When I built my new studio, (pictures to come soon, I promise!) one thing I knew I wanted was a bubble wrap dispenser. Before, I just had the rolls or bubble wrap laying on the couch (my old "shipping station") and they were always in the way and always falling over or unrolling. When I got online to buy one, I couldn't believe how much they wanted for one...and I actually needed two! For a metal bubble wrap dispenser, they wanted $90 EACH!
When I told my dad about what I was wanting and how I wasn't going to pay that crazy price. He said to give him a few days and he'd see what he could come up with. Luckily my dad has the brain of an engineer, so this was a perfect task for him. A metal bracket, a bolt and some PVC pipe was all it took to make my bubble wrap dispenser...and he made me a double sided one too! All for under $15!!!
I love my new dispenser! It fits perfectly on the end of my new shelving/cabinets. We put two units back to back and the dispenser fits perfectly and sits directly behind my new shipping station. I can fit a roll of 3/16" bubbles and a roll of 1/2" bubbles on the same dispenser and as the rolls get smaller, it pivots, so the rolls are always against the cabinet so they won't unroll on their own!
When it comes to creative ways to save money, my dad is the guy to go to! DIY runs in the family :)