Without 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!