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Packaging for Etsy

Fellow Etsy sellers, this may be something you’ve pondered: “how can I creatively and inexpensively package an item for shipment once it’s been purchased?”

{To those who are not Etsy sellers, welcome to the inside scoop on being an Etsy seller! We strive to do our very creative best  for wonderful people just like you! }

As an Etsy seller, Etsy encourages us to package things creatively – that’s one of the big things about Etsy: creativity.

As an Etsy buyer, I would rather not pay extra for spiffy packaging {and I have heard oh so many Etsy buyers say the same thing}. I mean, I think cute packaging is adorable and all and definitely gives an “Ooolala” moment when unwrapping, but I’m on a tight budget {aren’t we all these days?} and as a buyer I would rather put that extra $2 toward something else. {Like my piggy bank for Starbucks.}

So there we have it, encouragement from Etsy to be creative when packaging our darling items  and then the desire to please the lovely customer who would rather not pay extra moola for extra cutesy packaging. What is the solution? Creativity and resourcefulness, my dear Watson!

To share a bit of my own experience with wrapping, I’ve attached some photos here:

Packaging with tissue paper:

Packaging with tissue paper, spiffy string and freebie

Packaging with tissue paper, spiffy string and freebie

{Please pardon the not so good lighting. This photo was not taken in a photo tent. Learn more about taking good pictures here.}

This card was wrapped in white tissue paper and tied with colorful string that coordinates with the card. As I tied the string, I tucked in some cutie patootie tags I had been working on. When I sent this package, Valentine’s Day was around the corner and I wanted to surprise my lovely buyer with a Valentiney item that was sweet and interesting like the blue and red “I love you” tags.  Tissue paper is light! Colorful fun string is light and pretty! This packaged item fit nicely into a cozy plastic bubble mailer envelope.

Packaging with a twist:

"enjoy" flash card

"enjoy" flash card

This is a vintage first grade flash card {50-60 years old}. The thick card stock has been scored for easy bending.

flash card packaging

flash card packaging

Using a decorative corner paper punch, this flash card now has a bit more personality. Etsy sellers: always include a thank you note and one or two business cards.

close up of flash card packaging

close up of flash card packaging

Carrying the nature feel of the card and the monochromatic browns of the packaging, I chose a simple twine string to fasten the flash card around the lovely sunflower card. A small metal eyelet adds a finishing touch of sophistication and professionalism to this packaging. This packaged set of sunflower cards fit nicely into a plastic bubble mailer envelope.

For more ideas and how-to’s on Etsy packaging, check out these spiffy links:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/etsypackaging/

http://etsylabslibrary.blogspot.com/2007/08/lovely-packaging.html

http://handmademarketing.org/etsy-shop-branding-handmade-promotion-packaging/

http://duhbe.com/blog/tag/etsy-packaging/

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Need Some Gift Wrap Ideas?

Wrapping gifts is one of my favorite things about Christmas. I enjoy mixing different kinds of ribbons and paper to make each gift’s wrapping truly one of a kind. Last year I wrapped a gift with gold and cream vintage wall paper, then tied a vintage brown velvet ribbon and a string of small plastic pearls around the gift. Truly elegant!  Here are some gift wrapping ideas for you:

Vintage scarves (e.g.like what the ladies wore in the 1960s to cover their hair) come in many different patterns. This is not only a unique choice of gift wrapping, but also an eco-friendly way to wrap gifts. You can find personality-filled scarves at garage sales, flea markets, and I’m sure there are some floating around in the “Vintage” section at www.etsy.com.

I mentioned this before, but it’s worth stressing: wall paper. Many furniture stores practically give away their wall paper samples to make room for new styles and patterns. Check out your basement or that dark corner in the garage and see if there’s a roll of wall paper lurking there – a free or inexpensive way to wrap gifts is always a plus!

Paper bags. Yes, it may sound boring, but wrapping a gift with the blank side of paper bags can be the perfect addition to a vintage or country Christmas theme. If you’re embracing a vintage Christmas, creamy ribbon or a wide band of lace with a delicate bell would be a sweet accent. If country is more of your style, a red and green checked ribbon,  twine, or Christmas tree stamps on your wrapping would be the perfect relaxed touch for a country Christmas. The grandparents would truly enjoy some pictures drawn by their grandkids – give your kiddos some crayons to draw on the brown paper.  How much does this wrapping cost? Only two words during your next grocery shopping trip: “Paper, please.”

A colorfully eclectic Christmas is always fun and gift wrap can be just as much fun if not more! Stock up on the comic section from the Sunday paper {after unwrapping the gifts there will be fun comics to read while dunking Santa’s leftover cookies in milk!}. Because these gifts’ wrapping will be soooooo colorful, ribbon and fancy tags may not be needed. However, to add an extra dash of fun and texture to the gift, add a loud colored ribbon – that would be eye catching from under the tree!

Decoupage! I was given a set of florally cardboard gift boxes. Not really my style, but I’ve allowed them to keep me company until I decided what to do with them.  Just today I have decided to give them new life by decoupaging pages from a vintage book (from  a novel or dictionary…I haven’t decided…Oh! Or from that 60 year old TLH hymnal I have lying around that I used with a previous decoupage project….). To decoupage, all you need is some Mod Podge or {slightly} watered down Elmer’s Glue. With a paint brush, paint the surface you’re decoupaging {in my case, a box}. Smooth your paper onto the surface – get out all of the bubbles! Give corners and edges extra care and once the surface is completely covered with paper and fully dry give the box an extra coat of decoupage goop {my goop of choice is mod podge.

If you have any creative gift wrapping ideas, I’d love to hear from you!

I’m still trying to decide what theme all of my gift wrapping will have this year {yes, yes, I know….I may be a bit…OCD…but I LOVE gift wrapping!} . This year’s theme may be a tan neutral wrapping {e.g. brown paper, decoupaged vintage pages on a gift box} accented by a deep red ribbon or leftover red and white polka dot ribbon from my Christmas wreath. I am working on some Christmas tags for my gifts, fashioned from vintage flash cards and paper punched with one of Martha Stewart’s fabulous paper punches.

{Will you also be using Christmas gift tags this year? Perhaps a tag from piecefuljoy.etsy.com will fit into your gift wrapping theme (or inspire a theme} for this year! http://www.etsy.com/shop/PiecefulJoy?section_id=7537658}

Snowflake Tag

Snowflake Tag

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