Christmas is one of the happiest times of the year. With all your friends and family gathered around having good food and enjoying the warmth of each others' presence, it truly doesn't get any better! The tough reality though, is that Christmas can also be extremely expensive. ALL those gifts and all the preparation… thankfully, there are also some ways to make money during Christmas time. This post will share 20 easy Christmas crafts to make and sell for profit!
From festive magnets to wall art to ornaments, you'll get to indulge in your crafty side while also making some extra money! And the great thing is that it's never too early to start planning for Christmas! Let's dive right in with 20 easy Christmas crafts to make and sell for profit!
Easy Christmas Crafts to Make and Sell for Profit
At this point, you might be wondering “why in the world would people want to buy from me when they can go to their local Walmart and pick up the same item for 50% cheaper???” The reason: people love hand-made crafts! There's just something about hand-made crafts that make them more authentic and original than mass-produced Christmas items.
These crafts listed below don't require too much skill to make. Just a little bit of patience, dedication, and a love for Christmas (and maybe money)! Let's dive right in.
Coat Hanger Wreath
If you have some unused clothes hangers lying around, you can make this first craft basically for free! All you need to do is grab some glue and collect some foraged leaves, and you can find yourself with a beautiful wreath!
The really cool part of this is that most of these items are reusable. Being “green” is a major selling point nowadays so this can only help your sales.
If you do this right, making a coat hanger wreath will take you less than 20 minutes yet be an awesome addition to your decor (or help you make some money!)
Christmas ornaments are awesome, but they can get awfully expensive very quick. Luckily, there's a way to fill any ornament gaps you have with these beautiful star ornaments.
All you'll need to make this is a star template, some glitter paper (or glitter wrapping), a pencil, scissors, cardstock, and some glue!
The result: lightweight ornaments that are pretty and look JUST like the heavy ones in the stores (but costs you literal pennies to make).
Christmas Tree Earrings
If you're looking for super lightweight yet extremely festive jewelry for the holidays, look no further than these Christmas Tree Faux Earrings!
You don't have to choose the color bronze either! Silver and gold work equally well. To make these earrings you'll need a sticky silhouette mat, cricut brand faux leather sheets, and a rachet blade.
With all the right materials, these should only take about 10 minutes to make. That's not bad for a stylish handmade earring that will definitely be in high demand!
When Christmas finally rolls around, people want to be wearing something that's festive but also original. This homemade holiday skirt is the perfect mix of the two!
You'll need some tree skirts, a decorative bow, thread, scissors, elastic and measuring tape. This holiday skirt is an awesome craft project that you can wear, or sell!
Citrus Garland Tree
If you've got a Christmas tree and want to spice it up this year, you'll love this citrus garland decoration. All you need are some dried / recycled orange slices that you'll then connect with a wire or thread.
These can be placed anywhere on a Christmas tree OR just hung around the house and will make for a really unique and pretty Christmas decoration.
Plus, this one isn't hard to make at all! If you have some wire lying around, you can whip up this garland in less than 10 minutes!
Glitter Painted Bulbs
Most people have probably had the same ornaments hanging on their Christmas tree year after year. Don't you think they've gotten tired of it?
These glitter painted bulbs are the PERFECT way to spice up any Christmas tree at a low cost!
You'll need glue, glitter (in the colors you want), light bulbs, and hair spray for this craft.
Christmas Button Tree
This Christmas button tree is SUPER cute and very easy to make. You don't need glitter or jars or candles, just a small popsicle stick, some artificial leaves, and some colorful buttons!
All you need to do is attach your buttons to your tree stick and you're good to go! An easy craft that even kids can make and which will be a sure hit at any Christmas party.
Everyone loves Santa Clause and holiday crafts that involve him are sure to sell! To make this Sanata wreath, you'll need some white fabric, a santa cap, some round foam, and a little bit of tape (these are all things that you can find at your local dollar store!)
This Santa wreath can be hung anywhere making it an easy DIY craft that people of all-ages will love.
You might be eating some pasta for Christmas dinner, but did you know that you can also make an awesome homemade gift / DIY craft with penne?
For this pasta star, you'll just need some penne pasta (uncooked of course), glue, ribbon, and some spray color (the ones in the picture are bronze but you can do whatever color you want!)
All you have to do is connect the penne into the shape you want, glue them together, and then spray paint them. These make for an awesome gift idea or something you can make and sell for profit!
Though it may sound odd, a bulb wreath is actually a really easy DIY craft which can add to the Christmas spirit of any home.
You'll need some colorful bulbs, a wire hanger, some ribbon, and some fabric. This wreath will take you around an hour to make but is an awesome DIY Christmas craft will will attract TONS of buyers.
Pom Pom Wreath
If you don't want to go through the trouble of handling fragile bulbs, you can also use pom poms to make a pretty wreath!
These pom poms are quite popular right now all over the internet, so they won't just be bestsellers at your local Christmas party but will also sell on Etsy!
To make them, grab your pom poms and glue them to a cardboard circle one by one. Keep doing this until you have a full pom pom wreath. Even though this wreath is easy peasy to make, they actually sell for quite a lot! Out of all the crafts to make and sell on this list, these probably have the highest return on effort + return on money!
Paper Straws Wreath
IF you don't like the idea of working with bulbs or pom poms to make a wreath, there are always paper straws left!
You'll just need some straws, some cardboard, and a bit of ribbon. The cool thing about this wreath is that depending on how you decorate it, it could be a great Valentines gift / product as well!
Christmas Holiday Cards
When it comes to the holidays, nothing really says Christmas like a good old fashioned holiday card. But nowadays, cards have become so standard and repetitive that they're all the same (can you really tell one Hallmark Christmas card from another?)
That's why your friends and family will love when you make them some homemade Christmas holiday cards.
The amazing thing is that there are SO many different ways you can make these. You can dip into your water painting color pallet and paint a cool design, or use your knitting skills to create a yarn laced card, or watch some origami videos on YouTube and create a unique pop-up card. The possibilities are truly endless with DIY holiday cards.
Getting excited for Christmas already? So are a lot of other people, and you can up their excitement even more with an advent-calendar!
There are tons of ways you can create these countdown calendars including using paper bags, using full size stocking (with each stocking representing a day), using mason jars and more!
Got some old sweaters lying around? Don't scrap them! Instead, use them to make these DIY Christmas sweater stockings.
Whether people are buying these to decorate their homes, or to stuff them with gifts, sweater stockings are always in high demand around the holiday season.
You can easily cut out some pieces of fabric and follow a template online to sew together a sweater stocking. Alternatively, you could also engage in your more crafty side and use actual sweaters to make these stockings (decorating them with beads, glitter, and whatever else you desire!)
Scented Bath Salt
Who doesn't love a nice long relaxing bath with some bubbles? This Christmas, you can give people that gift while also raking in some cash with these scented bath salts!
You'll need some unscented Epsom salt, some essential oils, some food coloring, and little containers (or plastic ornament cases if you want to make these into ornaments!)
After making your bath salts and putting them inside their containers (maybe ornaments) you can decorate them however you want!
If you're truly too busy to make any of these crafts, this Christmas mug idea is perfect for you. These mugs are so straightforward that they are the kind of gifts kids can make.
The steps are very simple. Go to the your local dollar store and buy some plain mugs. Go online to find some free Christmas themed stickers (or buy some stickers from the same dollar store you were just at), place the sticker designs on your mug, color in (or around) the sticker with an oil based sharpie, and take off your sticker. Ta-da, you're done!
If you're super creative, you can create your own designs, but if not, the ones you find online will work perfectly fine.
If you really want to spice it up, consider putting some little trees or saplings into the mugs. These are an easy DIY craft to make which will sell like crazy.
For a super-cute Christmas decoration that you can make no-sew, look no further than this sock snowman!
You'll just need a white sock, some colorful buttons, a ribbon (or two), a tiny hat, some markers, some glue, and a rubber band.
These little ones are adorable, loved by kids and adults, and will sell wherever you take them.
Mason Jars with String Lights
Everyone knows you can toss some candles in some mason jars and they'll make for a nice decoration, but then those jars need to be washed and plus, every home has them during holiday times.
To truly spice things up, consider making these mason jars with string lights. They're pretty, can be recycled to the next year, and also extremely warm and festive.
The best part: they're probably the easiest craft to make on this entire list! You'll just need some string lights and some mason jars and you've got your product!
DIY Origami Snowman
If all you've got at home is some construction-paper and you're wondering “is there anything for me on this list?” Don't worry. We've got you covered with this paper craft DIY origami snowman.
There are tons of tutorials all over the internet about how to make a paper snowman and you're sure to find one that fits with the materials you currently have in your house.
These are so cute, really easy to make, and will sell really well around the holidays!
So there you have it: 20 easy Christmas crafts to make and sell for profit! Between the garland, the origami, and the button creations, there should be something on this list that will fit your needs.
If you're a student, you can think about selling these at school, or if you want to expand into the online marketplace, you can try to sell these things on Etsy for some money!
Whatever you choose, you're sure to find lots of people clamoring over these crafts. So what are you waiting for? Start getting excited because with these crafts, this Christmas, you won't just be making plans and preparations, you'll also be making some money!
Jeff is a current Harvard student and author of the blog Financial Pupil who is passionate about learning, living, and sharing all things personal finance-related. He has experience working in the financial industry and enjoys the pursuit of financial freedom. Outside of blogging, he loves to cook, read, and golf in his spare time.