I like to label this project “Operation Christmas Gift on the Cheap….with out seeming Cheap”. I had some tough requirements to meet. I needed to make or buy a gift for 130 women on a budget on $180. Hmmmmm…..there is nothing I dislike more than gifts are wasteful and just end up in the garbage. What could I do for $1.38 per person? How would I be able to turn out 130 Handmade Christmas Gifts in a short amount of time?
Last year for our Relief Society ladies gift we did a package of gift tags, washi tape, and twine with treats. This year I was asked to make a magnet with our theme for the next year and thought if I could add in some gift tags and chocolates it would be perfect. Something with decorative, something useful, and chocolate, everyone loves chocolate!
So first up was the magnets. What to do? I have made the ones with the clear jewels over a piece of scrapbook paper and a magnet on the back, but they are quite small and seemed insubstantial compared to the cost.
The flat magnet sheets were too expensive and too small, so next up was roaming around Home Depot. I found the 2×2 inch square tiles. They had some super cute arabesque shaped tiles but didn’t have enough in stock, and while I like the square tiles, I just couldn’t commit to them. I spent way to long mulling over my options, calculating the costs and debating the best way to decorate them. In the end I went with the 2×4 inch subway tiles. I imaged that they could look like a miniature sign with a fun font and graphic.
Now if you have ever done any sort of vinyl work you will probably laugh and me here. I needed to make 130 of these and I didn’t have a lot of time, but I wanted them to look nice……so….I though hey I will do vinyl….um…..well yes I might be crazy. Have you ever weeded 3 – 12″x24″ sheets with tiny itty bitty little pieces in the center of each loopy letter? It would have been insane!!! Fortunately there were angels working to steer me clear of what would have been a very long and tedious process. I just happened to remember I had bought some clear mailing labels just for kicks a while back and never used them. They were perfect!!! (As a side note, make sure you buy the right ones for your printer because they are different for ink jet vs. laser!)
First buy your labels and design what you want on them. The labels are about 1/8″ bigger top to bottom and side to side from the tiles so keep that in might for your design. I have the design for these magnets in a jpg format at the bottom of the post.
Here is the link for the labels to purchase them from Amazon.
The 2×4 inch Tiles come in sheets with 15 glued together. I kept them glued till the end so they were easier to move all at once, but the next time around I might try cutting them in advance. The only worry is that they might have shards or glue on the surface making the sticker application process more difficult so keep that in mind.
Hot glue the magnets on the back of the tile.
And use some willing little helpers….they make all the difference and its fun to work together.
Apply Stickers to the front by aligning sticker along long end and smoothing out as you lay it down to keep from trapping air bubbles.
Cut glue backing and trim labels. I just cut them apart from each other with an xacto knife on the cutting mat and then used scissors to trim away the excess. Use an old pair of scissors because they get pretty beat up. To keep the trimmed edges of the stickers clean, run the scissors down the edge versus using a cutting motion.
And you are done!
To download the free gift tag printable see this post.
Here is a quick tip for cutting several ribbons the same length. Wrap ribbon around an object and cut them all at once! The art files for the magnets are at the bottom. Hope you have fun making these homemade Christmas gifts!
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