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Holiday How-To: Branding Your Shipping Materials

Sep 30, 2008

by Julie Schneider handmade and vintage goods

You know Dasher and Dancer… but do you know from which Etsy seller that fetching present came?  In our second segment, Julie shows you how to brand your items by making clever and attractive shipping mailers and envelopes from recycled materials.  Here is a PDF file with an envelope pattern.

Keep that coal out of your stocking and tune in to the rest of the series for more Etsy Labs Holiday How-tos on sprucing up your shop, shipping, photography and more!

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  • katelynjane

    katelynjane said 11 years ago

    Thanks for the helpful tips Julie (: Some fun ideas I'm going to have to try out (:

  • AshleyJacobsen

    AshleyJacobsen said 11 years ago

    awesome :)

  • peachpops

    peachpops said 11 years ago

    Great tips!

  • littlellama

    littlellama said 11 years ago

    So helpful, thanks!

  • ShiningLightJewelry

    ShiningLightJewelry said 11 years ago

    What great ideas!!! I can't wait to try them :)

  • shabbyroses

    shabbyroses said 11 years ago

    Love it!!!!

  • FrenchTouch

    FrenchTouch said 11 years ago

    Another wonderful video! I love the way you recycle bubble envelope. Do you sew them with a regular sewing machine? I've heard that sewing paper might damage a machine. Thank you!!

  • Seapets

    Seapets said 10 years ago

    I love your ideas, so cute!!

  • littleblackcrow

    littleblackcrow said 10 years ago

    Great!!!Information that I've been wondering about for a while now. I know what I'm going to do today!! cheers and thank you :)

  • raisinlike

    raisinlike said 10 years ago

    I could not find the envelope templates, could you please provide a link?

  • mtraub

    mtraub said 10 years ago

    Here's a link to the Etsy Labs blog where there is a PDF of an envelope template you can download!

  • Birdspoke

    Birdspoke said 10 years ago

    Wow, good ideas,,, thanks heaps

  • petalandpink

    petalandpink said 10 years ago

    Great ideas, thanks!


    MFIPC said 10 years ago

    So neat! Thanks so much for the tip!

  • sandicakes

    sandicakes said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the great ideas. It's always nice to feel special when you recieve something in the mail.

  • dogties

    dogties said 10 years ago

    Cool Stuff! Thanks again.

  • livefunky

    livefunky said 10 years ago

    Great ideas. Thank you!

  • BabaYagaDesign

    BabaYagaDesign said 10 years ago

    That was great! I like to recycle packaging, but she takes it to a whole. 'notha. level... Thanks so much, Julie! I can't wait to start personalizing my mailers!

  • laceandlinks

    laceandlinks said 10 years ago

    Great ideas, thanks

  • Studio618

    Studio618 said 10 years ago

    Love that idea. Thanks.

  • OrangeTwist

    OrangeTwist said 10 years ago

    Great and fun ideas. Glad I found this!

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    AutumnLeavesJewelry said 10 years ago

    Very cool ideas, thanks!!!

  • MAKEitSO

    MAKEitSO said 10 years ago

    Thanks for making the effort to give us some more ideas!

  • laurelhill

    laurelhill said 10 years ago

    excellent! thanks :)

  • saraaires

    saraaires said 10 years ago

    WOWWWW! Lets go etsians! Can't wait to put all this cool advice to practice! nhhháááa :P

  • littlegiggles

    littlegiggles said 10 years ago

    wth. this is the same video as last year. and honestly, i dont think that any of these things would make your items look appealing what-so-ever. but hey, if yall like this stuff have at it.

  • ArgyleWhale

    ArgyleWhale said 10 years ago

    Those look pretty neat. I think the mailers are an important part of packaging. I'm pretty proud of mine:

  • nfall2rt

    nfall2rt said 10 years ago

    What great ideas! I know I would be excited to receive an item in the mail like that! Maybe I should step up my presentation a bit...

  • Owlishly

    Owlishly said 10 years ago

    Great ideas, can't wait to try this out on some custom orders!

  • shavingkitsuppplies

    shavingkitsuppplies said 10 years ago

    You are so cute. Thanks for the tips!

  • swallownest

    swallownest said 10 years ago

    So so sweet to share. Learned and will try some of your ideas.

  • missevilkitty2

    missevilkitty2 said 10 years ago

    my packing for is pretty basic thats the front and heres the back my mailers have cool deco tape on them ..

  • WiseEarthHerbs

    WiseEarthHerbs said 10 years ago

    great iteas!

  • Anika

    Anika said 10 years ago

    Great tips! Thanks!

  • Studio206

    Studio206 said 10 years ago

    These videos are fantastic! I especially like the idea of making the envelopes (inexpensively) unique - make it so they can't wait to open it!

  • Moontree

    Moontree said 10 years ago

    I know I am totally late to this party, but I felt like this was more about recycling stuff to make crafty-looking packages, and not at all about "branding." Very cute and very clever (I liked the bubble mailer tip), but not especially polished or professional-looking.

  • RecoveryRosary

    RecoveryRosary said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the great tips!

  • Berlinski

    Berlinski said 9 years ago

    I just LOVE those ideas! So much fun!

  • urbanforager

    urbanforager said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the ideas. So perfect for my design philosophy of reduce, reuse, recycle.

  • mojospastyle

    mojospastyle said 9 years ago

    This was really helpful in creating cool eco friendly packaging. Thanks!

  • beaconcreations

    beaconcreations said 9 years ago

    Great Tips!! Thanks :D

  • SaintBead

    SaintBead said 9 years ago

    You are too cute, and the shipping supplies are, too. :) Now I have another reason why I can't wait to make my first sale. ^_^

  • tanjadlyn

    tanjadlyn said 9 years ago

    Love your ideas! Very creative. I will try a few of these. I have fabric scraps....may be I'll use em. Check out my blog too! Thanks for the tips!

  • EthelLong

    EthelLong said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the great tips! I am going to create unique thank you notes right away.

  • MrsLaura30

    MrsLaura30 said 9 years ago

    Awesome ideas!

  • thevintagetreehouse

    thevintagetreehouse said 9 years ago

    Great! Makes me what to package up some sales :)

  • BirdTrouble

    BirdTrouble said 9 years ago

    ahhhh! Im so inspired now! *runs to craft room*

  • barbedlotus

    barbedlotus said 9 years ago

    I love using recycled boxes. I get a lot from uhaul that I cut down to size and then spray paint really quick using my almost dead spray cans and some great wall stencils. It doesn't put enough paint on to make the tape not stick, but it does make the uhaul print a little less yucky looking. I also just got a new storage unit and the office started saving boxes for me, which is great because their boxes are blank and the same size as the uhaul ones.

  • sofisticata

    sofisticata said 9 years ago

    Very creative :)! Thank you for your ideas!

  • TheHourglassStudio

    TheHourglassStudio said 9 years ago

    I love these ideas, sure to try them with old things around the studio, thank you!

  • TutusChic

    TutusChic said 9 years ago

    Very fun! I like to stamp images on my packages and I just ordered a return address stamp to use on packages and a shop branding logo from an etsy member. Really easy and personal. Thanks for the tips

  • lynnjulian

    lynnjulian said 9 years ago

    "Make your mailer look like a present"... SUPER IDEA, THANKS!

  • momndaughterheart

    momndaughterheart said 9 years ago

    Great ideas...I'm a recycle freak anyway, so I love all the cutsies!! Thanks Julie!

  • chifinds

    chifinds said 9 years ago

    WONDERFUL video! Thank you so much. You are both informative and fun to watch. Thanks again.

  • AllAboutCats

    AllAboutCats said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the great tips!

  • cyn775

    cyn775 said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the tips. I am always torn between wanting to use as much recycled packaging as possible and wanting to give customers something cute. Great ideas.

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