Wood carvers began crafting ornamental nutcrackers in the 15th and 16th centuries in England and France, and their popularity endures. These functional figurines -- depicting everything from soldiers to animals -- symbolize good luck and protect your home from evils. Prices for nutcrackers vary greatly depending on their origin, if they're hand-carved and other factors. Storing wooden nutcrackers can be a challenge if your collection includes a wide range of sizes. Many hand-carved nutcrackers are quite expensive, so collectors want to protect their investment by storing them properly.
Items you will need
- Feather duster or soft brush
- Cleaning cloth
- Tissue paper or soft cloth
- Plastic storage containers with lids
Dust your nutcracker with a feather duster or soft brush before storing. Wipe off any spots or stains with a damp cloth and allow the figurine to dry.
Remove any swords or other accessories from your nutcracker if they are separate pieces. Wrap the accessories in a soft cloth or tissue paper.
Wrap the nutcracker in a soft cloth or tissue paper, making sure all surfaces of the figurine are covered.
Lay the nutcracker in a plastic storage container with a tight lid. Store the accessories next to the nutcracker in the same box so you can find them quickly the next holiday season. Plastic containers come in a wide range of sizes that fit most any type of nutcracker figurine. Add extra tissue paper or more cloth to prevent the figurines from rattling against each other if you store more than one in a box.
Label the storage containers with an index card and cellophane tape listing the quantity and type of nutcracker soldiers inside.
Place the plastic storage boxes on the top shelves of a closet or another out-of-the-way area. Another option is to utilize the vertical space in your closet floors to store the containers. Choose a place that has consistent dry, moderate temperatures and little traffic so you won't have to move the boxes frequently.
Tips & Warnings
- Do not store wooden nutcrackers in damp basements or in attics with extreme temperature changes. The humidity and heat fluctuations can cause mold to form, the paint to peel and the wood to crack.
- Save old towels you no longer use. They make an effective wrapping for the wooden nutcrackers in storage.
- Never immerse wooden nutcrackers in water to clean them.
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