What I found when out window shopping!

magnets for sale

So I was out window shopping Tuesday morning in downtown Boise (Mel likes to say: BoDo), with my stylish friend Mel, I came across this package of 9 magnets at Anthropologie.  Guess how much they cost???  You say $12, $15 or maybe even $20??? NOOOOoooo my friend they were $28!!!  I was so shocked, these are the magnets I make for 23 cents a piece, So what I’m telling you is these 9 magnets were probably made in a sweatshop in China for less than I can make them for ($2.07)!!!  So the profit margin is 92% and that’s insane!!!  Anthropologie is making some serious money if people really buy those magnets??  Wow…I’m sure I could find products and items like that all over if I was paying attention.  And I actually did when we were checking out the “mommy & baby” shops downtown…the headbands going for $25-$30 when I can make them for under $5! So the reality to me is that I can and will set up a booth at either the farmers market this spring or at local shops!  But I really give most of my things away:)  I don’t even wear most of the things I make because I give them away.  Thankfully I have people who joyfully make me things that I can wear:)!!!  Thank you for reading my blog:) ~Tam

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Making magnets!

 

gift wrapped

step 7: my sisters family held up with magnets

step 1: beads and paper

I was at the Craft Warehouse a couple weeks ago and I went with the intent to purchase fabric and jewels for my dear friend Mel’s fancy headband I was creating upon her request. Well if you know me I can get off track or off focus easily (I’m not gonna say I have Adult ADHD), I found myself holding glass beads and magnets with the idea to make magnets for simple gifts to have on hand:) So I guess God gave me this idea and He knew I would have o much fun and I would give them all away:)  Now who doesn’t love a handmade gift???  I have to say if you don’t than you probably haven’t been given a handmade item before.  It’s dreamy!!!  The bag of 50 beads was on sale for $2 and the pack of 10 magnets was $1.99 (better price at Fred Meyer $1.79) which made each magnet a total of 23 cents to make:)  I already had paper, magazines, hot glue, and a glue stick at home!!!

So what you need is:

glass beads
magnets
hot glue gun and glue
elmers or glue stick
magazines, scrapbook paper, old cards and etc

p.s.  my friend Mel thinks the 1 1/2 inch circular hole punch would make this a lot faster, but for me I like a craft that takes some time:)

Here are the steps to make these cute little magnets!

Step 1: find words, designs or pictures to cut in the shape of the beads
Step2: glue circle with picture side up to the bottom(flat) side of bead
Step 3: trim around bead so the paper isn’t showing on the side of the bead when you lay it down on the table
Step 4: let dry with paper side up
Step 5: use glue gun to glue magnet to paper side of the bead
Step 6: let dry a few minutes (hot glue drys super fast)
Step 7: put on refrigerator or other metal surface….. I also like to find a small gift box and wrap 4 magnets in fabric or tissue paper.  Find a fun magazine page and wrap box with page then wrap a piece of yarn or ribbon around box and tie in box.  Make a tag for a special someone, and then give as a gift!! For a reason or for no reason at all!!!  Giving gifts is FUN and how can you resist 92 cents+ your time and creativity!!!   Please fell free to post any questions and also post me what your magnets turn out like:)  Thank you! Happy crafting ~Tam

finished product

step 2: cutting paper

step 2 & 3: gluing paper to beads

step 5 & 6: gluing magnets

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