Craft Corner: How to Make Bubble Wrap Art

An easy craft for kids of all ages

By Valarie Fisher, publisher of Macaroni Kid Roseville-Rocklin-Lincoln, Calif. July 8, 2024

I hate to throw things out when I know there is something I can create with it (yes, that does mean I'm a packrat!). 

One of the things I find myself storing away is bubble wrap, which occasionally doubles as a noisy kid distraction.

But this time, I decided to try some quieter bubble wrap fun: bubble wrap painting!

It turns out that bubble wrap painting is super fun and easy, and it is completed at a much lower decibel level than my kids' usual bubble wrap play. 

What You Need:

  • Bubble wrap — experiment with different sizes!
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Paper
  • Markers

What You Do:

1. Cut a shape from the bubble wrap.
Relatively simple shapes are the easiest! Once you have decided on your design, you can either freehand it or cut it out on a piece of paper and then use that to trace around your bubble wrap to avoid mistakes. 

2. Lay out the bubble wrap.
Once you have the bubble wrap shapes cut, place them on the material you want to use for your project to decide how you want it to look. I used cardstock, but you could do this on construction paper, canvas, or even fabric (T-shirt, anyone?).

3. Start painting!
Paint your cut bubble wrap using a paintbrush, then place the pieces on the paper. Press lightly so the paint sticks to the paper. Do not remove the shapes from your paper! Leave them right where they are! 

4. Add a background.
Paint a large piece of bubble wrap in a different color. Place the large piece of bubble wrap directly on the paper and over the bubble wrap shape. Press down so the paint adheres to the paper. Then remove both your background and shaped bubble wrap. 

You can also use a smaller piece of bubble wrap as your background by dabbing one piece around the paper and then removing your shaped bubble wrap. This is a good way to add different colors to your painting.

No matter how you do it, you'll want to do this step quickly so that the shaped bubble wrap doesn't start drying and stick to the paper.

5. Add embellishments.
Once it's dried, let your kids use markers to add embellishments. They can add faces, trace around the shapes, or even add writing.

Now, your masterpiece is done! Super simple, right? But so cute and fun for kids to do! 

Happy crafting!