Packaging

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Packaging Love Birds
Sometimes I struggle with packaging.  Is it easy for you, crafty readers?  Do you have a method for all your items?
For these Love Birds, I wanted to make sure that kids wouldn’t grab and play with them – to keep them clean and to protect the eyes from being poked out of the fabric. So, I:
  • bagged them in cellophane corsage bags;
  • tied with a strip of fabric from my scrap bag;
  • used a Sizzix machine (a great find at a yard sale last summer!) to cut out the hearts from a wool sweater that I had shrunk. 
  • Added an eyelet (sewing box salvage from an antique store), and some bakery twine (saved from a real bakery box, thanks to NY bakeries that still use it!) to add some ‘love’.  
  • Finished each off with a label printed on sticker paper and punched out with a 1” circle punch – (trying to make the most of that tool purchase!)
Since these are going to be on a shelf in a shop, I thought about them differently than  items that I may store at home and sell online.  But now that I have done this, I’m thinking it would be really nice to ship items like this, too & will wrap, everything sold, like this, through V-day. 
There’s an Etsy Packaging Pool at flickr that I turn to sometimes for inspiration.  What about you?

3 comments:

  1. I think that's a great idea to also pkg them to ship like that. If they're gifts, they're ready to be given!

    I usually wrap my toy sets and smaller items in tissue paper (fun paper not just solid boring colors). I then attach one of my logos that I print out on paper and cut out w/scrapbook scissors, onto the front. Put them in a cello bag and away they go!

    People seem to appreciate the little extra effort in nice packaging.

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  2. Mmm, great topic. I've been running an idea of writing about packaging in my head for a while now. I think I even started a draft somewhere :)
    I don't sell anything in stores (yet ;) but I do package my stuff before sending it out.
    My favorite packaging embellishment is a bunch of colorful and funky yarns (I'm not sure if they qualify for that name, but you can get them for a $1/spool in "overstock" type stores). They are fun and pretty and "finish" the look. I usually hole-punch and attach my business card with a little thank you note on the back. I'm also using the shredded colorful papers (you can put pretty much anything through the shredder, right?). They work very nicely for the 3-dimensional items, like my rocks :)

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  3. Tam, what a great way to recycle and reuse.

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