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    • CommentAuthorcatherine
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2009
      1 point
    Hello again,

    I have another question. I was now wondering what type of paper can soaps be wrapped in? Can I use scrapbook paper, wrapping paper or whatever else? I currently use Martha Stewart's food tissue sheets. They create such a pretty and elegant gift but they are so expensive and maybe I shouldn't be wrapping soaps in them? I want a sophisticated and elegant look to WOW my recipients. And I do live in St. George Utah so I don't know if I need to keep that in mind as well.

    Thank You again so much,
    Catherine
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      CommentAuthorKatnip
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2009
      2 points
    Catherine, I was at a very large artisan market this weekend (as a customer, not a vendor, unfortunately!) I went to check it out to see if I would be interested in becoming a vendor at this market. I also checked out all of the soap vendors, one of which did not make any of the soap at his booth. He only bought and retailed soaps from all over the world - some were very interesting.

    The most beautiful ones were wrapped in fabric, like a gift box, and had an elegant paper foiled seal to hold the edges together on the front. It would take only a small amount of fabric to do this, and some pretty foil seals...maybe a little glue for the ends, too. And now that I think about it, I believe that I've seen some other soaps wrapped like this in "O" magazine and they were beautifully done, too. As a seamstress, I would recommend a medium to lightweight fabric, one that doesn't wrinkle easily, and isn't too soft or limp. If you experiment with some different ways to fold and wrap, I'm sure you could come up with a technique that would give you a beautiful presentation. I have found that Wal-Mart stocks some nice fabrics (some of them, anyway) at a reasonable price. Good luck!

    Kathy
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      CommentAuthorandee
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2009
      0 points
    Catherine,

    Your dry location (dry heat) will need a breathing wrapper. You can use all kinds of sheets. Certainly food tissue papers work well, as do all kinds of paper. Don't forget bags, ribbons, yarn, tags, etc. If you want to find inexpensive paper for wrapping, try art stores. I know this sounds crazy, but you need to decide on a paper first. Once you decide on your favorite, easy-to-use, fast-to-wrap paper, then you can find out WHO uses the paper. Scrapbooking is a wonderful hobby, but it won't keep a papermill in the financial black. Find out the major user of the paper you have chosen, then source from there.

    Sometimes it helps to put on your sleuth hat and get out a magnifying glass! It will help "set the mood"

    Best!
    Tina
  1.   2 points
    Be careful because some tissues can discolor your soaps!!

    I use to use paper, coffee filters, fabrics, ribbons, etc etc.

    Now, I just use Dan's Bands shrink wrap bands from MMS. I like to show off the swirls!
    • CommentAuthorZany in CO
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2010
      1 point
    One thing to remember is to be sure your soap is fully cured before wrapping. Here are a couple of links for ideas:

    http://www.pvsoap.com/how_to_wrap_soap.htm

    http://www.diylife.com/2008/06/09/ways-to-wrap-handmade-soap/

    Zany in CO
  2.   1 point
    The hubby and I like to use wrapping paper (preferably recycled paper), which we cut to cigar band size to wrap around the soap. We've found some wonderful wrapping paper from the dollar store (checking periodically to see what's available). We also purchase handmade sheets of paper from a local book store, but those sheets of paper are fairly pricey. So depending on the soap scent/color dictates which paper we use.

    My friend uses scrapbook paper and wraps a thin ribbon around that, which gives them a very nice look. She also changes up the color of the paper and ribbon according to the scent/color of the bar.

    Make sure to factor in the time you spend on presentation into the price of the bar. That's one reason I don't get too fancy with my soaps, but then again I love the way mine look. Isn't beauty always in the eye of the beholder?

    Good luck!

    ~Robin
    • CommentAuthorLaurie R
    • CommentTimeOct 7th 2010
      1 point
    I'm with Cyndi... I love Dan's Bands. I wrap a fancy ribbon around the soap, attach a beautiful graphic label on front and back (small labels printed on parchment paper with my printer) and then slip a Dans Band over it and shrinky-dink away. Finished product looks beautiful and the ends are open for breathing. :-)
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      CommentAuthorPollyFae
    • CommentTimeOct 7th 2010 edited
      0 points
    Mine are very simple. I also use Dan's bands, most of the time. and use an oval label on the front. I don't have a lot of time to make the packaging pretty plus if it's too pretty no one will use it. There is nothing more frustrating than for someone to come up and tell you they bought soap from you last year and they still have it. "it's too pretty to use". UGH!!

    I want people to use the soap and notice the quality of it rather than the prettiness of it. I do make the soap itself attractive (I love marbeling) but I hope not too pretty so people will use it.
    • CommentAuthorEHails
    • CommentTimeOct 7th 2010
      0 points
    PollyFae-

    I know exactly what you mean! I found out that I needed to "ugly up" my soaps after the first year I gave them Christmas presents. I wrapped each bar like a little present using beautiful handmade paper that is more like fabric with a sheer white ribbon wrapped around and little labels. My sister still refuses to take the darn thing off of her bathroom shelf and use it. It's been three years for goodness sake! And when you hold these people by the shoulders and tell them very forcefully to use it, they just look at you like you're nuts. {Hmmm. That might be true!}

    ~elaine
    • CommentAuthorLaurie R
    • CommentTimeOct 8th 2010
      0 points
    HAHAHHAA!!! I sure know what you mean about people not using the soap because it's "too pretty". I want them to use mine also. LOL
    • CommentAuthorLaurie R
    • CommentTimeOct 8th 2010
      0 points
    P.S. { we ARE all nuts ...lol}
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      CommentAuthorchrima
    • CommentTimeOct 8th 2010
      2 points
    i just make printed wrappers out of brown wrapping paper. soap label on top, ingredients on one side, address on the other. wrap up and tuck ends down with a glue stick. it's clean pretty, functional and it looks like a product to be used. i used to do cigar band labels, but with doing show after show, and sometimes in high humidity or getting rained on, the soap would get really funky with dust, dog hair and all kinds of goodies stuck on them. so i like that they're wrapped. the scent still comes through the paper wrapper and they seem to sell better. also, i switched from an inkjet printer to a color laser printer for the humidity reason. my labels no longer bleed into the soap in high humidity.
  3.   0 points
    My sister makes my paper, and I do a simple cigar band type label. Yes, we are all Crazy!
    • CommentAuthorRaquel
    • CommentTimeOct 8th 2010
      0 points
    Crazy...yeah I resemble that statement.