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Storing puzzles with broken boxes

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Eddas Sun 02-Jan-11 12:33:31

Possibly the worlds most boring thread, but I've just been sorting out one of dc's cupboards and 90% of the puzzles have broken boxes. all of which have been fixed with cellotape and no longer be rescued.

My question is what is the solution? I don't want to throw them out, the puzzles are still fine but I can't cope with bits of puzzle floating aroundblushgrin I could use food bags but wanted something a bit better. Should I go as far as getting tuppaware pots to put them in? I have a few already that would probably work. I thought I could maybe cut out the picture from the box and put it in the new box. Or is that too anal?!

pinkhebe Sun 02-Jan-11 12:35:51

ice cream/margarine tubs. Ahh yes I was a child of the 70's grin

SantosLHalper Sun 02-Jan-11 12:35:58

Not anal at all. Makes sense if you don't want to throw puzzle away.

Colour photo copy of puzzle lid might be easier to store?

teddymummy Sun 02-Jan-11 12:40:55

Use zippy folders - the kind childre get school reading books in sometimes. They are transparent and have a coloured zip along the top. A4 size. then you can sticky back a picture of the jigsaw on the front of the bag.

CybilScissorhands Sun 02-Jan-11 12:42:07

yy to clear zippy folders

I use them at school where jigsaw boxes last about a day!

Eddas Sun 02-Jan-11 12:43:29

pink, my mum used food bags I think (born late 70's) but I also remember various household tatt things being stored in empty baby milk tins. sadly I no longer have babies but marg/ice cream tubs could work. although I wanted it sorted today as I'm notoriously bad at taking forever to get things done and didn't want to add this to my neverending list of jobs!

Santos, good idea about the photocopy. I have a PSC so easily done. Thanks x

HopeForTheBest Sun 02-Jan-11 12:43:37

I put some of ours in large tins. Opened them with that safe-edge tin opener, soaked off the labels, stuck various random items on each lid so it's easier to open (large metal ring, cube-shaped button thing etc) and then stuck a small printout of the puzzle on the outside of the tin.
They look rather cool on ds's shelf!

Eddas Sun 02-Jan-11 12:46:31

ah FAB idea, I know the zip-folders you mean. Brilliant, much better than tuppaware pots. I will see if I can find some later on my trip to asda. I suppose boxes last a nano second in a classroom!!

Thank you x

Carrotsandcelery Sun 02-Jan-11 12:52:07

I have many fond memories of friends' jigsaws in massive Stork or ice cream tubs with the lid of the box sellotaped to the tub. It had never occurred to me to wonder why. Now I know. I too am a child of the 70's.
My mum has a thing about jigsaws so they were always pristine in our house. (Not allowed on the floor, always have to be finished, and so on) Put me off jigsaws for life and I had to fight the urge to repeat her behaviour with my own dcs. No idea what it was all about.

hawthornberries Sun 02-Jan-11 13:00:13

Zippy folders with a cut out bit of the box included, showing the picture. Works for all sorts of games that have flat pieces too. Get at least 25 and you'll be amazed at how many things you find to put in them and the secret joy it brings you <sad storage obsessive emoticon>.

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