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.

Glass Pebble Magnet Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Get the supplies here: 

  • 1 inch glass pebbles (Dollar Tree- about come 30 in a bag)
  • Crystal Effects from Stampin’ Up!
  • 1” circle punch
  • Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper (DSP)
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • High energy magnet buttons [craft magnets] (50 pack from Michaels for about $7)
  • Silicone craft sheet {Hot glue won’t stick to this and it makes for easy glueing}

 

glass pebble magnet tutorial @ StampinFool.com 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 Crystal Effects (by Stampin’ Up!) 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 Crystal Effects 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

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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 (I had no idea they were so inexpensive now!)
– Glue sticks $2
– Stampin’ Up!’s Crystal effects ($6.25, but i already had this)
– Stampin’ Up!’s Pretty Petals Patterned Paper – free from my leftover card making stash or $8 for 48 sheets
– Pebbles $2 for 60ish (two bags)

So, that comes to roughly $27.25 (assuming you didn’t have any of the materials) divided by 50 pieces (# of magnets in pack), equals $0.54 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.comGlass 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.comGet the supplies here: 

  • 1 inch glass pebbles (Dollar Tree- about come 30 in a bag)
  • Crystal Effects from Stampin’ Up!
  • 1” circle punch
  • Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper (DSP)
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • High energy magnet buttons [craft magnets] (50 pack from Michaels for about $7)
  • Silicone craft sheet {Hot glue won’t stick to this and it makes for easy glueing}

glass pebble magnet tutorial @ StampinFool.com 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 Crystal Effects (by Stampin’ Up!) 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 effectsglass pebble magnets @ StampinFool.com

3.  Allow Crystal Effects 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.comSupply List

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 (I had no idea they were so inexpensive now!)
– Glue sticks $2
– Stampin’ Up!’s Crystal effects ($6.25, but i already had this)
– Stampin’ Up!’s Pretty Petals Patterned Paper – free from my leftover card making stash or $8 for 48 sheets
– Pebbles $2 for 60ish (two bags)

So, that comes to roughly $27.25 (assuming you didn’t have any of the materials) divided by 50 pieces (# of magnets in pack), equals $0.54 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, 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.

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

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