After spending hours and sometimes days creating a piece of jewelry, there is just no way I’m putting it in a plain white box. I want it to be experienced from it’s wrappings to its essence.
However, I don’t want to pass along the cost of fancy wrappings to my clients, so I started searching for a creative alternative. I wanted something that was customizable, yet inexpensive. Something easy to assemble, and practical to store.
One day I was looking through a pile of old scrapbooking stuff and found this really nifty template for a “dome” box. I am not sure where it came from–it was too small and a bit awkward for what I needed, so I scanned it into Photoshop and fiddled with the dimensions until it was just right for my purposes. The final product creates a “dome” box that has a square base that is 2 15/16.”
I played around with it & discovered I could get 2 boxes from one piece of 12×12 scrapbooking paper. Eureka! This was the personal touch I had been searching for. These were easily cut from the template (4-5 pieces at a time with my mega shears) and can be stored flat and assembled in a jiffy (for shows, etc).
I was so excited–I ran right out to my local scrapbooking store (Sandy’s Scrapbook Corner – if you are ever in Brevard, NC) and bought a ton of paper from their clearance racks. I cut about 50 boxes the other day and they ended up being about .30 a piece or so.
The awesome thing about these boxes is that you can customize it to your jewelry. If it’s a funky pair of earrings, then you can use funky paper. If it’s a Christmas gift, then use Christmas paper, etc. And if you are at a show, you can even tell your clients they can pick the box they’d like. Custom Wrapping!!!! In seconds.
Now, this is not a sturdy box–not one that will protect the jewelry, it’s more like wrapping paper, but it does have a bit more girth and dimension than plain wrapping paper. I place the jewelry in a tarnish-resistant bag, then wrap it in tissue, and that along with my tag goes into the box. It will also fit a bit of bubble wrap if needed.
I’ve thought about exploring creative ways to seal the boxes – with custom labels or a custom wax seal or something. For now I just leave them as-is.
Also, you can enlarge the template if you need it for a larger box–you might want to use heavier paper (like card stock) if you are doing that.
Enjoy & please share your ideas as well!
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