Imagine receiving a bunch of cookies elegantly wrapped in brown craft paper. The package has a little message written on a small tag, which is attached to the package with a lovely golden organza ribbon. Wouldn’t you be ecstatic? When you give or receive gifts that are homemade, the joy it brings is unlike any other. Top that off with the fact that good packaging also makes the receiver endlessly happy.
Packaging can make or break a product, we all know that by now. Moreover, how you pack a food item before you send it off is an indication of your own personal style and taste. With so many craft supplies to choose from, and so many different ways to pack food, how do you make yours unique?
Don’t frown! Below we give you some lovely homemade food packaging ideas to spruce up your deliveries.
1. Glass Jars/Mason Jars
You’ve heard of them and you’ve seen them everywhere. If you want your packaging to be both wah wah whom while not being too over the top, small glass jars or mason jars are what you need. Not only are they durable, but they are also items that will last longer, which gives your food item brownie points.
Be it cookies, layered cakes, mousse, jams or any other food item, there are plenty of glass jars in different sizes and shapes that you can use. Wait, there’s more – glass jars don’t leak! So, you can be sure that the food you send won’t end up at the bottom of the carry bag. To make it even better, tie twine around the lid of the jar and attach a tag with the name of the person you want to give it to. And Viola! The person can reuse the jar after enjoying your delicious treat.
2. Parchment Paper
You read that right. Parchment paper might sound a bit odd to wrap food items in, but people have been doing it for decades! They’re minimal to look at, so if you want to keep it classic, there you have it. Parchment paper is great to wrap solid foods, especially cookies, biscuits, cakes, and chocolate bars. You can spruce it up by tying twine around it and typing tiny trinkets to the twine.
Moreover, you can also use sharpies to letter a lovely message on the packaging, since it won’t smudge anyway. Kids love food that’s wrapped in decorative parchment paper because it comes with the excitement of unwrapping something. You might want to note that parchment paper by itself isn’t the best option if you want to send a bulk of food items to different places via a delivery agent. Since it’s paper at the end of the day, we suggest you put your items in a large box if you’re sending it out with another person.
3. Paper Bags
If you’re sending dry foods, paper bags are another option for you. They’re eco friendly as compared to plastic, which will be a bonus if you’re trying to minimize waste. The best part is that you can make food bags by hand with any colorful but durable craft paper, scissors, and a glue gun.
Once you add your food items to the paper bag, you can close it using a custom made sticker or seal the top with washi tape. You can also use tiny wooden clips to secure the top after folding it multiple times. It goes without saying that this can only be done for chunky dried food items.
If you want to spruce it up more, you can go crazy! Adding twine, tiny tags with hand lettering or personalized notes are all ways in which you can make your packaging stand out. If we were your friends, we’d definitely be delighted at receiving a gorgeous paper bag of delicious cookies!
Don’t skip over this! We know boxes are an extremely common way of packaging food products, but we assure you that they also offer the biggest scope for creativity. Boxes can be customized in whichever way you like. From different shapes, patterns, and colors to different closing methods, they offer endless possibilities.
Packaging your food in boxes comes with more advantages than you would imagine, the biggest being that they’re both durable and sturdy. If you wish to reduce waste, you can use recyclable materials to make the boxes. For example, use recycled cardboard and cover the food in parchment paper or tissues before placing it inside.
On the other hand, if you’re sending something with or for kids, and you’re worried about possible accidents, plastic boxes are preferable. But they aren’t customizable since they’re store-bought and the only way to jazz it is by making the food inside look appealing. Consumers also like to preserve aesthetically pleasing boxes that are not stained by food to store little trinkets.
5. Beeswax Wrap Paper
For all our readers who want to go the eco-friendly way, beeswax wrapping paper is your answer for packaging your food. You’ve definitely seen these lovely papers around. Not only are they reusable, but they also come with beautiful patterns that please the eye. If you’re packaging food for friends that live for aesthetic things, we assure you, they will love food wrapped in Beeswax wrap paper.
These wrap papers usually come in different sizes and can be more on the expensive side, but they’re worth the price. If you want to wrap food for children, these unique wrapping wonders will be a hit with them and their friends too! Moreover, you can wrap burritos, sandwiches, cookies, cakes, and anything that’s a dry but independent food item. The wrapping usually binds itself firmly around the food item, but you can use twine to secure it and add a little tag or note too.
Who doesn’t adore a beautifully wrapped present? Friends and family alike love receiving food as presents, especially food that’s wrapped with utmost care. Some of the homemade food packaging ideas we gave you above can be used on a daily basis too. So go ahead and get creative!