Custom Boxes for Shipping

I recently sold one of my favorite paintings thus far." The Jelly Dance". It was sold to a good friend of mine in Portland. Oregon. I don't know about you but I am NOT a fan of large shipping fees. Other artist friends have told me about being quoted hundreds of dollars to package and ship art out of state.  I decided to take matters into my own hands. Here is how I did it. I bought a few moving boxes from a local U-Haul. It is cheaper to order cardboard panels online through ULINE if you have the needs to order in bulk (the minimum may be 25-50 pieces). I personally don't have a lot of room and I really don't know how much I'll end up shipping in the future so I started with three boxes from Uhaul at $3.95 each. Make sure that it is big enough for your canvas. I also bought a 15 foot roll of medium sized bubble wrap that was about 12 inches wide. This was $6. I know this was bogus but hey I'm making mistakes for you to learn from.

Here we go! I started off by cutting the box open along the seem where it was originally adhered. I  then bubble wrapped the 24" by 24" piece and set it down on the cardboard panel. It is important to wrap your piece first so you can factor in the extra padding to your measurements.


I wanted to see if I could use an already bent edge as a starting point and I DID!!! This made my life a lot easier. (See the yellow line below.) I made all of my guidelines by measuring from that point.


Here is what my guides looked like for scoring. (Pretend that the canvas is wrapped in bubble wrap) I used a ruler and marked all of my lines first then I went back and scored all of the lines VERY lightly with one edge of my scissors.  An exacto blade would work as well.


And now...I'll break it down a bit. 

I started by measuring out one inch on all sides of the canvas. This insured room that I could surround the edges with crumpled-up newspaper for extra padding and protection.

From those guides, I went out another 3 inches to make my box sides (again leaving room for extra padding).


Time to measure out the box top. These should be the same measurements as the area under your canvas. Or if you are lazy like me just fold the flap over and turn it upside down and use your pencil to mark the edge.


When you have all of the guides marked and scored  like the image below, you can go ahead and cut off the extra cardboard.


The box should fold easily. (Look at that! It's magically bubble wrapped again!) Sometimes you have to press on the score with your finger to make it bend.

Note: You may want to give some of your box flaps angled edges to make it easier to fold up and tape but the rest is up to you.

MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER and create a template once you have finalized your box for future use! In my case, I traced an outline of this directly onto another sheet of cardboard.

Surround the edges with bubble-wrap, newspapers, tissue paper or whatever you have on hand then TAPE IT ALL UP!

The finished product!! A beautiful custom made box!