Costs & Products

 

Child Dedication Costs is a two page breakdown of the supplies and costs required to make the bracelet and card with a closure.  Please note that this was created January 2012 so costs may change over time.  The cost per bracelet and cards and envelope can range from $0.97 to $2.74, but what you pay is dependant on how many bracelets you want to make and if items are purchased locally or on line in bulk.  If you only make four bracelets and do not use the left over products for anything else, each bracelet will cost $4.18.  To reduce costs don’t forget about using store coupons and taking advantage of sales to stock up.  This page contains the same information that is in the Child Dedication Costs PDF file.  All items are purchased at Joann Fabrics unless otherwise noted.

     The first thing that needs to be done is to figure out the scope of the project.  Do you want to make four or fifty?  If four or less then it’s best to purchase alphabet beads locally.  We selected the value pack at Micheal’s Craft due to the price and quality.  There are 500 pieces which is enough to make 4 bracelets.  This pack has the entire alphabet.  $7.99 + $.48 (tax)  = $8.47/4 = $2.12 per bracelet for letter beads purchased locally.
If you want to make 50 then you can purchase only the letters used in quantities of 50.

http://www.beadsrfun.com/Letter-Beads-Number-Beads-Charms-6x6mm-Plastic-Letter-Beads-Cube/c257_403/index.html

$1.25 per pack of 50 count individual 6 mm letter beads plus tax plus shipping (1 – J, 3 – E, 3 – S, 1 – U, 1 – L, 1 – O, 1 – V, 1 – M) for 12 bags of letters is $15.00 plus $2.58 US Postal First Class Mail.  $15.00 + $2.58 = $17.83/50 = $.35 per bracelet for letter beads ordered on line. 

     Joann Fabric sells these rainbow flat finish pony beads in a clear case for $12.99.  At a count of 2300, using these beads versus the standard glossy finish pony beads only increases the cost of the bracelet by $0.01.     This is an inexpensive bracelet to commemorate dedicating a child to the Lord as well as a good focal point for discussion with the child as they age.
     Tools make all the difference in doing it right, with ease, the first time.  Go to

Time Savers

 to see how to do it right with ease the first time.  If you are only making a few, you can save on tooling costs by eliminating the paper cutter and snap edge blade and use scissors.