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Care Package Tip: Creating a Design from Pre-Made Elements

Pre-made elements are a convenient way to decorate your next care package, especially if you're short on time or crafting expertise.  Items like stickers or pre-cut die cuts can quickly be attached to your flaps, adding some color and decoration to the box.

People often ask what I use to put together all of my care package designs and when I share that I use a die cut machine, their response often includes how it’s either too expensive/complicated or they aren’t crafty enough to use one. I agree with all those concepts, at least to some extent. But decorating a care package doesn’t have to stressful, terribly expensive or require a ton of craft skills!

Pre-made elements are a convenient way to decorate your next care package, especially if you’re short on time or crafting expertise.  Items like stickers or pre-cut die cuts can quickly be attached to your flaps, adding some color and decoration to the box.

Tips for decorating a care package with pre-made elements

Have a plan. 

The craft store is an amazing place because of the wide variety of items you can use to decorate your care package. But the craft store is also an overwhelming place because of the wide variety of items you can use to decorate your care package. If you have no idea what you’re looking for, the choices may be too much and you very easily can over purchase.

If you go shopping with a few care package design ideas in mind and what you need for each of them, you will have more success. If I were shopping now, I’d look for items for my Christmas design, maybe a winter-themed box and then Valentine’s Day. Knowing what I’m looking for will help keep me from getting distracted and ending up with 4 packages of Halloween stickers.

Be flexible. 

Using pre-made elements does have one fairly major drawback: you’re at the mercy of what’s available. Even though dark blue letters may work with your design the best, the store may only have light blue ones available. Is it worth changing your entire design to use the light blue ones or can you make them work as-is?

While you can certainly shop around, hoping to find the perfect item, having a little flexibility in what may work for your care package will greatly reduce your shopping time. Substituting a different shade of the same color or a slightly different pattern will reduce the time (and stress) spent on decorating your box.

Keep size in mind. 

While standard scrapbook paper is sized perfectly for a large flat rate box, not everything else in the craft store is as care package-friendly. You should plan out what the ideal size would be for each of your pre-made elements, especially letter stickers.

For example, if you purchase 1″ letters, you can really only fit 11 or so across each flap of a large flat rate box. That translates into two, maybe three words depending on their length. It takes a little extra planning to map out the size and number of letters you want to use, but it will save you a lot of stress later.

Stickers aren’t your only option.

The sticker aisle is a great place to start shopping for pre-made elements for your care package, but it doesn’t have to be your only stop. Browse the other aisles of the store, especially if you’re creating a seasonal design, for other goodies to use. 3-d or fabric elements, like the leaves used in my fall care package design, aren’t stickers, but work perfectly for a care package with a little glue. Pre-cut paper elements would also be great additions to your box.

Use coupons or shop on sale. 

Purchasing all pre-made elements can get a little pricey, especially when you’re paying for the convenience of having things done for you. Planning ahead and taking advantage of coupons or sales will help keep costs more manageable. Check out this post for more tips on shopping from the sale rack.

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