YOU Series Magnets and Birthday Gifting Blog Hop

How to Make a Magnet Tutorial

I’m excited to share today 101+ Birthday Gift Ideas for your Friends, including my {you} Series Magnet Printable Tutorial. I am joining forces with Kristen Duke in her Birthday Celebration Week along with over 100 talented bloggers sharing lots of inexpensive ideas and free printables! All week long, Kristen is sharing birthday tips and giveaways so be sure to check out her Party (and maybe drop her a “happy birthday” comment).  As for the other creative ideas, a lot of these gifts are versatile for any occasion, and can be a gift to your friends, family, or even that gal that you’d like to get to know better. What makes it even more fabulous? Most gifts are under $5, and have a coordinating printable to make it super simple!

This is definitely something you should pin to your gifting board. If you don’t have a gifting board, check out this blog hop’s board at the end of the Birthday Gift article. We do try and make it easy here at Ruffles and Rain Boots!


A small gift speaks so much more than the money spent on it, doesn’t it? 

It tells someone you are thinking of them. It reminds them of your friendship, your gratitude, or the happiness they’ve brought to your life, just by being in it. 

I promise I didn’t take a job writing for Hallmark, but I have thought of a few new ways to dote on those you care for with inexpensive presents. They are gifts perfect for birthdays, “thinking of you” moments, or even to show your appreciation for a teacher, a child care provider, a co-worker. These would also be perfect to gift to a recent graduate moving out on their own.

This one I’ve come up with is about $3.00 to put together, took 5 minutes, and can be presented in so many ways. I’m even offering you two free printables along with a tutorial to get your creative juices flowing. 

Click on “Read More” to see this sweet, little gift and all of the ways you can customize this for anyone! 

This post contains partner links for the products we used to make it.

Do you have magnets on your fridge, filing cabinet or cubicle walls? Maybe you even have a few on your bulletin board in your craft room (yes, even with Pinterest, some people still have the good ‘ol bulletin board). 

Going through other people’s magnet collections offers insight into their personalities and can often lead to delightful conversations. One can instantly be brought back to recall the sandy beaches of a wonderfully relaxing vacation. They can spur a laugh followed by a funny story. Magnets can even let you in on, and become part of, a family tradition.  

A simple and functional decoration, customized magnets are an almost-instant-gift that doesn’t break the bank. In this tutorial, I’ll share with you how simple they are to put together and provide a free printable if you’d like to make the ones shown here. 

Gifting Ideas

Let’s start, however, with a few gift-giving ideas to get you thinking about someone you know who would just love to get these cuties.

For a Neighbor, Friend, or Child-Care Provider: Whip up a sweet, simple card from card stock using our {you} series printable or one you create. You can attach these magnets into a handmade or store-bought card, just by using some temporary tape. 

Handmade Card Ideas

For a Teacher: If you can get it into their hands before they bolt for the door, eager to start summer vacation, you could pair it with a bouquet of office supplies for next year (I used pencils). You could also write a simple sentiment thanking them for helping your child become who he/she will be. 

Customized Magnets

For an Office Mate: No one wants to look at boring old filing cabinets and cubicle walls, so invite her to jazz them up a bit with a reminder that you are thinking of her. There’s no need to get fancy, just fold it up in a bit of card stock, add a $0.75 chalkboard tag, and slip in a sweet, “Happy Birthday” note. 


For the Hostess: This could be gifted to the hostess of your next summertime get together. You know her. She’s the one who thinks of everything to make the party go off without a hitch; the one who works so very hard to allow everyone time to make memories instead of grocery store runs? 

P.S. I am NOT that hostess. You are forewarned: if you show up here, you might be sent out for ice. Or ice cream. Or dinner because I might have been too busy having fun that I forgot about whatever was cooking… But wouldn’t it be nice to find this little party favor during clean up? 


If you want try something a bit more unique (or don’t have stacks of card stock lying around), how about one of these options? You could stick them to their mailbox with a handwritten sentiment. Or, you could employ “guerrilla gifting” tactics by covertly finding a spot on someone’s refrigerator. 


To get started, grab a few supplies that are readily available at craft stores, and even office supply stores. The prices listed are if the supplies are purchased at JoAnn’s. 

  • Business card sized adhesive-backed magnets (10 for $4.99, with coupon $2.99) See the other options in the “Project Notes” section below *+^
  • {you} series printable page 1 and page 2 (free)
  • Scissors, photo paper or card stock for the printable, printer
If you’d like to make the card, card stock envelopes, or use the {you} card sentiment, you will also need: 
  • {you} card sentiment printable (free)
  • Card stock for gifting / presenting ($0.59 to $0.79 per sheet)
  • Glue, temporary glue or re-positionable tape / dots (I used re-positionable tape and temporary dots for all of the gifting ideas to hold the magnets in place.) 

You do not have to print these out on photo paper, but if you are going to use card stock, I recommend giving them some shine with a coat of glossy Mod Podge. I believe the photo paper gives the magnet’s design more depth, but use what you’ve got. 

If you want to use the {you} card sentiment, make sure one of your pieces of card stock is 8.5 inches by 11 inches so it can be run through the printer. You can cut the 12 x 12 inch card stock down, but I’m a lazy crafter, so I save myself the step. 

Be sure to check out the “Project Notes” section at the end of this post for other supply options.  


Print out the {you} series printable or format your own to fit on a 3.5 inch by 2 inch magnet face (8.89 cm x 5.09 cm). Once printed, it took less than 5 minutes to make three magnets.

If using the {you} series printable for the magnets, cut on the horizontal, just under the “www. Ruffles and Rain Boots .com” attribution; use it as a guideline. The cuts need to be as straight as can you get them. We will have the opportunity to clean up any over hang, but try to keep the cuts as straight as you can. I use this paper trimmer (partner link) I got almost 10 years ago because it was inexpensive and the blade refills are as well. 

cut-under-attribution wm

If you notice, the printed {you} affirmation is just a bit long on one side. Don’t worry about that – we’ll snip it off in just a moment. 

Lift up about 1/3 of the paper protecting the adhesive side of the magnet. Line up the design, starting at the left, making sure that the design is straight. Remember: if you cut it incorrectly, you can fix minor errors in the next step, however if you line it up incorrectly, you have to start over… No one wants to look at a crooked magnet, right? 


As when you apply those annoying screen protectors for your phone, ease the design on slowly, pulling up the paper backing and pressing down on the magnet printable. I promise, the magnets come together a lot easier than those screen protectors.

Flip your magnet over and you’ll see that there is a bit of overhang. Can you guess what’s next? Snip any bits hanging off the edge of the magnet. Repeat for the other two, and you’ve got yourself a set of magnets for gifting.

If  you notice in the picture below, I also had a bit of overhang on the horizontal plane. I snipped that off, too. 


You’re done! What other ways can you think of to gift these? Let us know in the comments or connect with Ruffles and Rain Boots on social media.

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Project Notes

* If you want the most economical option, you can purchase magnetic vent covers from a home improvement store (3 in a package of 15″ x 8″ each). You will have to glue or Mod Podge your magnet design to the vent cover, but it is the most inexpensive of the three options. 

+ If you have a Silhouette machine, JoAnn’s sells 4 sheets for $9.99 that can be run though it. This is the most expensive option, but an option nonetheless. 
^ has the best price per pre-cut magnet here.

Now, onto the party! As I mentioned, the 101+ Birthday Gift Ideas for your Friends hop, is part of Kristen Duke’s Birthday Celebration Week. With over 100 talented bloggers sharing lots of inexpensive ideas and free printables, you are sure to find something unique that just screams a friend, sister, coworker or neighbor! Remember – these are inexpensive gifts that include free printables, so gifting is easy, peasy, lemon squeezy!

Click on each of links below each collage to see the gift idea and printable closer, along with instructions on how to make them, like mine above. I like to open a bunch of new tabs, and Pin my favorites for later. Don’t forget to follow the Birthday Gift Ideas Pinterest Board as well, to save future great ideas.

>>>>>>>Important info! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or Google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their gift post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<<

Are you ready for some inspiration? Join in on the BLOG HOP!

1. Birthday Balloon Gift + matching free Print by Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke 2. Stamped Cocktail Napkin + Printable by Delineate Your Dwelling 3. Buckets of Fun gift idea+Free Printable by Craftiness is Not Optional 4. 7 Candy Bar Love Notes to say “Happy Birthday” by The Dating Divas 5. Have a Flippin’ Awesome Birthday by Dessert Now Dinner Later 6. Fishtail Loom Bracelet by I Should Be Mopping the Floor 7. Lemonade Lip Balm by Pretty Handy Girl 8. Hair Tie Birthday Gift & Printable Tag by Wait Til Your Father Gets Home 9. Gift of Sunshine Idea + Free Printable by Sweet Charli 10. I hope your birthday is a whole “lotto” fun by C.R.A.F.T. 11. Chicken Spice Rub w/ Printable Tags by Over the Big Moon 12. Birthday in a Bag Gift Idea by Seven Thirty Three 13. Quick Note for your Birthday Printable by Liz on Call 14. Otter Pop Gift with Printable Gift Tag by Somewhat Simple 15. {you} Series Magnets Printable by Ruffles and Rain Boots 16. Tea Cup Succulent by Your Homebased Mom 17. Pretty Pincushion + Printable by Let’s Eat Grandpa 18. Lemon Bath Salts & Free Printable by See Vanessa Craft 19. Diet Coke Birthday Kit by Pink Peppermint Prints 20. Chocolate Filled Insulated Tumbler Gift by The Girl Who Ate Everything


21. Easy Funfetti Cake Balls with Printable by Salt and Pepper Moms 22. Hands Down Best Friend Around by Eighteen25 23. Berry Happy Birthday Printable by Stuffed Suitcase 24. Whisk Birthday Gift with Free Printable by Cupcake Diaries 25. Paper Plate Gift Idea by Crafting in the Rain 26. Popcorn Gift Printable by Breezy Bakes 27. Life Saver: Birthday Gift in a Jar by Here Comes the Sun 28. Decoupage Wooden Pendant by Twin Dragonfly Designs 29. Have a coffee on me: Funky Coasters by Funky Junk Interiors 30. Swanky Black & Gold Cosmetic Bag by A Prudent Life 31. DIY cocktail napkins by kojodesigns 32. Nail Polish Gift by Southern Hospitality 33. Banana Cake by Whats Cooking with Ruthie 34. Paparazzi – the PERFECT friend gift by Sugar Bee Crafts 35. “latte” fun birthday gift by Our Thrifty Ideas 36. Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes + Printable by Tastes Better from Scratch 37. Pearls are Always Appropriate by Mommy Envy 38. Girls Just Want to Have Fun Birthday Gift by A Little Tipsy 39. Manicure Kit Birthday Gift with Printable by Blooming Homestead 40. Orange you Glad Cup by Artsy Fartsy Mama

41. Donut Gift Tag by Pretty Providence 42. Rainbow Inspired Birthday Gift + Printable by Thirty Handmade Days 43. Drink Topper and Tag by LandeeLu 44. DIY Bath Salts using Essential Oils by Unskinny Boppy 45. Friends are Like Chocolate Chips by Delightful Deets 46. Paint Can Succulent Planters by East Coast Creative 47. A Bundt Cake Gift & Printable by Dukes and Duchesses 48. Jam Birthday Gift & Printable by Happiness is Homemade 49. Jazzed up Frames by House for Five 50. Favorite Things Gift Ideas by inkhappi 51. Toe-tally Cool Nail Polish Gift Idea + Free Printable by Simply Designing with Ashley 52. Quote Book by Reasons to Skip the Housework 53. Iron On T-Shirt Gift by Becoming Martha 54. DIY Humorous Girlfriend Gift by Brassy Apple 55. Tea-riffic Birthday Gift Idea & Printable by Mom Endeavors 56. Turn Today Into A Celebration by Dolen Diaries 57. You’re A Lifesaver Printable by Live Laugh Rowe 58. Happy Birthday Jar {free printable} by Kiki and Company 59. Mason Jar Flower Vase + Printable by R & R Workshop 60. Easy $5 Wooden Charm Bracelet by Craftily Ever After

61. Polka Dot Mason Jar Vase by The Cards We Drew 62. Free Printable Mini Notes by Confetti Sunshine 63. Bath Bomb Easy Birthday Gifts by Tried and True 64. Ball Jar Printable Tags by The Country Chic Cottage 65. Eat More Cake Birthday Gift Idea and Printable by Play. Party. Pin. 66. Have a “berry” happy birthday by The Contractor Chronicles 67. Merci Chocolates + Hey Birthday Girl french girl printable by Handmade in the Heartland 68. Five Minute Leather Necklace Tutorial + Birthday printables by Delia Creates 69. Ah-Mason Birthday Gift Idea by Lolly Jane 70. Simple Dangle Earring Tutorial by Bombshell Bling 71. Symphony Bar Brownies by Among the Young 72. Wishing you an E “straw” diary Birthday by Ginger Snap Crafts 73. DIY Washi Tape Cacti by Fry Sauce and Grits 74. State Pride Cheese Board by Addicted to DIY 75. Reusable Monogrammed Solo Cup by Mom 4 Real 76. go-to gift…EARRINGS! by A Girl and A Glue Gun 77. Embroidered Mixed Media Bookmarkers by The Creative Goddess 78. Beyond Measure Birthday Printable by Like Mother Like Daughter 79. Birthday Facial Kit Gift by The Benson Street 80. DIY Jewelry Bookmark by Design Dazzle

81. Birthday in a Jar – Birthday Printable Tags by A Pumpkin and a Princess 82. Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Party Cookies by Crazy Little Projects 83. You are the Bee’s Knees by Love the Day 84. Birthday Candy Jar by Inside BruCrew Life 85. Hip Hip Hooray, today is your birthday!” printables by The Crafted Sparrow 86. Treat Yo Self Printable by Girl Loves Glam 87. Chocolate Facial with printable by TidyMom 88. Happy Birthday Sweets by A Night Owl 89. Quick & Easy Hydrangea Cake by Sweet C’s Designs 90. Sweets for the Sweet by Simply Kierste 91. Citrus Whipped Honey Butter Jars by Sand and Sisal 92. Diet Coke Gift for a Friend with Printable by Sweet Treats and More 93. A Latte for Two + printables by One Krieger Chick 94. Cookie Monster Birthday Gift Tag by I’m Topsy Turvy 95. Root Beer Float Cake in a Jar by Giggles Galore 96. Treat Yo’Self Printable Watercoloring Box by Persia Lou 97. Fruity Body Scrub with Printable by Mad in Crafts 98. Magnetic Necklace Charm by Sowdering About 99. Happy Bee Day with Printable by Just Another Day in Paradise 100. Manicure in a Jar by That’s What {Che} Said… 101. UBER lucky to have you in my Life by Maybe I Will 102. Free Happy Birthday Printable by NoBiggie 103. DIY Wine Bag & Charms Gift by Sypsie Designs 104. Crispy Crunch-y Pie with Printable by Just Rhonda 105. “You’re the Silver Lining” Friendship Nail Polish Gift by The Happy Housie 106. Tie One On for Your Birthday (Hair Tie Gift Free Printable) by illistyle

 Did you have a gift idea that stuck out to you? Go ahead and visit your favorites and let them know you love it!

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