Curious about how and when bubble wrap was invented? It happened in 1957 when inventors Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes tried to create 3-d plastic wallpaper. Eventually their idea morphed into the wrapping material that packs a pop.
Months ago I started saving bubble wrap in preparation for today’s outfit. There are many kinds. Big bubbles. Small bubbles. Green bubbles. Purple bubbles! Clear bubble wrap is standard but it actually comes in at least twelve colors. Did you know that the bubbles come in heart shapes in Italy and Mickey Mouse shapes in Japan? What—are we in the Dark Ages here in the USA? We want shapes, too!
But hey, even the plain old circles are packed with fun if, like me, you enjoy popping them. Of course, popping them takes away their power to cushion whatever you’re wrapping. But that satisfying pop may be worth it.
Another fun fact: the last Monday of January is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. If I’d known this before yesterday I might have saved today’s outfit for January. But it was too late to come up with another outfit for today. Last week was Thanksgiving and I was nonstop busy so it didn’t occur to me to check whether there was an official day to honor bubble wrap. Silly me…
Today’s costume came together with a little hot glue (60 cents worth), and since I was reusing bubble wrap I found or already had, that part was free.
As I walked around town today people told me that they liked this outfit, and several people asked to pop a bubble (including a stranger). Of course, I said, “Yes,” since it would be cruel to flaunt the bubbles without allowing popping. It’s impossible to resist.