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Seller How-To: Pretty as a Package

Sep 30, 2009

by TinyBazaar

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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
PREORDER Happy Mail Clear Stamp Collection - 3 Stamp  Set
PREORDER Happy Mail Clear Stamp Collection - 3 Stamp Set
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10 Retro Inspired New Airmail Envelopes
10 Retro Inspired New Airmail Envelopes
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set of 12 recycled topographical map envelopes
set of 12 recycled topographical map envelopes
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Fun Miss J Big Paper Envelope Set of 3
Fun Miss J Big Paper Envelope Set of 3
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new size - Scalloped Journaling Circles - Brights - Set of 9
new size - Scalloped Journaling Circles - Brights - Set of 9
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Shinzi Katoh wide tape-happy friends
Shinzi Katoh wide tape-happy friends
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Custom rubber stamp - smaller sizes
Custom rubber stamp - smaller sizes
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Printable PDF-16 Kawaii Tags
Printable PDF-16 Kawaii Tags
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To From No.4 Handcarved Rubber Stamps
To From No.4 Handcarved Rubber Stamps
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The Good Wood Sticker Sheets
The Good Wood Sticker Sheets
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Vintage Cute Doll Stickers II
Vintage Cute Doll Stickers II
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Puffy Glitter Deco Stickers - Teddy Bear Chef
Puffy Glitter Deco Stickers - Teddy Bear Chef
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ColorBox - Ink Pads - Over 60 Colors to choose from
ColorBox - Ink Pads - Over 60 Colors to choose from
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245 comments

  • SnowdropsAndDaisies

    SnowdropsAndDaisies said 6 years ago

    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 :)

  • peaseblossomstudio

    peaseblossomstudio said 6 years ago

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

  • FrillyButts

    FrillyButts said 6 years ago

    Thank you for the tips and cute ideas!

  • BeadinBabe

    BeadinBabe said 6 years ago

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

  • hellobrowneyes

    hellobrowneyes said 6 years ago

    I love these ideas! Thank you so much.

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

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

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 6 years ago

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

  • BlackbirdsCloset

    BlackbirdsCloset said 6 years ago

    fabulous!

  • spange

    spange said 6 years ago

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

  • vivikas

    vivikas said 6 years ago

    So much cuteness!

  • Beesnetta

    Beesnetta said 6 years ago

    Lovely!

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 6 years ago

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

  • DarkStar

    DarkStar said 6 years ago

    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

  • lilyja

    lilyja said 6 years ago

    Beautiful finds!!

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 6 years ago

    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;)

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 6 years ago

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

  • MelroseFields

    MelroseFields said 6 years ago

    Great ideas!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 6 years ago

    Such good ideas! So fun :)

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 6 years ago

    What fun stuff! Thank-you.

  • ooty

    ooty said 6 years ago

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

  • HuntersHideaway

    HuntersHideaway said 6 years ago

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

  • Vintagefix

    Vintagefix said 6 years ago

    Great article. Thanks for those suggestions!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 6 years ago

    Great ideas, great items, love the map envelopes!

  • beyondthepale

    beyondthepale said 6 years ago

    Great ideas and very inspirational!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 6 years ago

    Awesome Ideas!

  • ameliablaire

    ameliablaire said 6 years ago

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

  • spacejam

    spacejam said 6 years ago

    great ideas!! love all picks

  • pitoreskni

    pitoreskni said 6 years ago

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

  • KimPayne

    KimPayne said 6 years ago

    Inspiring - thank you!

  • Downandoutchic

    Downandoutchic said 6 years ago

    wonderful ideas! packaging certainly makes a world of difference.

  • KasaCollection

    KasaCollection said 6 years ago

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

  • craftgasm

    craftgasm said 6 years ago

    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. :)

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 6 years ago

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

  • Trudem

    Trudem said 6 years ago

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

  • delightdesignbiz

    delightdesignbiz said 6 years ago

    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

  • IndividJuli

    IndividJuli said 6 years ago

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

  • alexkeller

    alexkeller said 6 years ago

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

  • inkblok

    inkblok said 6 years ago

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

  • lealerjcreates

    lealerjcreates said 6 years ago

    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.

  • Bricabraca

    Bricabraca said 6 years ago

    Great tips! Lots of really cool items!

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 6 years ago

    Great idea for an article!

  • raisinlike

    raisinlike said 6 years ago

    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)

  • impulseART

    impulseART said 6 years ago

    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. :)

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 6 years ago

    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!

  • KnockKnocking

    KnockKnocking said 6 years ago

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

  • Pearlk2

    Pearlk2 said 6 years ago

    GREAT IDEAS

  • BlueGremlin

    BlueGremlin said 6 years ago

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

  • momochas

    momochas said 6 years ago

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

  • TwoKazoos

    TwoKazoos said 6 years ago

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

  • RetroGlamorous

    RetroGlamorous said 6 years ago

    Love Snail Mail!!

  • melis731

    melis731 said 6 years ago

    So adorable!! Thanks for the great ideas!

  • artwithallie

    artwithallie said 6 years ago

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

  • creativelyspun

    creativelyspun said 6 years ago

    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.

  • lavenderrabbit

    lavenderrabbit said 6 years ago

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

  • PomLove

    PomLove said 6 years ago

    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!

  • PixelWildChild

    PixelWildChild said 6 years ago

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

  • HoneysuckleLane

    HoneysuckleLane said 6 years ago

    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. :)

  • inthenook

    inthenook said 6 years ago

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

  • vanessamoore

    vanessamoore said 6 years ago

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

  • revelry

    revelry said 6 years ago

    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!

  • KBShimmer

    KBShimmer said 6 years ago

    Great ideas, I love the stamps!

  • thesockgirl

    thesockgirl said 6 years ago

    great suggestions! thanks!

  • lilworkerb

    lilworkerb said 6 years ago

    Really cool ideas!

  • postcardsfrompancho

    postcardsfrompancho said 6 years ago

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

  • magickalrealism

    magickalrealism said 6 years ago

    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!

  • mylavaliere

    mylavaliere said 6 years ago

    love the article, really cute ideas!

  • YellowViolet

    YellowViolet said 6 years ago

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

  • GothicGlitter

    GothicGlitter said 6 years ago

    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. ^_^

  • AmberNicoleDesigns

    AmberNicoleDesigns said 6 years ago

    Now I feel better about my stamp obsession.

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 6 years ago

    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!

  • papertreats

    papertreats said 6 years ago

    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!

  • itsalljustmenagerie

    itsalljustmenagerie said 6 years ago

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

  • Firelily

    Firelily said 6 years ago

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

  • WhiteFlagDesigns

    WhiteFlagDesigns said 6 years ago

    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!!

  • lostmitten

    lostmitten said 6 years ago

    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! :)

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 6 years ago

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

  • patspottery

    patspottery said 6 years ago

    Some really GREAT ideas!!

  • meredithfenwick

    meredithfenwick said 6 years ago

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

  • lowfidelity

    lowfidelity said 6 years ago

    Love the air mail envelopes from foundpaperco!

  • prettypanda

    prettypanda said 6 years ago

    Great article! I love cute packacing!

  • petitepaperie

    petitepaperie said 6 years ago

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

  • Quirks

    Quirks said 6 years ago

    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!

  • CrownBindery

    CrownBindery said 6 years ago

    Such a great article!! Thanks!

  • flapperdoodle

    flapperdoodle said 6 years ago

    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!

  • OneClayBead

    OneClayBead said 6 years ago

    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.

  • misspixieporter

    misspixieporter said 6 years ago

    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.

  • misspixieporter

    misspixieporter said 6 years ago

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

  • FlutterbyeNotes

    FlutterbyeNotes said 6 years ago

    love her style!

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 6 years ago

    great tips!! thanks!

  • MyMoms

    MyMoms said 6 years ago

    Great article, love the picks! Thank you!

  • warpedLaurie

    warpedLaurie said 6 years ago

    Learn something new every day. Thanks

  • sweetsmilesbaby

    sweetsmilesbaby said 6 years ago

    Great article, love the further resources links.

  • WickedDarling

    WickedDarling said 6 years ago

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

  • JL67

    JL67 said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  • josetest

    josetest said 6 years ago

    ?????>>>>>>

  • MyPatternedMind

    MyPatternedMind said 6 years ago

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

  • rkdsign88

    rkdsign88 said 6 years ago

    Great article, love it

  • smilingbluedog

    smilingbluedog said 6 years ago

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

  • Lollapanoplies

    Lollapanoplies said 6 years ago

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

  • Lollapanoplies

    Lollapanoplies said 6 years ago

    & 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!

  • Faeriedtreasures

    Faeriedtreasures said 6 years ago

    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!

  • vantiani

    vantiani said 6 years ago

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

  • SundraSandrusi

    SundraSandrusi said 6 years ago

    Lovely ideas,Great article!

  • Megkip

    Megkip said 6 years ago

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

  • philosophi

    philosophi said 6 years ago

    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.

  • frenchtoastfriday

    frenchtoastfriday said 6 years ago

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

  • GgaBulShop

    GgaBulShop said 6 years ago

    Lovely!

  • lauratoal

    lauratoal said 6 years ago

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

  • ilovehearts

    ilovehearts said 6 years ago

    I love packaging...

  • BayMoonDesign

    BayMoonDesign said 6 years ago

    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.

  • Oriol

    Oriol said 6 years ago

    delicious pakaging ideas! love them all.

  • indiekins44

    indiekins44 said 6 years ago

    loveeeee! :D

  • animalcracker

    animalcracker said 6 years ago

    Great ideas! Thank you.

  • crookedpath

    crookedpath said 6 years ago

    Love the personal touch! Super ideas! Thanks :)

  • ArtBoxDesigns

    ArtBoxDesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • kirkus

    kirkus said 6 years ago

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

  • breadandroses

    breadandroses said 6 years ago

    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.

  • VintageStarrBeads

    VintageStarrBeads said 6 years ago

    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

  • BizzieLizzie

    BizzieLizzie said 6 years ago

    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!

  • beachhouseblues

    beachhouseblues said 6 years ago

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

  • evihan

    evihan said 6 years ago

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

  • bytheway

    bytheway said 6 years ago

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

  • HazelnutDesigns

    HazelnutDesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • QuiltFinger

    QuiltFinger said 6 years ago

    Cute picks! Those stamps are adorable!

  • misspennyspapershop

    misspennyspapershop said 6 years ago

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

  • inkadinkadoodle

    inkadinkadoodle said 6 years ago

    Nice article! Snail mail rules!

  • SquierDesign

    SquierDesign said 6 years ago

    Oh so cute ideas.

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    AutumnLeavesJewelry said 6 years ago

    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!

  • SudsNSuch

    SudsNSuch said 6 years ago

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

  • lisaroy

    lisaroy said 6 years ago

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

  • Chantial

    Chantial said 6 years ago

    I love these Ideas, they are very insightful.

  • leftylouvintage

    leftylouvintage said 6 years ago

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

  • CavemanPottery

    CavemanPottery said 6 years ago

    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!

  • RubyStudios

    RubyStudios said 6 years ago

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

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 6 years ago

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

  • RegalCottage

    RegalCottage said 6 years ago

    Lovely! So many fun ideas.

  • sewlola

    sewlola said 6 years ago

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

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 6 years ago

    Lovely packaging:D

  • psitsinthedetails

    psitsinthedetails said 6 years ago

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

  • BrightWallVintage

    BrightWallVintage said 6 years ago

    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!

  • wristielove

    wristielove said 6 years ago

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

  • poppyfox

    poppyfox said 6 years ago

    I bookmarked this, A++

  • cestmagnifique

    cestmagnifique said 6 years ago

    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.

  • EleanorsDesigns

    EleanorsDesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • tiemee

    tiemee said 6 years ago

    Thanks--love the road map packages!

  • LethaColleen

    LethaColleen said 6 years ago

    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!

  • MeowBarkArt

    MeowBarkArt said 6 years ago

    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!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    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!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 6 years ago

    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...

  • ShorelyChic

    ShorelyChic said 6 years ago

    Great article, thanks!!

  • cassidycay

    cassidycay said 6 years ago

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

  • themonstercafe

    themonstercafe said 6 years ago

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

  • RenJewels

    RenJewels said 6 years ago

    Great ideas, thanks.

  • artedelprofumo

    artedelprofumo said 6 years ago

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

  • SageandSilverJewelry

    SageandSilverJewelry said 6 years ago

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

  • titchables

    titchables said 6 years ago

    Lovely ideas, and so inspiring!

  • sakizome

    sakizome said 6 years ago

    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!

  • chocoface

    chocoface said 6 years ago

    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.

  • Philopolis

    Philopolis said 6 years ago

    Such cute ideas!

  • thedirtyhousewife

    thedirtyhousewife said 6 years ago

    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.

  • JenniferLaBellaArt

    JenniferLaBellaArt said 6 years ago

    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:)

  • jFrancesDesign

    jFrancesDesign said 6 years ago

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

  • SparklePaw

    SparklePaw said 6 years ago

    Adorable, adorable ideas!

  • LaConchitaNaturals

    LaConchitaNaturals said 6 years ago

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

  • SmilingGirlStudio

    SmilingGirlStudio said 6 years ago

    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.

  • CharmingByNina

    CharmingByNina said 6 years ago

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

  • MoonpathDesigns

    MoonpathDesigns said 6 years ago

    Super cute ideas--love the stickers!!!

  • autumntakesme

    autumntakesme said 6 years ago

    oh goodness, what sweet ideas.

  • woodponddesigns

    woodponddesigns said 6 years ago

    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.

  • sleepyking

    sleepyking said 6 years ago

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

  • adriwichert

    adriwichert said 6 years ago

    awesomeness!

  • FloralsbyCLT

    FloralsbyCLT said 6 years ago

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

  • OwlandMouse

    OwlandMouse said 6 years ago

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

  • OwlandMouse

    OwlandMouse said 6 years ago

    these ideas will certainly help! Thanks!

  • OrangeBlossomCrafts

    OrangeBlossomCrafts said 6 years ago

    Creative,crafty,and fun! Terrific ideas!

  • SpiritedWoodland

    SpiritedWoodland said 6 years ago

    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.

  • LaBelleDesigns

    LaBelleDesigns said 6 years ago

    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!

  • PocketInspiration

    PocketInspiration said 6 years ago

    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!

  • SunliteDeZines

    SunliteDeZines said 6 years ago

    Presentation is everything. Thanks for the reminder and inspiration.

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors said 6 years ago

    Great ideas! Thanks so much.

  • ColorsOfTime

    ColorsOfTime said 6 years ago

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

  • littleclouds

    littleclouds said 6 years ago

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

  • TanyaMac

    TanyaMac said 6 years ago

    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!)))

  • theowlclub

    theowlclub said 6 years ago

    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!

  • KAPARA

    KAPARA said 6 years ago

    Wonderful ideas, thank you so much

  • MyGrandmasAttic

    MyGrandmasAttic said 6 years ago

    Very cool. Supplies are the best on Etsy!

  • QuiteContrary2

    QuiteContrary2 said 6 years ago

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

  • SilverNGold

    SilverNGold said 6 years ago

    Great ideas that make everyone's day.

  • TheDeepBlueSea

    TheDeepBlueSea said 6 years ago

    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

  • CityChicCountryMouse

    CityChicCountryMouse said 6 years ago

    I LOVE pretty packaging! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • prendasbyenid

    prendasbyenid said 6 years ago

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

  • Morado

    Morado said 6 years ago

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

  • DiamondDollsCouture

    DiamondDollsCouture said 6 years ago

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

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds said 6 years ago

    Great ideas. Thank you.

  • inky56

    inky56 said 6 years ago

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

  • elainebiss

    elainebiss said 6 years ago

    Such lovely ideas!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • sojomaxsboutique

    sojomaxsboutique said 6 years ago

    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

  • rstudio

    rstudio said 6 years ago

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

  • mojospastyle

    mojospastyle said 6 years ago

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

  • RocKandy777

    RocKandy777 said 6 years ago

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

  • noabrumberg

    noabrumberg said 6 years ago

    thank you! I love these Ideas!

  • anadiazarte

    anadiazarte said 6 years ago

    Excellent ideas!, Thanks a lot!

  • surfandsand

    surfandsand said 6 years ago

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

  • Ornamentii

    Ornamentii said 6 years ago

    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.

  • mammamiaeme

    mammamiaeme said 6 years ago

    Nice ideas. Thank you!

  • myglamour

    myglamour said 6 years ago

    Very cool ideas! Thanks!

  • maggielucia

    maggielucia said 6 years ago

    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

  • jpstyle

    jpstyle said 6 years ago

    Wonderful ideas! Thank you so much!

  • ArtfoolDesigns

    ArtfoolDesigns said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much.

  • mykonos

    mykonos said 6 years ago

    lovely packing materials supply!!

  • TheBloomingSouth

    TheBloomingSouth said 6 years ago

    Great article, thanks for your tips and great resources!

  • ImageBoutique

    ImageBoutique said 6 years ago

    Great ideas!

  • BLUERAINBOW

    BLUERAINBOW said 6 years ago

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

  • avintagebride

    avintagebride said 6 years ago

    Thank you hard area for me!

  • brose1

    brose1 said 6 years ago

    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.

  • cloud9designstudio

    cloud9designstudio said 6 years ago

    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

  • TheOrientalist

    TheOrientalist said 6 years ago

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

  • RoKoKo

    RoKoKo said 6 years ago

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

  • Laquita33

    Laquita33 said 6 years ago

    Wonderful tips - thanks for sharing :o)

  • ArtsyCraftsy2

    ArtsyCraftsy2 said 6 years ago

    Super neat ideas, YAY!

  • TatusWelle

    TatusWelle said 6 years ago

    wow! Nice ideas

  • whiteserenade

    whiteserenade said 6 years ago

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

  • ZuliDesigns

    ZuliDesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • PrettierThanYou

    PrettierThanYou said 6 years ago

    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!

  • daisyberry

    daisyberry said 6 years ago

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

  • asalwaysangela

    asalwaysangela said 6 years ago

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

  • brambleandbear

    brambleandbear said 6 years ago

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

  • NSpottery

    NSpottery said 6 years ago

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

  • charmedstyles

    charmedstyles said 5 years ago

    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!

  • SnickeringWillow

    SnickeringWillow said 5 years ago

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

  • mweikel

    mweikel said 5 years ago

    Such great ideas... Thank you

  • sofisticata

    sofisticata said 5 years ago

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

  • ShineCraft

    ShineCraft said 5 years ago

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

  • gingerurchin

    gingerurchin said 5 years ago

    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 :)

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  • AnotherUse

    AnotherUse said 5 years ago

    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!

  • krystallin

    krystallin said 4 years ago

    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!

  • ApacheWife

    Britnee Dockins from ApachesWife said 3 years ago

    Lovely reminder. Thank you

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