Leopard Split Tumbler Cost Breakdown - How I Price My Handcrafted Products

Leopard Split Tumbler Cost Breakdown - How I Price My Handcrafted Products

If you haven’t seen it yet, go check out my tutorial on how I create my best selling and most requested tumblers here

Honestly, there are so many possible variations to this tumbler that creates endless possibilities. I, myself, have a few ideas that I am excited to try out. 

Something I never typically see when it comes to tumbler tutorials is cost break downs and how much you should sell the tumbler for, so I thought it would be fun to add a blog with cost break down and supplies for the tumblers as well as show you how I figure out what to charge for the tumbler. 

All of these prices are based off of the supply list below:

20 oz Skinny Tumbler from (use code BAMF10 for 10% off)
Glitter: basic blackboard, matse, cleopatra, tabby, espresso from
Electrical tape:
Medicine Cups:
Popsicle Sticks:
Nitrile Powder Free Gloves:
My favorite gloves:
Precut wax sheets:
Regular Acrylic Paint:
Metallic Acrylic Paint:
Dixie Cups:
Paint brushes:
Baby wipes:
91% alcohol:
Push top liquid dispenser:
Cotton rounds:
Painters tape:
Gold Vinyl:
10x4x4 Corrugated Mailers (TheBoxery - shipping can be expensive and can make the boxes approximately $1.30 each):
10x4x4 corrugated mailers from amazon:
Black & color tissue paper:
White tissue paper:
White crinkle paper:
Kraft crinkle paper:
Color crinkle paper:
Bubble Wrap:
Regular packing tape(clear):
Leopard packing tape (package mint):
Boho Rainbow packing tape (package mint):
Thermal 4x6 shipping labels:
Rollo thermal printer:
Metallic leaf sheets (3 colors):
Dawn power wash:
Multi-Sized Double Sided Tape:
Barkeepers Friend Soft Cleanser Liquid for Matte Tumblers:
Steel Wool #0000:

In total this is the amount per material item it approximately costs to make this tumbler:

Tumbler $7.99
Electrical Tape $0.08
Painter’s Tape $0.03
Spray Paint $0.49
Fast Set Epoxy $2.96
Artist Resin Epoxy $0.60
Epoxy Mixing Supplies $1.84
Glitter $3.49
Wax Paper $0.06
Modpodge + Acrylic $1.20
91% Alcohol $0.08
Acetone $0.06
Cotton Pads $0.36
Vinyl $0.24
Decal $3.00

Supply(Material Cost) Total $22.48
ACTIVE* Working Hours = 1 hour
(Active - what I mean by active, is active work on the cup. I do not include cure or dry time, but I do include active work on the cup, as well as packaging the cup, photography, listing, etc.)
Hourly Wage $12/hour. 

Typical hand crafted items, people charge $10-$20 an hour. The reason why I chose $12 is because I have been making cups for 2 years, so I added a $ to the $10 minimum for each year of experience I have. This is completely up to you how you charge it - this is just the hourly wage I felt fit right. 

Now the formula I use is one that was posted/created by the University of Michigan. This formula I found to be well more accurate in calculating an approximate price to charge for had crafted items to not only include the labor but the materials.

The formula goes as follows:

Price A = Material Cost + (Hourly Wage x Time)
Price B = Material Cost x 3
Price C = (Price A + Price B)/2

This is what I got for this cup:
Price A = $22.48 + ($12 x 1) = $34.48
Price B = $22.48 x 3 = $67.44
Price C = ($34.48 + $67.44) / 2 = $50.96

So by this formula, and not accounting for other factors, it is recommending I charge approximately $50 for this cup. 

What are other factors you should consider when calculating cost for your cup? Well, depending on your selling platform you need to account for your fees that will be charged to you when you sell the cup, your packaging costs, your shipping costs, etc. 

So look at it like this, technically your profit (not accounting for labor costs) is $16.48

If you package this cup using the supplies above, it would cost approximately $2.37. So now your profit is $14.11

But what if you sell this on etsy? $2.50 in transaction fees, $1.75 in processing fees, $0.20 in listing fees, and $0.45 in shipping fees (if you charge $9 for shipping which is average for tumblers). That comes to a total of $4.90 bringing your profit to $9.21.

What if you sell this on Shopify? You would cover the $29 monthly see in your overhead costs and then consider the transaction fee of $1.75, leaving your profit to be $12.36

So for packaging costs I considered the following:

10x4x4 box from amazon $0.66
3 Sheets of tissue paper $0.09
Crinkle Cut Paper $0.17
Bubble Wrap $0.26
Leopard Packing Tape $0.12
Rollo Shipping Label $0.04
Cooke Co Stickers $0.63 (without the $ discount using BAMF at checkout)
Freebie Vinyl Sticker $0.19
Thank You Post Card $0.15
Care Card $0.06

Totaling: $2.37

So let’s include packaging costs in with the material costs and see where that leaves us:

Price A: $36.85
Price B: $74.55
Price C: $55.70

I sincerely believe you should include your packaging costs with your material costs as it is a mandatory cost for your business. Charging $55 for this tumbler I believe is reasonable. 

Charging $55 would leave you with $18.15 in profit not including the labor you put into it. It would leave you room to wiggle with fee costs as well as assist with overhead. 

I am currently working on a better excel spreadsheet to help do all the math for you when it comes to calculating costs by incorporating more factors I did not include before. If you have already purchased a Tumbler Profit Margin Sheet - you will not need to buy a new updated sheet - you will be emailed with the updated version for your convenience!

Leave your questions, comments, concerns below. I hope this helps you

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  • I’m seriously impressed in this break down. I’ve have been trying to break down my cost and expenses in what I should appropriately charge for my tumblers. Thank you for this, cause I’m going to use it from now on. Awesome girl🥰

    Amanda Swan on

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