Watching Baylee Jae packaging her stuff, and then getting a very poorly packaged box from Amazon on the same day made me think about how I package my own stuff. I’m not shipping worldwide from an online store, though I have sent some of my crafts out into the world before, and wouldn’t mind doing it again someday. This here post is more about how I’m packaging my smaller stuff for both easy storage and craft fair displays. I try to keep my packaging simple and low-cost, so if you’re looking for an easy and cheap way to package your own small crafts, you’ve come to the right place.
Please note that the sizes specified in this post are only examples I use myself. You might need smaller or bigger sizes for your things.
What you need:
Zip lock bags (10cm x 7cm)
I bought mine from Pandahall. The cellophane is very thin, but unless you really need thick ones, these will get the job done.
Regular paper is too thin, so look around for a package of slightly thick printer paper.
Or not. It depends on whether or not you want to print on your jewelry backers. You can also just draw or paint on them, use stickers, stamps or whatever you want to decorate them.
A sponge, a needle and a pair of scissors
If you want to print your jewelry backers, simply open a document of the size 8,5cm x 6,5cm in your favorite editing program and start decorating it. Beware of what you want to use the backers for, so that it won’t look odd once you add your merchandise. I simply have a color splash image of my logo in the middle on the top of my backers. I print them in various colors, but they don’t require much ink. Remember to create a faint border around your image to better see where you need to cut. My backers are white, so I use a very light grey.
Once printed, cut out the backers using whatever cutting utensils work best for you. You can use a guillotine, ruler and knife or simply a scissor, which most people have lying around. Whatever you use, try to keep the cuts straight and precise.
Depending on what you want to use the backers for, now is the time to create cuts and holes for what you want to place in them. I make jewelry, so I want them to be for necklaces, bracelets and earrings. To help me with making them all look the same, I’ve made a light grey guideline in Photoshop that I can use to cut. Click here for a free JPG template of my backer. At the very ends of those lines, I want the holes for earrings, which I use a sponge and a needle to create. I simply place the backer on the sponge and punch holes with the needles. Now I use the scissors to cut along the light grey lines, and voila; my backers are ready for jewelry.
Once I’ve put the jewelry onto the backer, I slide it down the zip lock bag. This can be a little tricky depending on how full the backer is, and I sometimes need to trim a backer in order for everything to fit inside.
Now close the bag and you’re done!
If you need prices on them, get some small sticker tags and put them in a corner. You can also just write the price on paper and stick it to the bag with some regular see-through tape. For easy display and browsing, I use simple plastic baskets for office utensils. They fit in size for my bags, are easy to transport and even easier to store when not being used.
Hope it helped 🙂