Monday, 1 March 2010

Pack it up

As you know we like things au naturel here at Wychbury and generally use lovely muslin bags from Celestial Gifts on Etsy with our Wychbury stamp on them. However, in these dark times of unpredictable sales and fluctuating exchange rates we have been a bit, well *short* recently! This has led to me making do and mending with whatever white fabric I can find and dunking it in tea! There is something satisfying about making the packaging part of the creation. It's also nice to take stuff that would normally be binned and make use of it.

Our backing cards are made from misprinted and rejected card from Kanban in Shipley where their factory shop lets you fill up a box with whatever you like - my kids absolutely love it! We use used teabags to stain them and a combination of new and vintage rubber stamps to embellish them.

Ok, so I have a dilemma. I am now making a range of fascinator/headbands featuring my flower corsages, including a new range for bridalwear. My dilemma is that the only thing I can find to package them in is acetate boxes - which just isn't going to work with my aesthetic at all I'm afraid!

I've had a couple of ideas so far, one was to make a drawstring bag like the ones we use already but in a rounded shape with a stiffened and padded gusset to protect the fascinator - I've not tried that one yet. I have had a go at making origami boxes out of stiffened fabric. They are absolutely gorgeous but aren't really stiff enough for shipping and use a large amount of fabric - obviously putting paid to any thriftiness whatsoever. However, I'm thinking that they may work as a small jewellery box and be a perfect use for small scraps of fabric and recycled paper. There are loads of tutorial videos online on how to make them from paper and I just followed the same principle but with fabric that already has a layer of fusible backing on it - dyed in tea of course! Waaaaay too faffy to be practical but I think I'll just keep buttons in them for now!

I've just added an 'Our Packaging' set to our Flickr page for our packaging creations which I will hopefully be adding a design for fascinators to very soon. In the meantime, check out the 'Etsy Packaging' Flickr group for lots of gorgeous Etsy sellers packing their work up just right and PLEASE send me any ideas for packaging for my fascinators :)
Paula x


Rowan | KitschenSink said...

1) Handmade packaging really does go down a treat, all mine is recycled and handmade.

2) Must visit Kanban, didn;t even know it existed even though IT'S ON MY STREET!!

3)I can't think of anyways to package your fascinators but I reckon it'll be on my mind for some time. If I think of anything I'll tweet ya x

Wychbury said...

Heehee, I like to get you thinking! Thanks Rowan :) Kanban rules!! px

M.M.E. said...

I love how creative you've gotten! The handmade boxes are great. I only ship prints so I'm of no help when it comes to other things. Sorry! I'm off to look at your shops, though.

Wychbury said...

Thank you Megan, Love your work and just popped off to follow and fave you :) Paula.

lucidRose said...

Love your blog.
Its fascinating to see how another artists handles packaging.
I too have always felt the packaging can be just as much apart of the majick of the product.
very interesting ideas and solutions you pose.
glad i stumbled upon your blog!
Best wishes,
-Chelsea Rose

Amelia said...

I totally agree, there is something really satisfying about creating the 'whole package'. When I send out things I like to make the card and envelope from recycled envelopes - probably because I love making sooooo much!

I like your ethic and the white and tea stained element - this is so me. Most of my art-work is made from recycled materials and I find that so satisfying.

Happy making!