My last big box of fireworks went to a customer in Holland at the beginning of this month and I was surprised how hard it was to see it go.
I felt I would like to do something to mark the occasion and so recorded the final ceremonial wrapping.
I have had many generous comments about my packaging, and so here is a brief overview of how to make a small, tough box from second-hand cardboard.
Find something that is just a little bit larger than the item you are going to post
I have a collection of plastic pots that I keep for just this purpose !
Take thin, flexible, corrugated card.
I often re-use Amazon boxes in this way – their cardboard is excellent quality !
Cut strips of card – just a little bit deeper than the object you are posting.
Cut the card and across the grain – so that you can see the curl of the inner structure
Wrap this strip, or strips if you find you need more than one, around your shape - two thickness of card is usually enough
Unwrap the strip, apply glue to the inside and then coil it round the shape again
Hold it until the glue sticks, or use a piece of sellotape to keep the end in place
Then apply glue to one end and stick the coiled cardboard to another piece of cardboard
Sometimes I use slightly thicker cardboard for the base and the top
Make sure it is dry before you use it !
When you are sure it is dry, cut away the the excess from the outside of the base and cut a lid for the top
Wrap your item in tissue paper - this will protect it and help to stop it moving about
Some items are very light and delicate - it is better not to wrap these tightly
Sellotape the lid in place
Put the finished package in a padded bag - ready for taking to the Post Office
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