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Make your Handmade Products Stand Out! Using Creative Packaging

Updated on February 05, 2017

How can you make your products look special?

There are some easy and creative ways to make your handmade products different from the rest at festivals or shows and make a special surprise for customers ordering your products. This lens is all about using creative packaging to make your creations stand out from the crowd and make them memorable for your customers.

How much time and effort you want to put into your packaging is totally up to you. You can quickly create simple stylish packaging or spend more time creating something totally customized to your business.

Why Is Creative Packaging Important?

You are competing with not only other producers of handmade products but with mass produced items. Your handmade products are more expensive than those from a factory assembly line, but, for very good reasons. The extra time, effort, and expertise (not to mention passion) that goes into handmade products are what make them worth the extra price to your buyers. Your packaging needs to reflect this care, effort, and passion.

Here are a few general tips:

  • Include photos of your packaging in your shop, let your customer know how their items will arrive.
  • Plan your packaging ahead of time and keep all your packaging materials organized in one place (I just use a large box).
  • Any tools for your packaging like scissors, rubber stamps, paper punches, etc. should also go in the box.

Packaging Interview

Interview I gave on packaging, craft shows, and Etsy.

Customizing your Hang Tags & Display Cards

Instead of basic white price tags or stickers try making your own creative tags or have some printed for you. The same goes for the little hanging cards for earrings.

Ideas for making your own tags

  • Print tags out on colored cardstock.
  • Use big shape punches to create fun shapes for your tags.
  • Use colorful ribbon, yarn, or embroidery floss to tie your tags on.
  • Add beads or tassels to the tag for added decoration.
  • Emboss the tags.
  • Add color with markers, colored pencil, or watercolors.

This is a tag I used to use (redesigned them a few months ago). Not only do they have my business name for my customer but they also have my contact info, background on my creations, and how to care for my polymer clay creations. I think the glass bead on each adds a nice touch.

You can use these same tips to create custom earring cards as well. The Handmade Business Blog has this post on how I made mine.

Giving your customers something to keep their purchases in is a very helpful touch that they will appreciate. But instead of a plain bag or box give them something special. Try some of these ideas for making your gift bags and boxes stand out.

Spicing up gift boxes.

  • Use custom printed stickers
  • Or a custom rubber stamp
  • Sign them
  • Add ribbon around the edge
  • Decoupage vintage clipart onto them
  • Add a charm or button on top
  • Use ribbon or cord to make a carrying handle
  • Draw or paint on them.

Embellishing gift bags

  • Add beads to the drawstring
  • Print out your logo onto iron-on transfer paper and iron the design onto the bag
  • Screen print your bag. Here is a DIY screenprinting tutorial
  • Sign the bag using fabric markers
  • Use iron-on transfers or applique
  • Add a hang tag to the bag.

Try making your own bags and boxes!

Earrings packaged in small plastic bags with colored cardstock backing and labels printed with my business name. You can also see my new tag and examples of the different fabric bags I use.

More Packaging Ideas

Recently I began packaging some of my jewelry differently. While I still packaging most of my jewelry in organza bags I also package some in plastic bags with a printed fold over for hanging at craft fairs and other events. It's easy to do and looks very polished.

Custom Bubble Mailers

Bubble mailers are those cute little padded envelopes that are great for sending small items. They also work great as protective packaging for your small items sold at shows and festivals. 27 Things has a great tutorial for making your own cute custom bubble mailers out of colorful art paper.

Make Your Own Bubble Mailer Tutorial

Alternately you could cover pre-made mailers with wrapping paper, add a custom sticker, or rubberstamp of your logo to one. You can even order bubble mailers in bright or metallic finishes.

Other Easy Ideas

Try incorporating some of these into your packaging.

  • Instruction or care sheets. Make these colorful as well as useful.
  • Custom rubber stamps.
  • Use embossing powder to give your stamps some added impact.
  • Custom stickers (you can buy sticker paper for printing them at home)
  • Business cards. Include one or two with each purchase.text
  • For jewelry makers make custom earring and pin display cards.
  • Ribbons are always an easy touch.

Things to avoid in your packaging.

  • Inconsistent. Keep things looking consistent, I don't mean everything has to be the same, but the style and theme of your packaging should all have a similar feel.
  • Inappropriate. This should be easy, make the product and packaging match. If it's retro styled give the packaging a retro look. If it's Victorian don't put it in a tied-dyed box.text
  • Unprofessional. If you're here I'm sure your not planning to just slap something together quickly. Make sure glued items don't have edges sticking up, corners aren't ripped off tags, all text is correct and spellchecked.

Presentation at Art and Craft Festivals

Festivals and shows are a great opportunity to put your packaging ideas to the test. Don't hide all your packaging away in a box behind the checkout area. Put out a little display to show your customers exactly what they'll gets when they purchase one of your products.

Keep it fresh! Rethink your packaging regularly and how it fits into your brand.

Updating my Packaging

When I first wrote this lens a few years ago my packaging looked much different than it does today. You can see some of the differences in the pictures but they are still a bit different to what I currently use. I reconsider my packaging on a regular basis and think about what I can do to make it better and more in keeping with my current branding.

Currently my cephalopod jewelry is sent out in an organza gift bag in a color that compliments the piece, colorful tissue paper, a shipping box that is rubber stamped with my logo, a brochure with care instructions, a business card, and a coupon. You can see the photo below shows what it looks like.

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      amymort lm 8 years ago

      Great lens. Love the pictures. Fabulous ideas and resources. I just started a jewelry business and I'll be using some of these ideas I think.

      Thanks!

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      enslavedbyfaeries 8 years ago

      Very nice lens and you're so right about the impression that packaging makes to the items you're offering for sale. I am inspired by your talent and ability to be a success on Squidoo and have time left over to create such lovely and unique items.

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      Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Lovely lens! Great ideas not only for selling but for gift giving.

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      Teacher Adez7 8 years ago

      This lens Rocks the house, Good job. *****

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      Excellent topic and tips!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      The package (or wrapping) makes the first impression. You show how to make it a good one.

      5*

      Lizzy

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      Katherine Tyrrell 8 years ago from London

      Very nice lens

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      hearthealth lm 8 years ago

      Yup organic packaging is the new black. 5 flamin' and favin'!

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      totalhealth 8 years ago

      very pretty handmade stuff. nice lens

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      Falcons_Thunder 8 years ago

      Very well done Lens. I especially liked the hang tags with beads, so simple, yet so elegant!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great information here! I feel packaging-challenged, yet I want my handmade items to be packaged beautifully, too. Thanks for making this lens ~ sue

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Love this lens ! Packaging is sooooooo important !

      Great job !

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      thepartyanimal2 8 years ago

      Great Lens - I will make it a point to work on my packaging for my crafts

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      gods_grace_notes 8 years ago

      Great ideas! I love fancy packaging... thanks for all the great resources; AND the inspiration!

      Connie

      : )

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      BeccaFletcher 8 years ago

      Great lens! Lots of good info here. Thanks for sharing!

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      TheNewGreenWayToHealthyLiving 8 years ago

      www.squidoo.com/creativediffusers

      I now know what I will do to package my Reed Diffusers!I also bought tags already from Etsy and I am good to go! www.reeddiffusers.etsy.com

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      Lee Hansen 8 years ago from Vermont

      What a great packaging lens. Lots of good info and helpful products/books. 5*s, lensrolled to Holiday Crafts on Squidoo, too!

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      Jeff Wendland 8 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      Beautifuly displayed lens, now it's great that you are so artistic both with your web design along with your home made products. 5* and blessings

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      VBright 8 years ago

      Great lens. I am still learning the HTML for all of this! I enjoyed the information here too. Very well done!

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      Sara Duggan 8 years ago from California

      Fabulous tips. Sweet packaging too.

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      seedplanter 8 years ago

      I'm going to share your lens with a friend who sews toddler outfits at Etsy. She'll love it. Five *****'s & a fave!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      In marketing, we have a budget for packaging. It is important how your product looks. Great lens!

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      Vildhallon 8 years ago

      Greate lens - love all the inspiring pictures.

      ***** for you!

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      Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

      These are great ideas. Lots of useful information and pretty pictures. You sure do know how to put a lens together :-)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wonderful ideas. I have been thinking of making changes to my packaging to make it look more professional.

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      poutine 8 years ago

      Great ideas for packaging.

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      Angelina 8 years ago from California

      really great ideas to help make products stand out

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      packman57 8 years ago

      Great Lens, What a wealth of Great information you have shared here. Great Job 5*****

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      djhollins 8 years ago

      Well put together lens indeed! Good info with nice pictures!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love the idea where you put a piece of colorful card stock behind a bagged pair of earrings, then added a label with your business name on it. It's so simple, yet so genius! 5 *

      - Candice of Artsy * Tartsy * Jewels

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      Rubytube 8 years ago

      love the packaging ideas, great work.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This page is awesome. I like the wonderful packaging ideas to pack your jewelry. I also like like the book ideas for home based businesses and packing your handcrafted items. Looking forward to seeing more ideas!

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      Yvonne L. B. 8 years ago from Covington, LA

      Noadi, this lens is just what I needed to see and it will help greatly as I construct my Etsy shop. But, first I need to finish stocking. Thanks for the great ideas.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens..and it's true..packaging does make all the difference sometimes

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I like your lens, so many great ideas that I could use someday. Thanks!

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      Terrie Marcoe 8 years ago from Gardiner, New York and Joshua Tree, California

      Your lens is packed full ideas to help sellers give their customers a special experience. That really can imbue an item with a magical quality that makes the recipient feel special each and every time they use it.

      Thanks for submitting this lens to Etsy Informationals. Welcome to the Group!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      this page is quality. Im currently doing a graphics exam on packaging and this has helped immensely.

      nice one!

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      mchlhills 8 years ago

      Wow, the layout of this page is simply awesome! Great work. I can learn from this. I like the added videos too. Keep up the good work.

      Thanks stay at home jobs

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      Karicor 8 years ago

      Beautiful and creative ideas that add value. SquidAngel blessings for sharing some really useful tips! ^:)^

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      melmail44 8 years ago

      Great lens. So helpful...thanks!

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      Deeishere 7 years ago

      You are so creative. I would love to use some of these ideas and do projects with my girls.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      AlisonLee LM 7 years ago

      I am impressed! This lens is making me want to try my hands on packaging... time to put my creativity to test :)

      Attracting Health, Wealth And Love!

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      BecomeAProfessi 7 years ago

      What a great lens!

      There's so much information,

      I'll have to come back later to finish reading it all. =)

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      bluehawk 7 years ago

      Wow! Those are some great tips! My wife makes jewelry as a hobby and always has trouble figuring out how to package them for gifts. These are much better ideas than a plain old box.

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      x3xsolxdierx3x lm 7 years ago

      Nice lens :) 5 stars

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      good jobs,

      thumbs up.

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      resources4change 7 years ago

      Great job on putting your lens together! How long did it take you to put it all together?

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      mystimulus 7 years ago

      Great lense, packaging can be so important when it comes to selling products. You have a wealth of information here and it is important that those seeking a home business learn this information to apply to their passion. Thank you so much for this one. I definitely learned some things.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is so helpful! I am going to be using this lens as a reference!

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      jura 7 years ago

      Great lens ,great ideas on how to make great packaging.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great ideas!

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      Laniann 7 years ago

      An attractive package is important - puts that extra value and over delivery into the product.

      Beautiful packaging. 5*s

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      moneymaker1008 7 years ago

      Five stars! Great information and your lens is just beautiful!

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      DanceCat 7 years ago

      Wow - lots of good info and ideas here - Thank you!

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      Free_and_Easy_Payday 7 years ago

      Wow! Great way to spice up ur personal work of art!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great Work at Home lens and congrats on the Purple Star nad because this is such a "stand out" Work at Home lens - SquidAngel Blessings for you!

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      andreaberrios lm 7 years ago

      Great information and ideas, thank you so much! By the way Congratulations on your Purple Star! :)

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      wayfarer lm 7 years ago

      That's a great idea! Not only does it build up the anticipation of opening a package, but it leaves such a great impression. Definitely a great way to stand out!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 7 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      What a great lens! I will definitely be back here to re-read your terrific ideas.

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      Eklectik1 7 years ago

      Great info--i showed this to my niece who sells on Etsy too!!

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      MonkeyHut 7 years ago

      Thanks so much for the info!

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      ge1 7 years ago

      wow, this is awesome! i am truly impressed with these different designs!

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      Aika 7 years ago

      I love crafts and handmade products. You have a truly wonderful lens and ideas here..

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      jamesparker486 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens.i love all handmade products and all Video Tutorials for Creative Packaging are very kool and awesome.thanks for sharing it.....

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Awesome! I actually use the book of textured cardstock shown to wrap my jewellery before sending to a client!

      Thanks for the ideas!

      http://LuttrellStudio.etsy.com

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Thanks so much for the info. Your lens is very helpful. I now have other options on how to package a product.

      Do visit my lens as well if you got the time. Thanks

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      CampbellMacKellar 7 years ago

      Specialist stuff... looks good though... couldn't do this in my house... it would all be eaten or flushed away by the anklebiters. Good work

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      eytans_art 7 years ago

      Coool :-)

      My GF will love this lense!

      She loves boxes and original packing....

      Thanks!!

      Eytans Art - Unique Art.

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      CPAjunkie 7 years ago

      Very artistic, i like the ideas. The tutorials are very good. Thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      awesom idea!

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      Bellezza-Decor 7 years ago from Canada

      Such a delightful and informative lens about creative packaging for handcrafted products such as jewelry! I have bookmarked it and will come back and re-read it!

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      Aika 7 years ago

      Really nice packaging and definitely creative..

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      margiehurd 7 years ago

      A great lens. Very professional and good information. Love your tag design/info and all the bag options. Best wishes. Margie

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      Michelle Collins 7 years ago from Florida

      Great info! Thanx for sharing!

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      Excellent lens! I can see it being very useful for businesses especially. Good luck in the Giant Squid Voting.

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      clouda9 lm 7 years ago

      Really wonderful lens with lots of great tips and tricks! Congrats on your 2009 Giant Squid Awards nomination.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very creative, thank you, 5*

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      coffeemakervedavyas 7 years ago

      Really wonderful lens with lots of great tips and tricks! Congrats on your 2009 Giant Squid Awards nomination.

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      Aika 7 years ago

      very creative! i love your sample design!

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Clever ideas for packaging, and nicely explained with wonderful examples.

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      loganadrian 7 years ago

      Simply beautiful. Good job.

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      jessicahoward 7 years ago

      It is truly marvelleous ideas for packing gifts. simply beautiful. good job. very wonderful ideas with different examples.

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      luanpa 7 years ago

      @kimmanleyort: yes, I agree with you

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      k87 7 years ago

      very good information here, i like the creativity and simplicity here, and great ideas you share in home hand made products. i will try to make some beautiful bangles at home

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      southpaw23 7 years ago

      I was looking into getting custom-printed stiff mailers from Uline but it turns out you have to make a minimum order of 1,000. Eek! I have a handful of sales from Etsy and am getting ramped up on Zibbet but not near that number yet! I hope maybe someday I'll actually have the need to order 1,000 customized mailers at a time haha.

      You've made some great points here about the importance of nice packaging. I think on a lot of sites like Etsy/Zibbet/Artfire, whatever, customers come to expect items to arrive like a gift. You want to keep them coming back!

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      Sheryl Westleigh 7 years ago from Maine

      @southpaw23: Instead of the custom printed mailers how about getting plain mailers and customizing them yourself? You can get stickers printed with lower minimum orders, usually 50 or 100 instead of 1000. A custom made rubber stamp will run you $10-$30 depending on the size and can be used numerous times.

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      Richmee 7 years ago

      Nice lens, well outline

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow...lots of ideas. You have really used well the list. Will try some of these.

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      Freelancers-MarketPlace 7 years ago

      Really cool ideas.. I have discuss this with many friends and they have all looked for such info on the net... thx

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      Airinka 6 years ago

      I have friends who like handmake products, so it will a great gift for them!

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      dating_london 6 years ago

      some cool idea, thanks

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      JenOfChicago LM 6 years ago

      great lens, and wonderful tips for people just starting out. Blessed by a SquidAngel

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice lens. I especially like your idea of the drawstring bags for customers.

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      Genesis Davies 6 years ago from Guatemala

      Great lens! I agree that packaging really makes the difference. There are so many people making things out there that you have to really stand out. Great lens! 5* and an angel blessing.

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      Donna_Coogan 6 years ago

      Great lens! Gave me lots of info to consider. Thanks for putting it together.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have a niece who is starting her business so I will share this with her.

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      Bloodhound 6 years ago

      Great lens....I agree it's all in the packaging!

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      ScientificGear 6 years ago

      I love this lens! Will surely add value to your gift if the packaging is nicely done. And this is a good business venture.

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      Vintage-Butterfly 6 years ago

      Noadi's enthusiasm and great ideas never cease to amaze me.packaging and cards are so important.

      Thank you Noadi.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens. Can't lose if you follow these steps

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      Goddesspower 6 years ago

      Thanks so much for this wonderful advice on making such beautiful things! Love, Goddess

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      leozadarguide 6 years ago

      Thanks for great advices, it gives me so much new ideas.

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      ameriplans4u 6 years ago

      Very very nice! I am planning to get my daughter set up in their own handmade candle & soap making business over the summer, his will com in really handy. Thanks for sharing. 5*s to you & saving to favs. :-)

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      WickedlyWired 6 years ago

      such great ideas. thumbs up. thank you for sharing. great lens!

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      Obscure_Treasures 6 years ago

      what a great lens...5*..

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      freewaystomakemoney 6 years ago

      Pretty decent lens and very informative.

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      Toolesque LM 6 years ago

      Hey! What a great lens, some very unique and useful information here, I am impressed! I have started making magnets from aqua gem rocks and photos and I am so glad I found an article on homemade packaging! Fantastic. It is a bit long perhaps, have you thought about breaking it up? Either way there's great stuff here, thank you!

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      Nick Lewis 6 years ago from Blackpool

      The wrapping sells to the customer, the best vaue on your stall would be hard pressed to sell wrapped in newspaper ! Get the visual appearance right and it does the job for you.

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      buat 6 years ago

      Thanks. I think, packaging is really important if you want to sell the products because most people will look at that aspect in buying any products. Tq=)

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      Kevin Wilson 2 6 years ago

      Consider creating packaging that is recycled, reusable, or at least easily recyclable.

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      nukemdomis lm 6 years ago

      Creative packaging works well except when shipped via UPS or FEDEX.

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      pmalynn 6 years ago

      Good presentation makes for a good customer experience. Thanks for sharing this info!

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      feellikealocal 6 years ago

      WOW..this is pretty cool.

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      FridaFey 6 years ago

      I like doing thing by myself... And I create small object like ear-rings and bracelets with Cernit. After reading your article I've found new ideas and I'll try them soon! Thank's

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      gogy 6 years ago

      I must try one of those :)

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      WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      So much great information. I'll be trying some of these out for the holidays. Thanks!

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      Aika 6 years ago

      love the packaging, seems very easy and affordable to make. lovely lens~

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      I will give these a try one of these days. Great lens.

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      vitar 6 years ago

      Great lens, thanks for sharing.

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      herika lm 6 years ago

      it's interesting and really inspiring... thank's for sharing...

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      woodjewelrybox 6 years ago

      great len. I will try to use some of the ideas and remodify my boxes

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      SanamValani 6 years ago

      Great lens I will definitely try some of the ideas. thanks

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      Jen 6 years ago from California

      Fantastic lens with some great ideas! Thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Packaging is everything....it makes your handmade item or inexpensively purchased item look so special.

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      scar4 6 years ago

      Thanks for the ideas. It really helps. I make handmade products, the Chinese chop carving. Thank you.

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      scar4 6 years ago

      Thanks for the ideas. It really helps. I make handmade products, the Chinese chop carving. Thank you.

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      mskaylay 6 years ago

      Nice lens, thanks for the ideas.

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      Jennifer Einstein 6 years ago from New York City

      Packaging can makes something twice as good, especially if you are planning on gving it as a gift.

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      This is a great tip for hand-made artists, and something that I will definitely take to heart

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      Rita-K 6 years ago

      I have friends that are more enthralled with the packaging that their gifts come in than the gift itself! Great Lens! I will definitely use a bunch of your packaging ideas!

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      noobeegin 6 years ago

      Great packaging ideas and resources. I will be back often.

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      Jellyrolldesigns 6 years ago

      Great and inspirational ideas!

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      Sarra24 6 years ago

      I've been doing Plastic Hand Made/

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Good suggestions

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love this lens. Thanks! We are always looking for ways to improve the presentation of our handcrafted items. I'm bookmarking this page for future reference.

      Thank ladies of The Well Writ Witch

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      pomme99 6 years ago

      Great lens.

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      DataLaura 6 years ago

      Great ideas!

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      moonlitta 6 years ago

      I think I have a craze for everything handmade. (Well maybe not quite everything)... But your pictures made me feel good. Great ideas and great lens. Thank you for sharing!

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      cocogirl67 6 years ago

      Thanks for the tips !

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      nekoneko 6 years ago

      yupss thx

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      Asinka Fields 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Well presented. Thanks for sharing and creating this lens!

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      samiam123 6 years ago

      impressive ideas i like it ...........thanks

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      Coffeebreak9am 6 years ago

      I Love you use of small bags...creative!

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      supermom_in_ny 6 years ago

      Just wanted to share that this really works. I was a Mary Kay representative and I sold LOTS of products because of the creative packaging I used. I believe women like to receive pretty little things. I mean, really. Who wants to get a box of mascara or lipstick just handed to them?

      One more thing, this lens is beautiful. I love the colors and the layout!

      ;)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I loved the moleskin journal and the bubble mailers. Also your tags were fantastic; the ones you said you have since redesigned; the bead was lovely on it. I'm hoping to sell some good quality products when I finally manage to get to a car boot sale and i'd love to do have a little table of homemade products. Your lens was very helpful. I am currently drafting my own lens somewhat along the lines of this one and I promise to lensroll it if you would allow.

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      Violin-Student 6 years ago

      Great information here! Good leg-up for folks who are just getting started, and for the experienced folks as well. Thanks for your hard work on this.

      Art Haule

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      mgassistant lm 6 years ago

      Liked your lens! :)

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      I have a gallery and work a lot of art events. I see quite a few artists use garbage bags and they fail to see why it's important to make the packaging special. For one other people see it and are impressed and the other it makes it more like the special gift when bundled attractively. This is an excellent lens. Will lensroll to some of my art fair lenses.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love this lens...thank you..

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      dwnovacek 6 years ago

      Beautiful lense and beautiful packaging examples!

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      Senora M 6 years ago

      cool lens. good thoughts!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      There are some terrific ideas here. Thanks for sharing them!

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      jgelien 6 years ago

      It's true that I am attracted to the packaging as well as the item. You have provided a lot of neat ideas on this lens.

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      Margaret Schindel 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is a FABULOUS lens with tons of great ideas and resources. Thank you so much for putting this together!

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      MoonandMagic 6 years ago

      This is great, I have been looking into different ways to package and display my stock when I got to markets and things. There are some great tips here, thanks!

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      hotbrain 6 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      I buy on Ebay and occasionally I receive my item wrapped specially, with wrapping paper, or with ribbon with a card, note, etc. It makes the item stand out and the Ebay seller memorable! This is an excellent lens on a great topic for sellers on Ebay or Etsy or any other place they sell handmade or unique items! Squidoo Angel blessed :)

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      lilmuchang1 6 years ago

      This is a very good lens on creative packaging, obviously you had done a thorough research on it :)

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      leathersleepersofa 6 years ago

      Thanks,Nice lens

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      spider-girl 6 years ago

      You're quite creative, and I loved your site as well :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great advice and ideas. Presentation is everything

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      ezpostcard 6 years ago

      Also, this is a good way of recycling in a creative way. I like the simple & nice packaging. Keep it up!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      very good lens

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      Cindy Fahnestock-Schafer 6 years ago from Hedgesville, WV

      Love it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      very interesting, well done and nice lens. have you had much success on Etsy?

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I like this lens a lot! Thanks for sharing your creative ideas.

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      littestranger 6 years ago

      I like this lens

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      sig2k30 6 years ago

      creatif make it so good on looking

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Brilliant lens Sheryl. It fits so well with mine that I have added it to my recommended lenses.

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      JodiVee 6 years ago

      What a lovely lens! I sold a couple things on eBay before, but I only made creative packaging for one of my items... and it wasn't quite as pretty as some of your examples. lol. I'll keep this lens in mind for future reference :)

      JobVirtue.com

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed all the information you provided on how to package your products,but I would love to know if you have any suggestions for pretty packaging for accent pillows. That is what I sell and have a hard time trying to think of how to make the packaging beautiful.

      Thank you,

      Janet Bernasconi

      Janet's Creative Pillows

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      Harshitha LM 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens

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      gezzyka 6 years ago

      Great lens! I know when I buy something (on Etsy, for instance) that comes in gorgeous packaging, it's such a bonus.

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      artistico 6 years ago

      i love it .. i give a lenroll to you :)

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We have just started packaging gifts and the resources here are helpful.

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      hershel01 6 years ago

      What fun nice looking packaging, nice lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A decent price for self-adhesive, padded mailers. Do keep in mind that they come to you empty. What you do is put things in them and send them to other people. What you put in them is entirely up to you. I do not recommend live animals.

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      dperry1 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens ! You are so right. when I buy something that is packaged beautifully it stands out and shows me the seller really cares. I will favorite this lens for future use as I am going to start selling jewelry etc. Again, thumbs up on this lens, I loved it.

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      suzyjahi 6 years ago

      awesome lens

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      CarolSue 6 years ago

      very nice ideas, I have a skin care recipe lens and these tips for lables and such may come in handy.

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      Gorgeous I just love these ideas. ~Blessed by an Angel~

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      DogToys LM 6 years ago

      Great tips, especially the packing ideas.

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      aliciamaggie54 6 years ago

      Thank you for the tips.

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      vickeylynn 6 years ago

      These are some good ideas and thanks..

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      These are great ideas - awesome lens! :)

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Great ideas.. I do something very similar with my jewelry that I sell :)

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      KatherineKouture 6 years ago

      Great lens. These are some really great ideas.

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      greetingcardsinfo 6 years ago

      I must say packaging is so important I also think your lense is brilliant well done

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      greetingcardsinfo 6 years ago

      Great lens I also agree with gift wrapping and packaging is so important

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      Mrmakingusmile LM 6 years ago

      Awesome lens. Very informative. Packing can make the difference.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      There are some very interesting packaging ideas here, nice work!

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      saraih26 6 years ago

      Awesome packaging video! Love Love Love it!

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      BenT247 6 years ago

      Awesome!!

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      vohraaish 6 years ago

      awesome lens! I have never sold any of my homemade stuff, but if i ever do, i know where to look for packaging ideas:)

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      Nice lens! well done ...

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      Gelor 6 years ago

      So beautiful lens

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      flutestar123 lm 6 years ago

      Love your lens! I never really thought about making the packaging stand out...

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      coffeebreakdesigns 6 years ago

      Great article! This is sometimes overlooked. Thanks!

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      Gilberto Galea 6 years ago from Willemstad

      Nice lens, very creative and with useful stuff to made at home.

      Thanks by share

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      JeremiahStanghini 5 years ago

      I was just watching a video by Dan Pink and he suggested, while traveling, to buy a local newspaper, and wrap your souvenir in it!

      With Love and Gratitude,

      Jeremiah

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      scar4 5 years ago

      Great idea for using creative packaging to make the products stand out. Thank you for sharing!

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      Muzzie4848 5 years ago

      I love your lens. I think a gift that is handmade and made from the heart is really special,and to package it in handmade packaging makes even more special. I hope you don't mind but I have added your lens as one of the featured lenses on my 1st Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas which I have just published. As the tradiitonal gift for the 1st anniversary is paper, your lens will fit in perfectly. Thank you.

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      ajilcliaen 5 years ago

      Great lens! Totally inspiring, thank you :)

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      Philippians468 5 years ago

      thank you for sharing this creative lens! cheers

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens, thanks.

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      theprintcenter 5 years ago

      Thank for sharing this great lens!

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      holderstubby 5 years ago

      Great lens you got here. Very informative. Hope there's more

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      KANEsUgAr 5 years ago

      Awesome lens Thanks.

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      brandonwithglasses 5 years ago

      Very good, sound advice. As a graphic designer who works with crafters and artists, I agree 100% with what you have written. This is the same sort of thing I say to my clients. I also think that "D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself (Design Handbooks)" is a great book to have! Other awesome resources as well! Great lens!

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      Frannybooboo 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      kerjapartime 5 years ago

      this is great lens!

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      queenmbeautycosmetics 5 years ago

      Thumbs Up!

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      WorldVisionary3 5 years ago

      What a lovely lens! Thumbs up!

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      Rockett LM 5 years ago

      Very nice lens. I love creating small boxes by hand ... the challenge is finding small gifts to fit in the boxes. A bit backwards! LOL

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      BSRGaming 5 years ago

      Nice site!!

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      dragonsix 5 years ago

      I used to repackage products using my own brand, and simple things like a printed card or sticker can improve the perceived value of your goods. If it was a low-end product, I'll do the design myself, if I need a run of 5,000 stickers, I'll use a graphic designer.

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      ViJuvenate 5 years ago

      If you are matching everyone else in price and product, its the details like this that will make your business stand out. Very good!

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      JesusIsLove 5 years ago

      This was a great project for my children during the school breaks.

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      Teanytiny 5 years ago

      very useful lens, good work!

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      netsole 5 years ago

      wow this is really something, very beautiful, thanx for sharing your ideas.

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      blanckj 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these great ideas.

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      pimbels lm 5 years ago

      This is amazing, great lens. Thank you for sharing

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      artshock 5 years ago

      Awesome lens...

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      anamorphicecho 5 years ago

      LOVE this, packaging is one of the biggest difficulties I have right now. Thanks so much :)

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      speaktolearn 5 years ago

      I've got a ton of handmade stuff to make stand out!

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      COOKINGFUN66 5 years ago

      great lens, thanks for all the great tips.

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      clubpenguin_codes 5 years ago

      this will help thanks

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      sujaysen 5 years ago

      Nice ideas.

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      Antony J Waller 5 years ago from North Yorkshire

      Outstanding lens! I am part of the CAMpics travel destinations lens, even though I am a musician promoter in my other life. Creative packaging, carefully planned and carried out on my kitchen table, got product into the hands of radio personalities and into radio libraries all over the world. Best wishes, CAMpics

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      irmis1 5 years ago

      Thank you

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      meljames 5 years ago

      Hello Sheryl, I think you've put together a very good lens. It has all the resources on making a creative packaging. Definitely a great resource for business owners.

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      Mishael A Witty 5 years ago

      Great packaging ideas. Thanks!

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      BettyWesterlund 5 years ago

      Very creative! Thank you for such wonderful ideas.

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      CarynJSwift56889 5 years ago

      pretty good lens,

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      Srena44 5 years ago

      great lens...

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      jenifferpeeples 5 years ago

      This really helps me grow as a small business owner! Thank you so much for sharing = )

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      AigulErali 5 years ago

      Really nice ideas! Thumbs up.

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      hessa johnson 5 years ago

      Lots of helpful information here. I also read The Dieline - excellent for ideas.

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      Serj 5 years ago

      Very cool ideas. My mom could really use these. Thanks for a great lens.

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      nolinel lm 5 years ago

      Thanks, I love to try new ideas....

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      TIRMassageStone1 5 years ago

      Packaging is very important, it gives the client the impression you are trying to make about the product!

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      KANEsUgAr 5 years ago

      Wow great pics, great lens very helpful.

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      SlipAwayDesigns 5 years ago

      Great products, very original!

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      RichmondBlogs 5 years ago

      If you're selling stuff from home, these are some great tips.

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      Natural_Skin_Care 5 years ago

      Packaging is so important. You give some great tips.

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      S Kurniawan 5 years ago from Bandung, Indonesia

      Great lens! Thank you so much for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Lovely lens. Thank you for the wonderful tips :)

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      Xasper8ing 5 years ago

      I absolutely love this lens...going on my Bookmarks list for sure!

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      wayne_luvinlife 5 years ago

      After making our packaging more personal and unique our sales doubled within a few months...great lens! It works

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      this is a great example of another excellent way to market your product. For more great ideas visit www.freeguerrillamarketing.com

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      OMG,it's so cool!thank you!

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      profilesincolor 5 years ago

      Nice work! Thanks! :-)

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      jeremyh1 5 years ago

      The packing of the items in certain ways so that it makes it more attractive to the customers is a brilliant marketing of the product. Give us some more packing tips.

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      erieconstructio1 5 years ago

      This is a very well designed lense, and some creative packaging ideas to boot! Thanks a lot!

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      Fiona 5 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for this - I especially like the tutuorials for making your own jewellery bag

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      FreakyV 5 years ago from Canada

      Fantastic ideas, thanks for sharing!

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      Have2Cruise LM 5 years ago

      awesome ideas! I'm always looking for new and exciting ways to personalize and create something special for my clients' cards, gifts, etc.

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      Natalie W Schorr 5 years ago

      Nice work!

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      ShopJonquil 5 years ago

      Those are some GREAT ideas! Not only is your lens very well laid out, but thank you for sharing the information. It's going to help us.

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      BasantSoni 5 years ago

      Hi friend... enjoyed multiple varieties of exquisite lenses on several subject of creativity & other misc lenses ...This particular lens on creativity ..Handmade products,,Packaging etc fantastic ... . i went in to depthfor all parameters.....My congrats for such wonderful details..i found in squidoo......!!

      ..i make Organic art from ONLY ingredients of Mother Earth in Natural form on Bark Canvas of Palm tree.No colors/artificial materials used.

      Regards.....Basant

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      GordyM 5 years ago

      You have some great links in here..... Thanks for sharing...!

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      RadioGuitar 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great ideas. Nice packaging really makes anything you buy feel more valuable.

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      profilesincolor 5 years ago

      Beautiful! Adding the extra special something conveys so much! :-)

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      cpnet2 5 years ago

      Grat lens! Thank you for sharing with us!

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      cpnet2 5 years ago

      Grat lens, thank you!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Very good advice. I need to consider this for my Etsy store. I sell a lot of vintage items so those don't apply but I see some nice button cards in my future. Thanks!

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      Steve Jones 5 years ago from Birmingham UK

      A very good lense indeed. Well done.

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      BuildMyBrand 5 years ago

      Nicely done!

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      selling art is 10percent art and 90percent presentation, great lens...RWJR

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      catherinenbrooks 5 years ago

      Nice one!I like this lens very much.Good creative lens.

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      grifith 5 years ago

      Perfect Lens, Great Work.

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      TIRMassageStone1 5 years ago

      This is a great resource for someone doing handcrafts. The packaging could make a difference especially if you are running an online boutique or are using Etsy to sell your hand made goods. Thanks for this.

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      dilipsvarma 5 years ago

      great job!

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      AngelaKane 5 years ago

      I live creating crafts and different designs. Your articles are providing me with new tips and ideas.

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      shivnagsudhakar 5 years ago

      good lens

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      shivnagsudhakar 5 years ago

      GOOD WORK

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      taiciapar 5 years ago

      I love this lens. this is very helpful for me :)

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      soonlim 5 years ago

      Wow! Beautiful and creative handiwork. Certainly enjoyed looking at this lens

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      manchester lm 5 years ago

      Love your gift bags!! Really simple but very effective.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very good creative ideas. How do you think of all these ways?. Visit my lenses too, Thank you for sharing, Dr. James Dazouloute

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      TIRMassageStone1 5 years ago

      I've noticed that when you print the cards on card stock that some printers require that you specify the "paper type" or else it will jam.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great things here wana comments here

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      LadyCharlie 5 years ago

      great Ideas my sister-in-law who owns a custom jewelry shop would appreciate these ideas...thanks for sharing!

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      JenaleeMortensen 5 years ago

      What a wonderful collection of packaging ideas! Thanks for sharing.

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      pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

      This is excellent -- such beautiful and practical advice. I will be passing this page on to my sister who sells jewelry on Etsy. :)

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      TIRMassageStone1 5 years ago

      There is something about hand made items that require this type of packaging. I appreciate all the tips and come back from time to time to get more tips. Thank you

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      ebookswithrights 5 years ago

      your creativity is remarkable.I was looking to maybe contact a supplier that handles packing needs for cds,and video marketing.You just gave ideas that Ican use to maybe use my own imagenation to create my own oroducts for upcoming website.ThankYou.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Can anyone tell me where or if I can find 4" x 2" hanging plastic cards for pendants/earrings. I can find the ones that say Sterling silver or something and that's what I've bought and always black out the printing, but I would think I could find just plain. So far no luck.

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      mistyblue75605 lm 5 years ago

      These are always adorable! Thanks for the ideas!

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      Absolutely wonderful lens. I love your examples and ides. Well done. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      raincoats 5 years ago

      Thanks for the tips! I sell bath & body products so I'm always trying to think up new ways to package different things.

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      Bellwood-Antiques 5 years ago

      Love your lens!! Got any ideas for my product? I would love to sell my product online but I can not find a shipper. They are just to big, not so much to heavy but about 2" to big. Thanks for great lens :)

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      pd6914 5 years ago

      Packaging certainly makes a difference!! Thanks for the tips.

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      ReviveUK LM 5 years ago

      Lovely! the packaging often sells the product inside, thanks for this lens

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      BusinessSarah 5 years ago

      This is a great lens -- it's given me a lot of ideas for packaging my wedding favors next summer!! Thanks for the tips :)

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      seedplanter 5 years ago

      Nice lens, Noadi! You're right - packaging makes a good impression, or leaves buyers confused. I love what you've done with this lens.

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      Formosangirl LM 5 years ago

      Thanks for your lens.

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      GoldenClone 5 years ago

      good like

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      talloza 5 years ago

      Thanks for your lens.

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      ErHawkns7100 5 years ago

      I love it. With money so tight, homemade and handmade is a must this year. Your great packaging ideas make gifts look professional.

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      aussieremovals 5 years ago

      Very informative lens. Thanks.

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      NaturalVamp 5 years ago

      Dahling just got through wrapping. I wished I had seen your lens earlier. There is always a next time.

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      BillSimmons 5 years ago

      Great tips! Nice work with this lens.

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      vinc18 5 years ago

      Nice lens, I like it. See my lens "do it yourself ideas"

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      SandraGahlinger 5 years ago

      Great compilation of resources. I also popped over to your blog and liked the list of handmade blogs you have there - sent it to a friend who does some really neat art. I think she'll find it useful. Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These are so incredibly cute !!! amazing work;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You have some great ideas here. I know I can find some things I can use for sure!!

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      adamfrench 5 years ago

      Impressive lens, thumbs up

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      Internationaltenders 5 years ago

      Wow. Great ideas you bring to us. With a different way of thinking. Good work.

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      Leilani-m 5 years ago

      GReat lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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      ilovehaagendazs 5 years ago

      thanks for sharing. This was really a great idea. I use this idea :)

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      Linda Hoxie 5 years ago from Idaho

      Awesome ideas that are clever and creative, Blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      'thumbs up' for you!

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      SIALicenceUK 5 years ago

      This has helped me so much with my ebay business, great lens will thumbs up.

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      HuntAndFishGuides 5 years ago

      These are actually pretty cool! Gives me a great idea on what I could use this for. I'm going to look into this right now... Thanks!

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      waldenthreenet 5 years ago

      Thanks for this valuable topic. Like to request comments on two related topics as I am not the artist for handmade but do know quite a few such persons in my community due to my community service activities via my community tv show. We have had wonderful guests do "show and tell" on our community tv shows as a volunteer activity. Art & Craft Festivals and Shows are very important I think as a "marketing outlet", Second is a way to use the emerging social networks such facebook, meetups , and Squidoo. For example, can we discuss the Zazzle Store Module and share experiences ?

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      earthybirthymum 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great information, thank you.

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      greenlungsofpoland 5 years ago

      great lens nice subject well written

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      kindlegeek 5 years ago

      Great Ideas here!

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      mirkodega 5 years ago

      Great Lens. I love Creative Packaging

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      wiedruce 5 years ago

      very creative..great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great article. Very informative!!! I can't wait to start!1

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      naugleb 5 years ago

      I really like your lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Noadi, thank you so much for this article! I'm starting my own online craft business and article has been invaluable! There were so many places where I was going to over-spend on shipping supplies and such, and I've cut those prices way down! Many Thanks!!!

      http://asnowflake.blogspot.com/

      https://twitter.com/#!/SnowFlakeShop

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It is amazing how many people sell their crafts these days, we always hear about the revenue from retailers but I would love to know how much money is made by people selling crafts. This is a really nice lens and thank you for the information

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      Sheryl Westleigh 5 years ago from Maine

      @anonymous: I don't know overall but Etsy publishes how much their sellers make, just in September 2011 $46.4 million worth of goods were sold on Etsy. Now some of those are supplies and vintage sales as well as handmade but it gives you an idea. http://www.etsy.com/blog/news/2011/etsy-statistics...

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      Mark Whitman 5 years ago from London

      Great lens. Thanks for the tips. I recently developed a product that I'm trying to sell on etsy. Would love to know what you think: https://hubpages.com/style/how-to-create-a-fashion...

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      lucky izan 5 years ago

      you are right, the packaging give added value to the product, specially the good one

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      loydbean615 5 years ago

      Thanks for the lens. Very interesting.

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      GoldenAgeComicArt 5 years ago

      love the octopi stuff..

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      seosmm 5 years ago

      Good info. Nice lens!

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      cherriebombetsy 5 years ago

      This is the most comprehensive guide I have ever seen - truly a very valuable resource to any artist, especially on Etsy! I am going to share this with my facebook, many of my friends are Etsyians also. Your cuttlefish pendants are spectacular as well - keep up the great work!!!

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      CarlittoDunaway 5 years ago

      These packagings really make products stand out. Interesting ideas! Thanks!

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      buttonhead lm 5 years ago

      This is so true! Opening up an item that has been creatively packaged adds so much to the experience. The personal touch goes a long way and keeps people buying handmade!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A smart, innovative and inspiring lens. You've created a great resource for folks who sell their own crafts. Here's wishing you all the best in the New Year!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Thanks for all the great packaging and presentation ideas; I really enjoyed your lens.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      Excellent ideas, and you're absolutely right... Those lovely crafted tags and packages are so appealing! I'd buy something just based on that! :) *Blessed* :) Squidly hugs to you! Kath

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      Ananasa LM 5 years ago

      This is super helpful! I am so impressed, please keep it up. We are infatuated with anything handcrafted.

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      KevCooper 5 years ago

      Great ideas for crafters.

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      Mistl 5 years ago

      What a great resource this article is. Well deserved LOTD! :)

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      Mistl 5 years ago

      What a great resource this article is. Well deserved LOTD! :)

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Awesome resources! Love the pictures, the links, and your great information. Congratulations on the well-deserved Lens of the Day!

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      jtrandall 5 years ago

      Great lens! Creative packaging is something that I've been putting off for far too long. Great ideas for including business cards!

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      Wonderful ideas for making things even more special. Blessed.

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      So helpful! I don't make handmade crafts to sell, but I know lovely packaging is a big wow to me on the receiving end. You give some great tips that I'd totally use if I ever got into being an etsy seller. Will have to pass these along...

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      lilymom24 5 years ago

      The tags really do give a more dressed up look. Congratulations on Lens of the Day!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Awesome work here - well deserving of LotD! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      Good stuff. I don't make and sell any of my own products. But I do make things for friends and family. I'll use some of these ideas, I'm sure. Thanks to you, I'm thinking about having "business" cards (which really won't be about business but more about me) to add to my gifts.

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      sojourner-1 5 years ago

      Congrats on you LOTD. These crafts are great ideas.

      Cheers.

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      Chocolatealchemy 5 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Lovely Lens and I love these ideas - thanks for sharing. Just the inspirations I've been looking for.

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      maraju lm 5 years ago

      Great ideas and interesting article, I started making jewellery as a hobby which has now turned to a passion, hence I now have loads of jewellery I must sell. Great hints on presentation. Thanks!

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Hi Noadi. Just stopping back by to congratulate you on getting LotD for this very helpful lens. You know I love handcrafted items!

      BTW, I noticed your suggestion about 'signing' your box. I once had items in a consignment shop with my cards attached. The shop owner suggested 'signing' my cards by hand to make it more 'personal'. He said people really notice that. I usually put a handwritten and hand-signed note on the invoice I include in a sold package.

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      1stchoicemarketing 5 years ago

      Sheryl, I like the unique packaging ideas. I see that you are pretty crafty too. Keep it up. My daughter makes jewelry so I will let her know about your page so she can take a look. Thanks for sharing. :-)

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      gypsiedream 5 years ago

      A lot of great packaging ideas. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      BuddyBink 5 years ago

      Wonderful. Packaging is such a big part of marketing products. Thanks

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      cleanyoucar 5 years ago

      Great tips here, congrats on the Lens of the Day

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      seashell2 5 years ago

      Love your creative ideas!

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      AliciaMae 5 years ago

      Congrats on Lens of the Day!!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Back for a blessing! :)

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      YHONG04 5 years ago

      wow that's cool nice lens... keep it up!

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      atticanibal 5 years ago

      great lens :D keep up the work

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      stup1dg3n1us 5 years ago

      i have always wondered how to go about doing just what you are talking about. its sad now days we fiend are self's going off the mainstream internet to settle on a site like this so we are sure the webmaster is honest thank you for your advice.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD and a great lens well chosen. *Blessed* and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen and also on Squidoo LOTD Lenses. Hugs

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I love gifts that come in creative packaging. Thanks for the tips. Congrats on LotD!

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      CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA

      Great ideas here. Congratulations on LotD!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very nice and creative ideas!

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      1230y 5 years ago

      I have furniture product, and I often sent my product to my customer, can you give me suggest about the packaging? Thank You

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      casquid 5 years ago

      What a useful and well planned lens. Great luck in all your endeavors.

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      SimplyTonjia 5 years ago

      Excellent lens. Thank you.

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      Bob Zau 5 years ago

      Lots off great packaging info here, great lens.

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      Great suggestions. I really like the tags etc.

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      nelsonkana 5 years ago

      Nice lens here. Am taking a tour of top lenses. This is one of them. I like it.

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      myamya 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! Thanks for the info

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      nikyweber 5 years ago

      thank you for sharing nice lens!

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      Rebeljohn 5 years ago

      Very nice work thank you for posting

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      giftedgirl 5 years ago

      Love all the information! I am big or great packaging and branding. Thanks for sharing!

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      adyculi 5 years ago

      Lot of good infoirmation . thanks.

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      starzraven 5 years ago

      Nice packaging ideas! :)

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      joekoeman lm 5 years ago

      Very inspiring. Thanks for the information.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Great ideas! I'll be forwarding this lens to a friend of mine. She'll love it!

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      eternaljoi 5 years ago

      Great lens! I sell Young Living Essential Oils and the information you have provided will be a great asset to my business. Thank you again! :-) http://eternaljoi.com

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      merinaau 5 years ago

      Nice ideas... people can improve their ideas by the help of your lense, thanx.

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      karanlugani 5 years ago

      Great lens. Packaging matters and presentation of packaging should not only be good but be great.

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      CrazyIM 5 years ago

      Very informative lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      BetsiGoutal1 5 years ago

      Love this, what a fabulous source of ideas!

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      krislindahl1 5 years ago

      Great Lens! Nicely presented with lots of info!

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      JollyJ 5 years ago

      Love this, great Lens :)

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      JZinoBodyArt 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens! My favorite purchases from Etsy had really thoughtful packaging. I also love when sellers include a little thank you note. It makes me, as a buyer, feel appreciated. :)

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      Hagglecoins 5 years ago

      Great lens, my kids will love helping me with the stamping project!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      One of the best lens I ever read.You gave me some ideas to implement in my business. Thank you very much. http://www.mbmsoft.com

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      Skylermeyer2012 5 years ago

      Hi Noadi, Your lens is really informative and useful especially to those who wants their business to stand out among the others by using Creative Packaging.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      your packaging tips can really help. i am familiar to the gift bags. angel blessed.

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      very cool packaging! Blessed

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      brynimagire 5 years ago

      Great great package! nice lens.

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      Rob Hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

      Great tips on packaging - the devil is in the detail, and you sure have it!

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      AndieDee 5 years ago

      Wow, really nice. The packaging can be so nice.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thnks...nc for u'r lens...

      like back..

      please

      :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very cool... I like it...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thank you so much for this lens... i was searching diy packaging for baby bow crafts and here you are...

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      elsiesflat 4 years ago

      Another great an informative lens for us Etsy sellers. Thanks again.

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      ephemerania lm 4 years ago

      Clever ideas !

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      Fred Alb 4 years ago from Uruguay

      Congratulations!! very good and informative lens.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This page is an excellent resource for crafters!

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      infiniti99 lm 4 years ago

      I know exactly where to send my kids.Excellent crafting source.Thank you for sharing

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      cristina-sokolowski 4 years ago

      SO helpful!! Thank you!! :)

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      mistyblue75605 lm 4 years ago

      :)P

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      mistyblue75605 lm 4 years ago

      I enjoyed the lens and ideas!

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      mistyblue75605 lm 4 years ago

      Also, congrats on the purple star!

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      DotComBusted 4 years ago

      Handmade products always stand out in my opinion. It brings something personal to the table. Excellent work. Everything handmaded is good. I don't really like automation...

      Please visi my Just Been Paid lenses too...

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      aarulved 4 years ago

      wow your lens is superb

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You have so many excellent ideas here. I do love to receive gifts in small handmade boxes and bags. It shows the giver has gone that extra mile and had good thoughts about the receiver too.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      wonderful lens...great advice!

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      BestRatedStuff 4 years ago

      Great advice, like the ideas you show here.

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      themeanviolets 4 years ago

      Great ideas and Beautifully Packaged Lens :-) You have some darling pieces as well! Bravo!

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      JoyfulReviewer 4 years ago

      Nicely illustrated tips and ideas ... a very helpful resource for anyone selling physical products at arts and crafts shows, etc. ~~Blessed~~

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      gemmawild 4 years ago

      Hi Noadi, after reading this helpful lens and spotting your unusual sealife jewellery, I added you to my I Heart Handmade Jewellery lens =)

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      fashion-mayhem 4 years ago

      Brilliant Lens, I have added your lens Url to my blog

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      Millionairemomma 4 years ago

      I really love your ideas!

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      stargoldteam12 4 years ago

      Great lens. I like it.......

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      makemoneyonline5 4 years ago

      Love your ideas, really nice lens :)

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      sihemkhalil 4 years ago

      Blow me away!!!

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      makeupbrush 4 years ago

      Great ideas!

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      Monica Lobenstein 4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      Great suggestions! Thanks.

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      freshAPS 4 years ago

      Creative and basic ideas, love the post. It's always good to know how to market yourself and make anything differentiate from its competitors

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      EmergencyPrepar 4 years ago

      I do think creative packaging is a HUGE part of marketing. You can have a great product but if the packaging is lacking, your item may not sell. Great lens.

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      expertseofrance 4 years ago

      thanks for all the tips! it's really helping me out!

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      ChrisClark1 4 years ago

      interesting I would have to say. Nice work

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      web-writer lm 4 years ago

      Hi Sheryl, I was looking for this. Thanks!

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      steph-naylor 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing Lens! It was very interesting!

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      DMVAgent 4 years ago

      Very informative lens. Will watch more of this. :)

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      koukatn 4 years ago

      thank you,well done

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      mouse1996 lm 4 years ago

      Very good ideas here. I make my own baggies for my products and I want to get a little creative for what I will put the products on. This gave me some great ideas.

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      Dianeyp LM 4 years ago

      These are great ideas. Good decorative packaging also works well for displays. I displayed crafts in a craft store and was not selling much until my daughter changed the way they were displayed with better packaging and sales doubled. It does make a difference. Great lens!

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      KarlHarer 4 years ago

      Thank you for this lens. Some very good ideas here! :)

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      JonoAdams 4 years ago

      Interesting read, thanks for sharing!

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      JesusDensford 4 years ago

      Great ideas here indeed. Thanks!

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      PatriciaJoy 4 years ago from Michigan

      Blessed by a Squid Angel. These are great ideas. Thank you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      great lens, squidliked, G+1 and pinned.

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      VladimirasRiabcevas 4 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      Joy Neasley 4 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Thank you for the great ideas.

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      kiratalley 4 years ago

      What a great idea for putting crafts to good use!

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      skegnesslad 4 years ago

      Great Lens and I know all too well that changing your packaging designs slightly over time makes people think they're buying a new product or the product inside is slightly different. Therefore tricking people to buy your product.

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      diesel54 4 years ago

      As a packaging engineer myself you are definitely on a good road here. A lot of people are unaware of the importance of packaging.

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      pmeonlinesolutions 4 years ago

      I wish I had read this article last month when I was traveling. lol Very good lens and thanks for the ideas. I will try one of these on my next rip when I bring back lots of fish and shirts.

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      Sheryl Westleigh 4 years ago from Maine

      @skegnesslad: I've never thought of it that way. Since my products are handmade they do change over time as I've become a lot more skilled in all areas of making and my packaging reflects that gradual improvement.

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      Alessandro Zamboni 4 years ago from Italy

      Lovely lens! I was searching for some ideas to package my handmade candles, and this page gave mo so much ideas I could start to give value to my objecs.

      Thanks so much, three thumbs up :)

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      Elastara 4 years ago

      Hi Sheryl, I got a friend who asked me if there is anywhere she can buy jar necklace. I gotta give her this link so that she can check it out ;). You are very creative, keep it up :).

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very nice lense :)

      Thanks for sharing it...

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      jimmyboy88 4 years ago

      very creative ideas

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      homesweethomebi1 4 years ago

      This is great detailed information for someone who makes and sells handmade items.

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      handcrafted-coolery 4 years ago

      Thanx for this lens it is very helpful

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      loveirishcrafts1 4 years ago

      Thanks for the useful tips...I have the pleasure in stocking goods from some of Ireland's finest traditional crafters and its so important to get my packaging right and in keeping with their goods...I will be exploring your lens more

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Lovely ideas. Thanks for this lenst :)

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      Freestuffer LM 4 years ago

      Love this lens! I have a business and nice packaging really attract customers. Thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Best squidoo i have ever read!! thank you

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      microbio 4 years ago

      Love this lens, very simple and creative ideas that can be done with a small budget. I use hang tags as business cards myself :)

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      TravelEase 4 years ago

      Creative handmade products and equally impressive packaging. You can go into business with these great ideas.

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      myzone2012 lm 4 years ago

      This is an awesome lens. thank you for sharing

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We offer creative packaging design through sustainable packaging, eco-friendly labels, and tree free promotional stickers. Let me know if we can help! Michonne@distantvillage.com | www.distantvillage.com

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      packaging adds value.... to the product...

      www.jankioiltools.com

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      pauly99 lm 4 years ago

      Good ideas. I make custom pens and it makes sense that the packaging is unique as the product. Heck, the packaging could sell the product.

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      larrybla lm 4 years ago

      Placed in my favorites. Resourceful information.

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      Pinasheart 3 years ago

      Thanks for all this lovely information!

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      seodress 3 years ago

      Um awesome!!!

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      socialcx1 3 years ago

      I think you have done a fantastic job here. Thanks

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      Erin Mellor 3 years ago from Europe

      @socialcx1: Professionally crafted packaging really does make a difference, and I'm sure makes products more attractive so will more than pay for itself. Great resource.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      That 's awesome . Thanks for ur useful information :)

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      minpinmojo76 3 years ago

      Great info, packaging is often an overlooked feature. great lens

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      Invoiceberry 3 years ago from London

      No matter what you do, packaging is always very important. people care about the presentation whether it's food, website, product etc.

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      Jim Houston 3 years ago from Wilmer, Alabama

      Excellent. Packaging can make or break a product and is as important as the product itself. Great lens.

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      fathomblueEG 2 years ago

      What a beautiful lens. You are a true artist and your creativity inspires us all. Keep up the amazing work you do.

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