I am so incredibly happy with how our Save-the-Date magnets turned out (and that they are finally mailed out and done!). I'm even more pleased with how inexpensive they ended up being. I saved an arm and a leg on these things by doing them myself! Without further ado, here is the cost breakdown for my DIY save-the-date magnets:
Magnet Sheets: $9.99 for 12 sheets
$0.8325 per sheet
5 Magnets per Sheet
$0.1665 per magnet
So, the magnets themselves were only about $0.17 each.
Save-the-Date Photos: $7.50 for 75 photos
$0.10 per photo
So, the photo magnets were only $0.27 each! That is absolutely unbelievable. Even with the cards and envelopes added in, they were still a great deal:
Pack of 50 sheets of cardstock: $1.49 (bought at a discount store!)
$0.0298 per Sheet
2 Cards per Sheet
$0.0149 per Card
Holy Moly! That's less than 2 cents per card!
Box of 100 Envelopes: $10.79 (with free shipping through Amazon Prime!)
$0.1079 per envelope
9 Sheets of Tissue Paper: $1.00
$0.111 per sheet
11 Envelope Liners per Sheet
$0.01 per Envelope Liner
So, for each STD that I made, the total without shipping was only $0.3993. I basically spent $0.40 for each complete STD. AAAHHH!! I'm amazing. ;)
Before deciding to make these myself, I did some searching online for STD magnets. I was in serious sticker shock. The cheapest ones I could find were $1.29 a piece. (because I only needed 75). That only included the photo magnet and the envelope; not the card. AND, those magnets were much smaller than the ones I created. Those were only 2"x3.5". My magnets are 3.5"x5". That is $0.89 difference for a smaller magnet and no card or envelope liner.
The one that I found that was pretty close to the size I made (they were 3.5"x5.5" -- so a half inch bigger than mine) were $1.89 per magnet (since I only needed 75). Again, they included envelopes but no cards or envelope lienrs and were $1.49 more per magnet. If I would have bought these, I would have spent $141.75 plus shipping to get them to my house. And then I would've still had to buy or make the cards and the envelope liners!
I think it goes without saying that I got an insanely awesome deal by DIYing these photo magnets. It took a little bit of effort, but I think it was worth it. I ended up sending out 65 Save-the-Date magnets. This means that I spent $26 TOTAL on these! That is a difference of at least (not including shipping, cards, or envelope liners) $115.75! I don't think I could be any more pleased with them. :)