Quite some time ago, when my Etsy shop was still open, a blog friend suggested that I sell inspiration kits to make the sachets I made and sold. The idea was intriguing, and although I didn't do anything with it at the time, it was always in the back of my mind. Now that I'm thinking of selling again, the inspiration kits seem more and more like a good idea.
I had an idea to spruce up a small paper-mache box that I could fill with the makings for a lavender sachet. I first painted the box in a pale pink (because you know I love pink!) and then decoupaged a sweet vintage graphic on the lid.
I thought the picture was too lonely and needed company so I added a pretty flower lace to two sides. Since I had the lace jar out, I found a scalloped white trim to add to the sides of the lid. It still needed something though.
That's when I added the buttons, and that's when I was happy with it!
Well, I was sort of happy with it. There are a few things I would do different next time.
1. I would tear the edges of the paper so it's not so straight and perfect looking.
2. I would probably put lace or fabric under the picture. It just needs a little extra something.
3. The trim around the lid would look better if it went around the top edge instead of being centered.
4. The inside of the box is also painted but I might decoupage something inside the box just for the surprise element when it's opened.
What do you think of those ideas?
And now I have questions for you.
1. The paper-mache boxes are not perfectly shaped or smooth. They bubbled up in some places after painting. They are less than perfect. Do you think this is something a customer would be upset about after seeing it in person?
2. Is this too much time, effort, and materials to put into a 99 cent box?
3. Am I just over thinking?
I would truly appreciate any ideas, suggestions, comments and critiques you might have.