Winterize Windows with Inexpensive Bubble Wrap Insulation

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  • 1 hours
  • Beginner
  • 10
What You'll Need
Bubble wrap
Spray paint
Spray bottle

Staying warm during the winter months is important for living comfortably and happily. The key to staying warm all season long is having proper insulation. The right insulation throughout your home's foundation can help keep heat from escaping your house and prevent cold air from getting in. If heat is not contained, you'll be more likely to crank it up, using more energy. While it may feel good at the moment, that will likely pass once the energy bill arrives. Needless to say, heating a home can be expensive during the winter season without proper insulation. However, even the best-laid walls lack insulation where windows have been constructed.

Fortunately, we have an easy, budget-friendly way to keep the cold from getting into your home through windows and to keep the heat from leaking out. The key is to use bubble wrap, an inexpensive material that can be found in most households or office supply stores. Typically used to protect objects in packages, bubble wrap can be used in this simple DIY winterizing method. You can even use spray paint to add a little color for a decorative touch. After all, it never hurts to have some fun with home projects.

Here's how to take on this clever winterizing hack just in time for the cool weather.

Step 1 - Gather Your Materials

materials for bubble wrap insulation

The first step to creating a project is rounding up the necessary supplies. While this project uses a bubble wrap featuring larger bubbles, you can use bubble wrap of any size. For the ultimate budget-friendly project, use whatever you have on hand. However, keep in mind that for this project to work the bubbles must be unpopped.

Additionally, feel free to use any color spray paint that fits your preference or matches decor.

Step 2 - Apply Spray Paint

spray painted bubble wrap

Take each sheet of bubble wrap and add spray paint to your liking. While this step doesn't directly contribute to the insulating abilities of bubble wrap, it adds a nice touch to your energy-efficient home. This project used a light blue and gold metallic for a wintry touch.

Step 3 - Continue Painting

spray painted bubble wrap

Continue to spray paint the remaining sheets of bubble wrap. Keep in mind that the paint may give off a different hue during various times of the day or night, so don't overdo it.

Step 4 - Spray Water

spray water on windows

Using the spray bottle of water, spritz the window of your choice until it is covered with a light wash of water; don't overdo it. Try not to pay much attention to where the water is going. You can wipe up drops after you've completed your home winterizing project if you need to.

We experimented by adding a few drops of liquid dish soap to the water to create a tackier surface, which may be useful for certain bubble wrap sizes or glass types. As always, feel free to experiment and see what works best for you.

Step 5 - Apply the Bubble Wrap onto the Glass

bubble wrap window insulation

One by one, stick each piece of bubble wrap to the window. Make sure the bubble side is facing the window. Press gently, without popping the bubbles, and add more water as needed. The bubble wrap must be completely flat in order to serve as insulation.

Step 6 - Continue Adding Bubble Wrap

bubble wrap window insulation

Repeat this process until you've sufficiently covered all the windows you intended to.

Step 7 - Enjoy Your Cozy, Winterized Home

bubble wrap window insulation

This method not only is inexpensive and easy to do but also can be reused for years to come. Because the thin film of water (or water and soap) is not permanent, all you have to do to remove the bubble wrap, simply peel it away from the window.

You can add this bubble wrap insulation to one or all of your windows. It may be a good idea to use this method on windows that do not shut properly or in drafty rooms. By using this cost-effective technique, you'll be well on your way to creating an energy-efficient home.

Time: 1 hour || Cost: $10