Do you love to craft and need to make some extra cash? Why not combine the two and start a crafting business? We’ll walk you through a few craft ideas that sell well from home decor to sewing projects to clothing and accessories.
Why Sell Handmade Crafts?
There’s a high demand for handmade products. Though mass-produced goods serve their purposes, there’s something special about buying something that was made just for you. Since handmade items make great gifts, selling them is a great way to make money during the holiday season.
Where to Sell Handmade Crafts?
There are plenty of great places online and offline for selling crafts, including:
- Craft fairs, craft shows, and flea markets
- Etsy Shop
- Amazon Handmade
- Directly on social media
- Your own online store
Craft Fairs, Craft Shows, and Flea Markets
Setting up a booth at an event with other sellers of handmade goods is a great way to reach a captive audience and promote your business as well as making sales.
Etsy is a popular destination for crafters and their customers.
eBay may mostly be known for selling secondhand items, but it also has a fairly big audience for crafts and other handmade goods.
Yes, you can sell your crafts on Amazon! The giant company that practically owns the world now can be a selling destination for ecommerce entrepreneurs of all kinds. Their division for handmade goods is called Amazon Handmade.
Directly on Social Media
Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and TikTok all have options for selling goods right on their platforms. For Facebook, the features include the product catalog, ads with links to purchase, and Facebook Marketplace. Instagram and Pinterest both have shoppable posts.
Your Own Online Store
Building your own online store for your crafting side hustle gives you more control over your branding and sales. It also makes your business look more professional and legitimate to prospective customers. A website can serve as a hub for all of your marketing efforts and external sales channels.
DIY Craft Ideas to Make and Sell
DIY bath bombs are easy crafts to make, almost infinitely customizable, and give your customers a little luxury in their everyday. Once you get your formula and shape figured out, you can try versions with different colors and scents. Add a personalized touch with pretty packaging and tags.
Mason Jar Crafts
Mason jars are versatile, cheap, and easy to get. It’s no wonder they’ve spawned such a variety of craft projects like
- Candle holders
- Soap pumps
- Drinking glasses
- Packaging for other products
Candles make great DIY gifts all year round. With just a little bulk wax, scented oils, wicks, and jars, you can get started without a lot of money and sell a wide variety of scents, colors, sizes, and shapes.
People love their pets and are willing to spend money to treat them. Making handmade pet toys from low-cost materials is a great way to tap into a growing market, especially if you’re an animal lover yourself.
Dog people love to spoil their pets! With a handmade collar, they can do just that. Dog collars are cheap to make and can come in a lot of varieties.
Homemade Dog Treats
Yep, you read that right! Homemade dog treats are a thing. People care about what they’re feeding their pets and are willing to shell out more money for specialty food. Treats made in small batches in your kitchen give conscious dog owners a boutique experience.
Safe, organic health and beauty products are getting more and more popular. That means there’s a high demand for handmade soap. This is an easy DIY craft to sell because it’s low-cost to make, has a lot of potential for variety, and adds something special to your customers’ everyday lives.
Printed Throw Pillows
Home decor is a huge industry. Throw pillows with fun colors and patterns and cheeky slogans are easy ways to show a little personality in your home. You can even appeal to certain hobbies and interests with the themes of your pillows.
Resin jewelry isn’t just popular, it’s also easy and relatively inexpensive to make. The possibilities for beautiful, unique jewelry are endless with this technique.
Beaded Bracelets and Necklaces
If you want to start making jewelry but don’t have fancy equipment or know many techniques, you can do well by selling beaded bracelets and necklaces. They’re easy and fun to make and can reflect any style.
Keychains aren’t going away any time soon. The wide variety of themes and materials means endless customization and varieties.
Tote bags are versatile, popular, and great for showing a little personality. They’re also easy and inexpensive to make and have great branding opportunities. Creating fun slogans and designs lets you express your creativity and set yourself apart from competitors.
Makeup bags are easy to sew and to customize and popular with anyone who loves beauty. One of your DIY makeup bags can be a cute, handy accessory for less money than the ones that premium makeup brands sell.
Sunglasses bags are a great way to put leftover fabric scraps to good use. They’re simple to sew and fun to customize with different types of fabric and painting designs on them.
Holiday Ornaments or Gift Tags
The winter holiday season is a huge time for crafters. Unique ornaments, gift tags, and other festive seasonal items are meaningful for many families and can be made from a variety of materials at a low cost to you.
A wreath on the front door gives a decorative touch to any home. And they’re not just for Christmas! If you get creative with other seasonal and themed wreaths, you can make and sell them all year round.
Houseplants have been rising in popularity in recent years. Putting a lush plant in a pretty container is an easy way to bring a touch of life to any home. You can make these materials from low-cost materials and customize them to appeal to any taste.
Who needs generic framed posters from Bed Bath and Beyond when they can decorate their walls with something unique? Your personalized wall art creations could give people the opportunity to decorate their home with something that’s perfect specifically for them.
If you have the skills and equipment to do it, cutting giant wooden letters and decorating them to a home decor style is an easy, popular home decor craft.
Magnets are easy and extremely inexpensive to make and customizable for any taste. With just a little resin, magnet backs, and some drawings you can make hundreds of magnets in a few hours.
For people who don’t want to buy the kids in their lives yet another Barbie doll, homemade stuffed animals, doll clothes and props, and more make unique gifts that little ones will love.
Electronic Carrying Cases
People take their phones, tablets, and laptops to a lot of places. Fabric or leather carrying cases are practical and stylish ways to keep these devices safe.
Ceramic bowls, mugs, and plates aren’t as hard to make as they may look. You don’t even have to buy any fancy equipment to get started. With just your hands, your oven at home, paint, and a little artistic flair, you can make and sell usable works of art.
You don’t need knitting or crocheting skills to make and sell blankets. There are a lot of different techniques you can use to make them. And even low-cost materials can look high-end with the right technique.
Homemade lip balm is surprisingly easy to make. You just need beeswax, coconut oil, vitamin E, and a microwave. It’s also easy to customize with different flavors, colors, and containers.
Here’s another one for the fans of homemade health and beauty products. Like the other similar items on this list, body scrub is easy to make and easy to create several varieties of.
Coasters are a great craft for new handmade goods entrepreneurs because of the wide variety of ways you can make them. You can make coasters out of wood, cork, plastic, fabric, glass, and concrete. They can come in any style. You can even offer personalization for special events.
No matter what art style or materials you use, there’s a picture frame style for you. Frames with mosaic tiles are an especially good choice to sell as gifts.
Notecards are easy and cheap to make and have a lot of uses. Make yours special with your own beautiful or quirky designs, calligraphy, stamps, or pressed flowers.
Planners and Journals
Creating your own planners and journals means you can help your customers be more productive with a little dose of beauty included. You can sell these as physical notebooks, digital templates, or both.
Scarves are an easy item to knit. That means you can make them fast and sell a lot of them in a wide variety of colors and sizes.
Similarly, hats are easy to crochet in several sizes and colors. And who doesn’t love a warm hat when it’s cold out?
With the right printing provider, designing your own stickers for all ages and themes is easy and cheap.
Whether you print them yourself, embroider them, tie dye them, or use a print on demand merchandise provider, you can make and sell your own witty, stylish T-shirts.
Headbands and Hair Bows
Headbands and hair bows are easy to make and fun to experiment with new fabrics and patterns. For some varieties you don’t even have to know how to sew. You can make them for kids and adults alike.
No-Sew Pillow Covers
You don’t need a sewing machine to make pillow covers in fun colors and patterns. No sew pillow cover tutorials have come to save the day.
Farmhouse chic decor is in. Making hand-painted signs out of wooden pallets give people who like that style a rustic, clearly handmade touch to their homes.
Wall art with string twisted around nails is popular, versatile, and aesthetically pleasing. It’s also fun to make and doesn’t require a lot of skills to make it look good. Simply print or draw a shape on paper, hammer nails into a board around the outline, and wind the string around it.
Nail Polish Paintings
With nail polish, water, and a blank canvas, you can make a colorful, splashy piece of wall art.
You can cash in next music festival season by making and selling custom flower crowns. There are a lot of ways you can make this fun DIY craft your own.
Etched Cutting Boards
Wood burned cutting boards make great gifts for many occasions and you can make a lot of different designs on them.
New parents love buying cute little outfits for their babies. Baby clothes are also easier and cheaper to make than adult clothes and great for branding for a particular theme.
Aprons are an easy, quick sewing project that you can customize in a lot of ways. Novelty aprons with funny pictures and slogans could be fun!
Essential Oil Mixes
Essential oils are popular with the organic wellness crowd. Creating your own mixes to sell on their own or as gift sets is easier than it may sound.
Wind chimes give a whimsical touch to any porch and they’re not hard to make at home. They can also be fun to customize for different home decor styles.
If you have an air cutting machine or are interested in investing in one, prism sculptures will be easy and cheap for you to make at home. You just need to cut six pieces of glass for a cube prism and three for a pyramid.
Whether you sew, knit, or crochet, you can make fun, custom purses in different colors, shapes and patterns.
Seat Belt Pillows
This easy sewing project that attaches to seat belts makes it comfortable to fall asleep in the car. They’re great for kids and adults alike.
Dinner Napkins and Hand Towels
With just a little sewing skills and an eye for design, you can make custom decorative dinner napkins and hand towels for those who like to entertain. Seasonal designs are popular for these crafts, but there are a lot of other ways you can customize them as well.
If taking photos is one of your hobbies, selling prints with and without frames can be a great way to earn some cash on their own or alongside other crafts.
Bird Feeders and Bird Houses
Put your light carpentry skills to good use by making cute little bird feeders and bird houses.
Be the reason someone doesn’t just use the next random receipt they find as a bookmark. Whether you use cardstock, fabric, yarn, metal, or anything else, bookmarks are easy to make and sell.
Coffee Cup Sleeves
A reusable coffee cup sleeve can protect your hand while your coffee is still hot. You can find sewing, knitting, and crocheting patterns for this small, easy, customizable craft.
Rope bowls are great for fruit and other decorative items and they don’t take many supplies to make: just rope, a hot glue gun, and a bowl to model it around. With different types of rope and different sized bowls, you can make a lot of variations on this simple theme.
Wine Cork Charms and Keychains
Anyone with wine corks sitting around can use them to make simple and cute party favors for almost no upfront costs. They may be small and simple, but they can be creative and cute as well.
Packs of pencils wrapped in origami paper make writing fun! Experiment with a variety of patterns and colors and sell the ones that go together well in packs.
Grow Your Crafting Business
You don’t need a big marketing budget to promote your crafts to people who will love them. Here are a few ways to grow your crafting business and reach more potential customers:
- Start a blog
- Make video tutorials
- Become an affiliate marketer
- Create an online course
- Grow your social media following
Start a Blog
Blogging about your crafting is a great way to show customers a little bit of your personality, connect with your target audience, and attract new people to your website with SEO. Topics of your posts could include
- Gift guides
- Crafting tips and tricks
- Themed listicles
- Interviews with other artists
- And more!
If your posts get a lot of traffic, you could even monetize the blog.
Making videos for YouTube, TikTok, and other social media platforms is a great way to engage your audience in your creative process. These could simply be sped-up videos of your process, step by step tutorials, educational explainers, or even answering your followers’ questions.
Grow Your Social Media Following
Don’t underestimate the power of social media in driving sales. Building a presence on Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest, and maybe even YouTube and Facebook is a powerful way to reach your audience where they already hang out. Choose which platforms you want to use based on the audience you want to appeal to. For example, if your products are geared towards moms, Pinterest would be great. If you want to sell to young adults, TikTok is your best bet.
Create an Online Course
Teaching people online your crafting skills can be a great source of passive income and a great way to promote your shop. Some crafting skills that make great online classes include:
- Pottery and ceramics
- Metal work
- Jewelry making
- And more!
There are platforms where anyone can create and record an online course. You could also do workshops on social media livestreams.
Become an Affiliate Marketer
With affiliate marketing, you can promote other companies’ products on your blog, website, and/or social media and earn a commission on every purchase made through your links. It’s the way a lot of bloggers and influencers make a large portion of their incomes.
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