How to Ship a Glass Ornament

There's nothing more frustrating than shiping 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 your glass ornament for 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.

Things You'll Need

  • Shipping box

  • Foam packing sheets

  • Bubble wrap

  • Packing peanuts

  • Packing tape

  • Permanent marker

Step 1

Select a box that is two or more inches larger than your glass ornament. Be sure this box is sturdy so that the box can help keep your glass ornament safe during transport.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Wrap 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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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 bulging.

Step 6

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.


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.


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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