The Best Way to Store Glass Christmas Ornaments

There’s nothing worse than pulling out the ornament box in late November (or after Halloween if you like getting a jump on Christmas) to discover broken ornaments. We tend to purchase and collect ornaments as a symbol of an important event, hobby, or to commemorate the loss of someone important. Old World Christmas’ nightmares are made of shattered ornaments. To us, it’s personal. Though we can’t prevent broken Christmas ornaments, we can give some tips on storing your Christmas ornaments so you don’t have to start your holiday season with a bin of broken glass. 

OWC Boxes

Old World Christmas ornaments are stunning. They catch the eye, and are fan favorites 100% of the time. Because they are hand-painted, glass-blown ornaments though they are beautiful, they are fragile. We designed them to hang on a tree, not to be tossed around. We also safely ship, display and transport them in their signature green Old World Christmas box. We pack them in white paper inside the box to add necessary padding and softness. We highly recommend using our boxes to store your ornaments—one ornament per box! We professionally pack each ornament, and we think packing it like you found it will keep your ornament safe when it’s packed away. We also think our boxes are great because it makes it easy to give ornaments as a gift. They’re easy to wrap, and delight the recipient. 

Create Space

The key to storing ornaments—glass or otherwise—is to create space. Though it means you might have more Christmas boxes than you planned on, it’s better than opening boxes of shattered dreams. If you have the original Old World Christmas boxes, these are the safest ways to store your ornaments until the following Christmas. However, we recommend storing your Old World Christmas ornaments inside a larger box. We’ve created space around your ornament with the packing fluff surrounding the ornament, and when multiple boxes of individually wrapped ornaments are stored in the same box, the chance of breakage is greatly reduced. The worst way you could store your ornaments is thrown together in a box, and the best way is to give each individual ornament its own space with tissue paper or shredded paper, safely tucked into it’s own box, stored in a larger box with more ornaments packed the same way. 

Think Safety

It’s always cumbersome getting dozens of Christmas boxes down from the attic. Obviously, it’s more efficient to pack things tighter, with less boxes, but because we always have ornaments on the mind, we think the safety of the ornaments is worth a few more boxes. Smaller storage boxes are also easier to handle. Oversized boxes are easy to drop and trip over, but small, manageable boxes make for smooth sailing. Many stores sell storage boxes with cardboard ornament dividers, designed to keep space between ornaments. Old World Christmas thinks these storage designs are ok as long as each ornament is safely wrapped in tissue paper, creating space between the ornament and any hard edge. And, even with a specifically designed ornament box, we still recommend our original Old World Christmas boxes. We ship hundreds of thousands of ornaments in them to our customers and wholesale distributors with very little breakage. The proof is in the (figgy) pudding! 

Keep your ornaments safe this Christmas off-season with smart storage. Focus on creating individual space for each ornament, and store them in smaller storage boxes. Overall, we think our signature Old World Christmas boxes are the best way to store our gorgeous ornaments. Make sure you keep all your Christmas ornament sets together so you don't lose any parts of the set!

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Rachael Mitchell

Rachael Mitchell is a freelance writer based in Seattle, Washington, and has over 15 years of writing experience. She’d never be able to pick just one favorite ornament, but narrowed it down to the S’more and Tennis Ball. She always looks forward to s’mores in the summer with friends and family adding gourmet ingredients, and played 4 years of college tennis in the mid-west.


Where is best to store ornaments? Does cold and hot (meaning summer and winter) hurt them. Right now I store them in my closets, but running out of. Would the garage be a good place?

Joni Patterson

Do you sell replacement boxes for ornaments?

Jane Abernathy

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