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Screen Printing on Your Business Boxes


When you receive a box in the mail and it has the company’s logo printed onto it, the package just feels a little extra, doesn’t it?  However it was done, the company reached for that extra step and your order came in a branded, personalized box that looks much snazzier than a plain one.

So, why shouldn’t you do this for your own business?  It seems like such a small detail, but printing on your boxes is a great way to set your company apart from the rest.  It looks cooler, it functions as advertisement, and it keeps your business on people’s minds.  You already have most, if not all, of the tools you need!

For printing on cardboard boxes, you’ll want to work with a water based ink, like our Green Galaxy line.  Water based inks are best for this as they absorb into the cardboard, giving you a smooth and clean design like you might see in a store.  Plastisol inks are made to sit on top of the substrate, so you would end up with a thick, chunky layer on your box.

You’ll need your water based ink, 200 or 230 mesh screens, and your press set to about a 1/8th inch off-contact.  Pull a design you want to show the world together, then you’re ready to print some of your very own custom boxes!  Do a large run of them so you don’t have to think about it for a while, you can just pull one off the stack.

Check out this video with Ryan Moor as he goes into more depth about printing on boxes!




  • This is a very pro looking thing but unless you are already buying boxes and actually NEED to buy them it is a waste of materials and resources. Most small shops re-use the boxes that garments are shipped from the distributors for customer orders, that makes the most sense and uses less resources. Recycling all of those boxes means more resources put into the whole recycling process. America needs to worry less about branding and unnecessary packaging and more about reusing existing materials and not sending things back to recycling plants. Re-use before Re-cycle is always a better option. Printed boxes do look great though.

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  • I definitely agree on that, however, we have to consider a lot of things
    > Find a niche within the printing industry
    > Familiarize yourself with the business standards.
    > Be careful with your words
    > Determining What Equipment You’ll Need
    > Research the competition and their equipment.
    > Research available printing equipment from manufacturers
    > Research and obtain any necessary approval or documentation
    > Secure funding
    > Offering Profitable Services
    >Choose a business location
    > Turn printed items into products by creating a menu of what you offer.
    > Offer value-added services.
    > Promote your new print shop.

    these are the things you will surely engage with.


  • So we’ve been doing this for some time now and it’s a great way to advertise and generate a new income stream too!

    When we do orders for apparel brands who will retail their shirts we will print the customer’s logo on the boxes. They absolutely love it. We’ve had customers come to us and tell us how they HAVE to have boxes printed with their logo for when they ship or deliver their products to their customers. Bingo, now you’ve up sold an existing customer and added a lot of value to them.

    Tip: Load these on the platen like a T-shirt especially when using bigger boxes. Open up the box and put it around the platen. It makes your loading way more consistent which keeps your logo nice and straight.

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