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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.
This is definitely something you should pin to your gifting board. 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. 

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. 

envelope-collage

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? 

pyramid-collage

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. 

Supplies

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.  

Magnets

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? 

line-up-printable-with-magnet-edge-carefully-wm

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. 

cut-off-excess-printable-wm

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.

YOU Series Magnets and Birthday Gifting Blog Hop

Tutorial-DIY-Printable-Custom-Magnets

I'm excited to share today 101+ Birthday Gift Ideas for your Friends, including my {you} Series Magnet Printable Tutorial.

Materials

  • 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) (check post)
  • 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.)

Tools

  • Scissors, photo paper or card stock for the printable, printer

Instructions

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. 

Magnets

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. 

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.

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