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How To Make DIY Fidget Toys and Sell Them Online

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Fidget toys have been around for a while, but you might remember the fidget spinner craze that took over the internet around 2017. In that year, “fidget spinner” was Googled over 245,000 times each day. And at the height of their popularity, the spinning toys increased overall toy sales by 10%.

Since the market for fidget toys is booming, making and selling DIY fidget toys is an easy and low-cost way to make money online. To help you get started, we’ll show you how to make three DIY fidget toys, then walk you through the basics of launching a simple online store (it’s easier than you may think).

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Top 3 DIY Fidget Toy Ideas

There are a lot of fidget toys out there, but these three are some of the most popular. These designs are also super customizable, so they’re perfect for adding a touch of personality to your store.

1. DIY Fidget Spinner

We have to include a DIY fidget spinner, don’t we? These popular toys are easy to make and easy to sell. Here’s how to make a DIY fidget spinner.

What you need

  • Skate bearings (one per spinner)
  • Popsicle sticks
  • M10 flat washers
  • Glue
  • Clothespins
  • Scissors
  • Paint (optional)
  • Duct tape (optional)

For this design, you’ll use the skate bearings and flat washers to make the toys central spinning section. Then, the popsicle sticks, glue, and clothespins will make the spinner’s fan-like edge.

How to make it

Start by cutting the popsicle sticks in half to get sticks that are about 2.5 inches long. Now’s your chance to personalize. Try painting the popsicle sticks or using colorful duct tape for a custom look.

Next, form a triangle with the decorated popsicle sticks using glue. Before the glue dries, place a skate bearing in the center and push the sticks inward to secure the bearing. For added strength, add a little glue around the contact points between the bearing and the triangle (be sure to avoid getting glue inside the bearing).

Use clothespins to hold the triangle’s joints in place as it dries, then glue the flat washers at each point of the shape (these help the fidget spinner spin longer). Let all the glue dry and you’re done!

2. DIY Infinity Cube

There are a lot of fidget cube designs, but this one is probably the easiest to make. Here’s how to make a DIY infinity cube.

What you need

  • 8 cubes (basically any cube-shaped object will work, we’ll go into detail later)
  • Tape (or fabric strips and hot glue)
  • Paint (optional)

Yep, that’s it. This one is more about the method than the materials. Using a set of 8 cubes and some sort of connector, you’ll create a fidget toy that’s mesmerizing and fun.

How to make it

By connecting your cubes with a special pattern, you’ll make one bigger cube that unfolds and transforms. This gets a little complicated, so let’s break it down step-by-step.

  1. Put your cubes in sets of two. You can use anything from dice to little cardboard boxes, but wooden cubes are great for making a more professional product (feel free to paint the cubes for a personalized touch).
  2. Tape each set of cubes together so they have a sort of hinge. For a more durable DIY infinity cube, use fabric strips and hot glue instead of tape.
  3. Now make two rows with four cubes each. Stack one row on top of the other with the taped sides facing out.
  4. On the top row, tape the two center cubes. Flip the whole thing over and repeat on the bottom row.
  5. Lay the entire thing down so the side without any tape is facing up, then tape the two rows together at each end.

You’re done! The step-by-step process is a little complicated, but once you’ve made one it gets easier.

3. DIY Zipper Bracelet

Zipper bracelets are a fun and easy way to keep your fingers busy. With a few simple materials, you’ll have everything you need for a low-cost and wearable fidget toy.

What you need

  • Zippers
  • Side-squeeze buckles
  • A needle and thread
  • Scissors

This DIY zipper bracelet design is really easy to customize. Keep an eye out for colorful zippers and buckles for a playful look or keep it plain for something more subtle.

How to make it

The zipper will make up most of this bracelet, letting wearers zip and unzip it when they need to fidget. First, take the bottom end of the zipper and fold the fabric underneath itself, creating a slightly pointed shape.

Next, feed that pointed end through one end of the buckle, then back on itself so you can sew the fabric edges together. Repeat this step at the other end of the zipper, then optionally tie some thread around each end for added strength.

And that’s it! The final result is a cheap and easy DIY fidget bracelet that’s sure to keep your hands busy.

How To Sell DIY Fidget Toys Online

So those are some easy and low-cost DIY fidget toys, but how do you sell them? An online store is a great place to start. In fact, online toy sales in the U.S. passed $20 billion in 2021, so an online store is probably the best way to sell DIY fidget toys.

Here’s the good news: selling stuff online is easier than ever. At Ecwid, we help people make online stores for free. Here’s how to sell DIY fidget toys online.

1. Sign up for an Ecwid account

Making an online store is free and easy with Ecwid. You can sign up here, then head down to step two.

2. Make your first product listing

We’ll help you set up your store when you make an account. Then you’ll be ready to post your first product. Start by taking some high-quality pictures of your fidget toy. A simple background and good lighting are key, so try shooting against a white sheet near a window.

You’ll also need a product description. Tell readers about the fidget toy, like how it works and what it can do. If you offer the fidget toy in different colors or sizes, Ecwid helps you tell customers about product variations and lets buyers pick the exact design they want.

3. Process your first order

With your fidget toy posted and ready to go, it’s time to wait for your first order. Waiting isn’t easy, so Ecwid helps you promote your products across the internet.

We’ll send you a notification right when a product sells so you can get the order ready. Ecwid can also connect you with pre-paid shipping labels that are cheaper than retail rates at the post office, so shipping your DIY fidget toys with Ecwid is cheap and easy.

Start Selling!

And that’s it! You’ll have an online store up and running in no time. Selling DIY fidget toys online is simple and free with Ecwid, so get started today!

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About the author

Max has been working in the ecommerce industry for the last six years helping brands to establish and level-up content marketing and SEO. Despite that, he has experience with entrepreneurship. He is a fiction writer in his free time.

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