Last year I sold my first physical handmade product. It went great, but I knew I could do better on the packaging. Isn’t there something magical about opening something that has been sent with love? When packaging is done in a way that is creative, professional, and reflects a brand, it adds value to the product. Plus, it’s a great way to make customers happy. Here’s some cute packaging ideas for small business.
cute packaging ideas for small business
Here’s the products I used to help make an unforgettable unboxing for my community. My goal is to reflect my brand while also maximizing my time. I felt like these were easy and quick to use.
- Cricut Explore 3
- Black Pen for the Explore
- Smart Paper Sticker Cardstock- White
- Smart Paper Sticker Cardstock- Yellow
- Blush Cardstock
- Standard Grip Machine Mat 12×12
Bundle it up
Start by asking yourself- how can I create an experience when my customer unboxes my product?
My product is a DIY kit to make a mini macrame rainbow wall hanging. For this, there’s multiple pieces to make the craft. I thought I could do better with labeling each item so it’s pretty and easier to put together.
For the yarn, I carefully wound up the right amount. Then I used the Cricut Explore 3, a Black Pen and Smart Paper Sticker Cardstock in White to create a label to bundle the different colors of yarn together.
I designed the custom label in Cricut’s design space. I used the font “DTC fluffy socks.” After typing the font, make sure to change the operation from “cut” to “draw” and select “pen.” This makes it so a pen draws the label. So cool, right?!
To select the shape, I choose a square shape and then altered the size so it’d be the perfect size for my project (click on the lock button to customize the height and width).
Once the font & the shape were created, I highlighted both and selected “attach.” This makes it so the words are written and then the label is cut around it.
The sticker cardstock is a new product to me. I’ve got to tell you- it was SO fast to have the Cricut write the label, cut the label, and then I peeled it off and put it right on the yarn. It’s sticky so it stays on, looks cute, and it labels each color with it’s corresponding step. I am impressed by how streamlined the process is!
Next I used Blush Cardstock on a Standard Grip Machine Mat 12×12 to cut labels for the rope. I wanted these to hang freely so plain cardstock was a better option. The pink is in my brand colors so that’s a nice way to make the packaging reflect my vision.
To design these, I clicked on “images” on the right hand side and searched for tag. There were lots of cute options and I selected one that was simple and worked with my vision. Then I used the same font as the yarn labels for the words on each tag.
After designing and cutting the labels, it was super quick to peel them off the mat and tie them onto the rope with cotton twine! Now it’ll be so easy for my customers to take the corresponding rope and yarn to complete the craft.
I also created a label for the felt balls using the sticker cardstock and the same steps as these labels.
The sticker cardstock is SO convenient to use! Since the back is sticky, it acts like tape to keep the felt balls in the bag as they’re shipped. Plus it’s super cute.
make a first impression
The last label I designed was for the outside of the package. I love the idea of creating excitement right when the package arrives!
Tip, when designing multiple different elements, change the color in Cricut’s Design Space of each piece to the color of the material being used. This makes it easier when cutting to use the correct piece of cardstock or vinyl with each item.
So there are my cute packaging ideas for small business. It was really nice to use the Cricut to cut everything and draw the labels. I printed and cut multiple of everything so the next time I do a shipment of the craft kits, everything will be ready to go.
I hope these tips for creating finishing touches for custom packaging is helpful!
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