I’m a huge fan of good packaging. When I really get started on the great fabric project and open my Etsy shop, I want everything I send out* to be so beautifully packaged that the recipient feels they’re getting a present in the post.
Which was just how I felt this morning, after taking delivery of a parcel containing something I’d ordered for the baby from The Round Window.
When I’d opened up the brown box, this is what I found inside:
Stunning, isn’t it? That gorgeous cheerful yellow paper, the baker’s string tied around it, the little acorn note…
The parcel itself was just like a lovely present. I almost didn’t want to open it up it looked so beautiful.
The cheery little acorn (the motif from her online shop) had a hand-written note on the back, thanking me for the order.
And when I unwrapped the twine and turned the parcel over, there was even a matching acorn sticker, in place of sellotape.
Packaging just doesn’t get any better than this, does it? In all honesty, I’m not sure that even birthday or Christmas presents I’ve been given have been wrapped as beautifully! (Apologies to anyone whose ever given me a present and is reading this…)
I feel completely inspired to try and produce something as attractive as this for my own packaging when the times comes to actually start selling some stuff in my own shop.
Oh, and the icing on the cake? This was what was inside. A little stained glass egg man, that I’m going to hang in the window of the sproglet’s room.
Beyond amazing, no?
(Apologies for all the superlatives in this post. In my defence, it’s not every day something as nice as this arrives at your door…)
*I might be making a big assumption here that I’ll get any orders at all, ha ha.
It’s hardly in the same league, but I made some of my own gift boxes for Christmas presents last year. Take a look at my free template and tutorial if you’re inclined to do the same.
Waaaay back in December I told you about some homemade soaps I made for Christmas presents. I said I had great plans for the packaging, which I was planning on sharing if they came off.
Well, I’m sure you’ve hardly been able to concentrate in 2013 for wondering, nay, worrying if it all came together in the end. Perhaps you took my silence on the matter as a bad sign. You feared, I am sure, some packaging catastrophe had occurred, the memory of which was so upsetting for me, I couldn’t bear to re-live it on my blog. (“It’s a safe place,” you wanted to reassure me, “you can share anything here…”)
Worry not, though, my boxes came off a treat – better than I could have hoped. My wait was just because I wanted to pester my partner into helping me get a template for them into pdf form to share with you all… (I’m a bit of a thicko when it comes to any sort of design work on the computer, so even this basic use of lines was a bit beyond me…)
So this was the final result:
I’d tried a few other templates I’d seen first, but none worked properly for the size of my soaps.
So I drew the dimensions I wanted on a piece of A4 and, a bit of head-scratching later, realised that you actually only needed to make four straight cuts to create a box and decided to just make my own. Away I went…
I bought some nice ocean coloured card to make the box with and used one of my favourite vintage labels, which are free to download at the World Label blog. Obviously, the ribbon was the final touch…
But back to the present day. Two months later, with the template finally ready to share, I tested it out by making a second box. For this one, I used a sheet of A4 printed one side with this gorgeous feather image, from the Graphics Fairy blog, and on the other with my template.
All went well! So the suspense is finally over and the tutorial and template follow, in case you’ve got a hankering to make your own gift box too…
A piece of A4 card or paper. As the side you print the template on will form the inside of the box, you could use some coloured card, or simply print a nice design onto the other side of the paper.