I did a quick guide in Instagram stories a while back on safe packing practices. Folks seemed to love it, so here is a more permanent version. I’m explaining using the way I pack to send dolls home, so obviously if you are sending an unpainted doll, some steps can be skipped.
When packing a doll, I include:
- Anything that came from the client: it helps if you include a note with everything you sent listed.
- My card and postcard/sticker gift.
- Head protector if the client sent one (I do not stock them)
My Packing Materials:
- Tissue to protect doll head from rubbing against plastic.
- Paper/Masking tape (it can be removed cleanly from bubblewrap if you are careful)
- Packing tape for box
- Fragile stickers (packages with these usually get treated better)
Wrapping layer 1: Tissue + bubblewrap + face protector if included (note, many things can be substituted for face protectors: some clients make their own out of pieces of foam or plastic cups.
I also wrap painted parts like hands/feet in tissue and then in bubblewrap.
Mummy Wrap! The whole head gets wrapped thoroughly and taped in a cross pattern with paper/masking tape.
After this, you simply make sure there is plenty of padding around all sides of the box, and that your box is sturdy.