Magnet Packaging

When I started making magnets, I tried many different ways to package them (in packs of 4). I had the following problems:

  • Magnets would shift inside the packaging
  • Magnets would stick to each other
  • If I put two packs of magnets close to each other, they’d stick to each other & thus get shifted around inside the packaging
  • Tins were too expensive

I finally found a solution that works perfectly! The magnets stay in place, and it doesn’t cost a fortune. Read along for the answer…

washer for magnet packaging

The main part of my solution is this giant washer. Using 4 small washers gave me issues – the magnets would shift around inside the packaging. With a big round washer like this, the magnets stick perfectly to each of the 4 corners. Since the washer is so big, it’s strong enough to hold the magnets in place, so they don’t shift around at all – even if the pack touches other magnets!

I got the washers from my local home improvement store. I bought a box of them, and buying them this way, in bulk, they end up costing about 20 cents each.

supplies for magnet packaging Here are the supplies I used – clear plastic bag (3″x4″), 3 pieces of thick white paper cut to size, 2″ washer, and Aleene’s Tacky Glue.
tacky glue on washer First, put tacky glue on the washer.
position washer on paper Next, position the washer on one of the pieces of paper. It should be somewhat thick paper – I use blank index cards cut to size.
back is wrinkled from glue The glue causes the back to be all warped and wrinkled, so that’s why I put another piece of paper behind it – so you don’t see that through the packaging.
sandwich between two layers Sandwich the washer/paper between two other pieces of the paper to make it look pretty.
sandwiched The sandwiched papers.
place the magnets Place the magnets onto the papers
slide the magnets into the plastic bag Slide the magnets into the plastic bag.
bag of magnets And you have your bag of magnets!
header for packaging I like to print out a little header for my packaging, to staple to the top of the bag. I whipped this one up in Photoshop – I just used some of my art and put some text on the front. I also put my web address on the back, so people can find me again.
fold the header in half Fold the header in half.
staple header to bag Staple the header to the bag.
DSC05477-S Done! Here’s the finished magnet pack!
view from the back View from the back.

22 thoughts on “Magnet Packaging

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  2. Thanks so much for the follow up to my question on an older posting. Great blog… Love the detail directions. Very helpful…. Now I want to know if you always glue on your wood table…..

  3. Your packaging looks great! The washer is a clever idea!
    I used to use canning lids, but they can get costly after a while. I starting using repositionable glue dots on cardstock and they’re working great.
    I do have to say I love your toppers….very cute!

  4. Thanks for this Heather, I always struggle with packaging ideas (I never think about them before I make anything!). The magnets look great like this.

  5. That looks great! I’m amazed that you can’t even see the washer when all is said and done. I struggle with packaging because most of my stuff is so big and awkward. Some pretty bakers twine wrapped around the signs with a pretty thank you note are about all they get!

  6. This is great! Thank you for posting this! I’ve been looking for ways on how to secure magnets in a package for gifts and selling and this is the best way I’ve seen.

  7. Love this idea! Did you just print out your header at home or did you take that design to a Kinko’s type place and they work out the dimensions and card stock?

    • Hi Sarah,

      I printed it out at home on “everyday” photo paper. It’s glossy photo paper, but thinner & less expensive than the really nice kind. I laid out 6 headers on one sheet of paper, in Photoshop. I can send you a sample file if you want :)

      Heather

  8. Thanks for your great ideas. I have searched places like Lowe’s, Home Depot, Do it Hardware without much success in finding real steel, not zinc coated for any price close to 20¢ each without success. Can you name the hardware company where you purchase the fender washers? Thank you. Bill

    • Thanks for your great ideas. I have searched places like Lowe’s, Home Depot, Do it Hardware without much success in finding real steel, not zinc coated for any price close to 20¢ each without success. Can you name the hardware company where you purchase the fender washers? Thank you. Bill

  9. Thanks for your great ideas. I have searched places like Lowe’s, Home Depot, Do it Hardware without much success in finding real steel, not zinc coated for any price close to 20¢ each without success. Can you name the hardware company where you purchase the fender washers? Thank you. Bill

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