Stemware, such as wine glasses, Champagne flutes, martini glasses, and goblets, can be bothersome to ship. They are fragile and can break easily. Below are some simple tips on how to pack stemware properly so that these precious crystal and glass arrive safely in its new destination.
Start by acquiring the proper packing container for stemware. Cell boxes are the best packing container for stemware. They are thick cardboard boxes with dividers in them so that each breakable piece is held individually. Cell boxes are usually available in moving supply stores. You can also use the original packaging (if you still have it) or just make the cells yourself using cardboard strips arranged in a criss-cross manner.
Make sure to use a box that is just the right height for your stemware so that there isn’t too much extra space. Usually, small moving boxes will do but you should still check your stemware as wine glasses, goblets, champagne flutes, and other crystal come in various shapes and sizes.
Wrap stemware individually with tissue paper and newsprint. Stuff the inside of the stemware with tissue paper first, making sure that there are no empty spaces. Next, wrap the stemware with several pieces of tissue paper. Make sure the whole thing is completely wrapped by tucking any excess around the globe, into the edge of the globe, and around the base. Then, wrap the stemware with a newsprint. The same method is used as with the tissue paper but this time you should mold the newsprint paper to the shape of the stemware. This means making the wrapping tight around the globe, stem, and base. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to put an extra layer or two of newsprint to be safe. You can secure the wrapping with a moderate amount of tape.
Pack the stemware in an upright position, placing each piece in its cell divider stem first. Never pack stemware on its side as it is the fastest way to break them. An extra layer of bubble wrap could be used to make each stemware fit tightly enough in its cell and give extra cushion and protection.
Gently shake the box to see if there are still empty spaces and the stemware is still packed loosely. If this is the case you should add more bubble wrap or crumpled tissue paper into the empty spaces.
Place a sheet of bubble wrap on top of the stemware and close the box flaps. Seal the package using packing tape to be sure it sticks properly. You should also label it as ‘Fragile’ and mark which side is up.
Address the package and take to your local post office of the shipping company.