A Safer Way to Send Artwork Home

1st grader holding art in a tubeWithout a doubt, the best way to send artwork home is tucked safely inside a portfolio, or a homework folder if the art is a smaller size.  But when that’s not an option, here’s your next best bet…. simply roll the artwork (with the drawing or painting facing inward) and slip it inside a cardboard tube ring.  Rubber bands and paper clips will often damage the artwork, but a cardboard tube will hold it securely all the way home!

These former paper towel and toilet paper tubes are plentiful and a great example of re-purposing!  We cut the toilet paper tubes in half, but if you have enough, full size tubes would offer even more protection.  If you flatten them a bit, they cut easily on a paper trimmer and your hands will thank you the next day!  For those of you who go room to room (as I do), you can string a class set together to take with you so you’re not toting more than you need.  Best of all, they’re free!

Cutting a cardboard tube on a paper trimmer

Bag of cardboard tubesWhat tricks have you used to get artwork home safely?


3 Responses to A Safer Way to Send Artwork Home

  1. hope October 5, 2012 at 5:36 am #

    great idea. i saw something similar on pinterest for rolls of giftwrap, but i hadn’t thought of this!

    • Cheryl Trowbridge October 5, 2012 at 8:19 am #

      That’s funny – I never thought of it for gift wrap! I’m going to do that… thanks!!

  2. Mrs.C October 5, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    Great idea!!! I love it! Thanks! :)
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