Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments to Make & Sell

Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments to Make & Sell

Looking for some Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments to Make & Sell for a profit? I have a DIY that’s so easy the kids can help you!

Every year I’m on the hunt to find Christmas decorations to sell at the shop. Vintage Christmas decoration are getting harder and harder to find. So I need to fill in with a few DIY decorations.

That’s okay! That’s what I do over on the YouTube channel. But unlike the furniture pieces I work on this DIY falls squarely under craft, which I’m not really that good at making. I lack the attention to fine details that crafts require.

That’s why these are a dream for people like me. They’re easy. So easy I can do it while watching a documentary on Netflix.

Win all the way around!

And the best part is they are all profit for me.

Let me explain.

Initially, I bough the pieces of this ornament to make strings of wood beads to sell in the shop. Just like the ones pictured below.

Wood beads on a string

Yep, a string of wood beads. And they sell. I sell them for $5 each. I stage them draped over a dough bowl and I can’t keep them in stock. After selling my first 3 strands of these beads I recouped my investment, everything after was profit.

Since I’m using the small beads from the set of wood beads I ordered from Amazon and the same Jute string these ornaments only cost me time. Since I was watching a documentary that I’ve been wanting to see I consider my time paid for too. That makes these 100% profit makers.

Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments to Make & Sell Supply List

Since I’m assuming you aren’t making the bead ropes (but you should be seriously it’s a little goldmine), here’s what you’ll need to make these Christmas Ornaments.

Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments to Make & Sell
  1. Wooden Beads
  2. Jute or Bakers Twine
  3. Scissors
  4. A few hours of your time

That’s all. When I said they were easy I wasn’t joking.

Let’s Get Started

It’s probably not hard to figure out from the image above that I’m making my ornaments in a graduating patterns that tapers up from one side to largest in the middle and then tapering back down on the other side.

You can of course follow a different pattern if you want. They are your ornaments after all. So if you want to make yours a line with smallest on the top and large on the bottom, then do that. Follow your vision.

Don’t Cut the String!

Okay, you will eventually cut the string but I find it went better when I didn’t cut the string before I started stringing the beads. I trimmed the end of the twine to make sure their was a clean edge.

Don't cut the string

Start with the smallest bead and then bead your pattern.

homemade christmas decorations

Mine pattern is pretty basic but I think it has an understated elegance. Or I’m way over thinking these things. That could be it but I don’t think so.

Tie a knot in the end

Don’t cut the twine yet! I know you’re tempted but please make a knot at the end of the string. This will be the bottom of your ornament. If you want to put a drop of PVA glue on the knot to ensure it won’t come apart you can do that but I did not.

Measure the string

To make the drop on each ornament as consistent as possible, I wrapped the other end around three of my fingers as a quick and easy way to measure. If you want yours shorter or longer you can certainly measure with two or four fingers.

Now you can cut the twine!

Tie a knot

Tie a knot as close to the last bead as possible.

Trim the excess twine

Trim away any excess twine at the top.

trim the bottom

And the bottom.

Optional Last Step

Okay, so if the kids are helping you might want to skip this step. Or maybe you don’t think you’ll need this step. That’s okay, we’re still friends.

What I do any time I use jute twine on projects I’m selling, I burn the little fly away hairs on the string. I think it cleans up the twine.

burn away the string hairs

The phot above looks dramatic but you just quickly pass over the string and they burn away really fast.

finished ornaments on the tree

That’s all there is! Above is an ornament on the tree in my shop.

I price mine at $2 each. That’s about what we can get for them in my rural shop. In your area you might be able to get more. If all 24 I made sell I’ll have an extra $48 on my paycheck this month for less than two hours of work.

I’ve said many times that it’s the smalls you sell that pay your rent, so even if $48 doesn’t seem like much it makes a dent fast. Sure it’s nice to sell a $200 piece but usually my check is made up of sales that are between $2 and $20.

If you’re looking for more ornaments check out the video below on the Tart Tin ornaments I made this year.

There’s more fantastic DIY projects if you need to keep busy this winter so make sure you check them all out here.

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Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments to Make & Sell