8 DIY Packaging Ideas

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So you’ve set up your online shop, posted your products, and you’ve made a sale! Fantastic! Now what? Sure you can just ship it out in an envelope with a thank you note, but the reason people buy handmade online is because they’re trying to get away from the big box retail experience. A simple way to make your customers feel like they’re getting something they can’t get anywhere else is to include cute packaging in your shipments. These packages do not have to be expensive by any means. When I ship out products from my store, I simply wrap them up in old magazine pages and tie it together with yarn that includes a little handmade tag. Simple right? And I usually use yarn I find at the dollar bin at Micheal’s or at the Goodwill so it costs me pennies to do.

But that’s just one idea, there are plenty more ways you can creativly wrap up your products. I’ve pulled together some really cute ideas for DIY packaging that I found online. If you don’t pull any inspiration from these packaging ideas, you can always use them to wrap up gifts!

8 DIY Packaging Ideas

These folded origami bows are an adorable and inexpensive way to add a touch of charm to any item you send out. You can use scrap paper or old magazines to make these fun and colorful. Just follow this easy tutorial.

This handmade gift box tutorial will show you how to make these adorable boxes that look like Hershey’s kisses! What a great and cheap idea for jewelry or other little trinket items.

How happy would you be to receive your order in one of these gorgeous little butterfly gift bags? Learn how easy they are to make in this tutorial.

How easy would it be to send out pretty jewelry in one of these cute pillow boxes? There’s a free printable for you to use or just print out as a template for your own patterned paper.


What a brilliant way to embellish simple newspaper packaging! Find the tutorial here.

I love these simple ideas for embellishing plain packaging! You can even use up some of the same scraps that you have from making your products to wrap them up!

I remember the Miu Miu glitter shoes that were so popular last year, but I never though about turning that into gift wrap! This DIY gift packaging tutorial is so simple, you’ll kick yourself for not thinking of it before.

Here’s a cute idea for staying current with the seasons colors: paint designs on plain gift bags! This tutorial will show you how to get these designs.

Did these inspire you? Use those amazing creative powers to make your craft business look both more professional and more memorable!

How do you normally ship out sold items?


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  1. raye comire says

    loved the hersheys kisses gift box and the rice thrower idea. I make handmade jewelry, knit and crochet items. I also make floral arrangements and floral swags, but they would hardly fit in a little gift box. I do however nedd a storage solution for the floral garlands 9′ and very full, for storage til they are needed the next year. Any ideas?

    • Raven says

      Well, you could try taking clothes hangers and wrapping them very carefully on it and hanging them up with a plastic bag tied around it? Just an idea 😉

  2. Cathy Prentice says

    I wrap my doll clothes in plain brown paper and tie with string, like the General Store owner’s did 150 yrs ago. Then tuck the wash/care/thank you card under the string.

    Human clothing gets wrapped in blue tissue paper before being boxed for shipment.

  3. says

    All of my pillow covers get wrapped around a recycled paper towel roll. I tie the pillow cover onto the roll with grosgrain ribbon, attach my care card and then wrap the entire thing in white tissue paper and tie again with my “signature” apple green polka dot ribbon. All coasters are tied with grosgrain ribbon, have a care card attached and then are wrapped in tissue paper. I think everything looks better wrapped in tissue paper and ribbon tied!

  4. says

    These are awesome tips and ideas, I usually put the items in a brown paper sack with a name card. I do put extras like tissue boxes and notepads in the tissue box toppers and the meme pads. This way they are ready to use as soon as you get home without having to go to another store to buy even more items just so you can enjoy your new goodies. Thanks

  5. Jan says

    Wonderful ideas, but how do you mail that stuff? I have a hard time with my packages getting where they are going in just a regular heavy envelope? Just got another note yesterday that a simple bookmark got lost in the mail and it was traveling within my same state.

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