It starts with a tag that doubles as a sort of business card and a thank you note. I make these by cutting up pretty pieces of colored cardstock with a paper cutter, using a round corner punch on the pieces, and punching two holes on one side.
For the packaging, I had a bunch of custom rubber stamps made online at SimonStamp.com. I designed them all when I was working on the logo and other branding for the shop so they match. They feature a return address, 'to' label, an owl, a 'thank you', and one with the Fairweather Friends logo and Etsy link. For now, I've been using a black ink pad, but I might change colors eventually if I get bored.
Once the tags are ready to be stamped, I lay them all out on the table and stamp them with the logo and Etsy url. Then, I flip them over, stamp 'thank you', and sign each one. This whole process is pretty time-consuming, but I think it's worth it.
When the time comes to actually wrap each plushie, I wrap them in tissue paper and secure it with a sticker. I've thought about having custom stickers made, but I haven't found an inexpensive enough website that could make them yet. For now, I'm using whatever cute stickers I can find (today they're snowflakes!). Next, I tie them up with pretty-colored baker's twine (the kind I use is called Divine Twine), making sure to thread it through the holes in one of the tags I made. Check out how nice they end up looking!
As you can see, I also attach a pinback button to tie the whole thing together. I have a button machine that I use for band merch to sell at shows most often, so I figured I'd just use those buttons as a freebie to include with each plushie. Plus, they help to keep the twine from rolling off of the package. The last step is to stamp up a bubble mailer, address the package, and send each plushie off to a loving new home.
Part of the fun of making these plushies has been wrapping them up and decorating their packages, so I definitely enjoy adding these extra touches. Have you ever bought something handmade that came back with unexpectedly wonderful packaging?