Have fun :-). You will need to leave half the width of the item's side as extra cardboard that will be able to fold up onto the sides of the item. Fold along the cut lines and see how easily and perfectly it bends and forms the four corners of the box! It was lovely to find your site, look at your artwork and make a connection. Just make a mark with the blade that cuts the top surface of the cardboard! Ship smaller works of art in a new, double-wall corrugated box that will minimize movement and offer adequate space for padding. Tape the box closed, and put the address on the label. 10 years ago Match the Artwork With Appropriately Sized Boxes . This guide will show you how to package both. Do not push the item to the exact edge! (Later we will see that this makes the cardboard fold perfectly.) We can even make custom boxes for those odd-sized items. 5. This way, there are no loose ends that need to be taped back up and you can proceed with your moving out with ease and no worries of broken boxes. I'd also recommend using a T Square ruler (for people like me, who can't make a straight line to save her life!) Now leave half the width of the item as space on the cardboard(like we did in the first cut line) and cut this remaining excess cardboard off completely, from top to bottom using the box cutter. We discourage using styrofoam peanuts as a filler material. 9 years ago All you need is second hand cardboard, a box cutter (razor blade), and packing tape (in a dispenser works best). Now, take the item off the cardboard and flip the cardboard over onto its other side. Thank you for this tip. Wouldn't it be quicker if you just got boxes from the house removals company? You have saved money by using minimal tape, no packing peanuts or foam, and a cheaper postage/shipping rate if you are going to ship because of shipping in the smallest/lightest possible package. Now there is one long piece of cardboard laid on the floor. Another approach to cardboard folds is to use a screen "spline roller" tool (available at any hardware store) to create a crushed line which is then easily folded. Pack & Ship Guarantee. Affix the shipping label to the box and place some tape over the shipping label so it does not accidentally get pulled off during shipping. All you need is second hand cardboard, a box cutter (razor blade), and packing tape (in a dispenser works best). Thanks! This will definitely help in Shipping aquarium snails, because at $.50 a snail, buying boxes is not an option. This tutorial has given me a whole new way of shipping my stuff without breaking my neck and my wallet trying to look for a box that would fit! Sometimes I also pick up used shipping boxes … The final piece of the “how to pack framed artwork” puzzle is a durable shipping box. But that isn't all. on Introduction. Apply tape in a star pattern to the frame’s glass. I think you could make the edges soft by rubbing them with a hard solid object then bending them according to your requirements. You should cut the exposed corners to make four individual tabs. Hopefully you haven’t already learned this the hard way, but you can’t afford to do a shoddy job on packaging ceramics for shipping. -- and have batched some myself but never put it together (the procedure, that is) in as orderly a fashion as this. I go crazy trying to find boxes to fit all the odd things I need to pack up -- ever try an old fashioned ceramic tea pot with lid? I have several members from your Women Painting Women Group already. Shipping artwork doesn’t have to be difficult, and there are easy ways collectors can keep the cost of art transport down. Love your artwork! 12 years ago Mirror boxes. Cut from the inside-out with the box cutter, starting at the item and cutting away from it. After you cut all four side corners like this, make four cut lines on the outside edge where the cardboard folds across the item. Making an item's own box minimizes the size, the weight, the need for more packaging material, and thus making the postage/shipping fees less. great instructable :), Reply 4. If you're moving large pieces of artwork, it's best to pack each piece in a separate specialty box … . Make another parallel cut line on the other side of the item. Reply I like to make most of my paintings on unstretched canvas's, they are easier to store and cheaper to ship, and the post office will give you free triangle boxes for shipping. If you can’t find a frame box with an insert which fits your artwork, you can always make your own. The UPS Store can help with crating and shipping your large art items. on Introduction, this looks awesome! on Introduction.