Items you will need
- New cardboard box
- Bubble wrap
- Scotch tape
- Packing peanuts
- Packing tape
Because water globes come in so many different designs and themes, they can be good gifts for people with diverse tastes and interests. However, because good-quality water globes are made out of glass and other fragile materials, it can be difficult to pack a water globe securely to ship. When you need to send a water globe gift, security is much more important than presentation because you want the water globe to arrive in one piece.
Purchase a new corrugated cardboard box that is large enough for the water globe to fit with at least 2 inches of space in every direction around it, including below. Although you can reuse an old box, a new box will be less likely to be damaged in transit.
Wrap the water globe in new bubble wrap with all of its bubbles intact, making sure to cover all parts of the water globe and base. Secure the bubble wrap with scotch tape.
Put at least 2 inches of heavy-duty packing peanuts into the bottom of the cardboard box.
Set the water globe into the box, upright. Although shipping services do not promise to maintain the orientation of the box as it ships, the side you put the address on will be most likely to be on top.
Fill the box with packing peanuts all around the water globe. The peanuts should be tightly packed into the box, although not so tight that they break.
Close the box. Before taping it shut, shake the box and listen to see if you hear the contents moving. Then open the box and see if the water globe is positioned where you had placed it. If needed, add more packing peanuts.
Tape the box closed with packaging tape.
Write "FRAGILE" on all sides of the box. This will let the carrier know to handle the box with care.
Write the destination address on the top of the box.
Take the box to your preferred shipping carrier. If the water globe is valuable, ask about insuring the package for the value of the item.
If the water globe came with a box with padding, you can use it. Just make sure that the padding fits the water globe well, and then add cushioning around this interior box when you put it in the shipping box.
Some mailing centers offer packing services that come with a no-break guarantee. If you are unsure about how to pack the water globe securely, take it to a local mailing center that will pack it for you.