How to Host a Christmas Ornament Making Party

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Glittered Christmas ornaments are popular every year and are a great way to making money with your Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore. Some crafters love making and selling ornaments, while others prefer to teach the technique. Today, let’s look how to host your own ornament making party.

*You should be familiar with making glittered ornaments before attempting to host a party. This tutorial deals only with the party aspect and does not offer a tutorial for the ornaments.

Supplies Needed – General

Supplies Needed – Per Person

Time Needed

A successful ornament party will probably take around 2 hours. This leaves enough time for visiting with friends, creating the ornaments, snacking, and clean up.

Party Sign Up & Payments

There are a few different ways to collect signups and payments for party attendees. Depending on your setup, you can use a Facebook Event from your business page and then a Paypal invoice for payment, a custom product on your website, or even a custom Etsy listing. No matter what method you choose you will want to collect the attendees’ basic information, the number of ornaments they want to make, any requests for personalized vinyl cuts, and their payment. I would charge no less than $10 per ornament. Be sure to collect all payments before the party begins.

Party Space

You can choose to offer the party in your house or in a hostess’s house. If you are doing the party at someone else’s home, consider letting the hostess make her ornaments for free in exchange for hosting the party.

Before the Party Prep Work

  1. Cut all vinyl designs before the day of the party. You could cut customized designs that an attendee specifies when they sign up for the party, or you could cut generic designs and sayings.
  2. On the day of the party, set up the party space with tables and chairs, tablecloths, and/or newspaper.

At the Party

Here’s a sample flow of how your Christmas ornament party will run:

  1. After all attendees have arrived, start crafting!
  2. Pass out the vinyl designs and demonstrate how to weed the vinyl. Have each attendee weed their vinyl designs.
  3. Demonstrate how to apply transfer tape or paper and transfer the design onto the ornament. Have the attendees cut the transfer paper close to the design to make transfer easier, and then have attendees apply their designs to their ornaments. (If you’ve noticed, I recommend you having everyone apply the vinyl design before glittering the ornament. This is simply to combat drying time.)
  4. Show how the ornaments come apart and how to pour Polycrylic into the ornament and swirl it around. Then show attendees how to add glitter using a funnel and swirl it around to get good coverage. Distribute Polycrylic to attendees in 3 ounce paper cups and have them pour it into their ornaments and add glitter. After attendees finish glittering their ornament, have them turn it upside down in a large paper cup.
  5. Allow attendees to choose a ribbon and tie it to the top of the ornament.
  6. Before attendees leave, let them know that they should let the ornament stay upside down in the paper cup for 24 to 48 hours. Then, they can put the top and ribbon on the ornament and hang it from their Christmas tree or ornament holder.

That’s it!

After the Party

Before cleaning up, be sure to take a few photos. You’ll be able to use these photos to promote future classes.

A quick note: During the party, mention that you cut the vinyl designs using your Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore. Small events like these can easily get people hooked on crafting and may be able to lead you to teaching others to use their new machine.

Have you hosted an ornament making party? If so, share your favorite tips in the comments.

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10 thoughts on “How to Host a Christmas Ornament Making Party”

  1. Might be a silly question but have you hosted one before? Are people normally ok with $10 as a price range? I would totally love to do this!

    1. Hello! I haven’t hosted one this year yet – but did two last year. One for a small group of older ladies. They paid $12 per ornament. Another for kids. I used paint for theirs (no glitter) and the parents paid $10 for one ornament and I limited it to only one ornament.

    1. Generic Christmas designs work well for all ages. For younger grades, be sure that someone helps them transfer the design over. Also, I’d be sure to use the flat, plastic ornaments as they are easier to work with.

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