Here is a really simple wrapping/packaging idea for those who sell their work, or for everyday gifts. I love love love to use brown kraft paper bags and boxes for wrapping. They are super cheap online or at your local craft store, and I love the look of the natural brown paper. They are so easy to decorate and personalize. You can also get a long roll of brown kraft paper for wrapping larger gifts and packages. If you sell on Etsy or another venue, customers will really appreciate your creative packaging. I have had many complements from customers on the way that I wrapped their items.
Here I have just stamped my paper bags with rubber stamps. I can't express enough how awesome rubber stamps are. You can do just about anything with them from making gift wrap, to your own greeting cards and stationary. If you are looking to get into crafting but don't know where to start, I highly recommend investing in some cute rubber stamps, and different colored inks. You can also carve your own stamps, but that may have to wait for another day...As you can see, stamps have really jazzed up my paper bags. These are 5 x7 bags, which are great for small gifts and gift cards, and travel through the mail well.
There are a lot of options for further decorating your package. I like to close my little bags with a fun sticker. For crafters, it's great to use a "handmade with love" or other fun sticker to let the recipient know that you made it especially for them. For ribbon, I like to use natural twine or raffia. Baker's twine works great too.
So here is the finished product. So as you can see, this is a really easy way to make your own packaging, and the results are much more natural and creative than the glossy stuff you buy at walmart.
This is what my packaging for my customers looks like. I've used green and white baker's twine, and a little Buddha charm. The charm is just a little extra gift that they can make a necklace out of, or put on their keys. If you sell your work, your customers will see your special wrapping and feel as though the item they've purchased is a little gift from you to them! Creative packaging goes a long way toward building customer loyalty.