Kraft paper is so versatile. In packaging, you can mix and match it with almost anything to create a soft feminine look, or one that works great for wrapping a man’s gift. It also looks fantastic for packaging indie products for kids, girls, old people, young people.
The fact that Kraft paper comes with this beautiful organic, neutral color, makes it a great canvas to work with.
Here are some ideas that I have collected on Pinterest…
The Sharpie Effect
Turn a simple box into a cute treasure chest with Sharpie illustrations
Modern & Cool
Kraft paper envelopes, with dots, stripes and chevron, and a neon tape
The Romantic-Organic Look
Kraft paper envelope with doily and baker’s twine, and white dots
The Whimsical look
Buttons, baker’s twine and a pinking-sheered edge
Embellish your packge with natural elements, ribbons, beads, incense sticks… and anything you can get your hands on
Indie Brand Inspiration
A simple flower stamp, a ribbon and a cute stamped tag, with a Kraft paper envelope, can be all you need to create a branded package for your handmade brand/shop!
For a sophisticated, simple look, a few golden dots will turn an ordinary Kraft envelope into the height of chic
The Handmade Look
Add a few hand stitches to your package and you’ll create a real cool package in just a few steps
You can use dotted ribbons, a pop of color, twine, and your plain pillow envelope is now a branded indie package
The Simple Touch
Using pinking sheers scissors, a cotton thread, and a simple tag is all you need to make a big impact with these cute Kraft packages
I did write a similar post a while back, and listed a few other packaging ideas (plz see below)… Enjoy!
I have been patiently tidying up – & crafting – my work space. I finally got around to put together a nice mood corner & desk. Here is a little glimpse.
I see myself as organizationally-challenged, but I am slowly & very patiently learning how to put everything in its place. You have no idea what this used to look like… and, em, no, I don’t think sharing a “before” photo is a good idea (ehem)… believe me, imagine the worst ciaos and that would be “it” – hehe!
The challenge in putting together this atelier is that almost everything is handmade, and so it took some time to finish creating. The handmade items are:
- Mood board (right): I used burlap, which I glued (using glue gun) on a piece of cardboard, and added the ribbon. At the bottom I stuck a piece of cork behind the ribbons.
- Chicken wire mood board (left): I basically rolled some chicken wire around an old canvas frame, that I actually had since school. I didn’t staple or glue anything, just scrunched it round the frame.
- Thumbtacks: Made those using several materials… including coins. Added a dab of E6000 to plain tacks and glued on some coins, plastic things from broken things, a bear’s face…
- Chicken-wire lampshade, which I shared in a previous post right here.
- Other handmade items are: White wire basket (for the pencils) and a mini wire-sculpted chair. Mini Chalkboard and chalkboard stand (a tutorial is on it’s way, hopefully!). Mini wire birdcage. Hand-painted tins (the ones under the lamp). Handmade flower magnets (using corn flour dough). Cement votive (it’s next to the tins, which are under the lamp). The botanical watercolor sketches are also mine. And other stuff.
- Handmade bunting: Recycling old fliers I had into rectangle bunting, and there’s the mini paper flower garland, too.
So basically a bit of recycling, painting, and re-styling, went into there. What helped to tie the whole look together is the neutral shades of burlap, wood, and cork. As for the theme, I went for a bit of British-chic in celebration of the Olympics.
Please do share links to your mood-boards, ateliers, or craft rooms if you feel like it.
Have a lovely day
I love it when artists and designers take classical objects and shed new color and light on them. This is the case of these iconic London teapots and phone booths.
The first one up is a beautiful rendition of the British phone booth. Wouldn’t you love to have tea in a teapot that looks so English?
A British phone booth in pink is just so cute; just by applying an unexpected color hue, you have yourself a beautiful piece of art. And a ceramic teapot with vintage roses, brings a different dimension to the classical British teapot (although I think the said teapot – below – is from an Australian shop, ehem).
How about a Union Jack pillow; but this time it comes with vintage-romantic colors, like this one here? And the Union Jack floral cozy – by Monsoon – right below it?
The placemat above is a DIY by the people at Laura Ashley’s Blog, titled: How to make a ‘Union Jack Cutlery Roll’… yet, another Union Jack design, with not-your-usual colors. So cute, isn’t it?
And let’s not forget, British contemporary-chic, found at an online store owned by British stylist Marie Nichols – called The Shop at Number 57 – with it’s cute contemporary-vintage British art.
Here we have the Queen’s stamp, reinterpreted into a white-and-black cross-stitch design nestling gracefully in a round embroidery hoop. So cute! You also have the Union Jack, and the Royal Crown, also in a black-and-white contemporary rendition of a vintage theme! A beautiful collection!
Luckily, I have a London postcard of a two-level red bus that I bought in my before-last visit; this will keep me London-satisfied for a while! I mean you can’t just see all of this beauty and not want to have it in your craft room!
Lace Tape - via oboiler.com
I just got back from a web journey over at decor8, specifically at a post celebrating Lace Tape. decor8 asked: “I’m curious… any ideas for using this tape in creative ways OUTSIDE of the intended purpose?”. Here is what I came up with:
- Decoration: I think this kind of tape can be used to decorate plain note/sketch books, which then can be given away as gifts.
- Stenciling: it’s also a cool way to stencil a boring pen, by wrapping a thin piece of tape around it, and you got yourself a stylish pen that makes you want to jot down ideas.
- Deco: Let’s say you have a big boring mirror with no frame, no nothing; I think the lace tape can give it an oomph for a frame, and if you don’t like it use your hair dryer to peel it off.
- Jewelry-making: I can see myself using this tape in my jewelry in small dozes, maybe behind a memory glass pendant.
- DIY: and of course, a torn out old book that has all the good recipes can use a nice binding with this sticky lace.
- Jewelry display and packaging: And, for handmade jewelry crafters, like moi, this tape is a heaven-sent tool for nicer jewelry display and packaging. You can just stick a piece on a cardboard, pierce it twice, insert your handmade earrings, and you got yourself a nicely packaged jewelry item for sale. And, you’re using DIY, cheap, and creative ways to brand your stuff.
And here is a testimony of the last idea I listed… see how a simple tape can transform the look of a plain tag?
turquoise green masking tape - feltandwireshop.com
The lace can give tags and jewelry packaging a Victorian feel, especially if you’re using vintage pieces in your designs, like I do. The sky is the limit!
Burst Decorative Packing Tape - via tapeswell.com
Look at this fun pattern… this can look great behind a pair of earrings, as part of a handmade packaging combo. I think one can play around with the Lace (& sisters) Tape, and it’s only for $7 a roll! In my part of the world, we don’t even hear of such things, so I would be grateful if someone out there would send me a Lace Tape as a token of friendship :)