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Seller How-To: Pretty as a Package

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Danielle Thompson is a blogger, graphic designer, illustrator, crafter, photographer and Etsy seller. She is a part-time graphic designer and also designs her own digital and printable kits, which you can find at Kitschy Digitals online. She also designs her own embroidery patterns, vinyl wall decals, paper goods, stamps, Blythe accessories and more, which you can find in her Etsy shop, TinyBazaar. She loves to spend time with her husband and two young boys in their home of Atlanta, GA, loves Japanese Kawaii, playing with Blythe, photographing anything and everything, and is currently loving her new adventure with instant cameras. You can find out more about her at her personal blog, Thompson Family-Life.

I don’t know about you, but walking down my driveway each day to get my mail is one of the highlights of my day. In the age of MySpace, Twitter, Facebook and email, correspondence through snail mail is becoming a dying art form. But as an Etsy seller, you have the opportunity to revel in the act of sending snail mail all the time as you ship out your orders. So why not have fun with it? And with the holidays quickly approaching, you can stand out from the Big Box store orders by making your packages fun, colorful, clever and eye-catching!

I remember the first order I received from an Etsy seller several years ago. It of course had a few freebies thrown in (which I love about so many generous Etsians!), but even more delightful was the fact that when I pulled the package out of my mailbox, it was a feast for my eyes. Decorated with brightly colored Cram-Cream deco tape and stickers, I thought “Now, this is a package!”

Smile Recipe Stickers – Red and Wolf By SmileRecipe, $4.View Item | View Shop Deco adhesive Tape – Mary Poppins From missmacau, $3.60.View Item | View Shop

You can stand out from other packages, grab the eye of your customer and really make their day by adding a couple of inexpensive touches like labels, stickers, stamps or patterned packing tape, just to name a few. It doesn’t take a lot, but it’s those small touches that show your customer you made the extra effort and that you appreciate them. Show them that they’re not just a number in a warehouse, but a valued customer!

Dress up your addressee area with a decorative polymer stamp. Just stamp your image and then handwrite (which always adds a personal touch) the address in the open area that the stamp provides.

Deco Stamp – Cheer up From nothingelegant, $7.99.View Item | View Shop Custom rubber stamp By RobertoSand, $17.View Item | View Shop

Or use a decorative blank label! It doesn’t matter if the label is self-adhesive or not, you can always cover the label with clear package tape to adhere it to your package.

The County Fair Journaling Tags By elles, $3.75.View Item | View Shop Self Adhesive Address/Gift Label By ahyingmui, $5.50.View Item | View Shop

Not only can you attach things to your package to make it stand out, but the vessel in which you send your product can also have a big impact. A recycled envelope can be much more eye-catching (and also environmentally friendly) then a typical mailer you buy at a post-supply.

Upcycled Designer Envelopes By thecardstall, $3.View Item | View Shop set of 12 recycled map envelopes By picklehead, $5.View Item | View Shop

Or what about a super cute, totally unique mailer that sets itself apart from your typical, boring, utilitarian package?

Fun Miss J Big Paper Envelope Set of 3 From nothingelegant, $6.99.View Item | View Shop Padded Pear Envelopes (set of 2) By PickalaPoopa, $5.View Item | View Shop

It’s always important that your customer knows how much you appreciate their purchase. Before your customer even opens your package, you can say “thank you!” with a stamp, sticker or deco tape. Check out these from your fellow Etsians.

And perhaps most importantly, make sure you protect your packages while en route. The post office can stamp your package with a “Fragile” or “Do Not Bend” message, but why use their boring images?

Fragile No.3 Handcarved Rubber Stamp By kirkus, $10.View Item | View Shop Photos Inside Label Collection By TinyBazaar, $9.50.View Item | View Shop

Hopefully this has inspired you to not only make the inside of your packages fun and creative, but also the outside. In this case, maybe you can judge a book by its cover!

Further Resources:


 

Heads up! Etsy will be hosting a packaging workshop in the Online Labs October 29, 2009 at 4 p.m. ET with Kristal from rikrak.
Topics covered:

  • Beautiful, budget-savvy, eco-friendly DIY packaging ideas
  • How to make a great first impression with your package
  • How to efficiently organize your packaging supplies
  • Packaging & shipping materials and shop branding
  • SnowdropsAndDaisies

    SnowdropsAndDaisies says:

    Lovely ideas, I already gift wrap everything, pop in a little extra niceness and have dolled up my reused padded envelopes but this gives me more food for thought. Thanks :)

    4 years ago

  • peaseblossomstudio

    peaseblossomstudio says:

    I love these!! Nice article and thanks for the reminder. :-)

    4 years ago

  • FrillyButts

    FrillyButts says:

    Thank you for the tips and cute ideas!

    4 years ago

  • BeadinBabe

    BeadinBabe says:

    Thank you for the tips! I love all of the adorable packaging!

    4 years ago

  • hellobrowneyes

    hellobrowneyes says:

    I love these ideas! Thank you so much.

    4 years ago

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage says:

    i love them all! art and creativity are so important to all areas of design!

    4 years ago

  • 1AEON

    1AEON says:

    neat ideas, we got to get on it too:)

    4 years ago

  • BlackbirdsCloset

    BlackbirdsCloset says:

    fabulous!

    4 years ago

  • spange

    spange says:

    those polymer stamps rock! what great ideas.. :D

    4 years ago

  • vivikas

    vivikas says:

    So much cuteness!

    4 years ago

  • Beesnetta

    Beesnetta says:

    Lovely!

    4 years ago

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye says:

    Great advice! I think going that extra mile with packaging and little "extras" really delights the customers and ensures repeat sales!!!

    4 years ago

  • DarkStar

    DarkStar says:

    Aww, GREAT ideas. I'm always so stoked when I get a package that has been thoughtfully put together. It just makes my day! Thanks, Heidi

    4 years ago

  • lilyja

    lilyja says:

    Beautiful finds!!

    4 years ago

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden says:

    OOOH Cute Ideas! My outer package is always plain but inside is a lovely presentation of your item gift wrapped in red tissue with black ribbon and tagged;)

    4 years ago

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu says:

    Really cute!! I love rubber stamps and upcycled packaging.

    4 years ago

  • MelroseFields

    MelroseFields says:

    Great ideas!

    4 years ago

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations says:

    Such good ideas! So fun :)

    4 years ago

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage says:

    What fun stuff! Thank-you.

    4 years ago

  • ooty

    ooty says:

    I love taking extra care at wrapping! thanks for this =0)

    4 years ago

  • HuntersHideaway

    HuntersHideaway says:

    I love packaging orders in fun ways! You have some wonderful picks here!

    4 years ago

  • Vintagefix

    Vintagefix says:

    Great article. Thanks for those suggestions!

    4 years ago

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts says:

    Great ideas, great items, love the map envelopes!

    4 years ago

  • beyondthepale

    beyondthepale says:

    Great ideas and very inspirational!

    4 years ago

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi says:

    Awesome Ideas!

    4 years ago

  • ameliablaire

    ameliablaire says:

    so cute and crafty! i'd luv to recieve a package like one of those! fun mail!

    4 years ago

  • spacejam

    spacejam says:

    great ideas!! love all picks

    4 years ago

  • pitoreskni

    pitoreskni says:

    Some great ideas here that I'll be incorporating into my packaging.

    4 years ago

  • KimPayne

    KimPayne says:

    Inspiring - thank you!

    4 years ago

  • Downandoutchic

    Downandoutchic says:

    wonderful ideas! packaging certainly makes a world of difference.

    4 years ago

  • KasaCollection

    KasaCollection says:

    love them all.... so creative the map ones too

    4 years ago

  • craftgasm

    craftgasm says:

    I love getting a fun package from an Etsy seller, and my customers always comment on the packaging I use to send their items. I send larger things in a reused envelope, but use a catalog page as my address label (covered with clear packaging tape). For smaller items, I use one of the map envelopes that I sell in my stationery sets and type their address with my vintage cursive typewriter. Both large and small packages are tied up with tissue paper (reused) and ribbon, often with a freebie attached. And of course, there's always a handwritten little note thanking them by name that's signed by me. :) I love personalizing the packaging and making my customers feel special when they open their mailbox! Thanks for these lovely options to remind us that buying on Etsy should be a fun experience for our customers. :)

    4 years ago

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese says:

    Such cute and clever ideas! I'm going to work on a design for a personalized stamp this week!

    4 years ago

  • Trudem

    Trudem says:

    OMG makes me want to send something right now! This works for everyone, not just sellers! :)

    4 years ago

  • delightdesignbiz

    delightdesignbiz says:

    Love this article!! And I love that I get to help etsy sellers/buyers decorate their packages, favors and more with my custom labels and stickers. http://delightdesignbiz.etsy.com

    4 years ago

  • IndividJuli

    IndividJuli says:

    I need to order some labels or stamps! Good idea! I like the stamps, They're more environmentally friendly and reusable.

    4 years ago

  • alexkeller

    alexkeller says:

    what fun ideas! i just did a post on our Etsy Trashion blog about packaging too :)

    4 years ago

  • inkblok

    inkblok says:

    Some really cool ideas.. thank you! :-)

    4 years ago

  • lealerjcreates

    lealerjcreates says:

    great ideas! I'm new to etsy and I can't wait for my first sale so I can do some of these ideas. thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • Bricabraca

    Bricabraca says:

    Great tips! Lots of really cool items!

    4 years ago

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds says:

    Great idea for an article!

    4 years ago

  • raisinlike

    raisinlike says:

    Packaging is one of the things I enjoy best in selling on Etsy! And nothingelegant's shop is a dream come true, I've been scavenging it for a while now :o)

    4 years ago

  • impulseART

    impulseART says:

    LOVE IT! I have way too much fun packaging my items as it is but to see all these goodies available on here...I think i'm going to go shopping. :)

    4 years ago

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry says:

    I'm inspired by these wonderful items! A custom rubber stamp has been on my list of things to get for a while now so as to reduce my need for labels--cost effective and more environmental! Love the horse/fragile stamp! Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • KnockKnocking

    KnockKnocking says:

    Perfect!! Thanks so much for all the wrapping ideas!

    4 years ago

  • Pearlk2

    Pearlk2 says:

    GREAT IDEAS

    4 years ago

  • BlueGremlin

    BlueGremlin says:

    thanks! this is something i need to work on thanks for the ideas!

    4 years ago

  • momochas

    momochas says:

    Great ideas. I always gift wrap all my items and I love it!, details are very important in everything even in a package!

    4 years ago

  • TwoKazoos

    TwoKazoos says:

    Cute cute stuff!! Love the "to" "from" stamps!

    4 years ago

  • RetroGlamorous

    RetroGlamorous says:

    Love Snail Mail!!

    4 years ago

  • melis731

    melis731 says:

    So adorable!! Thanks for the great ideas!

    4 years ago

  • artwithallie

    artwithallie says:

    I too LOVE receiving extra special packages in my mailbox. I just wish I could send more extra special packages out to others!

    4 years ago

  • creativelyspun

    creativelyspun says:

    Great ideas and photos! I believe packaging plays a huge role as owning a shop. I love when I buy things and see the extra step of how the item was displayed/packaged to me.

    4 years ago

  • lavenderrabbit

    lavenderrabbit says:

    Love the package ideas, always something fun to play with!

    4 years ago

  • PomLove

    PomLove says:

    yes! packaging is such a big part of the process! i want to feel like i'm getting a present....:) way to go, love it!

    4 years ago

  • PixelWildChild

    PixelWildChild says:

    Some great ideas and inspiration here, and some adorable items too! ;O)

    4 years ago

  • HoneysuckleLane

    HoneysuckleLane says:

    Pretty packaging is always a plus, little extras are always nice, and even if it's plain wrapping, just a handwritten "Thank You" shows that the seller took a little extra time to be appreciative. :)

    4 years ago

  • inthenook

    inthenook says:

    This is great! I'm definitely going to use some of these ideas. And the sample products were all so cute!!

    4 years ago

  • vanessamoore

    vanessamoore says:

    What a wonderful post!! Full of great ideas! Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • revelry

    revelry says:

    What a great article! I so agree with the packaging tips. It's a great way to stand out. I personally print my shipping labels from USPS so they are blah, but adding some of the other decorative things you mention definitely personalizes it. Thanks for all the links to some lovely things!

    4 years ago

  • KBShimmer

    KBShimmer says:

    Great ideas, I love the stamps!

    4 years ago

  • thesockgirl

    thesockgirl says:

    great suggestions! thanks!

    4 years ago

  • lilworkerb

    lilworkerb says:

    Really cool ideas!

    4 years ago

  • postcardsfrompancho

    postcardsfrompancho says:

    I really enjoyed this article. Everything is so cute+beautiful. Great ideas

    4 years ago

  • magickalrealism

    magickalrealism says:

    These are all so cool. I still have a lingering paranoia though that if my package is too attention-grabbing it won't make it past the post office worker!

    4 years ago

  • mylavaliere

    mylavaliere says:

    love the article, really cute ideas!

    4 years ago

  • YellowViolet

    YellowViolet says:

    I really like those map envelopes. Love cool recycled things! Great article.

    4 years ago

  • GothicGlitter

    GothicGlitter says:

    Those are really neat ideas! I love the thought of receiving a unique package - that would just make my day. :) However, I'm always too afraid of it being stolen to dress up one of my own like that, especially if it has to go through customs. I generally work in the opposite direction, going out of my way to make my packages look ordinary so they'll arrive on time and in one piece. I make up for it on the inside, though. ^_^

    4 years ago

  • AmberNicoleDesigns

    AmberNicoleDesigns says:

    Now I feel better about my stamp obsession.

    4 years ago

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest says:

    Packaging REALLY does make a difference, and going the extra mile is always worth it. I constantly have customers commenting on my product packaging--it makes me feel good, and it makes them feel good to know I put forth the extra effort. It's a win-win!

    4 years ago

  • papertreats

    papertreats says:

    Hear, Hear! I make all my envelopes from scrapbook paper! I have always felt the outside should look as cute as the inside. You know it even gives my postal workers a smile too!

    4 years ago

  • itsalljustmenagerie

    itsalljustmenagerie says:

    Awesome article! This really showed me the many ways to spiffy up my packaging.

    4 years ago

  • Firelily

    Firelily says:

    Fantastic article. I have been working on my packaging and this has given me a few ideas :)

    4 years ago

  • WhiteFlagDesigns

    WhiteFlagDesigns says:

    Don't get me wrong, I LOVE getting pretty packages in the mail, BUT... I'm leery of dressing up the outside of my packages- I try not to draw any shady people's attention to the contents which lie within; you never know who'll be handling your customers' orders once they leave your hands. I feel much better shipping my items to my customers in boring old kraft paper bubble mailers, it may be boring, but at least it's safe. I do mark each one with a rubber stamp, though, and have lately been carving my own stamps for this purpose. It's fun, and it adds a little bit of personality to the mailer without making it scream "HEY THERE'S REALLY COOL STUFF INSIDE ME, OPEN ME UP AND STEAL IT!!" Cute article, btw :) Lots of great stuff- I didn't know there were folks on Etsy making actual mailers!!

    4 years ago

  • lostmitten

    lostmitten says:

    Awesome article - I love to make some extra little goodies to add to the packages :) I think it is a good idea to put extra care into the packaging, it shows how much pride you put into your handmade goods! :)

    4 years ago

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares says:

    thanks for the ideas and etsy choices to make my packages stand out. there are so many possibilities, it sometimes gets overwhelming.

    4 years ago

  • patspottery

    patspottery says:

    Some really GREAT ideas!!

    4 years ago

  • meredithfenwick

    meredithfenwick says:

    Hey Danielle!!!!!! You know I love your awesome graphics and I am so thrilled to see you in this feature!!!! :)

    4 years ago

  • lowfidelity

    lowfidelity says:

    Love the air mail envelopes from foundpaperco!

    4 years ago

  • prettypanda

    prettypanda says:

    Great article! I love cute packacing!

    4 years ago

  • petitepaperie

    petitepaperie says:

    Fun article - it is always so nice to receive a well-wrapped package with a bit of flair added to it!

    4 years ago

  • Quirks

    Quirks says:

    So true, and what a great idea for an article. I am constantly delighted and amazed with the lovely and inspired wrappings in which my treasures arrive. Inspiration is contagious!

    4 years ago

  • CrownBindery

    CrownBindery says:

    Such a great article!! Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • flapperdoodle

    flapperdoodle says:

    What a great article!! I think I spend almost as much time on my packaging as I do on my art! It's always so much fun to pack things up and imagine how exciting it will be when someone sees the envelope in their mailbox :D It's one of my favorite parts of selling on etsy!

    4 years ago

  • OneClayBead

    OneClayBead says:

    Great ideas! I like the suggestions to be personal and creative in packaging. I've developed my own presentation and think it's a way to show my customers how much i care about their support.

    4 years ago

  • misspixieporter

    misspixieporter says:

    I grew up loving stickers...And this makes me want to get a sticker album and hoard these! love them! Yes, the packaging is a gift in itself and it makes my day to send them out well packaged as much as I enjoy a nice pakage.

    4 years ago

  • misspixieporter

    misspixieporter says:

    i meant package. And no giggles ladies...I really meant package as in present.

    4 years ago

  • FlutterbyeNotes

    FlutterbyeNotes says:

    love her style!

    4 years ago

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel says:

    great tips!! thanks!

    4 years ago

  • MyMoms

    MyMoms says:

    Great article, love the picks! Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • warpedLaurie

    warpedLaurie says:

    Learn something new every day. Thanks

    4 years ago

  • sweetsmilesbaby

    sweetsmilesbaby says:

    Great article, love the further resources links.

    4 years ago

  • WickedDarling

    WickedDarling says:

    What a fantastic article! These are some great ideas and the products are things that I have been looking for! Thanks so much! :)

    4 years ago

  • JL67

    JL67 says:

    Thanks for the inspiration! :)

    4 years ago

  • josetest

    josetest says:

    ?????>>>>>>

    4 years ago

  • MyPatternedMind

    MyPatternedMind says:

    Love it! These items just add the perfect pizzazz to your packaging :)

    4 years ago

  • rkdsign88

    rkdsign88 says:

    Great article, love it

    4 years ago

  • smilingbluedog

    smilingbluedog says:

    Inspiring article with great ideas... I'm still working on it, but I'm on the right track. Thanks.

    4 years ago

  • Lollapanoplies

    Lollapanoplies says:

    very helpful, & it's so true. the packaging says a lot about your dedication to your craft.

    4 years ago

  • Lollapanoplies

    Lollapanoplies says:

    & it's funny, i was totally looking at the shinzi katoh tape this week. who doesn't love his endearing designs. :) i have it covered on stickers, stamps & hang tags, but this article totally pushed me to go with beautiful tape as well! thanks!

    4 years ago

  • Faeriedtreasures

    Faeriedtreasures says:

    LOL Tias, that totally made my night. HAHAHA! Oh, and this article is way fun! I'll probably save the fancy outer packaging ideas for personal packages to my friends and family, but I always take great care in adding a personal and thoughtful touch to my inner packaging!

    4 years ago

  • vantiani

    vantiani says:

    Oh this is exactly what I need! Thank you sooo much!

    4 years ago

  • SundraSandrusi

    SundraSandrusi says:

    Lovely ideas,Great article!

    4 years ago

  • Megkip

    Megkip says:

    I decorate every package that I send out with deco tapes and stickers. This article is for me, best one yet! :D

    4 years ago

  • philosophi

    philosophi says:

    Thankyou for the wonderful tips. I've purchased more than I've sold...and I adore getting gorgeous packages, but I'm slightly paranoid about making mine tooo scrumptious in case it'll get stolen! I make up for that by ensuring the package inside is lovely.

    4 years ago

  • frenchtoastfriday

    frenchtoastfriday says:

    what a great article. thanks. in the midst of designing my packaging. check it out come saturday! :)

    4 years ago

  • GgaBulShop

    GgaBulShop says:

    Lovely!

    4 years ago

  • lauratoal

    lauratoal says:

    Love the stickers, will be considering my packaging alot more from now on! thanks etsy!

    4 years ago

  • ilovehearts

    ilovehearts says:

    I love packaging...

    4 years ago

  • BayMoonDesign

    BayMoonDesign says:

    Great article. I think it is important to put some freebie in the package also. I have to confess that Cram-Cream deco tape is new to me. I think I am going to have to get some.

    4 years ago

  • Oriol

    Oriol says:

    delicious pakaging ideas! love them all.

    4 years ago

  • indiekins44

    indiekins44 says:

    loveeeee! :D

    4 years ago

  • animalcracker

    animalcracker says:

    Great ideas! Thank you.

    4 years ago

  • crookedpath

    crookedpath says:

    Love the personal touch! Super ideas! Thanks :)

    4 years ago

  • ArtBoxDesigns

    ArtBoxDesigns says:

    I always remember the seller who goes the extra mile to make the Etsy experience special

    4 years ago

  • kirkus

    kirkus says:

    AWWWWW Thank you so much for featuring, sweetie Danielle! :D I love all!

    4 years ago

  • breadandroses

    breadandroses says:

    Great tips! I think keeping packages plain is a good idea, around the holidays especially, to reduce chance of theft. I gift wrap/package items as 'green' as possible so that precludes the use of polymer stickers/labels. Take the time to let your buyers know they are sincerely appreciated with a hand written thank you note or card. Old fashioned courtesy never goes out of style.

    4 years ago

  • VintageStarrBeads

    VintageStarrBeads says:

    Creativity never runs out, but TIME does. I make sure everything I ship is safely packed, I send it next day and the cheapest way. My packing is neat and clean with a small gift box and a small thank you. I barely have time to photo and list and write descriptions, let alone decorate the outside of my packages. The ideas are all so attractive, but I'm beginning to think that I need a secretary to keep up! LOL! Thanks to all the happy and never ending creativity here . Etsy has become my latest EDEN! -Rachelle Starr A.K.A. StarrBeads and VintageStarrBeads

    4 years ago

  • BizzieLizzie

    BizzieLizzie says:

    Oh, I love getting a lovingly wrapped package in the mail AND more than that - I love wrapping up my goodies when I send them out! I'm such a paper junkie myself, so all of these finds are just delish! Thanks for the great article!

    4 years ago

  • beachhouseblues

    beachhouseblues says:

    Great ideas for adding the all important details to our correspondence!

    4 years ago

  • evihan

    evihan says:

    I have already hearted many of them...soo useful

    4 years ago

  • bytheway

    bytheway says:

    Thanks for some great ideas! I never knew about deco adhesive tape! I'm with VintageStarrBeads - I need a secretary to help me out!

    4 years ago

  • HazelnutDesigns

    HazelnutDesigns says:

    LOVE these ideas! I always enjoy a fun package in the mail too ;-)

    4 years ago

  • QuiltFinger

    QuiltFinger says:

    Cute picks! Those stamps are adorable!

    4 years ago

  • misspennyspapershop

    misspennyspapershop says:

    Love the collection! Check out my shop for envelope seals, which will give your orders a finished look :)

    4 years ago

  • inkadinkadoodle

    inkadinkadoodle says:

    Nice article! Snail mail rules!

    4 years ago

  • SquierDesign

    SquierDesign says:

    Oh so cute ideas.

    4 years ago

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    AutumnLeavesJewelry says:

    I love love love nice packaging! I love to receive items that are well packaged. I'm a bit bummed when I order an item and there's no thank you note! CraftPudding was one of my best buys here on Etsy, I ordered a custom stamp for my shop, and use it all the time. Moo cards are great too! EtsyLabs made some really cute envelopes/wrappings...I'm a sucker for anything cute that can be used in marketing!

    4 years ago

  • SudsNSuch

    SudsNSuch says:

    Great info! Off to browse through those cute deco tapes...

    4 years ago

  • lisaroy

    lisaroy says:

    love these ideas! that's the best part - packaging things up - but then I'm a wrapping junkie!

    4 years ago

  • Chantial

    Chantial says:

    I love these Ideas, they are very insightful.

    4 years ago

  • leftylouvintage

    leftylouvintage says:

    Kudos to addressing the Happy Mail ice cream cone clear stamp to Margot Tenenbaum! Btw, I adore artsy, thoughtful packaging. :)

    4 years ago

  • CavemanPottery

    CavemanPottery says:

    I just love nice packaging, to me that is as important as the gift. Thanks for the ideas. I have been meaning to find a personalized stamp, so thanks for the insight!

    4 years ago

  • RubyStudios

    RubyStudios says:

    Cool personal touches! Love those map envelopes. Thanks for the ideas and the reassurance that snail mail isn't totally dead yet!

    4 years ago

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry says:

    Great ideas! Giving a little unexpected gift in an order is a nice touch!

    4 years ago

  • RegalCottage

    RegalCottage says:

    Lovely! So many fun ideas.

    4 years ago

  • sewlola

    sewlola says:

    so many cute items to embellish a package! :) this post makes me smile!

    4 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Lovely packaging:D

    4 years ago

  • psitsinthedetails

    psitsinthedetails says:

    my thoughts exactly --- it's in the details!!! thanks for the fun ideas :-)

    4 years ago

  • BrightWallVintage

    BrightWallVintage says:

    I really love this post - such awesome items! I'm always searching for new ways to spice up my packaging, so thanks for some great ideas!

    4 years ago

  • wristielove

    wristielove says:

    ♥'s for atlanta! thanks for the resources danielle.

    4 years ago

  • poppyfox

    poppyfox says:

    I bookmarked this, A++

    4 years ago

  • cestmagnifique

    cestmagnifique says:

    Great article and I love all the fun little packaging ideas and supplies! I'm going to order some of the decorated packing tape for my packages.

    4 years ago

  • EleanorsDesigns

    EleanorsDesigns says:

    Thank you for the great ideas. It sure makes opening a package that much more fun.

    4 years ago

  • tiemee

    tiemee says:

    Thanks--love the road map packages!

    4 years ago

  • LethaColleen

    LethaColleen says:

    Such a great and timely article...I'm currently experimenting with packaging for some smaller items that I will be adding to my shop soon... It's been so much fun and after reading this I have a couple more ideas I'll be playing around with! Hooray for beautiful packages!

    4 years ago

  • MeowBarkArt

    MeowBarkArt says:

    I share your enjoyment of opening the mail box... it always makes me so happy to see something colorful & packaged with care & creativity. Thanks for the great ideas!

    4 years ago

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat says:

    Nice as it is to recieve a prettily-dressed package in the mail, that's no good if it's not functional for getting your item safely to your buyer! I use almost all recycled packaging & while I don't think anyone's ever said my packages are "pretty", a lot of folks comment that they are "well-wrapped"! And while we're on the subject, can I ask sellers please NOT to include little sparkles or loose pot-pourri amongst the layers of tissue in a package? This really annoys me (it's almost impossible to get out of the carpet) & means I'll NEVER go back to that seller!

    4 years ago

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez says:

    Love this piece...what a fun display 4 the eyes...& an eye opener 4 a newbie/still-learning type ETSY seller like me...thanks again 4 the helpful info...

    4 years ago

  • ShorelyChic

    ShorelyChic says:

    Great article, thanks!!

    4 years ago

  • cassidycay

    cassidycay says:

    I just got back from "super cute and adorable packaging" shopping. It was a blast!

    4 years ago

  • themonstercafe

    themonstercafe says:

    What fun! I firmly believe in packaging and presentation. Thanks for the articles!

    4 years ago

  • RenJewels

    RenJewels says:

    Great ideas, thanks.

    4 years ago

  • artedelprofumo

    artedelprofumo says:

    i think i want all those stickers! and how fun!

    4 years ago

  • SageandSilverJewelry

    SageandSilverJewelry says:

    packaging is important and can make an impression on the buyer. thank you for sharing this article!

    4 years ago

  • titchables

    titchables says:

    Lovely ideas, and so inspiring!

    4 years ago

  • sakizome

    sakizome says:

    I love receiving a beautiful package in the post - feels like christmas and I try ensure all my buyers have a wonderful experience opening up their purchases. It is so fun!

    4 years ago

  • chocoface

    chocoface says:

    Thanks for the tips. I always include one free item and a thank you note. I never thought about making the outside of the package stand out. This is something I might consider trying.

    4 years ago

  • Philopolis

    Philopolis says:

    Such cute ideas!

    4 years ago

  • thedirtyhousewife

    thedirtyhousewife says:

    I love the Mary Poppins tape and the Fragile stamp! Thank you so much for the ideas! I love small yet over the top extras.

    4 years ago

  • JenniferLaBellaArt

    JenniferLaBellaArt says:

    It is really nice to open a parcel that has been given that little extra attention. I ship books which have to go in a book mailer envelope, but I include a note. Now I am making bookmarks for a nice surprise -oops- I gave it away:)

    4 years ago

  • jFrancesDesign

    jFrancesDesign says:

    Tons of good ideas! I have lots to think about.

    4 years ago

  • SparklePaw

    SparklePaw says:

    Adorable, adorable ideas!

    4 years ago

  • LaConchitaNaturals

    LaConchitaNaturals says:

    Stickers, Deco Tape, and pretty packages -- Hooray!

    4 years ago

  • SmilingGirlStudio

    SmilingGirlStudio says:

    I think these ideas are just great! I'm a doodle girl anyway, if something sits in front of me long enough it is decorated.....so it's like giving creative license to doodle away! Thank you.

    4 years ago

  • CharmingByNina

    CharmingByNina says:

    Great ideas! The creative side of my brain is at work again!

    4 years ago

  • MoonpathDesigns

    MoonpathDesigns says:

    Super cute ideas--love the stickers!!!

    4 years ago

  • autumntakesme

    autumntakesme says:

    oh goodness, what sweet ideas.

    4 years ago

  • woodponddesigns

    woodponddesigns says:

    this gives me some great ideas - I plan to start jazzing up my envelopes with all the rubber stamps I have. Fun. thanks for the inspiration.

    4 years ago

  • sleepyking

    sleepyking says:

    Ohhhh WOW! I just hearted a bunch of items/shops. Thank for this article. Inspiring and C U T E!

    4 years ago

  • adriwichert

    adriwichert says:

    awesomeness!

    4 years ago

  • FloralsbyCLT

    FloralsbyCLT says:

    These ideas are great. I have only concentrated on the inside. Thanks for the tips.

    4 years ago

  • OwlandMouse

    OwlandMouse says:

    packaging is on my list of things to work on...

    4 years ago

  • OwlandMouse

    OwlandMouse says:

    these ideas will certainly help! Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • OrangeBlossomCrafts

    OrangeBlossomCrafts says:

    Creative,crafty,and fun! Terrific ideas!

    4 years ago

  • SpiritedWoodland

    SpiritedWoodland says:

    Great article! A little handwritten note goes a really long way, too. I've gotten so many emails from my customers who really appreciate the efforts of nice packaging - along with a personal note.

    4 years ago

  • LaBelleDesigns

    LaBelleDesigns says:

    LOVE ALL THESE BEAUTIFUL IDEAS, THANKS SO MUCH! SO TRUE WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT SNAIL MAIL, SUCH A LOVELY THING TO RECIEVE A LETTER OR PARCEL!

    4 years ago

  • PocketInspiration

    PocketInspiration says:

    How inspiring! I am reading this while at work at my day job as an editor, but can't stop thinking about new ways to package my cards to be more exciting and personal. I do include a personal note with all my packages, and people love them. But there's room for more touches. Thanks for this article -- so chock-full of ideas!

    4 years ago

  • SunliteDeZines

    SunliteDeZines says:

    Presentation is everything. Thanks for the reminder and inspiration.

    4 years ago

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors says:

    Great ideas! Thanks so much.

    4 years ago

  • ColorsOfTime

    ColorsOfTime says:

    Lovely ideas and very opportune for me! Thank you! This article is such a feed for creativity:)

    4 years ago

  • littleclouds

    littleclouds says:

    that ice cream address stamp is amazing! hmmm maybe I need to spruce up my packaging !

    4 years ago

  • TanyaMac

    TanyaMac says:

    Don't forget to doodle on your envelopes too! I do and I really enjoy seeing the faces of the postal workers when I post my happy heart packages! Inside I'll usually wrap items up in magazine paper, tied with string (who dosen't love string?) and finished off with a little heart tag. I also like to recycle old bubble mailers by covering with magazine pages and popping a label on top with the address. (((very cheap but special!)))

    4 years ago

  • theowlclub

    theowlclub says:

    I love the fact that re-using and recycling is a common strand through many of the comments above! Etsy sellers are eco-conscious as well as creative. As a buyer I love to receive creative packaging. My first buy on Etsy was a little owl planter/vase. It came wrapped, with a sweet little note and owl drawing - it was like receiving a present! As a seller, well, no-one has bought anything yet (still waiting, hoping!), but one of the reasons I'm so looking forward to my first sale is the thought of making a package as pretty (and eco) as one I'd love to receive!

    4 years ago

  • KAPARA

    KAPARA says:

    Wonderful ideas, thank you so much

    4 years ago

  • MyGrandmasAttic

    MyGrandmasAttic says:

    Very cool. Supplies are the best on Etsy!

    4 years ago

  • QuiteContrary2

    QuiteContrary2 says:

    brilliant article - great inspiration too for the upcoming Christmas season!! thanks!

    4 years ago

  • SilverNGold

    SilverNGold says:

    Great ideas that make everyone's day.

    4 years ago

  • TheDeepBlueSea

    TheDeepBlueSea says:

    Great to see these! I started a packaging blog for etsy sellers ( http://etsydelivered.tumblr.com ), and I'll definitely be including some of these as tips for my readers

    4 years ago

  • CityChicCountryMouse

    CityChicCountryMouse says:

    I LOVE pretty packaging! Thanks for the inspiration!

    4 years ago

  • prendasbyenid

    prendasbyenid says:

    This is great. I sell some Eco Friendly Recycled Envelopes, and do my mail with them!!!

    4 years ago

  • Morado

    Morado says:

    I LOVE the deco tapes! I just wonder where I would use it....love love love em :)

    4 years ago

  • DiamondDollsCouture

    DiamondDollsCouture says:

    Great article and lots of pretty findings. Thank so much for the info.

    4 years ago

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds says:

    Great ideas. Thank you.

    4 years ago

  • inky56

    inky56 says:

    Wonderful ideas! I like to make sure my packages smell good, too.

    4 years ago

  • elainebiss

    elainebiss says:

    Such lovely ideas!!! Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • sojomaxsboutique

    sojomaxsboutique says:

    Nice article 0=) Now I have to go shopping for fun custom packaging supplies! I marked all my new fav sellers <3 Love it!! Thank you for sharing <3

    4 years ago

  • rstudio

    rstudio says:

    this came at a perfect time, as I am in the process of re-vamping my packaging. Thanks for the inspiration!

    4 years ago

  • mojospastyle

    mojospastyle says:

    I love packaging my orders really nice and cute with goodies so this was a great inspiration for me! Thanks

    4 years ago

  • RocKandy777

    RocKandy777 says:

    This was a lot of fun!!! Packing my orders is one of the best parts of having a shop!

    4 years ago

  • noabrumberg

    noabrumberg says:

    thank you! I love these Ideas!

    4 years ago

  • anadiazarte

    anadiazarte says:

    Excellent ideas!, Thanks a lot!

    4 years ago

  • surfandsand

    surfandsand says:

    Oh,I love the recycled map envelopes by picklehead!!!

    4 years ago

  • Ornamentii

    Ornamentii says:

    Nice ideas! However, be careful as to how you address your packages! I've read/heard how the USPS is a little "picky" as to how the addressee's address should show, and anything creative could slow down your shipment. I suggest checking with your local post office first before getting too creative with the "ship to" address.

    4 years ago

  • mammamiaeme

    mammamiaeme says:

    Nice ideas. Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • myglamour

    myglamour says:

    Very cool ideas! Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • maggielucia

    maggielucia says:

    sorry...no photo/logo yet, but as i prepare to open my first Etsy shop...i spotted this article and thought it was great, and mention something i have done with hand-sewn gifts for my tiny grandniece, located far away. I have a stash of gift bags ( all sizes and occasions) and began opening them up and recycling them for mailing.I have had dozens of comments from the lady at the post office to the mother of the recipient, responding to the unusual packaging and how it brightened their day and put a smile on their faces! maggielucia

    4 years ago

  • jpstyle

    jpstyle says:

    Wonderful ideas! Thank you so much!

    4 years ago

  • ArtfoolDesigns

    ArtfoolDesigns says:

    Thank you so much.

    4 years ago

  • mykonos

    mykonos says:

    lovely packing materials supply!!

    4 years ago

  • TheBloomingSouth

    TheBloomingSouth says:

    Great article, thanks for your tips and great resources!

    4 years ago

  • ImageBoutique

    ImageBoutique says:

    Great ideas!

    4 years ago

  • BLUERAINBOW

    BLUERAINBOW says:

    super cute!!!!! maybe the cutest things i've ever seen... great ideas also, sure i will use some.

    4 years ago

  • avintagebride

    avintagebride says:

    Thank you hard area for me!

    4 years ago

  • brose1

    brose1 says:

    I am not a seller (yet) but I was so excited looking at all your reccomendations and now I added like 5 new sellers to my favorites.

    4 years ago

  • cloud9designstudio

    cloud9designstudio says:

    Great article. Packaging leaves a HUGE impact on buyers. I get compliments all the time on my packaging. And it is so fun to leave a handwritten note saying thank you and little freebies! :) http://www.cloud9design.wordpress.com http://www.cloud9emporium.wordpress.com

    4 years ago

  • TheOrientalist

    TheOrientalist says:

    I'm so doing this for my next sale :) I'm quite excited surfing around looking for things to decorate my package!

    4 years ago

  • RoKoKo

    RoKoKo says:

    good Idea, many thanks! Inspired me.. :-)

    4 years ago

  • Laquita33

    Laquita33 says:

    Wonderful tips - thanks for sharing :o)

    4 years ago

  • ArtsyCraftsy2

    ArtsyCraftsy2 says:

    Super neat ideas, YAY!

    4 years ago

  • TatusWelle

    TatusWelle says:

    wow! Nice ideas

    4 years ago

  • whiteserenade

    whiteserenade says:

    I do this with all my sales plus I throw in lots of extra stuff as a big THANK YOU!

    4 years ago

  • ZuliDesigns

    ZuliDesigns says:

    Lots of great ideas and I enjoyed visiting the shops the author suggested.

    4 years ago

  • PrettierThanYou

    PrettierThanYou says:

    I received a package from the seller HappyFind. It was honestly the most beautiful, thoughtfully packed item i've ever received. It is work buying from her just for the joy of unwrapping!

    3 years ago

  • daisyberry

    daisyberry says:

    This has to be my favorite article so far, the designs are just too cute!

    3 years ago

  • asalwaysangela

    asalwaysangela says:

    I think it's great you actually included products and visuals to match each idea you shared!

    3 years ago

  • brambleandbear

    brambleandbear says:

    Wow wow. It's just makes it that bit more special doesn't it. Maybe I should use some pretier packages, and get stamping!

    3 years ago

  • NSpottery

    NSpottery says:

    Thanks for the tips! I have yet to ship out my first order, but hopefully I can make it special!

    3 years ago

  • charmedstyles

    charmedstyles says:

    This is making me think.... (feeling like Pooh here - think, think, think). I mail my larger items out priority... so the box is standard. But I PROMISE its really pretty on the inside! It's a package within a package!

    3 years ago

  • SnickeringWillow

    SnickeringWillow says:

    I have been trying to think of cute ways for my invitations-cards-tags/decorations to arrive and this has hit the spot!! THANKS :)

    3 years ago

  • mweikel

    mweikel says:

    Such great ideas... Thank you

    3 years ago

  • sofisticata

    sofisticata says:

    Thank you for sharing this!! :) Love all the ideas!!

    3 years ago

  • ShineCraft

    ShineCraft says:

    these are some good finds--i like the map envelopes and the sticker idea in general.

    3 years ago

  • gingerurchin

    gingerurchin says:

    These are all such neat ideas - Danielle has such good taste :) And a good reminder of how much fun 'snail mail' can be! Thanks for sharing :)

    3 years ago

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  • AnotherUse

    AnotherUse says:

    I had no idea that the post office mailed packaging for free. I don't have transportation, so this helps immensely. Thank you so much! The packaging ideas are great, too!

    3 years ago

  • krystallin

    krystallin says:

    I always include an extra goodie with my goods. I remember opening my first Etsy purchase and the seller had included a little blue bow barrette... I have never worn it, but five years later it is still sitting in a dish on my vanity that I use every day. Sometimes a little smile can go a long ways!

    2 years ago

  • ApacheWife

    Britnee Dockins from ApachesWife says:

    Lovely reminder. Thank you

    346 days ago