Are you looking for safe, easy storage for your Christmas ornaments? Archival Methods provides high-quality archival storage for photographs, artwork, and documents – and also three-dimensional memorabilia. The metal edges of our Object Storage Kits make them suitable for storing fragile collectible items, especially treasured ornaments.
What is an Object Storage Kit?
An Object Storage Kit is an archival acid-free, lignin-free Metal Edge Box with archival dividers for the interior. The compartments divide the box into smaller spaces to separate and protect individual objects.
The Object Storage Kits come in two sizes. Both boxes have a 16 x 20″ footprint, a manageable size for stacking. In addition, the metal edges reinforce the box corners so you can stack several on a shelf without the risk of the boxes collapsing.
The 16 Compartment Kit is 3″ high, and each compartment measures 3-3/4 x 4-3/4 x 2-7/8″ H. The 9 Compartment Kit is 5″ high, and each compartment measures 5 x 6-1/4 x 4-7/8″ H. Please note that the compartment pieces are shipped flat, and assembly of the dividers is required.
How to Safely Store Your Ornaments
Archival boxes protect ornaments from breakage and other types of damage. Below are some common types of ornaments and information about storing each.
Store your Glass Christmas ornaments, whether new or vintage, with extra care and protection. Our Object Storage Kits come with interior dividers made with acid-free archival board. We recommend Archival Tissue to wrap and create a cushion for your glass or fragile ornaments. Choose the precut 8 x 10″ sheets of Buffered Tissue for an easy solution. Line each compartment with one or two sheets, place the ornament inside and cover with another sheet or two. There should be enough tissue in the compartment to pad the ornament but not too much to prevent the lid from fitting on tightly.
Paper, Wood, & Cotton Ornaments
Paper or wooden ornaments, as well as those made from cotton, will benefit from being stored in one of our archival, buffered boxes (like the Object Storage Kit) rather than in a regular cardboard box. Non-archival boxes, made from inferior materials, tend to be high in acids and lignins. Over time, acids and lignins leach out and can damage items they are housing. Buffered materials, like our boxes and tissue, have calcium carbonate added, which counteracts this acid migration. Plant-derived materials like paper, wood, and cotton benefit from this protection against acids. Store ornaments made from these materials in the compartments of the Object Storage Kit, much like glass ones, though they will likely require less tissue for padding.
Metal and Plastic Ornaments
Store Metal and plastic ornaments with Buffered Tissue. Our 8 x 10″ precut sheets of Buffered Tissue are convenient for padding each divided compartment. Gently crumple them to take up space. We also sell buffered Shredded Tissue (Item #45-500)for filling each compartment with shreds.
Leather, Wool, & Silk Ornaments
Store ornaments that contain anything protein-based, such as silk, leather, or wool using Unbuffered Tissue. These items are sensitive to the higher pH of the Buffered Tissue. We sell Unbuffered Tissue in rolls and large sheets, but the most useful for ornament storage is a folded 20-foot length (Item #45-2400-20). (Be sure to carefully label your Unbuffered Tissue if you are storing any leftover; it is indistinguishable from Buffered Tissue!) Using Unbuffered Tissue to enclose the protein-based ornaments in each compartment will protect them from the buffered box.
Preserve and Protect Your Legacy
Like family photos, holiday ornaments are often part of a legacy passed from generation to generation. People collect souvenir ornaments from their travels and acquire ornaments to reflect their tastes and hobbies. Displayed every year, they are an integral part of many family holiday traditions and memories. Use the Object Storage Kit and Archival Tissue for safe, easy storage of Christmas ornaments to ensure future generations can enjoy them.
We are always happy to answer your questions about your archival needs. Please call or email with questions, comments, and suggestions.