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Seller How-To: Packaging Ideas

Nov 12, 2008

by daniellexo

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Since I started working for Etsy I turned from a full time seller to a full time buyer. (Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating. I’m not shopping all the time…Sometimes I’ve spent all my money and I’m just adding to my favorites.)  My very favorite thing about buying on Etsy is getting packages — it’s like a little mini party each time, thanks to the thoughtful packaging Etsy sellers put together! Ribbons, stickers, stamps, extra little goodies, oh my.  What a delight!

So, dear sellers, why not show this off in your item listings?! Use one of your photos to let your shoppers know how beautiful your handmade items (and packaging!) are! With the holidays around the corner, it’s also good to let your buyers know your items will come ready for giving.  I’ve selected a few sellers who do this already, and do it quite well.  Click the items to see the gems that are hidden inside!

Want some more tips? Come check out our Packaging Workshop live in the Online Labs Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 5pm EST.

Cup of Rosee by jewelera, $18.50

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Calling Cards of Mysterious Ladies by charmfoundry, $18.00

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Cats Gift Wrap/Padded Envelopes by PickalaPoopa, $5

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Master of the Universe Slug by lullabylily, $11

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Orange Octopus Screenprint by LittlePaperDog, $13

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Natural Girl Earrings by handsinpockets, $6

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Slim Stacking Rings – Set of 3 by PaysonWinters, $27

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Single Ox Rox Ring-Sterling Silver by ruralabandon, $12

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slightly unsightly soap bars all wrapped up in a pretty little package by sweetpetula, $6.99

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I recently received the sweetest handmade package in the mail from kitsandcaboodles! (See the main image for this article, up there at the top.) She offered to share the template to make your own — so here it is!  Just print it on a heavy duty kraft paper, cut, fold and glue!

Click to download the PDF and print your own!


Don’t forget to check out the Seller Handbook – all our how-tos about running your Etsy business!

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve seen an item that includes a photo of the packaging!

Set of 3 Handmade Shipping Mailers- Recycled
Set of 3 Handmade Shipping Mailers- Recycled
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Gift Packaging for Rewined Recycled Glassware
Gift Packaging for Rewined Recycled Glassware
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3 vegan handmade soap sampler gift set in elegant gold gift packaging
3 vegan handmade soap sampler gift set in elegant gold gift packaging
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HOLIDAY PACKAGE DEAL 4 Complete Gift Sets, Each including a Pendant, Chain and Gift Tin
HOLIDAY PACKAGE DEAL 4 Complete Gift Sets, Each including a Pendant, Chain and Gift Tin
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Filigree tin
Filigree tin
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Vintage inspired fawn holiday party package
Vintage inspired fawn holiday party package
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FOLD IT YOURSELF ATC BOX PATTERN -  Digital Download
FOLD IT YOURSELF ATC BOX PATTERN - Digital Download
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KITS and CABOODLES  GOODIE BAG -  The Just the Right Size Bag
KITS and CABOODLES GOODIE BAG - The Just the Right Size Bag
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209 comments

  • JustFeltHungry

    JustFeltHungry said 9 years ago

    I love ruralabandon's packaging! And thanks for the very cute template!

  • sushipie

    sushipie said 9 years ago

    my gift wrap is different almost every time so i don't know about pics on my listings but mentioning that i gift wrap in my announcement is a great idea! ;) thanks!

  • littlesaplingtoys

    littlesaplingtoys said 9 years ago

    We package our toys in wood curls and recycled boxes!

  • michelemaule

    michelemaule said 9 years ago

    Great ideas Danielle! :)

  • TheCraftyDragonfly

    TheCraftyDragonfly said 9 years ago

    I love seeing everyone's packaging! That really IS such a cool part of getting Etsy goodies!! :) I do show the packaging of my items in my other shop jenniferaboston.etsy.com...unless I need all five pictures for the item! :)

  • TheCraftyDragonfly

    TheCraftyDragonfly said 9 years ago

    Oh yeah, Sweet Petula really DOES have awesome packaging...and killer products to go with it!!

  • HomemadeZen

    HomemadeZen said 9 years ago

    very cool ideas!

  • LegendaryTigerHero

    LegendaryTigerHero said 9 years ago

    I'll take a nicely wrapped gift anytime!!

  • handsinpockets

    handsinpockets said 9 years ago

    What beautiful packaging! Thank you so very much for including a snippet from my jewelry packaging.

  • nfall2rt

    nfall2rt said 9 years ago

    What great ideas! I do gift wrap my products, but definitely will start thinking about the mailers too! How fun!

  • Stonewareporcelain

    Stonewareporcelain said 9 years ago

    WOW! Great Ideas!

  • Arctida

    Arctida said 9 years ago

    Oh goodie, so many wonderful ideas :) Thanks for sharing!

  • bombshellstudios

    bombshellstudios said 9 years ago

    Wow, I love that envelope! Great article!

  • MagicalPonyFarm

    MagicalPonyFarm said 9 years ago

    I love to make my packaging look cute, but I keep the outside simple, and the inside exciting. I worry that if it looks too flashy or appealing on the outside someone might be tempted to see what's inside! hehe

  • heidiburton

    heidiburton said 9 years ago

    Bladdy good idea! *Rummages for packagey pics*

  • GoldtoneDesigns

    GoldtoneDesigns said 9 years ago

    Very cute! You have a convo Danielle ♥

  • alibli

    alibli said 9 years ago

    I loooove gift wrapping! I have involved almost all my family members in the production of handmade boxes and tags for my jewellery... we look like Santa's little helpers...

  • truLuxe

    truLuxe said 9 years ago

    I do... it's the last photo on this set of my 14 Needle Felted Wool Acorns... and a few others, but clearly I need to add it to all of my items!!! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=17113302

  • jessiemccann

    jessiemccann said 9 years ago

    Wonderful ideas!

  • TickledPinkKnits

    TickledPinkKnits said 9 years ago

    Awesome ideas :)))

  • NooniJewelry

    NooniJewelry said 9 years ago

    great ideas, I was just trying to think of some good packaging ideas! :)

  • princesslotta

    princesslotta said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the ideas - and it definitely leaves a lasting impression! I have gone back just for that reason - love etsy!

  • MeghanT

    MeghanT said 9 years ago

    Danielle I loved this article! Thanks. I'm going to try printing up some of those boxes, so thanks for posting the link to the PDF file. :)

  • iheartchelsyanne

    iheartchelsyanne said 9 years ago

    I can't open shop yet due to the *packaging production process*...I want it to be sooo special for the receiver, just as you said; "a party". It's almost ready though:) These ideas were very fun, thanks for sharing! p.s. I love Etsy!

  • oliveandbee

    oliveandbee said 9 years ago

    I loved this article! Thank you so much. I'm new seller in ETSY, please come to my small shop http://www.oliveandbee.etsy.com God bless!

  • daniellexo

    daniellexo said 9 years ago

    TruLuxe - great packaging! Recycled too :D

  • PickalaPoopa

    PickalaPoopa said 9 years ago

    Thank you for including my padded envelopes! Lots of great ideas here!

  • moonwoodstudio

    moonwoodstudio said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration. I'm new to Etsy too and not quite open yet. But packaging ideas for my jewelry and toys is always helpful. Stop by and visit my shop in a week or so!

  • AnnaGraceHandbags

    AnnaGraceHandbags said 9 years ago

    Being a newbie I appreciate the ideas - this has been running through my mind and now I think I know what I'll be doing - thanks so much!

  • Ryanplz

    Ryanplz said 9 years ago

    you did well today. thanks for sharing all your great tips danielle!

  • kitsandcaboodles

    kitsandcaboodles said 9 years ago

    I hate that I missed the packaging talk! I bet it was great. Thanks for including my lil ol' envelope! I think I saw some fused plastic envelopes somewhere recently... ah, here they are! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_2&listing_id=13042440 Great related items btw!

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 9 years ago

    Awesome ideas!

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 9 years ago

    "cute handmade stuff inside..." clever!! how you present your goods is very important and says a lot about you as an artist and how you (and your buyer) value your art.

  • daniellexo

    daniellexo said 9 years ago

    Thanks Ryanplz! Love those upcycled plastic envelopes, Kits! And to all the Newbies: please come out to the Virtual Labs where we have "Newbie Chats" a few times a week. You can see the schedule here: http://www.etsy.com/virtual_labs.php

  • poppylane

    poppylane said 9 years ago

    ohhh, creative packaging makes my heart race! Thanks to kitsandcaboodles for her envelope template, it's so cool.

  • beatrixmoldesigns

    beatrixmoldesigns said 9 years ago

    OH No! I'm glad I saw this as I haven't had to worry much about packaging before as the galleries have always done it. Now the little satin bags don't seem so great as I want my customers to recieve something fantastic. Thinking cap on!!Thanks to everyone.

  • jewelera

    jewelera said 9 years ago

    Aww, thank you for picking my packaging as an example, I'm so honored! =D

  • Jqline

    Jqline said 9 years ago

    This is cool! Thanks for sharing. n_n

  • celestefrittata

    celestefrittata said 9 years ago

    great article and useful! Thanks for including my "cute handmade stuff inside" mini lunch bags!

  • elsiee

    elsiee said 9 years ago

    Jewelra's packaging is as beautiful, thoughtful and creative as her jewelry, she really sets the standard in sooooo many ways!

  • jewelera

    jewelera said 9 years ago

    kitsandcaboodles, you are having a heart surgery tomorrow? I wish you good luck with everything, I hope you get well soon and get back to etsy ASAP! :)

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 9 years ago

    some great ideas, thanku :)

  • julietaromano

    julietaromano said 9 years ago

    the orange octopus are lovely

  • RubyBeets

    RubyBeets said 9 years ago

    Great ideas! Thank you! I love to have crinkle paper at the top,so when the box is opened.....Viola,a smile!

  • tinyhappy

    tinyhappy said 9 years ago

    fabulous article. thank you!

  • amiescardshoppe

    amiescardshoppe said 9 years ago

    How clever! i love the cute little octopus. I'm not sure what the first picture is, is it just an envelope? Cause i love it! :)

  • cynthiacallan

    cynthiacallan said 9 years ago

    It's all in the details!

  • corelladesign

    corelladesign said 9 years ago

    thanks for the great ideas. especially from kitsandcaboodle.

  • medusa1307

    medusa1307 said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much for the ideas.

  • babypeasandcarrots

    babypeasandcarrots said 9 years ago

    Love all of the fun ideas!

  • gijane5150

    gijane5150 said 9 years ago

    great IDEA!!! trust me the packaging items are marked as my favorites!!! thanks girl :)

  • popsiclestick

    popsiclestick said 9 years ago

    I crochet blankets, so I get my tags custom made by heyjenrenee. Because they're mostly for babies, I have her do initials and then tag my blankets with the recipient's letter. Love the upcycled plastic mailers and am inspired to surf around and find more Etsy-made wrappings. Much thanks!

  • autumnsarrival

    autumnsarrival said 9 years ago

    Wonderful ideas- I also make little boxes out of scrapbook paper for each pair of shoes- that way it feels like Christmas every time a buyer receives their order. I do it because it feels special to each one & I know I can't wait to open the little boxes to see what's inside- and it makes it so much easier for gift giving.

  • nichan

    nichan said 9 years ago

    thank you for the inspiration...I'm looking for bag packaging for international/worldwide shipping...one of the boxes inspires, indeed b(^.^) ... Hmmm...i don't think for international package, outside decoration can be applied, but I think inside decoration can

  • soap

    soap said 9 years ago

    pretty packaging! i've been switching up my soap packaging, printing my own designs but i've been burning through a lot of ink this year. i might try to standardize it more during the holidays since my cartridges have been running on "low" recently. thanks for the article, danielle!

  • PaintedHorse

    PaintedHorse said 9 years ago

    Wow! Thank you for this great article! I am all about gift wrapping. I want my clients to know just how much I appreciate them finding my shop and purchasing one of my designs. When they receive my package, the outer carton is totally recycled and actually plain, but then there is pretty "gift" inside. Here is a link to one of my photos. I try to have a photo of my packaging on all of my designs. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=15501028

  • courtneyannedesigns

    courtneyannedesigns said 9 years ago

    great ideas! thanks

  • woodponddesigns

    woodponddesigns said 9 years ago

    Good article, but I would love to see more samples of what others do for packaging. Also curious what little "extras" sellers put into the box.

  • laurabrownart

    laurabrownart said 9 years ago

    yay! this totally answers my agonizing questions about mailers! thank you for the great ideas.

  • wildhoneypie

    wildhoneypie said 9 years ago

    What a simple things but yet such a huge impact! Thanks for the ideas. It's always fun to learn and new fresh ideas.

  • VintagePaperParade

    VintagePaperParade said 9 years ago

    thanks for including my little fawn set! great ideas. packaging is one of my favorite parts!

  • zakkaArt

    zakkaArt said 9 years ago

    great ideas! i'm polishing up my packaging skills too!

  • peekabooproductions

    peekabooproductions said 9 years ago

    What clever ideas! I love it! I'm going to start taking pics of my items in their packaging and adding them to my site, as well! Inspiration!

  • IndigoValley

    IndigoValley said 9 years ago

    Cool ideas! When I'm all moved into my new home, I'm going to work on stepping it up a notch with my packaging!

  • Valleycreations

    Valleycreations said 9 years ago

    Beautiful packaging! Thanks for the template!

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 9 years ago

    There is only one thing better than receiving a present - a present that comes in the mail!! I gift wrap all my items and make sure that it looks just adorable so the wonderful person receiving it is thrilled. I always put 'picture' stamps on my packages aswell - I love stamps - and I always try to wrap the outside in plain brown paper - How Exciting!! When I gift wrap I imagine that it will be me opening it - and I Love presents! thanks for the article!

  • soulyluna

    soulyluna said 9 years ago

    zacklee what i've been looking for!!! thank you :)

  • eclecticcurio

    eclecticcurio said 9 years ago

    lovely packaging! thanks for sharing!!

  • missbreezysbox

    missbreezysbox said 9 years ago

    I worked on my tags, but not my packaging. Thank you. I really like kitsandcaboodles packaging. Great job.

  • mloartwear

    mloartwear said 9 years ago

    yes, the packaging is very important to show how we care about our customers. Thank you!

  • NovaScotiaBeachGlass

    NovaScotiaBeachGlass said 9 years ago

    Thank you for the great ideas. It's always nice to see a little time taken out to wrap a order nice. It shows you care about the customer and their order.

  • MagnoliaFern

    MagnoliaFern said 9 years ago

    I haven't worked out a difinitive packing system, but usually for a fish bowl, it goes in a small cardboard box with our etsy address on it, the small box is padded with plain newsprint from an old sketching book, a few cheery hearts cut from magazines, a buisness card and then that all goes in a medium box from the post office.

  • Popplin

    Popplin said 9 years ago

    fabulous article, thanks for sharing.

  • StampinMom

    StampinMom said 9 years ago

    Ooo, what a great article! LOVE that envelope from Kits & Caboodles, thanks for sharing!

  • JazzGreen

    JazzGreen said 9 years ago

    great ideas here...

  • shiplett

    shiplett said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the great ideas. Fun to see how different shops package their goods. Smart to show shoppers what it will look like.

  • delightworthyn

    delightworthyn said 9 years ago

    Great ideas!It's good to think outside the box[haha]

  • SmadarsTreasure

    SmadarsTreasure said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing those great ideas! :)

  • bijougirldesigns

    bijougirldesigns said 9 years ago

    I'm going to start adding photos of my packaging as well, it's very pretty (if I don't say so myself) but what I'm wondering is this, should I sacrifice one of five pictures in every listing? Or would it work in every other listing? I would love it if Etsy thought about adding one or two picture ploads onto our profile page...because that would be an excellent way to showcase packaging as well. Just a thought...

  • SandFibers

    SandFibers said 9 years ago

    I started using my last photo to show the gift wrapping in just about every listing when we got the extra photo almost two years ago. (Tho' my wrapping has changed, become more "special," since I ran out of the ribbon I had been using, so I guess I should change the photo as well.) hehe Great article! :D

  • HModine

    HModine said 9 years ago

    I am a huge packaging fan. That is why I love shopping on etsy, most things are lovingly are creatively packaged! Every time a get an etsy package, it is like a little gift!

  • Sneddonia

    Sneddonia said 9 years ago

    Such great ideas here!

  • TheQuiltedPumpkin

    TheQuiltedPumpkin said 9 years ago

    Good ideas...things to remember! When I buy I love to receive my purchase in cool, unique packaging. It makes me feel special :) , and I admire the crafter who takes that li'l extra step to wrap her handmade in nice packaging. To me, from beginning to end, she cares about her workmanship. Recently, I've received earrings in some unique packaging from duckduckGoosestuff. I like her special paper, but what I especially liked was the yarn she used to tie up her tiny package...multi-colored and kind of natty...good stuff!

  • bonjourpierre

    bonjourpierre said 9 years ago

    such cute ideas! I really like the bags that say, "cute handmade stuff inside." How clever!

  • brownbunnybyiris

    brownbunnybyiris said 9 years ago

    Gift wrapping is the non plus ultra!!!!!!

  • KathrynandOliviaG

    KathrynandOliviaG said 9 years ago

    As usual very provocative and creative ideas! Do love Etsy!

  • happysilence

    happysilence said 9 years ago

    Good idea. Thanks for the article!

  • kibbles

    kibbles said 9 years ago

    Personally, I'd much rather put my time and effort into the product. My packaging keeps the product safe, dry, and unbreakable.

  • RajeansJewelBox

    RajeansJewelBox said 9 years ago

    I have my own packaging, but i really love the tin and filigree..thats another gift all in itself!

  • KnitzAndFeltz

    KnitzAndFeltz said 9 years ago

    Great Ideas with the holidays and with EVERY day! It's always fun to get a pretty package...

  • mswedowsky

    mswedowsky said 9 years ago

    I package all my jewelry in hand-sewn pouches made from vintage-inspired fabric. It takes me about 20 minutes to sew one pouch, but I think it gives my items an extra special touch.

  • msommersted

    msommersted said 9 years ago

    Great creativity for getting greener!

  • FoxyGknits

    FoxyGknits said 9 years ago

    These are great ideas for packaging, and most of the items appear to be small - with the exception of the rewined recycled glassware. I am new to etsy and would love for you to stop by and share any ideas and/or suggestions for gift wrapping scarves, shawls and wraps.

  • tisana

    tisana said 9 years ago

    Nice ideas, thanks.

  • knitNthings

    knitNthings said 9 years ago

    Boo Hoo! I love the envelope template but the file won't open??

  • sweetcreekherbs

    sweetcreekherbs said 9 years ago

    Great idea. I agree with many etsy sellers. I package differently with whatever I have on hand. But, mentioning gift wrapping would definitely be a plus! Thanks!

  • Kimmi

    Kimmi said 9 years ago

    Great article. Extra touches mean so much!

  • soradesigns

    soradesigns said 9 years ago

    nice work. it's very helpful.

  • MeaghanMariePretties

    MeaghanMariePretties said 9 years ago

    I have received one of KitsAndCaboodles packages and they're seriously so much fun! I love getting packages from her, I'm not which I love more, the packing or the Caboodles themselves! Great ideas everyone!

  • lullabylily

    lullabylily said 9 years ago

    Thank you daniellexo for another fantastic article. And also your favorites - I loved just about everything in there! You are so brilliant at finding fascinating things.

  • gingerlilydesigns

    gingerlilydesigns said 9 years ago

    thanks for op for provoking this discussion. i've wrestled with this for years. i have to balance out the need for protection for relatively fragile, or, at least, squashable, jewelry with something lightweight for shipping. stymied for years, yesterday i ran across a stash of empty altoid tins. hummmm. the right size, with earrings protected by bubble wrap inside so they are not slippin' and a slidin' - strong enough that the post office probably won't crush them. i've not the time to decorate each according to the little cache of jewels it will hold, but some spray paint and a filigree might just do it, maybe a scattering of little paper flowers..... extras? just imho - in 9 years of buying and selling online, i've received items from only one seller that are useful - peppermint drops. the little dodads otherwise have been of the sort that i keep them for a year, never quite finding the right place to store them, not to my taste and so not usable in my work, and then either pitch them or give them away. i'm happy receiving my purchase quickly and well protected in shipping. that's enough for me.

  • FrontStreetStudios

    FrontStreetStudios said 8 years ago

    Lovely ! Lovely !

  • mariaburgos

    mariaburgos said 8 years ago

    Thanks! I did it in the past but clearly I have to do it again.

  • lilianabead

    lilianabead said 8 years ago

    Thank you for another well-written and informative article. Happy Holidays :)

  • cocoachuchu

    cocoachuchu said 8 years ago

    thanks for sharing!

  • mrmichou

    mrmichou said 8 years ago

    We will open our shop soon and are already working on the packaging. It is recycled and original and will make you think: now, why didn't I think of that? Greetings from Mexico, loved the article.

  • AutumnGreetings

    AutumnGreetings said 8 years ago

    Great ideas, thanks!

  • PrincessPunk

    PrincessPunk said 8 years ago

    great article, went right into my favorites! thanks!

  • turquoise100

    turquoise100 said 8 years ago

    Thank you!Learning

  • risingphoenixtoys

    risingphoenixtoys said 8 years ago

    I love articles like this, they are so inspirational!

  • Soov

    Soov said 8 years ago

    I love seeing how people ship their handmade items! Last night I posted photos of mine on my blog. http://roxandthings.blogspot.com Thanks for the great article!

  • sbeads

    sbeads said 8 years ago

    Wow, thank you! Great ideas!!!

  • IlluminatedPerfume

    IlluminatedPerfume said 8 years ago

    Such fantastic and creative packaging ideas here, thank you for twittering this out to us tweeters. :-)

  • sacredjewelry

    sacredjewelry said 8 years ago

    I got some great ideas from this. Thanks so much!

  • ClaudineMJ

    ClaudineMJ said 8 years ago

    I actually just started wrapping my stuff a little cuter lately. I'm a new seller but I realized it would be nice to have a nice wrapping. So I was going to buy some pre-made labels and then my very crafty MIL said, "why not make your own with stencils and other?" So that's what I've been doing. Each item is different depending on who I'm making it for and what I have available but I did take a photo and post it on my listings. It's really so much fun to see what everyone does. Everyday I grow more and more interested in all things ETSY! LOL

  • MiladyLeela

    MiladyLeela said 8 years ago

    It is always nice to see how others package their goodies. The packaging is really just as important as what is inside. Thanks for the insirations.

  • lunaticart

    lunaticart said 8 years ago

    Thank you!!!!!

  • artdelight

    artdelight said 8 years ago

    the packaging is an art in itself!

  • BellaAngelDesigns

    BellaAngelDesigns said 8 years ago

    I'm still a bit clueless about what I want to use for my packaging. Right now it's going to be what's affordable but nice.

  • memorispreciosa

    memorispreciosa said 8 years ago

    very nice great idea,have not thought about packaging waiting for my first sell thanks for the tip

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 8 years ago

    Thank you -- it's so helpful to see examples -- very impressive!

  • LoriAnnEnchanted

    LoriAnnEnchanted said 8 years ago

    These are great ideas. Thanks!

  • lassandaliasdeana

    lassandaliasdeana said 8 years ago

    ohhh, nice package!!!! thanks!!! ;)

  • HappyGirlzDesigns

    HappyGirlzDesigns said 8 years ago

    Thanks for giving me beautiful ideas. Going to update my packaging tonight! Lovely!

  • twinkletoes27

    twinkletoes27 said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring. Makes me want to step up my packaging. Thanks!

  • ThreeRingPetticoat

    ThreeRingPetticoat said 8 years ago

    i love to scrapbook, sending packages through the mail is just another form of the hobby. I like receiving hand designed packages, so that's what you can expect from me! =)

  • JustBeArt

    JustBeArt said 8 years ago

    very helpful information - an eye opener on all the R&D required for the life cycle of a product

  • LaLah

    LaLah said 8 years ago

    LOVE IT!!! Packaging is one of my favorite parts of selling an item...because you get to do something special for the buyer...so fun

  • dsenyo

    dsenyo said 8 years ago

    Great topic for an article. This is an area I am working on. Thanks for the ideas!

  • TexasEagle

    TexasEagle said 8 years ago

    Great ideas. We professionally package all our photos and I've wondered if I should include pix...now I know! Thanks!

  • mLindvall

    mLindvall said 8 years ago

    I recently added a post to my blog regarding packaging. It's clear to me now that I must add the photos to my etsy listings, as well! Thanks so much for the input! www.mlindvall.blogspot.com

  • 4guysandagirl

    4guysandagirl said 8 years ago

    very helpful and creative. Thanks!

  • jhollywooddesigns

    jhollywooddesigns said 8 years ago

    I just have to get some Moo cards to help w/my packaging! Love, love, love to see everyone's ideas - it makes me want to improve mine...

  • mLindvall

    mLindvall said 8 years ago

    Wrong address for my blog above...so sorry! www.monalindvall.blogspot.com

  • gretchensglass

    gretchensglass said 8 years ago

    I loved the article and have started adding pictures to my products as well. I was unable to open the pdf on the design from Kits and Caboodles, however. Hope that will work soon.

  • DaysLight

    DaysLight said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the tips. Think receiving packages one of the prime Etsy buyer experiences. It's like receiving a gift from a friend -- probably anything packaged with that in mind is sure to please. New trend in recycled materials is great too. Tip for flat paper items: cellophane bags are eco-friendly!

  • thedirtyhousewife

    thedirtyhousewife said 8 years ago

    Really great ideas and so pretty!

  • MABjewelry

    MABjewelry said 8 years ago

    Great ideas! I also received a package once that was a reused cut Froot Loops box. Genius!

  • u2robles

    u2robles said 8 years ago

    I love the padded envelope idea! Great article!

  • hildes

    hildes said 8 years ago

    Many good ideas. Thanks a lot :-)

  • BigGirlJewelry

    BigGirlJewelry said 8 years ago

    Most, if not all, of my items have a picture of my packaging so my customers can see what they are likely to receive when they request a gift box. I do not, however, include gift packaging automatically because I value the environment too much to send something that may just be thrown in the trash. I love receiving items in repurposed packaging.

  • aCatsNest

    aCatsNest said 8 years ago

    So good to read, great ideas, thank you!

  • LuxurySpa

    LuxurySpa said 8 years ago

    Lots of wonderful tips & ideas! I love creating my own packaging! Very inspirational! This will get me going on some new ones.

  • hearthsidetreasures

    hearthsidetreasures said 8 years ago

    kitsandcaboodles, where did you go??? When I try to click on your links, they all say, "Uh oh! Sorry, the user you are looking for no longer has an active account".

  • rabbitwhiskers

    rabbitwhiskers said 8 years ago

    I loved seeing all of these wonderful packaging ideas!! I love thinking of ways to make the package look great and these are all so wonderfully creative! Thank-you!!

  • PatricianCrafts

    PatricianCrafts said 8 years ago

    I've included a photo of packaging in some of my listing...hope you enjoy them. See Pumpkin Spice Abacus Set. I also made mailing labels, gift cards and thank you for your order cards with my Banner logo. I'd be happy to share my designs.

  • modstitches

    modstitches said 8 years ago

    I'm inspired! This would be a great way to involve my son in my business. He loves to stamp and paste.

  • modstitches

    modstitches said 8 years ago

    Has anyone had problems with mailing envelopes with lots of text(such as those made from magazines?

  • redeemeduniqueart

    redeemeduniqueart said 8 years ago

    Fantastic ideas - thanks for sharing! Just in time to ship a large custom order too!

  • dazzlecreations

    dazzlecreations said 8 years ago

    I am new to Etsy world but I am finding so inspired by all these great and wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing and these packaging are awesome. Keep it up..

  • Litlbrownbird

    Litlbrownbird said 8 years ago

    I love the kraft envelopes but will they tear during the shipping process is my worry. Any suggestions?

  • teachergurrl

    teachergurrl said 8 years ago

    Very cute ideas! I usually include something extra with my shipments, and since I sell original artwork, I always do a sketch on the envelope...just to make it pretty and stand out in the mail.

  • barefootweaver

    barefootweaver said 8 years ago

    Thank you for all the ideas!! I am still working on my packaging though I always wrap my items in tissue and cording which I make from my weaving yarns! I love brown paper packages and maybe I should rethink!! Anyway, Thanks!!!!

  • OddBirds

    OddBirds said 8 years ago

    I was so happy to receive my first Etsy purchase – both because I love getting mail and it seemed so lovingly put together, with instructions and a gorgeous little tag. Not sure how I'm going to step up my own packaging while staying green, but I'll try!

  • StellarRelics

    StellarRelics said 8 years ago

    Thank you!! Great tips:)

  • erikaservin

    erikaservin said 8 years ago

    so important to receive nice packaging makes anyone feeel special!

  • feltmeupdesigns

    feltmeupdesigns said 8 years ago

    what a great idea to include it in your listing, i make a great effort with my packaging so you're right it should be represented i have little chinese takeout boxes... the kind with the wire handle whic we don't get here in england. i fill them whith shredded tissue paper and always include several moocards and freebies for landmark sales

  • RecessionJewelry

    RecessionJewelry said 8 years ago

    What a great idea!

  • MizzMoxie

    MizzMoxie said 8 years ago

    OOOOO This is by far the best, inspiring and most fun (for me) article yet! I am off to pretend-package and photograph now! Thanks daniellexo

  • NewelryJewelry

    NewelryJewelry said 8 years ago

    Love the ideas. Thank you for sharing guys!

  • lisaroy

    lisaroy said 8 years ago

    great ideas - makes the whole shopping experience extra special!

  • MBraze

    MBraze said 8 years ago

    great work! thank you for all the beautiful ideas!

  • mojospastyle

    mojospastyle said 8 years ago

    love these ideas. I can use them for my store and my shop on Etsy.

  • one100

    one100 said 8 years ago

    Received a parcel in the post last week (birthday present to myself!) from Where The Lovely Things Are! Two beautiful necklaces... the wrapping was so nice I was tempted to just keep them wrapped for a while! Check it out at http://loopiforyou.blogspot.com/2009/09/lovely-things.html

  • AffordableFUN

    AffordableFUN said 8 years ago

    This is a Great article! I was just thinking how nice my own packaging looks when I send it out and I'd like to show it in one of the listing photos. I'd love to be able to box up my items, but as soon as I do, with the thickness of a box, CANADA POST wants $10+for shipping!

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 8 years ago

    hmmmm,I'm going to have to come up with some ideas. Thanks for the great info Danielle!

  • SuperstylinKrisa

    SuperstylinKrisa said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the cool envelope template & great ideas. I have a small new shop & I've been wondering about how to ship my knitted stuff in a unique way. Getting stuff in the mail is so much fun, especially If it's wrapped up or packaged in a cute way. :)

  • desertsoapstone

    desertsoapstone said 8 years ago

    Thanks Danielle. Some great ideas to build on!

  • earthexpressions

    earthexpressions said 8 years ago

    great packaging tips! Thanks for sharing...

  • GreggsGoodies

    GreggsGoodies said 8 years ago

    Great ideas! I do some special packaging with the card sets I make, but this gives me more ideas! Thanks so much!!

  • ViosJewelry

    ViosJewelry said 8 years ago

    This advice comes right in time.

  • ArtitudeUandArt

    ArtitudeUandArt said 8 years ago

    We are definitely inspired by the many ideas. will surely ensure our packaging is unique too!

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing these great tips!

  • ravenmaid

    ravenmaid said 8 years ago

    decorating packages to send out is one of my most favorite parts!

  • AurelieLeChat

    AurelieLeChat said 8 years ago

    some great ideas. thanks ever so much...

  • siniwonderland

    siniwonderland said 7 years ago

    Wow!!!!! many ideas!!!! These ideas inspired my product packing design!!!!

  • missnatch

    missnatch said 7 years ago

    Inspiring, very nice!!

  • stateofcraftfusion

    stateofcraftfusion said 7 years ago

    I have yet to make a sale here on etsy. Keeping my piggies crossed it will happen soon. When I have made local sales I try to always use recycled materials. Some repeat customers bring the wrapping,box, what have you for the final product to go in. I give a discount for this. So many great ideas. Thank you for another wonderful how to.

  • elliven

    elliven said 7 years ago

    So fabulous and inspiring! Thank you!

  • smilingbluedog

    smilingbluedog said 7 years ago

    I love the ideas shown here. Thanks :)

  • RevolvingStore

    RevolvingStore said 7 years ago

    An extra treat for your customer. Makes them feel special, and a great way to build a personal relationship. Thanks for this feature. Totally inspiring.

  • SweetSuite

    SweetSuite said 7 years ago

    Just the kind of ideas I was looking for, thank you!

  • ireneagh

    ireneagh said 7 years ago

    wow great ideas in this article! :) thanks!

  • wildfloweruniverse

    wildfloweruniverse said 7 years ago

    Very creative packaging! Thanks for the ideas!

  • CheersToJuly

    CheersToJuly said 7 years ago

    Incredible! Thanks for the tips :)

  • VintageJewelsbySonya

    VintageJewelsbySonya said 7 years ago

    Tanx for the article and template. I'm off to make some now.

  • PetalPerceptions

    PetalPerceptions said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the ideas!

  • MonkeyPrincess

    MonkeyPrincess said 6 years ago

    it always makes a difference to get a pretty package...shows you are getting something artisan and special. Great to see what other sellers do!

  • YasmeensCollection

    YasmeensCollection said 6 years ago

    I love all of the packaging ideas for boxed items. I would love to see more for clothing too. I always wrap with ribbon and a cute thank you note; but I'm looking to step it up a bit.

  • 5thSisterCards

    5thSisterCards said 6 years ago

    Wonderful ideas! thanks! Can't wait to package my next cards up for my next customer!!!!

  • thesunandtheturtle

    thesunandtheturtle said 6 years ago

    Wow, wonderful packaging here! thanks for the ideas

  • Prettylady2nv

    Prettylady2nv said 6 years ago

    I love that template from Kits and caboodles. How do I go about changing the text or personalizing the template for myself?

  • artofisaac

    artofisaac said 6 years ago

    The extra details make a difference. Good examples. Thanks.

  • beadhappy8

    beadhappy8 said 6 years ago

    great idea! will make special packaging for my new items now :)

  • adrianadossantos

    adrianadossantos said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the great ideas. I also recycle/reduce/reuse shipping boxes as much as I can. I print the 3Rs in colored paper and apply it around the boxes; I use it as a tool to encourage people to do the same.

  • pcostello2

    pcostello2 said 6 years ago

    Thanks for this! I was reading up a bunch on packaging items and thought of a cute way to write on or decorate a package - glue, especially from a hot glue gun, which is thick and visible.. Here's a picture or the result of some experimenting I did on paper: http://www.imgur.com/Fq55y.jpg

  • TheSpeckledKat

    TheSpeckledKat said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the suggestions! I recently opened my shop 3 weeks ago, and am looking for a way to package my items as cutely and special as possible!

  • pinkminxdesigns

    Christie Bunny from pinkminxdesigns said 5 years ago

    I always recycle a box such as a box from oatmeal packets but then decorate it in the prettiest paper I can find. I'll add matching stickers or a bow and send it off like that, unless its too small, then I'll need to add a postage envelope. Only one buyer complained about the oatmeal box, though that part wasn't supposed to be opened! The paper was supposed to stay on the box as they opened it so from now on I don't advertise as gift wrapped but still do my best to make the packaging extraordinary!

  • anneegitto

    Anne Egitto from LittlePotteryVenture said 5 years ago

    I am a new seller and I am struggling a little with packaging. I can see how to wrap soap, cards, and jewelry items in unique cutesy ways, but I am at a loss on how to package pottery this way. Any suggestions?

  • CrimsonCloverVintage

    CrimsonCloverVintage from CrimsonCloverVintage said 5 years ago

    Super great examples and ideals! I tried to read most of the posts,, forgive me if this question was already asked! Any good suggestions for special wrap on clothing items? Small packages with special details might not make much of a difference in shipping weight! Yet heaver items (e.g.. Clothing like jackets) do! Any suggestions??? : ) Thanks

  • ordtereza

    Tereza Ordyan from OrdSilkPaintings said 4 years ago

    and what about wall hangings? wouldn`t an ordinary postal envelope be enough ?

  • asiyabajwa

    Asiya Bajwa from NewWayPainting said 4 years ago

    I pack my paintings in wooden boxes.

  • waltzbeat

    Marie Campbell from TheBohoPress said 4 years ago

    I've just written a blog post with my top 10 tips for packaging http://www.thebohopress.co.uk/featured/packaging-handmade-items - hope you find it useful :)

  • ilikeyourdress

    Lee Ann Reynolds from ilikeyourdress said 4 years ago

    I am just starting out. I am selling here and on eBay. I have only shipped a few items and I used plain old boring USPS padded envelopes. Now, I am inspired! This is just what I was looking for. My next shipment will look so much better. Yay!

  • jenjakr said 3 years ago

    thanks for useful tips

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