happens when the bubble wrap is all popped? what then? cuz i wanna make one of these but i need to know how to replace the bubble wrap.

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    it needs an easier way to be refillable, some people in the comments have suggested different ways