May 14, 2007

Purse Pail



I made about 10 versions of these clear gift pails. This particular one has K & Company 3-dimensional purse stickers on it along with velvet ribbon along the the top and bottom edges. Scallop circle punch from Martha Stewart at Michael's. Sentiment from Papertrey Inc. Clear pails from Eclectic Paperie. Giant flower on top from Cindy's Star Lit Studio online store. You can find all the links at the right. I like to leave the pail fairly unadorned and then fill with irredescent filler stuff so that the inside gift can be seen.

This little pail will be filled with chocolates and a gift certificate to Eclectic Paperie! My friend is gonna squeal with delight when she gets it!

Tip of the day: Many of you ask about how I price my craft items. I will leave the exact dollar amount for you guys to figure out, but here's what I do: I figure up the total cost an item costs me to make. Then I usually double or triple that cost. If it seems too high or low then I will round that cost up or down, keeping in mind what I would pay for an item like this. Keep in mind that you do not want to just break even. You need to make a profit on your craft items and also get paid for your time.

For example on the purse pail in the photo.......I figured the cost of each item: about 1 yard of ribbon, about 1 yard of velvet trim, 1/2 pack of stickers, paint pail, giant flower, filler stuff and a small price for the tag/string. Doubling or tripling the total of these items will include any glue/adhesive that I use. Once you get the hang of it, you'll know what seems right. Also, ask the advice of friends or family. Say, *what would you pay for this?*

Hope the tips help, ladies!

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad your back. Love the little pail and that you can see in it. What a great gift idea. Your friend is going to love it. Dottie K

LSN2 said...

Super cute Michelle! I love the packaging of your gift. Your friend will absolutely LOVE it!

Linda (LSN on SCS)

beate said...

Wonderful gift pail! Love it!!!

Valerie said...

Awesome gift, Mish! Your friend is going to LOVE it!

Michelle Howell said...

So cute. This would be a good gift for a young girl...
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Otter said...

is this for you know who? I Love it!!! (sending you a little mail)

Juanita said...

G O R G E O U S!! Thanks for the awesome tips on how to sell our products, it is VERY helpful.

I hope you had a WONDERFUL and HAPPY Mother's Day!

Peggy Maier said...

Really cute! I've decorated & given the regular paint pails, but haven't seen any of the clear ones. I'll have to check it out.

Heather said...

So pretty and FUN!!!! Just like you!

Debbie said...

I LOVE the gift pail! So supah kewt! I also have to tell you that I SO look forward to your blog entries and your "tip of the day"! You have great ideas and your tips are very helpful! Keep em comin!

Beth said...

OMG! That is my pail! I love it MISH! Thanks AGAIN!

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