When I first started selling on etsy, I had the good fortune of having a friend who already had two successful shops and had sourced her packaging, so I was very lucky and she gave me pointers and gifted me a few of her materials to try out. For a few months when she bought packaging supplies I tagged along and we did a bulk purchase.
So I started with tissue paper wrapping, grey bookbinding board, stamps, and a hand-written thank you note, all tied together with a natural cotton twine and placed in the largest padded envelope available.
...And now I've run out of my white cotton twine. Mmm, decisions, decisions! Should I buy more of the same, or should I change it to color twine, metallic twine, velvet ribbon, metallic ribbon, or cotton ribbon? So many options! I have small amounts of each and started testing them. I wanted to buy a spool that would last a long time, and to keep it affordable. I use an average of 2 yards per package, so it can get expensive.
Which one do you think I should go with? Here are my options:
NATURAL COTTON TWINE / SOLID COLOR COTTON TWINE / STRIPED COLOR COTTON TWINE / STRIPED METALLIC COTTON TWINE - Understated, lets the wood shine, practical, and the least expensive of the options. The metallic version is problematic though - the metallic thread keeps unraveling (for shame!).
JUTE TWINE - Thicker than the cotton version, it's harder to stretch and tie, and a bit rough on my baby-skin hands (Seriously, I can't open drink bottles or clean my floors without tearing).
METALLIC VELVET RIBBON - Even though it's not really elastic, I LOVE how fancy it is! The downside is that it's not two-sided, and I am not a good bow-maker - it will show.
COTTON RIBBON WITH METALLIC VEIN - The most expensive of all the options, I was all ready to pass on it (break my heart!) when Angela Liguori announced a pre-Christmas sale on instagram. Of course I jumped on it and bought the longest roll on offer. It's a good deal and I can't wait to see the ribbon in person.
SEE MORE OF WOODLAND PAPERCUTS' SIGNATURE PACKAGING IN THE STUDIO PHOTOS GALLERY