Often, we package items without thinking twice about its appearance. After all, most packaging is merely meant to conceal the contents and get the items from point A to point B. Who cares what the outside looks like? It’s what’s inside that matters, right?
The answer to that question is almost always yes, although, there are definitely some exceptions! Perhaps you have a big event coming up, such as a wedding, and you’re mailing out invitations, sprucing them up may be favourable to you. Or, maybe you’re sending a special someone a gift. Alternatively, you’re a business sending a client an important package… and the list goes on!
Regardless of the instance, there are definitely going to be times when average and standard packaging just won’t cut it. Instead, you’ll want to get some creative juices flowing and determine how you can package something in a cute, fun and artistic way!
To help push along the creative process, below is a list of cute packaging ideas for your next special parcel:
Idea: Beautiful Bows
Bows are cute packaging ideas if you want your package to appear approachable and girly. The material you use makes all the difference too. If you want something feminine and glamorous, use colourful and plush materials. If you want a more down to earth feeling, use hemp string or similar materials.
Idea: Artsy Paper or Cardboard
Paper and cardboard come in all shapes, sizes and colours, why bother sticking to boring white or brown that is usually used for shipping? Instead, consider using paper or cardboard with unique designs and colours. Let your creative side show with all kinds of cute packaging ideas!
Alternatively, you can use standard packaging and add your own designs to it. The options are infinite with markers, pens and paint!
Keep in mind that if you’re going to be shipping the item, the paper should be durable and thick. The last thing you want is your beautiful package to arrive in a falling apart mess!
Idea: Make Your Own Name Tags
A good gift always has a label. How else will the recipient know your elegant package is for them? Of course, you can buy labels, but there is something intimate and personal about homemade ones. Also, they’re not challenging to make at all!
All you need is some string and paper (the thicker the better!), once you have that you’re all set. You can use your artistic side to pick out funky and crafty materials to create cute packaging.
Idea: The Power of Stickers
Stickers come in handy when sealing envelopes. Not to mention, your tongue will get a break from licking envelopes shut! Also, stickers can be quite elegant because their appearance reminds us of how old letters used to be mailed with a wax seal. Sometimes a letter should appear elegant!
You have a few options when it comes to stickers. You can get them customized for your purposes, although, this comes with a price. Or, you can purchase blank stickers and add your own design to them. Finally, you can use regular stickers. Whatever you decide to do, it’ll look fabulous!
The elegance and beauty of flowers works for packaging among other things. You can use flowers as a part of the paper packaging design or put physical flowers (real or fake) within the string packaging. Use your creative side to decide!
In addition to flowers, you can use other natural elements in your packaging. This could include leaves, trees and virtually anything that is a plant! There is something soothing about floral designs and natural materials.
Did you know that you can make your own stamps in the comfort of your home? Well… if you didn’t know, now you do! Stamps can be used to create your own design on paper or even fabric for packaging purposes.
The great thing about making stamps is you have full control over the design and appearance. Even though it takes dedication, the recipients of your packages will absolutely know you care!
Idea: Confetti and Glitter
Confetti and glitter can be used in two ways. The first way is to include it in the exterior packaging in some way. This could be gluing glitter or confetti onto the package.
On the other hand, you can include confetti or glitter within the package so the recipient has a little surprise when they open up the parcel. This is a great idea if you want to surprise or congratulate someone on something. As they’ll feel ecstatic upon opening your package, they already have the glitter or confetti handy to celebrate!
Idea: Use Unconventional Materials
It is always shocking to see something being used in a way that it wasn’t intended to be used. Examples of things you can do is use old newspapers, maps or sheet music to wrap parcels. Alternatively, you can use cupcake papers to make flowers for the string or old t-shirts to wrap gifts. The ideas are infinite!