Packaging Tips and Advice for Etsy Store Owners
Seeking some inspiration for packaging your lovely Etsy shop handmade wares?
Well look no further! I have plenty to share with you today.
Tip #1 – Get creative with paper garlands and attach a business card!
Tip #2 – Make use of patterned paper and adhesive labels/stickers!
Tip #3 – Always write a thank you!
Tip #4 – If packaging is plain, use contrasting ribbon or paper (as ribbon) to create a little visual stimuli.
6. The Haber Dashing Shop previously known as The Gilded Bee created this lovely package to advertise embroidery floss that was being sold. The three coloured tassels look fantastic!
Tip #5 – Make use of your products if possible. Thread is a simple material to use to create pretty decorations.
Tip #6 – Make use of pretty fabric to create decorative elements on your package
8. Debee Ruiz (formerly Campos) has done it again with this incredible package for her shop Inspire Lovely. A Kraft pillow box topped with a paper doily, a vintage paper tag, two scalloped circles, a posy of vintage paper flowers and wrapped/secured with grey bakers twine and a light aqua/turquoise ribbon.
Tip #7 – You can make use of scrapbook/journal embellishments for your packages
9. Emilie Jouet uploaded her lovely little gift boxes to pinterest and they’re fabulous. Mini white gift boxes covered with contrasting washi tape on the body of the box and the lid and then tied up with colourful yarn and a perfect little pom-pom. Might be a little tricky to send something like this but I remember my first package from Tara Anderson and it was received in a gift bag tied with red yarn and the smallest, cutest red pom poms I had ever seen. So trying something on a smaller scale could be worth considering!
9. One of my favourite ladies; Debee of Art as Life Blog/Inspire Lovely Shop has always created the most beautifully inspiring packages! A brown, kraft box has been wrapped using pink ribbon and topped using a mixture of tulle fabric, paper leaves, a gift tag and layers of paper flowers.
Tip #8 – You can mix up your materials; fabric, paper, yarn and twines to create flowers or ribbons to embellish.
10. Tamaar, who owns the beautiful shop Nest Pretty Things, uses Moo cards as little gift tags on her jewellery packaging. Tamaar used photographs of vintage sheets she owns to create the gorgeous little tag you see in the image above.
Tip #9 – Embrace flat things! For posting; you can embellish plenty with pattern paper and fabrics or pictures of patterns!
11. This little wrapping tip is so simple!! By using several strands of different coloured bakers twine; tying them in a standard knot and trimming the ends (so they’re all even), the Twinery Blog did a fantastic job in using a rainbow of coloured twine!
Tip #10 – Keep It Simple!
12. A beautiful kraft gift box; tied up using twine and topped with a faux flower. A beautiful touch. This is from The Savvy Photographer blog and the box held wedding photographs. (Again, simple!)
13. Tara Anderson had this gorgeous package for sell in her shop Citron Faire at christmas, I bought the contents and received the lovely packaging! I adore the tag; a piece of little fabric stapled to a mini shipping/parcel tag and the contents typed on a vintage typewriter. The flowers themselves were in this little white glassine bag shown above.
Keep it flat and simple!
14. This is another image from Tamaar, who owns the beautiful shop Nest Pretty Things, the one who uses Moo cards as little gift tags from number 10. I thought of another option! Instead of using them as little business cards you could also create postcards to include with your packages. (I love getting a great patterned postcard with packages, I use them as backgrounds for photos in frames or in my journals, or just on my inspiration wall!)
15. Amy from Nana Co. made the most beautiful tags! These were created using paper shipping/luggage tags and adding two layers of contrasting fabric that had been trimmed with pinking shears or using a rotary cutter with zig zag blade and then stitching a fabric label with her logo on it. Very effective huh?
Tip #11 – Embellish tags, not packages. It’s easier to keep parcel tags flat with embellishments as it’s easy to get carried away on a large package. That way, you can still keep it simple.
16. Pretty Things Inside Packaging Tape is terribly quaint and perfect for packaging boxes or envelopes for the mail!
Tip #12 – Use patterned washi tape!
17. Sugar and Cloth wrapped a box with kraft paper, a gorgeous patterned gift tag and topped using silk flowers. Fancy Huh?
18. Holly Becker of Decor8 held a class in Anthropologie in Berlin back in 2011, and this image of the white gift box, adorned with lots of washi tape, a glitter tag and big fabric bow was one of the highlights.
Tip #13 – Forget simple! Depending on your type of product/store, if it’s a friend or a first time customer, you can go crazy!
Tip #14 – Use coloured pens to decorate boxes!
20. And finally for the collage photographs! Here we have the wonderful Anna of Facil y Sencillo who wrapped a kraft gift box with fabric ribbon, lace and sequin trim in layers. A gorgeous touch!
Tip #15 – Embrace Lace!
22. and if you decide just to wrap your packages in Kraft paper you could top them with a lovely label! This is an excellent tutorial from Everyday is a Holiday for DIY Journaling spots and Gift Tags, perfect for Etsy and Folksy packaging!
Tip #16– Make your own labels!
I hope this post was useful for you and you managed to pick up a few tips and ideas on how to parcel up your lovely shop packages ^_^
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I really do hope you got some value from this post and are well on your way to sending gorgeous packages your buyers will LOVE!
Lots of love from me,