True Natural Beauty comes from within...

True Natural Beauty comes from within...
Welcome, to my natural bath / beauty and clean eating blog, where nature is our pantry....take a few quiet moments to enjoy free recipes and tutorials using natural ingredients. Have questions about recipes or where to find these ingredients? Put your question in the comment box and I will be happy to answer .............Anna

Friday, August 2, 2013

Soap Packaging Inspiration and a great hobby, Papermaking

For all my Soaping friends, here is a simple and inexpensive way to package your beautiful homemade soap. It looks elegant, and is "gift ready".
Plus, inspiration for a new hobby for all those creative ideas floating around in our heads!

I wrapped this soap in 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"  sheets of paper.  Wrapped present style.  Tied with natural rafia that I picked up at the Dollar Store. And accented with a sticker I made through Vista Print, but  you can make using Avery sticker sheets and printing yourself.  The ingredients are typed out using Word on my computer and glued on the back.   

For display at Farmers Market, etc, simply have a bar wrapped in cello at the forefront for folks to see the actual soap.   Or, make a cigar-band of natural paper to wrap around the center for more visibility.

These sell themselves as pre-wrapped gifts.  Beautiful boutique quality and look. Just lovely. And the soaps scent comes through nicely.

This particular paper is something I make homemade, using real rose petals. Making paper yourself is not difficult AT ALL !  Here is a link to "Paper Alice" who makes incredible paper using botanicals in your backyard. This video shows you the basics.  All you need is a blender, a frame you can make yourself, and scrap paper to recycle.  This next link shows you how to add things from your own yard

It is basically free to make your own gorgeous paper to wrap your soaps in, or to make cigar-band style labels for your soaps.   The results are anything but ordinary. 

Use colors and additives to compliment your branding:   Making a Green Tea Soap? Add tea leaves to your paper and wrap!  Lemongrass or Peppermint? Add fresh cut grass blades or real peppermint leaves to your paper.  Stunning.  

It is not as hard or time consuming as it sounds. Give it a try! You just may find another creative outlet that you end up really enjoying.  Especially us "Soapers" , we really do love natural products, and creativity, don't we!


Vals Soaps And More From Home said...

Nice job Anna! I've wrapped my soaps in homemade paper as well. I love the look! I also use Avery on line to print out my labels. Great tool!

Anna from Natures Home Spa said...

Thanks Val, and since you are the one who taught me how to soap and to make homemade paper, it is a great compliment! Send some pictures of your homemade soap and your wrapping ideas over here, I'd love to show a veteran soapers creativity here!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the homemade paper idea and the link! I just got into soap making, but would certainly love to try paper making as well.

Anna from Natures Home Spa said...

Oh you are most welcome SoapJam! I love how my soaps look wrapped in paper with cool things like tea in it! And... I love your blog over at your soap are beautiful. And yes, I did see the doggy face in the Holly Swirl! ha!

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