Packaging for Artwork

art print among leaves

Do you produce one-of-a-kind art prints or paintings? Are you a designer who sells postcards or posters? Perhaps you sell custom-made stationary or journals on Etsy? Artists should package their pieces in ways that protect their contents and deliver them to customers with as much care and creativity as went into producing them.

Artwork shipping boxes are almost as important as the art itself. If the art doesn't arrive intact, it's as good as lost. Here, we present a few different ideas on potential packaging strategies for art.


Shipping Solutions


Packaging Protection


Retail Packaging

What To Consider When Packaging And Shipping Art Pieces

You’ve designed, created, or printed your customized art. Whether you sell flat, rolled, or framed prints, postcards, paintings, or something else, you want to ensure your customers receive your unique pieces in excellent condition. With that in mind, you’ll want to think through the following components of an art packaging strategy.

Dust and Smudge Protection:

Many artists will put a layer that protects their pieces from the dust or smudging that a protective layer or outer shipping packaging can create. This additional layer can be something like tissue paper or a plastic sleeve.

Breakage Protection:

Often, artists will add rigidity to their packaging to ensure their pieces do not bend. Additionally, void fill is often used, especially if the artwork is fragile and breakable.

Shipping Packaging:

Once your inner packaging is finalized, you’ll need to determine how you want to ship your art - in a box or a mailer, and which style and size works best.

Store Retail Packaging:

This is only relevant if you sell in a retail environment instead of, or in addition to, your online presence.

As you’re determining your optimal solution for each of the above packaging elements, consider the following.

Artwork Value:

If you produce and sell watercolor paintings, and each piece is custom-made and irreplaceable, taking the time and spending the resources to fully protect package contents is well worth the money and effort. On the other hand, if you sell small prints that can be reprinted if necessary, you may be more willing to risk a very occasional damaged product.

For example, if you sell prints, putting your items into a rigid mailer with minimal secondary protection may be okay and is relatively inexpensive. On the other hand, if you sell a watercolor, you’ll likely want to invest in a layer or two of paper or plastic dust protection, followed by cushioning such as GreenWrap and packaging paper, followed by corrugated pads or corner protectors, followed by a strong flute shipping box.

Package Rigidity:

Is it relatively easy for your product to bend or fold in transit? If so, make sure to factor packaging rigidity into your strategy. For example, our 100% Recycled Rigid Mailers or 100% Recycled Custom Shipping Boxes keep products flat. Some artists will also add a layer or two of corrugated pads to add further rigidity to their package.

If your art cannot physically be folded or if a slight bend in it is acceptable, then cushioned protective mailers like our 100% Recycled Padded Mailers or 50% Recycled Bubble Mailers could work well.

Product Quantity:

Do you sell 100 postcards at a time, or do you typically sell a single print? A flat paper mailer - like our rigid mailers - will do the trick if you sell a single print or a handful of prints. On the other hand, if you sell 100 postcards or a canvas print, you’ll need to ship in a package with height, which typically means you need a shipping box.

Some artists prefer to roll their prints! If that sounds like you, consider our FPF boxes, which are long, narrow boxes that work beautifully for rolled posters and prints.

Artwork Shipping Solutions

What makes EcoEnclose paper mailers and corrugated shipping boxes more sustainable?

Be proud of how you ship with our recycled, curbside recyclable, and naturally biodegradable shipping solutions.

100% Recycled Content

Each paper mailer and shipping box is made with 100% recycled fibers, with a minimum of 90% post-consumer waste. Learn why recycled content matters.

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Curbside Recyclable

Curbside recyclable packaging means higher recycling rates, fewer materials in the landfill, and more saved resources. Learn why curbside recyclability matters.

Ship Flat

Our shipping boxes ship flat, ensuring no shipped air and the most economical shipping to your door. Plus, flat boxes make for easier storage in your facility.

self-sealing recycled rigid paper mailer

Self-Seal Rigid Paper Mailers

The rigidity of our thick 28pt paperboard mailers is ideal for shipping single pieces of artwork and photography. Self-sealing adhesive makes packaging easy. Sizes range from 6" x 8" to 11" x 13.5". 100% recycled, 90% post-consumer waste.

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extra rigid recycled paper mailer

Tab-Lock Rigid Paper Mailers

The rigidity of our extra-thick 36 pt paperboard ensures your product does not bend in transit. Ideal for single prints. Close tabs and seal with tape. Sizes range from 6" x 8" to 12.75" x 15". 100% recycled, 90% post-consumer waste.

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custom corrugated one panel fold shipping boxes

Custom OPF Boxes

Create an incredible unboxing experience. Choose your size, strength, and branding. Ideal for slim, flat items such as framed prints. Pair with GreenWrap to protect glass or ceramic. 100% recycled, 95% post-consumer waste.

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custom corrugated five pane fold shipping boxes

Custom OPF Boxes

Create an incredible unboxing experience. Choose your size, strength, and branding. Comparable to standard shipping tubes. Ideal for tall and long items such as large rolled posters and artwork prints. 100% recycled, 95% post-consumer waste.

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Artwork Packaging Protection

Artwork, ceramics, frames, and more are delicate and require proper protective packaging to keep them looking sharp to their final destination. Our eco-friendly inner and protective packaging solutions protect fragile edges and surfaces, and keep away dirt, moisture, and dust. All are thin-film or curbside recyclable.

FSC certified vela glassine paper bag

Vela Glassine Paper Bags

Curbside recyclable alternative to a clear poly bag. Smooth, translucent, virgin paper that is FSC certified and acid-free. Features a resealable adhesive strip. Sizes range from 6" x 8" to 13.75" x 19.75".

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100% recycled clear poly bags

Flap & Seal Poly Bags

Protect and separate delicate pieces from dust, dirt, moisture, and scratching. Available with and without suffocation warning. Sizes range from 4" x 5" to 18" x 24". 100% recycled poly film.

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biodegradable greenwrap protective paper


Die-cut honeycomb paper expands to create moldable cushioning. Wrap around framed prints and ship your product in a custom-sized OPF shipping box. Made with certified, virgin paper.

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custom corrugated shipping boxes

Custom Corrugated Pads

Custom cut to your exact dimensions ensures full-coverage protection. Place a pad on the top and bottom of your print for added rigidity. 100% recycled, 95% post-consumer waste.

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Artwork Retail Packaging

Wow your in-store shoppers with sustainable packaging supplies. Send your customers home with custom shopping bags and tissue paper with brand messaging.

100% recycled paper shopping bag

Paper Shopping Bags

Flat bottom bags are easy to fill, and twisted paper handles are easy to carry. Create a unique customer experience with custom branding. Sizes range from 5" x 7.5" to 12" x 15". 100% recycled.

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renewable hemp twine

Renewable Hemp Twine

Wrap products in tissue paper, GreenWrap, or other protective packaging solutions and tie with rustic hemp twine to create a unique and beautiful presentation. 100% hemp.

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100% recycled custom tissue paper

Tissue Paper

FSC certified 10# paper protects against scuffing. Neutral pH, anti-tarnish, and safe for photographs. Choose from white, kraft, eco-designs, and custom branded. 100% recycled, 20% post-consumer waste.

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