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How To Package Tea Cups And Saucers – The Packaging Doctor

By Carl Board • Monday 27th January 2014

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Packaging Doctor

Hey Doctor,

I run a business that hires out vintage teacups and saucers for various events and functions. I’m looking for little cardboard boxes so that I can put each teacup in to, as at the moment I’m using bubble wrap and it’s incredibly time-consuming. I would just like a little box that I can pop each teacup into, if there is ones for saucers as well that would be amazing!

Thanks, Angela

Hi Angela,

Lucky for you we sell a range of postal boxes that are the ideal size for mugs, which should be ideal for your teacups as well. They are 4 x 4 x 4 inch and have a tuck-in-flap for secure closure. The strong cardboard outer should offer great protection from shock and you can always add some scrap void fill such as polystyrene chips for extra protection.

If these are too small (as I know vintage crockery can often be a little wider than normal mugs) I would recommend using a 5 X 5 X 5 inch or a 6 X 6 X 6 inch box which offers the same amount of protection but doesn’t have a tuck in lid. In terms of your saucers a more simple way to package these might be to use small bubble lined or macerated paper envelopes, these offer a great amount of protection around a fragile product without you having to faff around with wrapping.

Alternatively, a new addition to the website is the Kite Air Shock packs. These packs are manufactured from environmentally friendly materials and can be inflated as you pack in seconds. They offer premium protection for fragile products and what's more we have a specialist cup and saucer pack! This allows you to insert a cup in one side and a saucer in the other, with the ability to fold over into a full pack and fit into a specially designed outer box.

Hope that helps, The Packaging Doctor

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Carl Board

Carl Board

27th January • 2014