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Project

Safe Ornament Storage

Protect your dearest ornaments from damage as you pack up after the holiday this year.

Materials

  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Plastic storage bin
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Paper cups
  • Tissue paper
  • Egg cartons

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cut a piece of corrugated cardboard to line the bottom of a plastic storage bin.

  2. Step 2

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    Use a hot-glue gun to attach paper cups to the cardboard.

  3. Step 3

    Wrap ornaments in tissue paper, and place in cups.

  4. Step 4

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    Then stack cardboard-and-cup flats inside the container. Store smaller ornaments in egg cartons.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, January 2004

Reviews (26)

  • ThomasMaloney 10 Feb, 2014

    This is particularly helpful especially during holiday season. Nowadays, apart from Christmas, we have a number of occasions that we tend to have some ornaments displayed or used for decorations. This involves birthday parties, anniversaries and the like. Most of the time, we would tend to throw some of these ornaments, but there are some that we would want to put into storage. This DIY ornament storage is just a great idea.

  • patsy-tierney 4 Sep, 2013

    Protecting your holiday ornaments usually happen towards the end of the Christmas holiday season, and more and more self storage companies engage in such campaign. Although there is not direct linkage to their core business, such campaigns drive traffic to their website, and thus create awareness of their business and services. I know that they would also highlight ways of using packing boxes for such storage, by creating shelving units within. These small yet great ideas contribute to the self company’s brand awareness and web search branding.

  • patsy-tierney 4 Sep, 2013

    Protecting your holiday ornaments usually happen towards the end of the Christmas holiday season, and more and more self storage companies engage in such campaign. Although there is not direct linkage to their core business, such campaigns drive traffic to their website, and thus create awareness of their business and services. I know that they would also highlight ways of using packing boxes for such storage, by creating shelving units within. These small yet great ideas contribute to the self company’s brand awareness and web search branding.

  • EricBosloor 1 Jul, 2013

    When you break down the materials as stand alone, you would not even believe that if you put everything together, these could make a great self storage for ornaments. I have seen a few versions of these online, and there are few that are done in various colors. This is indeed a creative way of producing some self storage for small items.

  • Meenie123 1 Jan, 2013

    For those of you who suggest we buy an ornament container - have you looked them up recently? The flimsy cardboard ones are $20 - $25!! The ones with the weird split tops that never close right are about the same. The good plastic ones with snug lids and handles and that are bigger than 12" x 12" are $50 and up!!!
    I got a plain plastic large container at Menards (similar to Lowes or Home Depot) for $5 and all I need to do is add some cups and cardboard. This is a FANTASTIC idea!

  • kathy14 31 Jul, 2012

    I'm going to try that. What I have now isn't working. I always learn something from You.It just goes to show your never too old to learn something new.

  • daerith 26 Dec, 2011

    This project seems like a pointless waste of time when sturdy but inexpensive divided ornament boxes work just as well. You can still wrap your ornaments in tissue paper for extra protection. I've used the same storage boxes for years without having a single broken ornament.

  • DavidWires 8 Jan, 2011

    Coffee cups with LIDS can be found at Office supplies and Smart and final, also large soda cups with lids can also secure larger ornaments. Remember...Use your imagination! Food containers with snap lids: microwaveable foods sometimes come in a tray with a lid large enough for origami paper! Legos blocks or Matchbox cars can be stored in resealable plastic coffee tubs, glass soda bottles can contain toothpicks secured with a cork from a bottle of wine. Containers are everywhere...

  • Dinsept 8 Jan, 2011

    My items wont fit in these cups. Good thing I tried a couple before I glued them down.

  • Sheylavee 8 Jan, 2011

    I have long used the cartons for my German hand painted easter eggs. These are a tradition here in europe, to hang them on branches in the spring. But oddly never considered it for xmas ornaments! I am searching now for white paper cups, not as easily found here in Netherlands, they do have them, So I will be doing this, I hope this weeekend!

  • Desperanza 6 Jan, 2011

    Egg cartons can often harbour salmonella.
    Don't use them unless you buy them new.
    Happy New Year to all,

  • HoneyMesquite 30 Dec, 2010

    I think this is a great idea but I am going to use styrofoam cups because my city doesn't recycle them. I hate throwing them in the trash, now I have another use for them. Thanks.

  • biancamargarita 29 Dec, 2010

    I love ornament storage ideas, as my ornaments truly are heirlooms. Cockroaches, however, are a real problem, even though my ornaments are put away clean. Would some boric acid in the container be safe for the ornaments?

  • Bodipalar 29 Dec, 2010

    Such a good idea. Every year I open my box of ornaments to find a few broken. Next year may be different. But do you have any ideas for those items which are too large for paper cups. i normally just wrap them in newspaper and that doesnt work very well.
    Fiona (Malaysia)

  • Green_Goddess 29 Dec, 2010

    TOO EARLY. I still have a few ornaments

  • Green_Goddess 29 Dec, 2010

    TOO EARLY. I still have a few ornaments

  • Green_Goddess 29 Dec, 2010

    TOO EARLY. I still have a few ornaments

  • Tamm0914 29 Dec, 2010

    Love the idea. However, make sure paper cups are acid/ligan free. I might try using plastic cups.

  • craftydame 29 Dec, 2009

    this is brilliant! i have a large collection of vintage and antique glass ornaments, and every year, at least one is broken when i bring it out of storage. i try to reuse boxes for packaging, but that just ends up with wasted space inside my larger rubbermaids. this will let me use ALL the space - i might not even need to buy another for this year's acquisitions!

  • lbuser 29 Dec, 2009

    In spite of comments from others - this is one of the best Martha Stewart tips you have posted in a long time. Weejee may be too schmaltzy at 55 but at 61 this is absolutely great. I may not hotglue the cups down, I may just stack and pack as I go, we will see. But I have left over cups and they are cheap so I will buy more if I need them (they will be used, not put in a land fill). Thanks.

  • Missy08 2 Jan, 2009

    I purchased ornamnet boxes. I usee a labeler or permanent marker and put the city and date on the back of each ornament.

  • ALLB 1 Jan, 2009

    The cup idea is cute but far too labour intensive for me. I will put fragile ornaments in Zip-Lock bags, blow and seal to create a natural cushion. shredded wrapping paper adds further cushioning.

  • Allie from Albany 29 Dec, 2008

    I'm too schmaltzy for this. At the age of 55, I acquire ornaments one at a time, and mark the boxes with when, where, and why. However,this is a great idea for many. Especially if you have a colletion of delicate balls or long ornaments.

  • BnBdreamin 1 Jan, 2008

    I like the egg carton idea for my smaller ornament collections. It would be nice to see them all instead of unwrapping each one from individual tissue!

  • onespotleft 29 Dec, 2007

    I use egg cartons but the idea with the cups is super and will help me organize my ornaments better! I love to wrap the bulbs in old paper from each year just to see all the different papers I use

  • amysutter 28 Dec, 2007

    This is such a great idea! I am also going to save my egg cartons! We always break at least two to three ornaments every year and I am hoping that this will deter that from happening!
    Amy Sutter
    www.rpboutique.com