How to Ship a Glass Ornament

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Pack carefully to ensure that delicate glass items arrive intact.
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Things You'll Need

  • Sturdy shipping box

  • Foam packing sheets

  • Bubble wrap

  • Packing peanuts

  • Packing tape

  • Permanent marker

There's nothing more frustrating than sending a delicate glass ornament to a loved one and having it arrive in pieces. You can, however, help to ensure that this does not happen by packing the item properly prior to shipping. Shipping companies will offer to pack and ship ornaments for you -- essentially removing the risk to you -- but their materials are often expensive and unnecessary. These simple steps will help ensure that your glass ornament gets to its destination in its original condition.

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Step 1: Choose a Sturdy Shipping Box

Select a shipping box that is two or more inches larger than your glass ornament. Be sure this box is sturdy so that it can help protect and keep your glass ornament safe during transport. The best way to ship Christmas ornaments is by wrapping them securely and packing them in a very strong box or carton. You can purchase shipping boxes from department stores, office supply stores, discount chains and from your local Post Office, UPS or FedEx locations.

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Step 2: Wrap the Ornament in Foam

Wrap your glass ornament in several layers of foam packing sheets. Keep the foam sheets close to the shape of the ornament with the first few layers so that any impact will be on the foam instead of the ornament itself. Carefully tape the foam sheets into place. The Christmas ornament packaging should fit snugly around the fragile object.

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Step 3: Tuck Into Bubble Wrap

Roll the foam-wrapped glass ornament in two layers of bubble wrap, making sure to keep it snug, but not so tight that the pressure breaks the ornament. Tape the bubble wrap in place securely but not too tightly.

Step 4: Add Packing Peanuts

Place packing peanuts on the bottom of the box, filling about half of it with them. Leave room for the ornament to be placed and surrounded by the rest of the packing peanuts.

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Step 5: Fill the Box With Peanuts

Place the wrapped ornament on top of the packing peanuts and fill in the remainder of the space with more packing peanuts. Fill the box with peanuts so that the box is full but not mounded with material to the point of overflowing.

Step 6: Tape the Box and Ship the Ornament

Tape the box with at least two layers of packing tape and write "FRAGILE" on all surfaces of the box, in large letters with the permanent marker. Make sure the color you use is bold and easy to see.

Tip

Avoid using other materials, such as newspaper to pack your box, as they weigh more than the aforementioned materials and can cause your shipping cost to increase dramatically.

When wrapping your glass ornament, make sure you do not wrap it too tightly, as doing so can cause it to break.

Warning

If the contents of your box move around after sealing, your ornament is more likely to break. To check this, lightly jostle your box, and if the contents move, consider repacking the box.

If you do not have insurance on your package, the shipping company is not responsible if your glass ornament gets broken during shipping if normal procedures are followed.

Make sure your box is very clearly labeled as fragile, because if they cannot see it, they may not treat your package any more carefully than non-fragile packages.

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