IN: Competition advice

How to package your physical submission

It is important to make the time to properly and securely package your project. Remember, if your piece is damaged, the judges won’t consider it.


Breakages do occur, especially in transportation. Because it is your responsibility to ensure that your work is packaged properly, try and protect your work from damage as much as possible. There are two packaging methods to consider when transporting your entry: bubble wrap and/or a wooden crate.

How to wrap your physical submission with bubble wrap

If your piece can be dismantled, we recommend that you take it apart and carefully wrap each part individually before transporting it to the drop-off point.

You will need:

  • Bubble wrap
  • Packing tape
  • Shredded paper
  • Sturdy cardboard box for sculptures smaller than 30cm and weighing under 2kgs
  • Wooden crate for larger sculptures

1. Wrap the bubble wrap around the top half of the sculpture. Do this twice and only wrap half of the sculpture at this time. Cut the bubble wrap and secure it with tape. Now overlap the top of the bubble wrap so it protects the top of the sculpture. Secure it with tape.

2. Wrap a double layer of bubble wrap around the bottom half of the sculpture. Make sure to overlap the bubble wrap in the middle slightly. Cut the bubble wrap and secure it with tape down the side and around the middle where the two pieces overlap. Now overlap the bottom so it protects the bottom of the sculpture and secure it with tape.

3. The amount of layers of bubble wrap you use depends upon the form and fragility of your project. Add as many layers as you feel are necessary for your project, but try not to go overboard or under-protect.

4. If you’re using a box, fill it up about 1/3 of the way with shredded paper. Make a “well” in the middle of the shredded paper so you can set the sculpture down in the middle of it. Set the sculpture down in the shredded paper and fill the remainder of the box with shredded paper. Make sure you securely pack the shredded paper around the sculpture so no movement is possible during transportation.

5. Tape the box closed, and write your name and contact details on a label and affix it securely to the box.

Using a wooden crate: what to know

A wooden crate is ideal for sculptures and other large, fragile items. Whether you’ve built your own or purchased one, crates are specifically designed to manage heavier loads. When deciding on the size of the crate needed for your project, you need to take into account that you will also be wrapping your project in bubble wrap and filling in the gaps with shredded paper, and so will require additional space in the crate for that as well. Make sure to mark the outside of the crate with your name and contact details.

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