One of the best things about receiving a package is popping the bubble wrap. Bubble wrap is not only entertaining, it's also necessary when shipping glass.
Step 1: Wrap Glass in Paper
Glass that is properly packaged reduces the chance of it breaking during delivery. Glassware consists of drinking glasses, pitchers, dishes, stemware, goblets and vases. When preparing glass for shipping, the first layer of protection is paper. Never wrap glassware in bubble wrap without paper. Bubble wrap placed in direct contact with glass can leave a permanent impression of the circles. Roll up glassware in tissue paper or newspaper and secure with a piece of masking tape.
Step 2: Wrap Glass in Bubble Wrap
Use three layers of bubble wrap over the paper and hold together with tape. Bubble wrap is made from plastic constructed of air filled circles. The air bubbles create a protective cushion. Purchase bubble wrap in sheets, bags or on rolls. Available colors for bubble wrap are clear, purple, blue, green, red and yellow. You can find bubble wrap at retail stores or mailing centers.
Step 3: Preparing the Box
Glass should be packed in strong, unbending boxes. Boxes with cardboard inserts keep glass items separate. I, you have boxes that don’t have inserts, make your own using cardboard. Label the box as "Fragile" to indicate that special care needs to be taken throughout the shipping process. Open the box and place bubble wrap on the bottom. Add packing peanuts to cover the entire surface of the bubble wrap.
Step 4: Packing the Box with Glassware
Place the wrapped glassware in the box. Dishes can be set on top of each other in the box. Use inserts for packing drinking glasses, and other glass items should be fitted into the box according size and space.
Step 5: Empty Spaces
After the glass items are situated in the box, fill any empty spaces with packing peanuts. The peanuts provide a protective barrier and prohibit movement of the glassware, so it can get to its destination without breaking. While Styrofoam is not good for the environment, green packing peanuts made from cornstarch are biodegradable.
Step 6: Closing and Labeling the Box for Shipping
Seal the box with packing tape. Apply the shipping label to the box and mark it with the stamp that says "Fragile."