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(17 Posts)
RuthJohn Mon 05-Sep-16 10:28:58

I had painted my cute cousin's image in a 30*45 cm sized sheet. I planned to gift her it along with homemade soaps on her grad party. Unfortunately, I can't be there on the party time. I planned about drawing it ever since she joined the college and I started drawing it when she was in her final semester. I had to give it to her on that day but unsure about it parcelling (I am in the US and she is in Toronto). I thought about parcelling but afraid whether it gets any damage. Suggest some ideas for surprising her by gifting. Please!!

Elegran Mon 05-Sep-16 10:37:24

Buy some sheets of foamboard from the net and sandwich it between them. It is light but pretty strong.

(Why do you "hey" us? You don't need to call to us to get our attention - we will read your post without the "hey")

Bellanonna Mon 05-Sep-16 10:39:52

Can you roll it and put it in one if those stiff cylinder containers, and send it like thst?

Bellanonna Mon 05-Sep-16 10:42:28

I think it's American for hallo, Elegran?? Or something like that, but not the "hey, you" that it appears to be

Elegran Mon 05-Sep-16 11:00:11

That'll be it, Bellanonna It always seems a bit odd to me, but I suppose it is just a different greeting! "Hi" is more used over here, though even that is left out of almost all GN posts.

Usually when a post on GN starts with "Hey" it is an ad disguised as conversation. (As in "Hey! I bought the most marvellous XXXX from the YYYY store at Check it out!"

Bellanonna Mon 05-Sep-16 11:01:49

Yes, I know what you mean Elegran !

RuthJohn Mon 05-Sep-16 11:13:48

Sorry Elegran if my greeting is not appropriate for you. I always used to have different taste. That is my way.

RuthJohn Mon 05-Sep-16 11:18:00

Thank you Bellanonna. I hadn't had any option of rolling. I gave it for framing. Any other ideas?

mcem Mon 05-Sep-16 11:23:58

'Hey' always seems that someone is shouting to draw my attention. Hope it won't creep in on gransnet.

Elegran Mon 05-Sep-16 11:52:29

I wasn't criticising you, RuthJohn - well, maybe I was criticising those spammers who do the "Hey, what a bargain" thing, but not you.

I don't know much about the mail system in the States/Canada, but I do know that here (UK) you have to pack things carefully or they end up at the bottom of a heap, with something heavy on top of them. Good luck.

ninathenana Mon 05-Sep-16 14:05:21

Are you thinking of ordinary mail ?
Is it not possible (though probably expensive) to have it collected and delivered by a courier firm. The foamboard Elegran mentions sounds ideal or a sheet of thin cardboard over the picture/glass then good old bubble wrap

BlueBelle Mon 05-Sep-16 17:37:11

Could it be put in a box to protect it before wrapping

Coolgran65 Mon 05-Sep-16 21:09:20

I sent a picture via post to USA but removed it from the frame as it was too big otherwise. I bought sheets of polystyrene on line, It was very cheap. Two protective layers of the polystyrene on either side, then bubble wrap, then two sheets of cardboard as an outer cover. All then covered with plastic bin bags and well sellotaped. Worked well.

RuthJohn Tue 06-Sep-16 04:19:45

Thankyou Coolgran65. But I really need to frame it. Otherwise, it won't look good. I need to pack it in an awesome way.

Elegran Tue 06-Sep-16 09:08:04

I can't think of any ways to pack it which would simultaneously be strikingly beautiful and highly protective of the picture in its frame and glass. If I were you I would first gift wrap it, with a sheet of foamboard, cut to size, against the glass, then wrap it in bubble wrap and pack it into a large box with extra bubble wrap, polystyrene beads or similar filling. Then send it by a reputable courier.

lesalisha Fri 14-Oct-16 09:26:52

Why you don't get some beauty frame and wrap with some nice box...

lesalisha Fri 14-Oct-16 09:28:32

Take it to a local picture framer. I've done this a few times, it's not that expensive and looks far better than an off the shelf effort from the likes of Ikea.