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I am an avid Christmas Ornament Collector. They're like precious jewels and I have a hard time passing them by. However, every yr. I take them down from storage and realize what a jumbled mess I have kept them in.

Before spending a fortune on the individualized compartment boxes, does anyone have a creative way to do the storing on the CHEAP? I repeat, though, I have a lot of bulbs/do-dads.

Thanks for any suggestions you may have.
LLS

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  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Dec 15, 2017
    This works for me, but we have a small tree and small ornaments. I put them in empty egg cartons. You could also make your own dividers using cardboard. Cut the ones going the vertical length 1/2 way up a measured strip of cardboard. Cut the ones going the across length 1/2 way down the measured strip of cardboard. Cut the cardboard dividers the height that you need. If you are going to use more than one layer, measure a full piece of cardboard to sit inside the box, but on top of the dividers you've already made. It will take a lot of cardboard to make these, so start saving now. :) Wishing you the best.
    Here is another option using plastic cups.

  • Sandra Allen Sandra Allen on Dec 15, 2017
    Here suggestion on the site is a very good one. Here is another idea you might want to think about. It's one I posted recently.

    https://www.hometalk.com/diy/craft-room/craft-supply-storage/use-fuji-apple-containers-for-ornaments-and-yarn-23138966

  • Priscilla Priscilla on Dec 15, 2017
    Depending on how big the ornaments are, you might could store them in egg crates

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Dec 15, 2017
    Last year I purchased large, pretty gift boxes (the kind that look like a wrapped box). They are a nice size for my breakable ornaments, holding several, each. I placed holiday linens in the bottom of each for padding and then wrapped each ornament in either holiday napkins or tissue paper. They store easily. I reused a picnic basket for the handmade dolls I use on the tree. I like the different look of these containers, they store easily on a shelf, and protect my ornaments. Look at what you already have - even a vintage suitcase fit with recycled cardboard dividers would store well

  • Barbara Barbara on Dec 15, 2017
    You can go by the markets or liquor stores and get the cases that wine comes in. There are dividers inside (for your bulbs) or the wine. Decorate the boxes if you desire.

  • Kris Neumann Kris Neumann on Dec 15, 2017
    I store all my ornaments individually wrapped in tissue paper. I reuse the paper from year to year.

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Dec 15, 2017
    Do you have any old suitcases? They make great storage and older ones are usually heavier and sturdier. Same with old hampers or dressers.

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Dec 16, 2017
    I too collect ornaments. I wrap each one in a sandwich baggie and layer the most fragile in popcorn tins so they won't get crushed. All my christmas things go in red and green tubs - lights in one, baskets, tins, etc in another. You get the idea.