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Artifact Boxes

Martha Stewart Living, October 1997

Museums use expensive archival artifact boxes to store mammoth bones and Inuit carvings, but you can make your own, less expensive version. Pad the bottom of a small, rigid cardboard box with Bubble Wrap or paper. (Avoid plastic boxes, because they don't allow airflow and can cause moisture to build up.) Then cut cardboard dividers, or use the crisscrossed inserts from liquor boxes. Wrap your items in Bubble Wrap or paper, and place one in each slot. You can set sturdier items, such as brass candlesticks, within their compartments without any padding at all. Small "drawer organizer" boxes, available at home stores, are also useful. Be sure to put a photograph or a detailed description of the contents on the outside of the box.


Comments (2)

  • dragoneyes 13 Feb, 2015

    Marvelous idea ~ for delicate paper or fabric-type items that you want to store safely, I would wrap them in some kind of acid-free padding so that the cardboard and/or newspaper would not damage them over time.

  • JoanMar 2 Oct, 2012

    The artifact box seems like a good idea, but I thought ordinary cardboard contained chemicals that can damage paper items. And wouldn't the bubble wrap trap moisture also? I do think it would be a good solution for storing my glass. porcelin (?sp) and ceramic antiques & collectibles when not on display. Joan L.