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*update! we’ve been at it again! be sure to check out this year’s chalkboard packaging ‘take 2′ with new tips, doodle ideas and instagram inspired gift tags!

christmas chalkboard packaging from #goinghometoroost

as i mentioned earlier, one of my favorite things to do each year is choose a gift wrapping theme. one year it was recycled newspaper, the next was huge glittered initials for each package. last year i used kraft paper and made pretty bows, and this year i’m making ‘chalkboard’ packages! with a little black kraft paper and a few white paint markers, i think they’ve turned out to be really cute. here’s how i did it:

christmas chalkboard packaging from #goinghometoroost

the first thing you’ll need is some black craft paper. i got mine right here and though i’m super happy with it, you should be warned: it’s a HUGE roll! i was so surprised when it came in the mail, i guess i didn’t take care to check out the dimensions! so anyways, we might be doing this next year, too. ;)

christmas chalkboard packaging from #goinghometoroost

next you’ll need a white paint marker that will show up well on black paper. after some trial and error and visiting my local scrapbooking store, this is what i came home with:

1. tim holtz distress marker in ‘picket fence’. this one looks very ‘chalky’. it goes on clear, but quickly dries in white.

2. sakura pen-touch white. this is the one i used for almost all of the packages. it’s easy to work with and still hasn’t run dry, so one is probably plenty!

3. crayola white colored pencil. not the greatest option, but it does show up if it’s all you have.

4. painters opaque paint marker. this is another good option. the point is a bit finer than what i wanted, but would work great for detail work!

christmas chalkboard packaging from #goinghometoroost

the next thing you’ll need is some good ideas! i took some time to sit down and jot down a few ideas before i got started so that i would have something to reference. really anything goes! just in case you would like to use some of the same motifs, i’ve made this a download for you to reference. just click on the image above and print!

christmas chalkboard packaging from #goinghometoroost

christmas chalkboard packaging from #goinghometoroost

christmas chalkboard packaging from #goinghometoroost

so there you have it. my ‘chalkboard’ packages that have been so fun to make! they are simple, affordable and really cute all bundled together.

what are your packaging plans this year?

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coharu washi tape printer

February 21, 2012

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washi tape printer

washi tape printer

washi tape printer

washi tape printer

washi tape printer

oh yes, this exists. and i think it’s pretty amazing! i discovered it over on le petit pot, and you can visit this post for purchase information and more lovely photos. i think this would make for some pretty darling presents, labels and packages, don’t you? plus, it’s so cute! :)

all photos: le petit pot

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crafty packages

January 31, 2012

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besotted brand

whether your packaging etsy orders or sending love notes, everyone enjoys a little added touch of finesse to their package! besotted brand offers a modern variety of ways to dress up your packages, with everything from flag labels and thank fresh, clean, besotted brand, labels, packages, supplies, craftingyou stamps to mini clothespins and parcel twine. i just love their fresh and clean style, don’t you?

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world's smallest post office

i think we all have a certain love and appreciation for snail mail, but the world’s tiniest snail mail? now that’s something to just get silly about!

world's smallest post office

the world’s smallest post service is the brilliant creation of lea redmond from leafcutter designs. she hand writes, addresses and stamps each letter and then seals them up with a real wax seal.

world's smallest post office

next time you have a big occasion or just something special to tell someone, i think a teeny tiny letter is the way to go. don’t you?

lea redmond: {watch a video of the tiniest post office} {facebook} {twitter}

 

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squirrel mailing labels

March 15, 2011

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free printable
 
these squirrels and acorns make for one of the sweetest mailers i’ve seen. from one of my new favorite go-to-diy blogs, how about orange, jessica jones designed this free download to help pretty up your packages. see this post for full instructions on how to download, and be sending out adorable notes in no time!

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etsy shop help

hello love birds!  first off, what do you think of the new shop help banner? i think it makes the etsy business page prettier, ha!  today’s post is going to be more about generating a discussion, rather than full of information.  it’s something i’ve been thinking about a lot lately: outgoing packages.

pretty package

{fabric thank you note}

i’m always trying to find new ways of sprucing up my outgoing packages. one of my favorite things about buying on etsy is to see how the seller dolled up my goods!  when it comes to shipping packages, there are a few things i feel are essential, and a few things i think can be optional- so today i want to hear what you think!  this post was inspired by an article i ran across recently over on smallerbox about the things your outgoing packages should always include.

smallerbox’s list of essentials:

 
 
1. branded invoice: don’t simply print a receipt from etsy or paypal.

2. return information: included on your invoice or elsewhere.

3. contact information: your website, email and, if possible, a customer service phone number.

4. swag: a little something extra that will surprise your customer.

what do you think?  her post received quite a few comments and a bit of controversy as well.  some thought invoices were a total waste of paper while others felt they were absolutely necessary.  i’ve never even thought of including an invoice (oops?) which is why this post interested me so much!

my list of essentials:

 
 
1. the cuteness factor: fluffy yarn, colorful tissue paper and maybe even a little japanese washi tape.

2. business cards (doi)

3. handwritten thank you note (admittedly i occasionally run out of time, which is why i’m working on my time management skills. so sorry if i missed this in your package!)

4. a discount coupon for a return visit. even though not many people have ‘cashed’ them in, i think it leaves them excited to visit again in the future.

now it’s your turn. what do you think about these essentials? what does your list include?

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weekend diy :: lovely packages

September 11, 2009

aren’t we always trying to find ways to use up our scraps? that last 4 inches of lace that we simply can’t throw away?  visit a few of these ideas below and you’ll be scrap-free in  no time!

gift wrapping

utterly engaged just released their 3rd issue, and this month they featured a great diy tutorial on beautiful gift wrapping and card making.

working

some extra inspiration? flickr photos show us the results of a pretty cool ‘lovely package swap‘. what a great idea!

i always try to use recycled, or otherwise landfill-bound goodies to wrap my gifts with (sorry everyone)- but by adding some fresh fabric scraps and some yarn or stickers- you can literally turn drab into fab!

do you have any ideas? share with us any tips or pics! hope to see you back here on monday! xo, bonnie

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