I've sort of been obsessed looking for decorative bubble mailers. I bought some on clearance at my local post office the other day, and every since then I've been trying to find more of them. Searching online I came up with several Etsy shops that make and sell them, so I looked up how to make my own.
Step 1. Choose your paper and the size you are wanting. I decided to make mine 6 1/2" x 8". You will need to cut one to the size you are wanting the mailer to be, and cut the other 2 inches longer for a fold over flap.
Step 2. Cut your bubble wrap to size. I learned you are going to want it 1 inch smaller on the width to give you room for gluing the sides later. The directions I read didn't mention this, so my bubble wrap was really in the way when trying to glue on the last step.
Step 3. Use a rolling adhesive on the smaller cut piece of decorative paper, then mount your bubble wrap Tip: Roll your bubble wrap with the smooth side out, then start at the edge and roll it onto your adhesive.
This helps. Trust me.Step 4. Use your rolling adhesive and attach the bubble wrap to your longer piece of paper. Make sure you only roll adhesive where you need it, leaving the 2 inches for the flap. Adhere your bubble wrap. Now for the fun part.
Step 5. Using a low temp glue gun. Adhere the 3 sides of the mailer. This was tricky for me, since the bubble wrap was too close to the edge. (why I recommend leaving space for gluing)
Step 6. Use double-sided tape across the top of the flap, leaving the backing on the tape to peel off when you are ready to use your mailer.
This seemed to be a lot of work for one mailer. If I were to work on these again, I would do several at a time to make it worth my while. I think I will also use lighter colored paper, so I could address it easier.
Would you ever try making your own decorative mailer?