Saturday, January 23, 2010

How to wrap your soap with paper. Tutorial

I found a while back Creature Comforts tutorial for DIY Paper Wrapped Soaps. Since I have been playing with the idea on wrapping my soaps with paper, I thought it would be great to share this with everyone else.

D.I.Y. Paper Wrapped Soaps
From D.I.Y. Paper Wrapped Soaps


Packaging says so much about a product... and while we might all love the look of beautifully paper-wrapped soap (generally found in chic boutiques and swanky salons), not many of us want to spend a load of cash for one bar (pretty as it may be). So I've come up with a quick fix (others before me have probably done the same)... Easy D.I.Y. Paper Wrapped Soaps with free printable labels!

I put together this simple little tutorial with Mother's Day in mind, but you could utilize it any time. Be creative! I'm thinking favors for bridesmaids, housewarmings, baby showers, etc. Give just one beautifully wrapped bar alone, or a set of your favorites. Try tucking one inside a basket with other soothing items for a friend who needs a kind little pick-me-up. However you choose to make and use 'em... have fun!

For the free download, as well as written and photo directions...

From D.I.Y. Paper Wrapped Soaps


Project Time:
Around 15 minutes or less.

SUPPLIES:
-Rectangular bar of soap
-Decorative paper
-Ruler
-Cutting tool
-Double sided tape - permanent strength.
-Ribbon (optional)
-Labels Download free-oval-round-labels.pdf

DIRECTIONS:

1. Purchase a bar (or more if you'd like) of your favorite soap. A bar of French milled soap,(such as the one I used) cost less than $4 at Trader Joe's (the packaging wasn't very cute, but it smells amazing). Select the decorative paper that you'd like. For this project I used papers from Martha Stewart's crafting paper... but you can use any piece that you like as long as it is big enough, and not too thick (or flimsy).

2. Measure your soap bar: Length, width, and height. The length of your paper needs to equal 2 x width + 2 x height + an extra two inches or more of excess (you can trim or tuck it later if needed). The width of your paper will equal 1 x width + 2 x height.

3. Cut your paper to the correct size. You can use scissors, a craft knife, paper cutter... whichever is easiest for you.

4. Place your bar in the center of your prepared paper and begin creasing around it where each measurement falls (it's easiest to start with the two longest sides (as shown). This process will create nice sharp lines for you to work with and will give your finished package a really clean professional look. Feel free to move the bar if it gets in your way.

5. Once you have all your edges creased, place your bar back in the center (now you have a little grid to follow, courtesy of your crease work). Note how the excess paper folds over one side of your bar (see image), and also to the under side of the end flap (this will give a nice seamless edge when closed). Seal your package closed with double sided tape.

6. Fold in your end flaps as shown in the photo (just like wrapping a present) and seal closed with double sided tape. Be sure that your flaps close towards the bottom side (the side you just closed in the previous step).

7. Once all sides are secured, print out the free labels I created for this project (there are 9 labels in three colors - grey, aqua, and peach)...I left them blank so that you can write your own message. Wrap a band of complimentary ribbon around your bar and affix with double sided tape and then do the same with your label.

8. All done! You did it!

Please feel free to pass this project along to your friends, family, and/or blog readers. Share the love!

5 comments:

  1. This is great. I make my own bathbombs and needed some ideas on how to wrap my products.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this. I will have to share this with my readers of my blog. Will also tweet it.

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  3. Thanks, I even made my tutorial for wrapping. You should check it out.

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  4. The Tips were much excellent regarding the wrapping of the soap with the paper. It is an easy and amazing tip for wrapping.

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  5. Thanks for sharing this. I will try it out.
    All the best from Germany,
    Silke

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