Give your handcrafted soaps a finishing touch by decorating them with creative labels or unique packaging. Here are some of the easiest ways to label and package your handcrafted soap, from simple cigar-band styles to fancy taffeta bags.
Whether you plan to sell your handcrafted soaps or simply give them as gifts to family and friends, you need to develop a system of labeling or packaging your soaps. Many soap crafters use only a simple cigar-band style label, enabling customers to see and smell the individual soaps. Other soap makers prefer to enclose their soaps, by either wrapping them or making small bags. Regardless of how you plan to label your soaps, be sure to let them cure first so that any shrinkage is complete before applying the labels.
The Importance of Labels
Labels, whether attached to the soap or to the packaging, supply information about your product. Create a logo or design for your soaps to establish an identity that ties in all of your different styles of handcrafted soaps, and include the logo or design on your labels. To avoid potential problems with allergic reactions, each of your labels should contain a list of ingredients. Your contact information should be included on your labels, so that customers have a way to purchase additional soaps. This can be your web site, a phone number, a business address or any other way you choose so that customers can find you.
Keep it Simple
The string-and-tag method is a quick, low-cost and easy way to finish your handcrafted soaps. Use your computer to print out labels on plain or colored paper and punch a hole in a corner of each label. Thread a piece of string through the label’s hole and attach the label by wrapping the string around the soap bar in a decorative fashion, finishing by either tying a simple knot or a bow. Ideas for string include sisal or hemp twine, ribbon or yarn.
Wrap it Up
The cigar-band style label is the simplest way to make your soaps look professional. After determining the width and height of the band you will need, you can simply print them out on plain or decorative paper. Cut the labels apart, wrap them around the soap and tape the ends together to hold them in place. Visit online design-sharing sites for images to embellish your labels. Be sure to verify that any image you use is not copyrighted.
You can also use paper to wrap your soaps, similar to commercial soaps. To wrap your soaps, lay a soap bar on a piece of paper, fold the paper in as if you were wrapping a package, and use tape or glue stick to hold the paper in place. Print your labels on self-adhesive paper, and stick the label on the wrapped soap. When wrapping your soaps, you can use tissue paper, wrapping paper, your custom design printed on plain paper, Kraft paper or any other paper that is lightweight and easy to fold.
Bag Your Soaps
For the ultimate in luxury handcrafted soaps, you could go all out and place each soap in an individual bag. To make a fancy bag to show off your soaps, begin by folding a rectangle of taffeta, netting or other pretty fabric in half to form a square. Sew down the two sides of the square, leaving the top open. Turn the bag so that the seams are to the inside, and use scissors to snip small slices along the top of the bag. Thread a length of ribbon through the slices, then through the hole in a label to attach a label to the bag. Pull the ends of the ribbon to cinch and tie a pretty bow. You could even make bags in different colors to match the soap.
Once you have established your label and packaging designs, you may be inspired to sell them. For ideas on how to market your handcrafted soaps, check out “Marketing Your Handcrafted Soaps.”