Glass Pebble Magnet Tutorial

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Glass Pebble Magnet Tutorial – Craft Fair Special

The most common question I get asked at a craft fair is how to make my adorable Glass Pebble Magnets. It’s the most searched post on my blog over at StampinFool.com and I understand why.
It is especially relevant for those of you vending craft fairs. These magnets sell great and are quick and easy to make in large quantities. Again, they sell GREAT! Priced at a dollar a piece, you are bound to sell out at each event!

The cost of producing them is relatively inexpensive and the time required to make them is nominal. It’s the perfect balance of time, money and return on investment for a craft fair item for anyone- a beginner or seasoned vendor, because they appeal to a large market and you can churn them out quickly. Also, because they are not expensive for purchasers (I price them at $1), all shoppers will be likely to buy them- young girls for their classmates or best friends, moms, and grandmas. These glass pebble magnets are the perfect edition to your craft fair inventory or to your refrigerator.

Let’s get started.

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Get the supplies here: 

 

Supplies:
  • 1” circle punch
  • Patterned Paper
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • High energyCeramic Industrial Magnets
  • Silicone craft sheet {Hot glue won’t stick to this and it makes for easy glueing}


Instructions:

1.  Punch 1” circles out of your favorite Designer Series Patterned Paper. I use exclusively Stampin’ Up! products because the quality stands the test of time (years).

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2.  Put a small dot of Diamond Glaze on the paper and firmly press the glass pebble on top. (I was surprised at how little you need for it to spread out and cover the entire circle.) crystal effects
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3.  Allow Diamond Glaze to dry. I does not take more than a minute- by the time you finish the last one, the first ones should be dry.

4.  Turn over pebbles and hot glue magnets on the back of the pebble. glass pebble magnets @ StampinFool.com

5.  Enjoy the finished magnets!! 

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And, here is a bonus photo tutorial recap for you for easy reference. Glass Pebble Magnet Tutorial from StampinFool.com

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I hope you found this tutorial helpful and simple to follow. I really enjoy making these magnets and I know you will too.

I will leave you with a few tips on pricing as well as storage.
I store the completed magnets on cookie trays as they are magnetic and I can move the magnets around as they sell. The benefit of the trays is that they lay flat for long term storage but you can still prop them upright and the magnets do not fall off while you are selling them. I priced them at $1 for selling at craft fairs.
Here is the cost breakdown:
– Magnets $7 for 50
– Mini glue gun $2
– Glue sticks $2
– Diamond Glaze ($7, but i already had this)
– Stampin’ Up!’s Petal Garden Patterned Paper – $10 for 48 sheets
– Pebbles $2 for 60ish (two bags)

So, that comes to roughly $30 (assuming you didn’t have any of the materials) divided by 50 pieces (# of magnets in pack), equals $0.60 per piece. Sold at a dollar a piece that’s almost double the profit on each magnet sold. And next time you make them, the only materials cost you will have will be the magnets and pebbles, making the profit margin even higher. This is a great product guaranteed to sell out.

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Glass Pebble Magnet Tutorial

Glass Pebble Magnet Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Glass Pebble Magnet Tutorial – Craft Fair Special

The most common question I get asked at a craft fair is how to make my adorable Glass Pebble Magnets. It’s the most searched post on my blog over at StampinFool.com and I understand why.
It is especially relevant for those of you vending craft fairs. These magnets sell great and are quick and easy to make in large quantities. Again, they sell GREAT! Priced at a dollar a piece, you are bound to sell out at each event!

The cost of producing them is relatively inexpensive and the time required to make them is nominal. It’s the perfect balance of time, money and return on investment for a craft fair item for anyone- a beginner or seasoned vendor, because they appeal to a large market and you can churn them out quickly. Also, because they are not expensive for purchasers (I price them at $1), all shoppers will be likely to buy them- young girls for their classmates or best friends, moms, and grandmas. These glass pebble magnets are the perfect edition to your craft fair inventory or to your refrigerator.

Let’s get started.

Glass Pebble Magnet Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Get the supplies here: 

 

Supplies:
  • 1” circle punch
  • Patterned Paper
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • High energyCeramic Industrial Magnets
  • Silicone craft sheet {Hot glue won’t stick to this and it makes for easy glueing}


Instructions:

1.  Punch 1” circles out of your favorite Designer Series Patterned Paper. I use exclusively Stampin’ Up! products because the quality stands the test of time (years).

glass pebble magnets @ StampinFool.com

2.  Put a small dot of Diamond Glaze on the paper and firmly press the glass pebble on top. (I was surprised at how little you need for it to spread out and cover the entire circle.) crystal effects
glass pebble magnets @ StampinFool.com

3.  Allow Diamond Glaze to dry. I does not take more than a minute- by the time you finish the last one, the first ones should be dry.

4.  Turn over pebbles and hot glue magnets on the back of the pebble. glass pebble magnets @ StampinFool.com

5.  Enjoy the finished magnets!! 

Glass Pebble Magnet tutorial from StampinFool.com

 

And, here is a bonus photo tutorial recap for you for easy reference. Glass Pebble Magnet Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Supply List

 

I hope you found this tutorial helpful and simple to follow. I really enjoy making these magnets and I know you will too.

I will leave you with a few tips on pricing as well as storage.
I store the completed magnets on cookie trays as they are magnetic and I can move the magnets around as they sell. The benefit of the trays is that they lay flat for long term storage but you can still prop them upright and the magnets do not fall off while you are selling them. I priced them at $1 for selling at craft fairs.
Here is the cost breakdown:
– Magnets $7 for 50
– Mini glue gun $2
– Glue sticks $2
– Diamond Glaze ($7, but i already had this)
– Stampin’ Up!’s Petal Garden Patterned Paper – $10 for 48 sheets
– Pebbles $2 for 60ish (two bags)

So, that comes to roughly $30 (assuming you didn’t have any of the materials) divided by 50 pieces (# of magnets in pack), equals $0.60 per piece. Sold at a dollar a piece that’s almost double the profit on each magnet sold. And next time you make them, the only materials cost you will have will be the magnets and pebbles, making the profit margin even higher. This is a great product guaranteed to sell out.

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Craft Fair Friday: Top 10 Tips for Staging

Craft Fair Tips and Tricks

Hello, Friday! It’s Craft Fair Friday here at Stampin’ Fool and I am going to unload some invaluable information for you crafters. This will hopefully provide you with the confidence you need to start vending, give you tips to increase your sales, or ease your mind about the craft fair experience.  If you don’t participate in craft fair, that’s okay, sit back and enjoy the pictures or be inspired to make some items for personal use or gifting.

Staging your booth is so very important- not only for increasing your sales, but in creating a brand and helping patrons to remember your store when they have a specific need that you can fill.  In order to create a pleasant shopping experience, you will want to take measures to achieve your brand, theme, and presence.

I have compiled a list of ten things that are important for crafters to take into account to have a successful fair experience and to provide an inviting booth for the customer to enter and interact with. It can be overwhelming to change everything you have ever known about craft fairs all at once, so start slow if you need to and change a few things at a time until you feel comfortable with your setup.  If you implement these tips, you will have better results at your next show!

Top 10 Tips for Craft Fair Staging

  1. Use Color
  2. Avoid Clutter
  3. Group Like Items
  4. Use Holidays
  5. Be Cheap!
  6. Demonstrate
  7. Create Vignettes
  8. Display Business cards & Attention Getter (Chocolate!)
  9. Use Height
  10. Have Signage
  11. *BONUS*- Markdown

Now that you know what the top tips are for setting the stage of your craft fair booth, I will talk a little bit more in detail about each one.

TIP 1. COLOR – Let’s face it, appearance is everything for your table setup. Your buyer is going to be lured in by the appearance of your booth or turned away by the rainbow that vomited all over your tables. Use that to your advantage by choosing a color scheme for the table decor and product set up (White, black & white, black & gold (my fav)) and sticking to it. You don’t want to detract from your products with the display pieces.

You can easily make your decor in these colors with Valspar plastic spray paint. I used gold spray paint on all baskets and buckets on my table so they did not detract and distract from the products.  Make sure the products stand out and are the main focus of your booth. If you have a rainbow of products, stick to a solid white or all black color scheme for table cloths, baskets, bins, signs, ect. 

TIP 2. CLUTTER – Avoid clutter like the plague.  No seriously, if you have too much inventory for your table space, leave multiples below the table and put them out as needed.  The last thing you want is to have your items piled so high that a customer has to dig, or knock over, or move other products to look at the one that interests them.  

Don’t clutter, don’t be bare- have a good assortment and store the rest until space frees up, wherein you can replenish what has sold!

TIP 3. GROUPING – I cannot stress enough how essential it is to group like items. Think about it- when you go to the grocery store are the eggs next to the canned green beans? NOPE.  Keep the eggs with the eggs, or in your case, the purses with fabric items, cards with other cards, jewelry all together.  Don’t put one of each thing all over the place, group the similar items and multiples of the same item together.
You can extend this to color grouping of your products for a real eye catcher. 

TIP 4 . HOLIDAYS –  Use upcoming holidays to your advantage. Customers are driven by holidays.  Think to fill specific needs for the upcoming holiday, example: cute little gifts of hot cocoa mixes, autumn hot tea pods; spring bunny candy or flower themed wreaths; or back to school teacher gifts. Your shoppers will be oohing and ahhhing over everything and it will ignite a reason or person to buy that cute holiday craft for!  

TIP 5. BE CHEAPWith the setup, that is. You don’t have to buy things for your set up. Look around your house: that empty amazon box (oh I know you have some laying around!), use it underneath the table cloth for height; your magazine basket- use it to hold soft blankets or quilts that contrast with the hard basket weave; the storage ottoman in your living room makes an adorable way to display quilts, blankets, or to raise bins of assorted crafts in to add surface space to your display. Ladders can be excellent display pieces- they attract customers because it’s unique and you can add planks to each stair for added space for small items or bars for hanging clothes/knits, or throw handmade quilts over the rungs.

Think about pieces of furniture or accents in your home and how you can borrow them for your craft fair booth.  If you are going to buy, shop around for the best price.  Did you know it is cheaper to buy a twin sheet (Amazon) for a table cloth than a craft fair designated table covering. 

TIP 6. DEMONSTRATE – Nothing gets the attention of shoppers like you making your crafts in front of them or letting them try it out.  I’m not telling you to make items and ignore the customer, but it is interesting to shoppers to see you in action. Bonus points if you have a little station set up to make a card, stitch a felt flower together, or make a mini ornament.  

It likely won’t make them go out and start a competing business, but it will help them remember the cool thing they helped make, or saw you making first hand, or took home as a memento.  It will make them feel special (they are! they keep your love of crafting alive) and it will help you stand out in their memory.

TIP 7. VIGNETTES – (vin’yet) n. a small grouping of objects that create a pleasing focal point and tell a story.  

Here is an example of a grouping of hand sanitizer packets (See my Tutorial here) on a gold tray with a little tent sign. It looks like a bathroom counter display (mimicking the soap theme).  

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TIP 8. BUSINESS BASICS –  Don’t forget to place your business cards out on display, which should be equally as cute and crafty as the items you are selling. You want people to contact you in the future, so make sure they are visible. You also want be able to follow up with buyers to let them know about sales, other events they will find you at and any customer or referral special you may have, so GET THEIR CONTACT INFO.  

A great way to do this is a door prize form- name, email, phone number!  It is a must- how can you follow up with them if you don’t have their info.  

*Vendor tip*- Of someone seemed particularly interested, I pull their entry form back out and jot down a note on the back or jot down their name in my planner so that I remember who to follow up with and for what items interested them most.

Lastly, it’s always good to lure them in with chocolate. Set out some chocolates or hard candy next to your business cards and door prize so they are sure not to miss it!

TIP 9. HEIGHT – Height is your BIGGEST advantage in a limited space (get it? haha). A lot of small events provide only 8×8 or 10×10 spaces. That’s enough space for three strategically placed tables or less.  You need to make using height a priority in your set up.  That means hanging things from your tent, peg boards or racks that allow for items to be placed in your vertical space, baskets on the ground, items on the tables and boxes under the table cloth to give areas height.  Not only does using height give you more square footage, but it looks aesthetically pleasing as opposed to everything being on all one level.

TIP 10.  SIGNAGE – Signage is HUGE. How will customers know who you are or what you are selling if you don’t have a sign? It speaks volumes about your business, the product and the brand.  From your sign, they will instantly know what type of items you sell, what your business name is and your affiliation, if any.  For me, that means displaying my Stampin’ Up! logo sign on my front most table cloth, as well as handmade banners with the same adorning the tent or other sides of the table so that it is visible from almost anywhere in the venue. From the handmade banner, they will know I make papercrafts, that my brand color is an pink, black and gold, and my font is fun and scripty.  I have branded my business to suit me and it visually tells them about it.  Make a sign, buy a sign, definitely have more than one sign and make it personal and equivocal to your business.

**BONUS** MARKDOWNS – We all love a SALE, right?!  People innately LOVE getting a good deal. Want to seal the sale? Add a markdown sign with items listed and the prices slashed with a new, lower price highlighted.  Your patrons won’t be able to pass up a good deal and that will ensure that you make the sale.   Slashing the priced in the afternoon is a good way to get rid of inventory that isn’t moving.

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Lastly, if you missed the previous Craft Fair Friday posts, you can see them here:

I want to hear all about your recent craft fair experience.  Do you already use these tricks?  Are you going to pick a few and try them out at your next show?  Have they helped your sales?  Let me know by leaving a comment below! As always, happy crafting!

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Cute 12×12 Treat Bag

Adorable 12″ x 12″ Birthday Treat Bag Tutorial

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Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Birthday Basic DSP
  • Basic Gray card stock
  • Crisp Cantaloupe Ruffle Trim
  • Bermuda Bay 1/8″ Ribbon
  • Stampin Trimmer
  • 1/8″ Hole Punch
  • Sticky Strip

As I was perusing Pinterest this morning, I ran across the cutest bag tutorial from Pootles Papercrafts, another Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  I am trying to use up my enormous stash of designer series paper and this is the perfect way to do it.  In addition,  the DSP is retiring on the first of June and you don’t want to miss out.

Let me tell you a little secret. Tomorrow there is going to be a HUGE CLEARANCE BLOWOUT.  And everything is going to sell out.  At like 12:00AM. So, with that said, order TODAY or at midnight tonight, because when items hit the clearance rack, they rarely last more than a few hours!

I am going to refer you to the video because it makes putting it together easier for you and will make more sense. However, I have listed the measurements and directions below so that you can look back for reference and go along with the video.

Here is the link to the tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUK4pUULkas

Directions:

Use DSP Paper that measures 12×12″

Score at 2 1/4, 5 3/4, 8, 11 1/2″.

Score on the opposite side at 2 1/4 and  9 1/4″.

Cut all bottom slits (smaller scored side).  Cut out the smallest sliver. For the top, which is the larger of the scored panels, cut off all but the second panel from the right, including the sliver (So that makes it the first LARGE panel on the right hand side- leave that one in tact).

Happy Crafting!

 

Craft Fair Friday, Part 9: Flower Bookmarks

Craft Fair Friday, Part 9!

Flower Bookmark Tutorial

For today’s craft show & vendor fair tutorial, we will be making Stampin’ Up! Flower Bookmarks.

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Supplies:

  • Designer Series Paper
  • 3/8″ In Color Ribbon
  • Primrose Petals Stamp Pad
  • Blossom Punch
  • 1″ circle Punch
  • Stampin’ Sponge
  • Brights or Subtles Buttons
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Hot glue Gun

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Directions:

1. Punch out 3 blossom punches of DSP. Punch out 3- 1″ circle punches of DSP or coordinating card stock. Sponge the edges of the blossom punches with Primrose Petals ink.

TIP: Sponging will add dimension to the flowers.

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2.  Add a Dimensional to the back of the first flower. Make sure it is centered well.  Peel off the paper backing.

This will be the front of the finished flower.  You will be working from the front towards the back as you add layers (the last layer you add will be the bottom flower of the finished bookmark).

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3.  Add a 1″ circle to the Flower and add another dimensional to the 1″ circle back.

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4. Add another Flower to the Dimensional.  You will want to offset the flower petals so they fill in the open spaces.  Add a dimensional on the back of the flower, again making sure that all dimensionals are centered. IMG_1344

5.  Again, add a 1″ circle punch to the flower and add another dimensional.

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6.  Add your final flower.  Add a dot of hot glue to the back of this flower (which will be the back of the bookmark although it was the last flower added).

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7.  Add your ribbon to the hot glue.

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8.  Add another drop of hot glue and add a 1″ circle to cover the back.

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[Finished back of flower bookmark]

9.  Flip over the flower bookmark to add a button. Add a drop of hot glue to the front of the flowers and adhere a button in the center.

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Finished!

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Aren’t they great!  I love these flower bookmarks.  They make a great gift for the person who has everything. And nothing beats a handmade gift.  Enjoy making your flower bookmarks.

Lastly, if you missed the previous Craft Fair Friday posts, you can see them here:

Craft Fair Friday, Part 8: Color Your Own Bookmark

Craft Fair Friday, Part 7: Set Up & Display

Craft Fair Friday, Part 6: Pebble Magnet Tutorial

Craft Fair Friday, Part 5: Fancy Flower Journals Tutorial

Craft Fair Friday, Part 4: Post-it Note Frame Holders Tutorial

Craft Fair Friday, Part 3: 3×3 Card Boxes

Craft Show Display Pictures

Craft Fair Friday, Part 2: Tiny Tags Tutorial

Craft Fair Friday, Part 1: Hand Sanitizer Purse Tutorial

Craft Fair Friday, Part 8

It’s FRIDAY, Craft Fair Friday.  PART 8!  Wow, we have learned a lot so far.

Today’s craft show talk includes My Digital Studio, which can now be purchased for only $19.95. It’s a GREAT value and here is the perfect way to make your money back on it.  According to the MDS printing policy, you can sell 150 prints without sending them to the professional print service. That means you can print 150 items at home and sell them.  You can print unlimited for personal use. But, you won’t be disappointed by the professional print service!

These Color Your Own Bookmarks were a hit.  I had a ton of buyers and they were fairly simple to make.

You will need:

  • My Digital Studio
  • C is for Coloring Digital Download
  • On the Go Designer Serier Paper- Digital
  • Whisper White Card Stock

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Here is the template I used.

I added the DSP background, added a Whisper White rectangle punch, added the outline Coloring stamp of my choice and voila. So easy.  You print them out, cut them into four (you can fit four on a page), and put them in clear plastic sleeves.

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Here is another. Well, 28 more of them. I chose different background papers and changed out the Coloring Stamp and printed them up.  Cut them to fit the 2 1/2 x 7 inch bookmark sleeves.  They turned out great and sold really well. $1 is a fair price.  It accounts for the time spent using My Digital Studio, cutting the paper to size and centering the images, and the cost of the bookmark sleeve.  I ordered the sleeves online at a bags unlimited store.

Happy Crafting.

Craft Fair Friday, Part 7: Tips & Tricks

Craft Fair Tips and Tricks

CRAFT FAIR FRIDAY: Tips and Tricks

It’s Craft Fair Friday, my favorite day of the week where I discuss tips to improve your craft fair experience.

What’s new in the crafting world? Well, for today’s post, I am concentrating on things to help you set up your display.  {You can also see my Top 10 Staging Tips here.}  Having a good looking, well kept, not overcrowded, appealing display determines whether or not soon to be customers will stop by or keep on walkin’.  I will start by listing some important elements that you need to get started and then I’ll discuss them in detail with you and tell you why they are important.

Supplies

  • Tables
  • Black tablecloth or sheet/neutral tablecloth
  • Sign with your Crafting Business Name
  • Catalogs, Seasonal Catalogs, Mailing List sign up Sheet, Monthly Specials, product samples
  • Display for Catalogs & Merchandise
  • **A Note on TABLE DISPLAY**
  • Door prize forms on a clipboard, Door Prize box or bowl
  • Price Tags
  • Petty cash

This list is the bare minimum.  It doesn’t include everything you should pack (safety pins, glue, thread- you know, an emergency kit to handle any crafting situation), but it is a very solid basic list.  This is what works for me & StampinFool- your business may be different and have different needs.  Tailor your display to your product.

Alright let’s talk about the List.

TABLES

For a 10′ x 10′ booth, I generally use an 8 foot table and a few smaller 6 foot tables.  The 8 foot holds sales items and my sign and the 6 foot table holds the catalogs, door prize and forms, mailing list, specials and a few outstanding cards that I want to display for purposes of booking parties and holding classes to teach crafting.

** Tip from the Top: Make sure you verify the size booth you are allotted (bring a measuring tape).  I have vended fairs before and when I get there, I am squeezed into an 8×8 space when I registered for 10×10- don’t be afraid to let the organizer know & work out the details- you pay good money for your spot and nothing is worse than having a set up plan and the tables not fitting.

** Trial Run:  Do I set up in my garage to see how I want things laid out? Absolutely.  I highly recommend measuring out your space and setting up a mock area with the table orientation, how you want items laid out and such.  Take photos so you don’t forget how you want it to look.

TABLECLOTH

I prefer to use a queen size black sheet because it covers the table better than any size tablecloth I have ever bought.  I use safety pins to tack my Stampin’ sign to the front of my 8 foot table.  Varying heights add depth and dimension to your table, so pick display items that add variety- think baskets, photo boxes, tiered store displays.

What color table cloth should I use? BLACK. I am almost always insistent on a black tablecloth.  It does not detract from your items for sale. It looks formal. It makes the colors of your products pop. Don’t believe me? Search Pinterest for craft fair displays.  Which displays do you like?  The ones where there is a color theme throughout.  How to you make sure the color theme flows, pick a neutral base and let your products, banners, baskets, and decor carry the color.

**Exception:  Natural Burlap or Tan are neutral and don’t detract from the items.  This is the only exception to Black.  Burlap is trending.  It won’t take away from the items you are selling.  But I love PINK, you say.  DON’T DO IT.  It looks tacky.  Maybe your friends won’t tell you, maybe someone complimented you. They lied.  Don’t do it.  Stick to neutral and let your crafts do the talking.  But, WHITE is neutral, you say.  NO, it is the absence of color. It looks cheap.  Don’t do it.  Go to Bed Bath & Beyond and buy the $12 black tablecloth.  You won’t regret it.

** How to incorporate COLOR: Use props, not the tablecloth.  Painted wooded crates, shelves lined with fabric or paper, buntings, your sign, price tags/color coding system, pom poms, picture frames, painted furniture.

SIGN

You MUST HAVE A SIGN.  Creating a brand is essential to looking professional and luring people into you shop. Make sure you have a sign that is large enough to read, see from a distance and matches your brand.  Example: You sell paper crafts- don’t use a sign that has dinosaurs on it.  You plan kids birthday parties- use a dinosaur or tea party sign. You make wedding/bride items- don’t use a sign with cute puppy dogs, it doesn’t translate to what you are selling. Make sure the color, font, and name brand are all consistent and make sense for your products.

CATALOGS

If you sell from a direct sales company, have catalogs.  Chances are, if people like what you are making or selling, they will like other products in the catalog as well. Have catalogs- make sure your contact info is on them- name, phone, email, WEBSITE.

CATALOG DISPLAY

I found this magazine basket at Pier 1 Imports and it fit my needs perfectly. I put large catalogs in the back, Seasonal in front and samples in the small front pockets.  In front of that is the yellow door prize vase. I thought it added a little something to the display. Business cards are easily accessible for other vendors who want to network and place special orders.  I have a ton of pens to fill out door prize forms and jot down party booking dates on the party postcards I use.

Pier1 Basket for holding Catalogs

A NOTE ON TABLE DISPLAY

Now, let’s talk about table display.  This is the tough part.  This is where most people fail.  They get the colors, signs, pricing right, but not the table layout.

**TIP FROM THE TOP** I put everything out for a day before trial run to see how much room I actually have to display products. I then move things off the table and only put out selected products that I think will sell best for that event.  Don’t set up your table like this- its overwhelming and VERY crowded.  Customers will be scared to touch and look at anything because they might bump other products or knock something over.  Not people friendly.  Spread stuff out and put things away until you have room for them.  Keep extras organized under the table, easily accessible but not within sight.

In this photo you see a crowded display with paper pricing signs- NO. NO: 

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YES: Craft Fair Display at StampinFool.com

DOOR PRIZE

I need a door prize?  YES. Yes, you need a door prize.  Why?  Because it is a way to get customer CONTACT INFO.  Yes- door prize form- with Name, Email, Address, Phone, Newsletter signup. So grab a pretty bucket or bowl- I use a pitcher (like the one below) that customers can fill out the form and drop it into the bowl.

WHAT YOU NEED: Door prize forms (make a Word document with 4 to a page), bucket of pens, bowl/pitcher to collect them in, mini clipboards to use for filling out form.

WHAT TO DO: Take notes on them.  Yep, after Suzie Shopper walks off and she raved about that handmade wreath in your shop, you pull her door prize form out and jot down a note about her- a compliment “nice earrings” , the word “wreath”, “call for wreath making party”, “wants to host party”, “newsletter” – something to remember her by or that was significant for you to follow up with.  You can also pull out the form and jot down her name and your notes in a notebook.

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PRICE TAGS

Make them legit.  These are my placeholders (above), I use actual pricing signs that tell the item name and price.  I make little tent signs for this and stick them down to the table with the items (SEE BELOW). Also note that the display is black with colored accents- gold– Dollar Tree buckets, spray painted gold.  Perfection.

It is important to have your prices available to customers. You don’t want your customer to hunt for the price and then be shocked by it, so I display the price clearly.  If they can’t find the price- they likely won’t ask, which means they won’t buy- so price your items clearly.

 

Sample Price tag for craft fair at StampinFool.com

PETTY CASH

This one is easy.  Have a bag of petty cash in $1, $5, $20.  Overestimate- have $100-300.

This photo shows the main sale table and the side table with Stampin’ information.  Also, my vendor sign is BIG and easy to spot so EVERYONE knows what I am selling.  Also, note that I am standing.  It’s important to stand up and take genuine interest in your shoppers.  Nothing looks worse than a seller hidden behind the table, seated, reading a book, not paying attention to the lovely people taking time to shop at the event.  They will be scared to talk to you for fear of disturbing you from what you are doing. Don’t let it happen- be alert, friendly, and stand up to greet them. You can have a seat when there are no shoppers around.
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So here is a recap and a few other tips and tricks:

  • Use a sheet, it’s bigger.
  • Don’t overcrowd; you don’t have to put out everything!
  • Have a door prize drawing and show what the prize is.
  • Use different heights.
  • Invest in a catalog/info display piece.
  • Have business cards available.
  • Stand up! Nothing looks worse than an uninterested seller.
  • Talk to patrons, offer to help them find what they are looking for.
  • Ask them if they have heard of your product.
  • Ask them if they would be interested in ordering anything or getting together with friends for a free class.
  • HAVE FUN!

 

 

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Well, that’s the list.  Those are my top tips on setting up a successful craft show display to attract patrons and engage them in your business.  I really enjoy craft shows- it gives them the opportunity to buy local, get handmade gifts, book parties which will give them a creative outlet and fun with friends, and allows me to network with other vendors.  It is a way to serve the community and make new friends.

Lastly, if you missed the previous Craft Fair Friday posts, you can see them here:

CRAFT FAIR FRIDAY 

Craft Fair Friday, Part 5: Fancy Flower Journals Tutorial

Craft Fair Friday, Part 4: Post-it Note Frame Holders Tutorial

Craft Fair Friday, Part 3: 3×3 Card Boxes

Craft Show Display Pictures

Craft Fair Friday, Part 2: Tiny Tags Tutorial

Craft Fair Friday, Part 1: Hand Sanitizer Purse Tutorial

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DAY 3: Post It Holder

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Craft Fair Friday, Part 6: Glass Pebble Magnet Tutorial

Glass Pebble Magnet Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Glass Pebble Magnet Tutorial – Craft Fair Special

You may have seen this post before here on Stampin Fool, but because it is one of my most popular posts, I realize it needed a bit of updating and refreshing. The most common question I get asked at a craft fair is how to make my adorable Glass Pebble Magnets and I understand why.  So here is the updated post to help you with your next crafting endeavor.
It is especially relevant for those of you vending craft fairs. These magnets sell great and are quick and easy to make in large quantities. Again, they sell GREAT! Priced at a dollar a piece, you are bound to sell out at each event!

The cost of producing them is relatively inexpensive and the time required to make them is nominal. It’s the perfect balance of time, money and return on investment for a craft fair item for anyone- a beginner or seasoned vendor, because they appeal to a large market and you can churn them out quickly. Also, because they are not expensive for purchasers (I price them at $1), all shoppers will be likely to buy them- young girls for their classmates or best friends, moms, and grandmas. These glass pebble magnets are the perfect edition to your craft fair inventory or to your refrigerator.

Let’s get started.

Glass Pebble Magnet Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Get the supplies here: 

 

Supplies:
  • 1” circle punch
  • Patterned Paper
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • High energy Ceramic Industrial Magnets
  • Silicone craft sheet {Hot glue won’t stick to this and it makes for easy glueing}


Instructions:

1.  Punch 1” circles out of your favorite Designer Series Patterned Paper. I use exclusively Stampin’ Up! products because the quality stands the test of time (years).

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2.  Put a small dot of Diamond Glaze on the paper and firmly press the glass pebble on top. (I was surprised at how little you need for it to spread out and cover the entire circle.) crystal effects
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3.  Allow Diamond Glaze to dry. I does not take more than a minute- by the time you finish the last one, the first ones should be dry.

4.  Turn over pebbles and hot glue magnets on the back of the pebble. glass pebble magnets @ StampinFool.com

5.  Enjoy the finished magnets!! 

Glass Pebble Magnet tutorial from StampinFool.com

 

And, here is a bonus photo tutorial recap for you for easy reference. Glass Pebble Magnet Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Supply List

 

I hope you found this tutorial helpful and simple to follow. I really enjoy making these magnets and I know you will too.

I will leave you with a few tips on pricing as well as storage.
I store the completed magnets on cookie trays as they are magnetic and I can move the magnets around as they sell. The benefit of the trays is that they lay flat for long term storage but you can still prop them upright and the magnets do not fall off while you are selling them. I priced them at $1 for selling at craft fairs.
Here is the cost breakdown:
– Magnets $7 for 50
– Mini glue gun $2
– Glue sticks $2
– Diamond Glaze ($7, but i already had this)
– Stampin’ Up!’s Petal Garden Patterned Paper – $10 for 48 sheets
– Pebbles $2 for 60ish (two bags)

So, that comes to roughly $30 (assuming you didn’t have any of the materials) divided by 50 pieces (# of magnets in pack), equals $0.60 per piece. Sold at a dollar a piece that’s almost double the profit on each magnet sold. And next time you make them, the only materials cost you will have will be the magnets and pebbles, making the profit margin even higher. This is a great product guaranteed to sell out.

Glass Pebble Magenet tutorial by StampinFool.com

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Craft Fair Friday, Part 5

Wooo! It’s Friday!!  It’s craft fair friday.  I hope you are enjoying these craft fair creations and tips.  It can be intimidating to do your first craft show and knowing what sells, what to make, and how to price it are all important matters.  Having a guide will put you at ease and let you enjoy crafting and not stress about the rest.

Here’s todays topic: Large Fancy Journals ($5)

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Supplies:

  • Composition books
  • Brights DSP stacks
  • Ribbon
  • Blossom Punch
  • Glimmer Brads
  • Tombow Liquid Glue
  • Glue Dots
  • Bone Folder
  • Paper snips

I bought full size composition books at the office supply store.  I measured the size of the front and cut Brights Paper Stack DSP polka dotted paper in rectangles- one for the front, one for the back.  I glued the DSP onto the front and back with Tombow glue. It seems to work best for projects that require a lot of adhesive and that you want to stick.  I cut another strip of horizontal DSP to place across the front middle for interest. Open the journal and snip the DSP corners to match the rounded shape of the journal.

Stampin’ Tip: Use the bone folder to smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles.

Stampin’ Tip: Using snail or sticky strip just isn’t cost effective or practical. So, smear a ton of Tombow.

Next you will punch out three blossom card stock or DSP punchies.  Use the bone folder to curl the petals upward. Poke a hole through the middle and group with a glimmer brad. Adhere to the journal with a few glue dots.

I added a flower to the back of the journal as well. I took a long piece of ribbon, looped it around the front cover, ran a few glue dots under the ribbon and tied a pretty little knot.  The ribbon makes the journal complete.

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Enjoy this craft fair item and hopefully you will sell out at your next craft fair!

Craft Fair Friday, Part 4

It’s Friday! WOOOO!!  That means craft fair talk today.

Today’s project is acrylic post it note frames, or picture frame post it holders. Here is a side view without the post-its added.

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How do you make them? Post-it note holder tutorial:

Supplies:

  • 3×5 acrylic picture frames
  • Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper
    • Patio Party
    • Floral District
    • Nursery Nest
  • Stampin’ Up Ribbon
    • Dotted Scalloped Ribbon
    • Ruffled Ribbon
  • Curly Label Punch (item
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Petite Pretties Stamp Set (item 129642) SAB item
  • Glue Dot
  • Ink color of your choice
  • Whisper White Card stock
  • Stacks of post-it notes

Instructions:

  1. Cut Designer patterned paper to 3″ x 5″.
  2. Stamp Petite Pretties onto Whisper White card stock.
  3. Punch with Curly Label Punch, stick dimensional to back, adhere to bottom corner of 3×5 Designer Series Paper.
  4. Slide designer paper into frame.
  5. Cut a piece of ribbon 3 times the length of the frame (about 15″).
  6. Tie ribbon in a bow or knot across the top of the frame. Adhere with glue dot to prevent movement.
  7. Add sticky strip to the back of post-it note and adhere to frame. Done!

Surprisingly, you can actually see the dimension of the popped up label inside the frame.  There is enough give room near the bottom that it adds a nice touch instead of all looking flat and one dimension. I made a ton of these at both 3×5″ and 5×7″ and included a coordinating pen (with DSP inside) with the larger frames (but skipped the ribbon).

I hope you find this tutorial helpful.  Here are some of my post-it note holder frames:

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Happy Crafting!!

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