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March 07, 2019 Events Calendar 2 comments

Making and selling crafts can be a fun and lucrative way to make money, providing you’re making crafts that people want to buy.



Crafts to Make and Sell for Profit

If you’re wanting to put your craft-making talent to best use, take a look at the following 25 crafts to make and sell for profit.

Beaded Bracelets

Beaded bracelets are easy to make. Sets of beads of a diverse range of shapes, colors and sizes are inexpensive to buy and are lapped up by consumers of all ages, looking to purchase funky and inexpensive jewelry.

Mosaic picture frames

Mosaic picture frames are regular features on the likes of eBay, other ecommerce sites and in arts and crafts stores, and are easy crafts to make for a profit.

Palette Picture Frames

Another funky picture frame idea that’s incredibly cheap, easy and fun to make, is to make craft them out of a palette. Paint the palette frames in a funky color and sell them online or at a craft market for a tidy profit.

Wire Wrapped Bead Rings

Wire Wrapped Bead Rings are cheap and easy to make and can be made into a range of funky styles and designs to appeal to fans of uncycled jewelry.

Pottery Fruit Bowls

Pottery fruit bowls have become a trendy feature of modern homes and can be made with little more than clay, a pottery wheel, kiln and some pottery-making creativity and flare. Without much expense, pottery fruit bowls are a great craft to make and sell for profit.

Flower Crowns

Flower crowns are a popular accessory at weddings, festivals and other occasions, what’s more this eye-catching headwear is cheap and easy to make, involving little more than fabric flowers, a headband and some creativity.

Pallet Coasters

The coolest bars, restaurants and houses are serving their drinks of funky wooden pallets, which are extremely inexpensive and easy to make.

Velvet pillows

Another easy craft to make and sell for a profit are velvet pillows. All you need is some luxury velvet material, polyester pillow stuffing and some sewing skills and you’ll have a popular craft product you can sell for a profit.

Vintage Button Necklace

With a few buttons and a necklace chain, you can create a stunning vintage button necklace, one of the easiest and most desirable crafts to make and sell for a profit.

DIY Bath Bombs

Bath bombs are extremely cheap to make, requiring little more than some soda, citric acid, Epsom salts, water, essential oil, olive oil and food coloring. Your bundles of colorful bath bombs could sell for a tidy profit at craft markets and online.

Clay Keychains

Another easy to make and profitable craft are clay keychains that are being lapped up by consumers wanting an arty, handmade keychain, often with personalized initials or wording set within the clay.

Crushed Glass Coasters

Nobody can resist a set of stylish yet practical coasters in the home and making crushed glass coasters is an expensive way to make some money from your love on get crafty.

Decorative Champagne Flutes

Spruce up champagne glasses and sell your creations for a profit. Add some sparkle to a set of champagne flutes with glitter and diamantes to make the perfect festive gifts.

Homemade Candles

Making candles is an easy skill to learn, which, once mastered, can pull in a nice profit. People never tire from buying candles for their homes and as gifts, so purchase some wax and get candle-making for a craft that’s easy and profitable to make and sell.

Metal Roses

Metal roses make fabulous features in a home and are the perfect gift for a loved one. What’s more, they’re easy and cheap to make, requiring little more than some scrap metal and angle grinder, pliers and safety gear.

American Flag Wall Décor

One of the most timeless and sought-after crafts to make and sell for a profit is American flag wall décor. One quirky creation to pull on people’s patriotic spirit would be paint the American flag of wooden pallet boards or fencing – super cheap, easy and profitable.

DIY Lace Bowl

DIY lace bowls look expensive, intricate and fancy but they’re super easy and inexpensive to make and can be sold for a nice profit.

Upcycled Knife Holder

Knife holders are always in demand but making these essential kitchen items come alive with come color, decoration and creativity, will put your crafty skills to good use by earning a tidy profit.

Personalized Letter Art

Personalized letter art will never go out of fashion and is a profitable craft to make and sell. Simply sketch some block letters, cut them out and apply them to a funky background to grab the attention of customers.

Palette Clock

Another easy craft to make and sell for a profit is a palette clock. Simply cut a circle out of a wooden palette, attach clock hands and add numbers and decoration to the palette in whatever style you fancy for a shabby chic palette clock.

Sheet Metal Pendant Necklace

Sheet metal is striking and easy to make and make a fabulous feature on a necklace. This low-cost craft to make requires sheet metal, necklace chain, a drill, pliers, metal shears or a jeweler’s saw, and a steady hand.

Children’s Headbands

Another profitable craft to make are children’s headbands, which never fail to be hit amongst little girls. The materials to make these colorful, funky headbands are inexpensive, and can be sold for a tidy profit.

Homemade Lip Balm

Lip balm will always be in demand and is super easy and cheap to make requiring not much more than some beeswax, cocoa butter, coconut oil, sweet almost oil and strawberry flavor oil (if you’re making strawberry flavored lip balm).

Glass Pebble Magnets

Glass pebble magnets are beautiful, easy to make and can be sold for a profit. The materials required for these popular DIY crafts include glass pebbles, patterned paper, a hot glue gun and glue sticks.

Comic Book Magnets

Comic books fans will simply adore funky and timeless comic book magnets, which can be made simply and sold for a nice profit.

Ten Most Profitable Crafts

So, which are the most profitable crafts? We’d say these ten would be hard to beat when it comes to easy crafts to make and sell for a profit…

  1. Glass Pebble Magnets
  2. Children’s Headbands
  3. Palette Clock
  4. Decorative Champagne Flutes
  5. DIY Lace Bowls
  6. Flower Crowns
  7. Pallet Coasters
  8. Velvet Pillows
  9. Beaded Bracelets
  10. Palette Picture Frames

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Have you ever knitted a scarf, made jewelry, or sewn clothes for your kids? Can you build a bench, take intriguing photos, or make a picture frame from scrap wood? Or do you have a good eye for vintage styles and know where to find them at a bargain?

If you’re at all crafty, chances are you’ve used Etsy.com, the online craft marketplace — sometimes called the eBay of handmade goods. And if you’re any good at your craft, you might be able to earn some extra money from your hobby — by opening your own Etsy shop.

“I would definitely recommend Etsy to those wanting to bring in a little extra money,” says Tori James, a mother of three who makes handbags and clutches to sell in her shop Toriska.

Tori started her Etsy shop when her second child was a baby, and says the flexibility it affords is a key requirement at this point in her life. “For me, this job really is perfect. It brings in a supplementary income and fulfills my creative urges.”

Mixing Art and Business

While opening an Etsy shop is a proven way for crafters to make extra money — in fact, cities like New York have begun offering free workshops for artisans looking to start Etsy microbusinesses — it’s still best if you truly enjoy what you’re doing, because you may not make a bunch of money at first. Or ever.

“As an artist, I think it’s always first for the love of the work and second for the financial compensation. Meaning, most artists I know didn’t get into this work because it’s financially sustainable,” says Katrina Rodabaugh, whose craft-inspired first book, “The Paper Playhouse: Awesome Art Projects for Kids Using Paper, Boxes, and Books,” will be published in January.

According to a 2013 survey (.pdf file) of 94,000 Etsy sellers, 81% said they opened their shops as a creative outlet, while 68% cited supplemental income as a motivating factor.

“They started because they love it, and then they figured out how to make money from doing what they love,” Katrina adds.

But make no mistake — selling handmade items on Etsy is a business, and a big one at that. The site hosts hundreds of thousands of shops, and Etsy claims those sellers collectively made $850 million in sales in 2013.

Successful sellers learn to balance the creative side of the process with bookkeeping, buying supplies, customer service, and marketing.

“It’s definitely a different endeavor than I originally thought,” says Tori James. “I didn’t anticipate that I would become an amateur product photographer, graphic design artist, advertiser, bookkeeper, and many other things.”

Tess, owner of Boston-based Gilded Notes, agrees the Etsy experience is a crash course in business. “I learned so much from selling on Etsy, from how to maintain inventory, to customer service skills, to sourcing materials, and how to promote myself and my business,” she says.

What to Sell?

Etsy has grown — a lot — in the past few years, and its sprawl can be daunting to beginners. And to be truthful, you may have a hard time standing out if you’re selling the same thing as everyone else. Don’t let the artistic sensibility fool you — it’s still a competitive marketplace.

So what should you sell? For starters, consider what you’re best at, or what you enjoy making. What about that fun embroidered hat you made that everyone raves about, or the stylish-but-practical coin purse you gave your friend?

Sometimes, the right product just makes itself known. Tess from Gilded Notes found success selling jewelry that incorporates sheet music — but that wasn’t her first intention.

“The sheet-music jewelry was actually born from my decoupage work, where I was left with all these little scraps of sheet music that I didn’t want to waste,” Tess says. “I began incorporating them into jewelry, and soon that overtook the decoupage.”

Another option is to resell vintage items. If you have a tasteful eye for trends and enjoy spending weekends at flea markets, yard sales, and thrift shops, you could consider buying underpriced retro items and reselling them on Etsy or elsewhere. If you’re handy enough to restore a vintage piece to its former glory, all the better.

The most successful sellers offer something unique: They either put a new spin on a classic product, come up with an entirely new look or idea, or simply sell in a more customer-friendly way than others — with lower prices, a wider selection, or more striking photography, for instance.

However, even if you’re not the next Martha Stewart, you can still build a successful shop if you have a large social network. List your best items and, when you’re ready, send your shop’s link to friends, family, and co-workers. They’ll be happy to learn they know an actual artisan and may enjoy buying your work as gifts. That patronage may not be sustainable, but it can give your shop a valuable kickstart and some helpful positive feedback.

Setting Up Shop

Once you have an idea of what you can sell, here’s what you’ll need to get started:

Name your shop. Choose something that’s descriptive of your style or product, easy to remember and to spell — and not already taken.

Design a banner. Your banner is the virtual front door of your shop, so you want it to look inviting and provide a visual cue to what’s inside. You can start with something simple, but if you have a graphic designer friend, now may be the time to call in a small favor.

Choose a profile picture. Etsy shoppers are on the site because they want to buy something unique from an individual person — not a generic plastic gizmo from Amazon or Wal-Mart. So show them who that person is.

Now it’s time to fill in all the details. Set up your profile page. Tell customers who you are, what you make, and why and where and how you do it. Etsy shoppers care about the process, and any information you can offer about your story or passion will make buyers feel better about making a purchase — especially when you’re just starting out and have no positive feedback yet.

“People love hearing the stories behind pieces, and that includes your story as well,” says Tess. “Excitement is contagious, so it really pays to let people see your passion shine through.”

Fill out your shop policies, including returns and exchanges and shipping fees. Etsy’s blog offers plenty of guidance about how to set shop policies and craft a compelling profile page.

Listing an Item

Signing up as a seller is free, but it costs 20 cents to list an item for four months or until it sells, whichever comes first. Etsy also collects 3.5% of the final purchase price.

When you’re ready to list an item for sale, it’s a fairly straightforward process, and Etsy offers a step-by-step listing guide. You’ll choose the product’s category and type, add images, and create a title and description.

Pay particular attention to an item’s title and tags — this is your chance to help your item turn up in search results, a huge sales driver.

“Make correct use of your titles and tags,” says Tori James. “It’s how customers find your items through Etsy’s search.”

When creating a title for your item, consider what keywords a buyer would search for when looking for your product or something like it. This includes physical descriptions of the item itself — e.g., silver, 1-inch, oval, pendant, necklace, jewelry — but also the style or sentiment behind the piece — e.g., romantic, organic, reclaimed, literary.

“Learn everything you can about search engine optimization, or SEO,” recommends Jessi VanGundy, who sells her handmade pottery from Knoxville, Tenn.

Remember to tag items with keywords, as well as alternative search terms used in other parts of the country or world. For example, what one person calls a teapot someone else may call a kettle.

“[SEO] can be very complicated for a newbie, but it’s worth the time reading up on it in the Etsy forums,” Tori James says.

Photography

One of the biggest factors in driving sales is attractive photography. For years, Etsy has offered free photography workshops online and at its Brooklyn, N.Y., headquarters.

“Photography is extremely important,” stresses Jessi VanGundy. “When you’re selling online, your customers can’t pick up the item, turn it over, and feel the texture. So your photos have to show all of those things.”

But it doesn’t end with good lighting and focus. Many successful crafters establish their own visual style that permeates everything from their listing photography to their logo, banners, and the products themselves.

“We are really becoming a visual culture, so I do think it’s important to think about how you’re sharing your items through photography, styling, branding, and what makes your product or work distinct or recognizable,” says Katrina Rodabaugh, who says she has tried to develop her own visual style on Instagram and other social media.

‘The Work Around the Work’

It’s important to realize that there’s more work to selling a craft piece than simply creating it, as time-consuming as that essential process may be.

You need to photograph it, write up a description, and list it for sale. Once it sells, you’ll need to package and ship it, not to mention track your income for tax purposes.

“There’s so much work around the work,” says Katrina. “Yes, you have to take professional-looking photographs, consider your tags in your listing, consider your pricing, keep your shop looking updated and fresh, consider your social media outlets, and then find ways to promote the work. But you also have to consider customer service, packaging, shipping, and restocking.”

Pricing

All of this factors into your pricing. When trying to set a price for an item, consider the cost of all the materials you need to make it. Include other expenses, too, like shipping supplies, equipment, even the electricity to run the space heater in your garage workshop.

Then, add in your labor costs — what you should be earning per hour. If it’s a therapeutic hobby that you’d be doing anyway, that’s fine; but if you really want to establish a successful side business, you can’t be paying yourself $4.50 an hour to design and sew hats or build handcrafted benches.

“Make sure you’re charging enough to pay yourself for your time,” Jessi VanGundy says. “A lot of new sellers charge way too little and don’t earn anything for their labor.”

Finally, add a degree of retail markup — your desired profit plus a bit of wiggle room for seasonal sales or promotions.

“When you’re just starting out, it helps to have some items at a low price point,” Jessi adds. “In the beginning, I sold a lot of lower-priced items — like single mugs and yarn bowls. But as I established a reputation, I began selling higher-priced items and custom orders for sets of things.”

Beyond Etsy

Of course, there are other places to sell crafts. Some sellers set up booths at craft shows, farmers markets, concerts, and holiday fairs to sell their goods and bring their brand to a new audience.

“Shows are so tricky because you never know if they will work out for you until you try them,” says Tess of Gilded Notes. “I’ve done shows where I haven’t made a single sale, but I still don’t consider them a bust. … You never know who’s out there, checking out your work. I’ve gotten emails from boutiques and other show organizers months later saying that they picked up my card at a show and want to feature my work.”

Tess adds, “In that way I think shows can be a very powerful way to not only make sales, but also attract a broader customer base and make valuable contacts.”

Made by Katrina shop owner Katrina Rodabaugh sells and displays her work in a number of venues besides Etsy. “I also sell work through galleries, shops, craft fairs, and sometimes directly to individuals,” she says. “I think the craft fairs are the most work but also the biggest payoff in terms of income, yes, but also in terms of networking with other makers and getting your work out there to a larger audience.”

When you display your work at a fair or show, concentrate just as hard on branding yourself. “Whenever I exhibit at a large craft fair, I make sure to have a stack of postcards and business cards available,” Katrina says. “Plenty of folks will take your card and contact you through your shop or your site after the fair — it’s a great opportunity to share your work.”

Tori James currently sells exclusively on Etsy, but she’d like to get her independent website back up and running in 2015. “Having more than one income stream is usually required if you want to sell handmade,” she says. “I’ve found that relying completely on Etsy is nerve-wracking because they often make changes, and the changes aren’t always favorable for my shop.”

How Much Can You Earn?

The average Etsy seller, if there is such a person, earns about $3,400 a year from the site. But approximately one in five Etsy shops is a full-time business, while 58% of sellers hold down other jobs and operate their Etsy shop as a side gig.

This means earnings can vary drastically — from nothing at all to a respectable full-time salary.

Toriska owner Tori James, whose handbags and clutches range from $30 to $80, says, “I usually make about a sale a day, or a little less.” But, she adds, she often gets some bridal purchases during wedding season, which result in a cluster of sales all at once.

“Most of the year I put in part-time hours, but during wedding season I put in full-time or more hours to keep up with orders,” she says.

“You also need a supportive spouse or family, because you will likely put in many hours of work and a lot of money before you see results,” Tori adds. “It was around eight months before I started earning money and 18 months before my sales became regular.”

A long-running Etsy discussion thread provides a look at the variety of income levels sellers achieve. Brittany Zerkle of BeeZeeArt, an art student whose best-selling items include sewing patterns and small, handmade stuffed animals, says, “My little shop makes just enough to pay for my classes, student loan payments, and put gas in my car.”

However, the most common response on that thread — repeated a number of times — was, “Not enough to quit my day job.”

Jessi VanGundy echoes that sentiment, though she hopes to earn enough to be a full-time potter before long.

“I’ve been able to make enough money to pay for all my pottery expenses, including buying a new potter’s wheel and paying rent at a local ceramics studio,” she says. “At this point, I’m happy that my rather costly hobby has been able to pay for itself, though I hope next year I can make a bit more of a profit.”

Anyone can start a craft business but not all craft businesses make money. Therefore, the odds of making money are higher for craft businesses with low . from what I can find in any mall or through a quick search online.

Selling something that you’ve crafted with your own hands is an exciting experience, whether the handmade item is a drink coaster or an intricate piece of jewelry. But it can be difficult to pinpoint crafts that make money — paying for their production, and then some.

This challenge to turn a profit can be somewhat of a taboo topic among craftspeople. 

Often, creative people prefer to talk about the inspiration behind their work, their preferred materials and techniques, or the beauty or usefulness of their products. Not the price tag. 

Yet making money is a necessity for most creators.

So what crafts make the most money? The answer is complex. But here are a few ideas, based on the advice of craftspeople who are deeply involved in the business side of the craft world.

Crafts made with special materials

Customers often place a lot of value in the materials used to create a product, said Whitney Gill, the manager of the Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner, a retail store and gallery exhibiting the work of over 300 Maine craft artists. Gill is also a potter, creating and selling ceramic stoneware online and in local shops.

“I had a customer last week ask: ‘Can you call the artist and find out where this stone is sourced?’” said Gill. “That’s often my selling point for people. It’s almost a necessity [to know about the materials].”

Locally sourced materials are especially popular, said Gill. For example, in Maine, many handmade products are made out of locally-sourced tourmaline, clay, wood, granite, seashells and sea glass. These materials, unique to the area, remind the customer of the place it was purchased. In addition, local materials are often harvested or collected directly by the artist, which enriches the story behind the product.

Crafts that tell a story

In an often crowded marketplace, a handmade product often stands out if it clearly communicates a story, said Maggie Moore, a Maine jeweler who coaches other craftspeople to help them find success. 

“What we’re finding with this new generation is that they need to have something ‘more,’ whether it’s [that the product is] made with sustainable materials or it’s an heirloom quality piece, something that can be passed on for generations,” Moore said. “We’re in this intense time in history where consumerism is changing. I think the concept of the story, which was always important, is even more important now.”

Moore suggests condensing your product’s story into an elevator speech, so when people ask about your work, you know exactly how to answer them. 


“Be clear about what your brand is and message is and what your authenticity is, and hold true to that,” Moore said. “The people I know that are the most successful are the ones that have tried a lot of things and have really honed in on a specialty. It doesn’t matter if its a pallet or theme. They’re clear about what they’re doing and put all their energy into it.”

Crafts that give a nod to trends

While trends come and go, it can sometimes be smart to pay attention to them, especially if they seem to fit what you’re already trying to accomplish or communicate with your product.

“Right now recycling is a major thing, using recycled materials,” said Gill. “A lot of artists incorporate that into their work, and maybe they always have, but it’s much more noticeable now and maybe more of a selling point.”

Keeping up on trends is just one way of acknowledging your customers and their tastes, but Moore cautions against chasing each and every one. 

“I really believe that authenticity is key right now,” Moore said. “Trends come and go. That doesn’t mean you don’t add something to your collection that responds to a need, but in general, there should be a larger kind of concept of your work, and you should always stay authentic to that.”

Crafts that are thoughtfully priced

It can be difficult to put a price tag on something that you’ve shaped with your own hands and imagination. Yet putting serious thought into prices is key to making money with crafts.

“If you make something too inexpensive, you have to make a lot of it [to make money], so it ends up being a huge stress of production,” said Moore. “And if you really push it toward the high end, then you change the dynamic and instead of calling people your clients, they’re ‘collectors.’”

When deciding on prices, it’s important to look at the cost of your materials and the amount of time you spend producing the item. It’s also helpful to look at the prices of other, similar crafts.

“Ease into it. Ease into your pricing and do your research,” Gill said. “It can be hard to make adjustments.”

Crafts that have an internet presence

The internet has dramatically changed things for craftspeople, opening them up to more customers, but also more competition. 

“You can have people following you and connecting to you through social media all over the entire world,” Moore said. “We used to be very dependent on local economy, and now it’s a global economy.”

While selling crafts on the internet through sites like Etsy has its own unique challenges — such as factoring in shipping costs and risks — many creators have found success online. If you create a product that’s easy to ship and appeal to people in other places, setting up an online shop might be a good idea.

In addition, the internet is a great marketing tool. Popular social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram can help you build your customer base.

“It can expand the range of people seeing your work,” Gill said, “and it’s free.”

Crafts that are tried and true

Sometimes finding a craft that makes money takes time. It may not be the first product you try to sell, or the second, or even the tenth. 

“Try a lot of different things,” Gill said. “Reach out to galleries, participate in as much as you can. Group galleries are a great way to get your work out there and see how people react to it. Then you can really hone in on what your best sellers are and even adjust the materials you’re using.”

It may take years to zero in on a craft that satisfies your creative itch and turns a profit. It may also take time to learn how to make the product efficiently, so you reduce the cost of production and increase your return. 

“There’s an element of trial and error that’s unavoidable,” Gill said. 

In the process, Moore suggests that you “find your people.” Become a part of a community that can support you, such as a crafters guild or co-op gallery. Bounce ideas off fellow creators. Ask for advice and seek out mentorships. And don’t lose sight of why you enjoy crafting in the first place.

“You need to have some sense of personal value,” Moore said, “some internal drive that keeps pushing you forward.”


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Many people enjoy arts and crafts but never take that extra step to make them available for sale. If you’re crafty and have the time and space to make your craft items in larger quantities, there are a variety of items you can create to sell for extra money from home. In fact, with a little planning, you can build a complete home business using your own creative skills.

A home crafts business isn't for everyone, but it's a nice way to generate some extra income and, at the same time, receive accolades for your beautiful creations. If you want to start selling your items, you'll also have some administrative business tasks to deal with. It's best to plan from the beginning how you'll accomplish these tasks, such as bookkeeping, generating customer receipts, finding suppliers, and filing business taxes.

While there is a lot of useful information available on starting and growing your crafts business, the snapshot below can give you an overview of some pros and cons of a such an endeavor:

Pros

  • Make money from your hobby

  • Nurture your creative spirit

  • Work whenever you want

  • Change up your inventory if you start to get bored

  • Pursue many options for selling your goods online and offline

Cons

  • Making crafts and building an inventory can be time consuming

  • Your sales may not generate enough profit to cover all your time and overhead expenses (materials, packaging, etc.)

  • You may need to collect sales tax from buyers and file a sales tax return to pay it to the state

  • Making the same items over and over may become repetitive and tedious

If making money from your creativity sounds fun, exciting, and full of potential, here are 10 ideas on crafts you can make and sell, plus tips on how and where you can sell your hand-crafted goods.

1. Jewelry

Quality home-made jewelry is very popular because each item is usually unique. An advantage to jewelry is that it’s small and easy to pack to take to craft fairs and ship if you sell online. Materials for jewelry can vary to include handmade polymer clay beads, stones, metal, crystal, leather, and more.

2. Art/Décor

People enjoy unique works of art to display in their home and office. Art doesn’t have to be a painting. It can include photographs, wall hangings made from fabric, wall stickers and more. Further, it doesn't have to hang on a wall. You can make decorative items that sit on a mantle or bookshelf.

3. Soap/Bath Products

Handmade soap and bath products are popular, especially if they’re created for sensitive skin and made with organic products. You can make regular bar soap, or get molds and dyes to create shapes and colors. You can add scent to your products as well. Beyond soaps you can make bath bombs, bubble bath, and lotions. These items can also generate repeat sales because they're consumable.

4. Candles

Similar to soap, you can make candles in a variety of shapes, colors, and scents. Further, you can use different unique items to house your candles, such as mason jars, teacups, and shells.

5. Sewn Items

If you know how to sew, there are many things you can create and sell, such as purses, coin pouches, and bags, pillow covers and blankets, pot holders and aprons, and more. You can also sew clothing, such as costumes, children’s dresses, or doll clothes.

6. Organizers

People need help storing and organizing their everyday household and office items. While a coffee cup or plastic bin can do, many people like to buy unique decorative items. Ideas include wood or painted glass utensil holders, pencil holders, decorative boxes for storing files or photographs, and more.

7. Decorative Dishes, Cups, and Glasses

Are you handy with a paintbrush? Painted dishes, cups and glasses, especially wine glasses, are very popular. Or perhaps you can etch on a beer stein or mason jar. Instead of paint or etching, you can use decoupage to decorate kitchen items. Decorative dishes, mugs, and glasses make great gifts, which makes them a great item to create.

8. Magnets/Pins

Many people in business like to buy personalized magnets, buttons, or pins to give away to potential customers. Or you can make your own unique item and start a trend (remember bottle cap magnets?).

9. Pet Goods

People love their pets. And they love to spoil their furry friends, so making a home business in the pet market is a good idea. Items you can make for the pet market include pet beds, clothes, and collars. Plus, you can create decorative items, such as art or a locket that can hold the pet’s picture.

10. Paper Goods 

One advantage to creating paper goods is that in some cases you can sell them digitally. You can create a personalized planner, checklists, or stickers, and they can be delivered as a digital file that the customer can print on their end (they can buy sticker paper at the office store.) 

How to Sell Your Items

Once your items are created, it's time to get them ready to sell. Here are some tips turning your items into income:

  1. Price your items for profit. While you don’t want to overprice your goods, you want to be careful that you cover not only the cost of materials, but your time as well.
  2. Brand your items. Find a way to include your name, business name, website, or other contact information on each of your items. This can be a sticker or home-printed information on business card paper. If your customers want more, they’ll be able to get in touch with you.
  3. Consider targeting a specific type of customer. For example, many authors seek out unique swag items that have pictures of their books on them, such as earrings, charm bracelets, and more. Sheepdog owners want to buy totes, tees, keychain,s and other items with a sheepdog picture on them. Customizing your goods can take more time, but you can also charge more.
  4. Tie into the time of year. While many of your items can be good at any time of year, you can boost sales by offering seasonal items such as Christmas décor or gift items, or Fourth of July decorations. Or consider making special occasion items such as wedding favors or birthday decorations.

Where to Sell Your Items

Once you have your items created, you're ready to sell them. The good news is you have lots of opportunities to sell your goods, and in some cases, you don’t even need to leave home.

Online Places to Sell Your Crafts

You can also set up your own e-commerce storefront to complement your listings on these sites instead of using any of the online craft resources listed above.

Offline Places to Sell Your Crafts

Online isn't your only option for selling items. Selling in person also means no hassle of packing and shipping.

Another important benefit of in-person selling is the face-to-face interaction you'll get with your customers. This allows you to get instant feedback, find out what your customers love about your products, and ask for ideas on new products your customers would be interested in buying from you.

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Crafts That Make Money From Home

Do you inspire a deep passion for crafting and want to turn your creations into an online business? Are you searching for a way to be financially successful and be a stay at home mom? Good news ladies, (and stay at home gents) there are thousands of crafts that make money today. You’ve got the talent, let me help you with your marketing. Want to jump ahead to the craft ideas before starting your business? It’s my pleasure to provide a table of contents for easy navigation, enjoy!

How to Start Your Online Craft Business

Starting an online business parallels the brick and mortar model with an emphasis for success being on location. Many scenes have real estate for sale. So the question is, where are you going to set up shop? Let’s venture three avenues to determine your route.

Create Your Website

Starting your blog is the most profitable venue for marketing your products and establishing yourself as a reputable business owner. It’s simple to set up and gives you complete control of your business.

I’ve made how to start a blog and make money simple with step by step instructions for you here.

After you’ve selected your self-hosted plan, enable your website to sell your crafts online by installing the free WooCommerce plugin. Activating the plugin prompts you to set up your account. Follow the cues for easy set-up to upload product images, compose product descriptions, and establish product prices.  

Here is a step by step guide to setup shop with WooCommerce.

Start a Shopify Site

Shopify is a paid online platform that is already established and enabled for selling crafts that make money and other online goods. They offer a 14-day-free-trial and are trusted by over 800,000 businesses worldwide. A Shopify site may serve its purpose, but it’s limiting for future endeavors and doesn’t allow for you to earn revenue with other monetization methods implemented when operating your own blog.

Set-up Your Etsy Shop

Etsy is an affordable eCommerce platform where people sell handmade items. Many bloggers prefer this route instead of operating their own WooCommerce and instead link their Etsy Store to their blog later.

Crafts That Make Money

Great! Now that you have established how to set up your online business, let’s dive into this super-amazing list of crafts that make money so you can start creating today!

Skin Care Crafts That Make Money

Are you an essential oils mama and looking to expand your business by making smell goods? Tons of products exist in the realm of skincare and many have exploded onto the craft scene with promises of profitable returns.

Bath Bombs

Bath Bombs have become all the rave these last couple of years. Created to clean, deodorize, and repair skin. As an added bonus they effervesce when wet, creating a tickling, fun-fizzy experience. Here are a few of my favorite recipes.

Coffee Bath Bombs

Mermaid Bath Bombs

DIY Herbal Bath Bombs

Body Scrubs

Body scrubs are used to exfoliate, removing dry-dead skin from your body. Leaving it revitalized and youthful. Additionally, body scrubs reduce clogged pores, acne, and other skin issues. Here are a handful of fabulous recipes to get you started.

Calming Sugar Scrub

Himalayan Sea Salt and Honey

Lavender Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Nerdy Mama DIY Mermaid Sugar Scrub

Soaps

Handmade natural soaps are a magnificent alternative to standard store-bought brands. Free from harmful chemicals and known allergens, handmade soaps are created by all-natural ingredients and proves to be a craft that makes money for many.

Flower Infused Milk Soap

Peaches and Cream Handmade Soap

Citrus Orange Zest Soap

Lip Balm

Like the body scrubs and soaps, homemade lip balms are becoming increasingly popular because of their all-natural ingredients. Visit these sites for tips, recipes, and free printable labels to get you started on your lip balm journey.

Sugarplum Lip Balm

Cranberry Lip Balm

Honey Lip Scrub

Honey Orange and Vanilla Lip Balm

Eco-Friendly Crafts That Make Money

Many crafts have come forth to aid in combatting economical issues like single-use plastics that pollute our oceans and kill our wildlife. Check out these ideas for pioneering in the art of eco-friendly crafts that make money while also advocating for our planet’s health.

Reusable Grocery Bags

Reusable grocery bags are practical and are the way of the future. Many retailers in the United States have eliminated plastic bags and encourage you to bring your own or purchase one of their branded bags. Check out these amazing patterns.

Eco-Shopping Bag Vintage Pillowcase

Reversible Shopping Bags

Reusable Pink Eco Bag

Reusable Produce Bags

Another fantastic way to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastics is with reusable produce bags. Here are my favorite renditions of this valuable asset on shopping excursions.

The KiwiCountry Girl Reusable Produce Bags

Mermaids Den Reusable Produce Bags

Leaders Sew Reusable Produce Bags

Little Cronkers Crochet Reusable Produce Bag

Fabric Gift Bags

Fabric gifts bags are the Eco-friendly solution to wasteful wrapping paper and gift boxes. And they come with the extra incentive of a thoughtful personal touch.

Handmadiya Fabric Gift Bags

Quilting Digest Sweet Drawstring Bags

Alanda Craft Gift Bag

Home Decor Crafts That Make Money

Thousands of ideas are circulating online for crafts that make money while jazzing up interiors around the world. If you have an eye for interior design, check out these home decor craft options.

Yarn Wrapped Bottles

Okay, yarn wrapped bottles are officially one of my new favorite things. Embellishments can include buttons, crystals, ribbons, silk flowers, and bows.

Amber Oliver Yarn Wrapped Bottles

Pom Pom Flowers Yarn Wrapped Bottle

Suzy’s Sitcom Yarn Wine Bottles

Holiday Yarn Bottles

Throw Pillows

Learn how to make decorative throw pillows and go into business. Many patterns are achievable for under ten bucks! I’ve included a DIY stars and stripes pattern made from dollar store bandanas to highlight frugal but fabulous crafts. And check out the re-purposed sweaters!

DIY No Sew Boho Pillows

Zippered Pillow Covers

DIY Stars and Stripes

Picture Frames

Decorative picture frames make wonderful additions to any home and are widely popular on Pinterest. Visit some of my Pinterest favs and let your creative mind unfold.

Rustic Wood Frames

Eggshell Mosiac Frame

Mosiac Picture Frames

DIY Floral Frame

Magnets

Ahh! I just love these and many of them are cheap and easy to make. Another dollar store craft that continues to dominate online businesses and Etsy shops.

Wood Magnets

Watercolor Geode Magnet

Mini Magnetic Terrariums

Marbled Clay Ring Dishes

A beautiful addition to a vanity or nightstand, marbled clay ring dishes is a perfect fashion to add a splash of color to the environment while also a great way to store rings and other jewelry.

Styles and Forks Clay Ring Dishes

Thoughtfully Simple Clay Ring Dish

Hand-print Ring and Jewelry Dish

Jujusprinkles Marble Clay Spring Floral

Chalkboard Crafts

Chalkboard crafts are becoming increasingly popular around kitchens and homes all over the states. Explore these crafting fashions for ideas on how to market this niche.

Chalkboard Planters

Wood Slice Garland

Chalkboard Mason Jars

Jewelry Crafts That Make Money

Jewelry is one of the largest denominations in the handmade crafting business and with good reason. Everybody knows that good things come in small packages! Explore the beauty and potential of this business with jewelry crafts that make money.

Beaded Bracelets

Beaded bracelets are a fun and popular way to jazz up an outfit. Visit these tutorials on how to make beaded bracelets and rev up your creative juices.

Pyrite Beaded Bracelet

Seed Bead Bracelets

Stretch Bracelets

Tribalism Bracelet Stack

Pendants

Crafting beautiful pendants for necklaces is another fantastic outlet of creativity that can prove lucrative with the right passion and marketing. I’ve included pendants that will wow, charm, and promote playfulness.

Glass Photo Pendant

Lavender Resin Pendants

Resin Jewelry with Flowers

Wire Wrap Cabochon

Wire Wrapped Bead Rings

Wire wrapped bead rings are one of the coolest and easiest crafts that make money. And the best part is that they don’t cost much to make. Seriously guys! You can find many of the required pieces at your local dollar store. Way cool.

Crafts Unleashed Wire Wrapped Rings

Braided Rings No Tools Required

Consumer Crafts Wire Wrapped Ring

Ruba’s Braided Wire Rings

Earrings

The right pair of earrings can take you from ordinary to sexy and sassy. Here is a sampling of ideas to get you crafting.

Cheat Macrame Feathers

Handmade Hoop Projects

Coloring Book DIY Earrings

Fashion Crafts That Make Money

Are you a fashionista on a mission to create and share your style? Consider sewing fashion crafts that make money. Let’s take a look at a few booming businesses.

Aprons

I’m in love with the aprons on Pinterest and it’s become impossible to choose my top four! Tons of exciting patterns and styles are available.

Easy No Sew Square Aprons

Reversible DIY Apron

Half-Apron Patterns

Sew an Apron Project

Purses

Handmade purses are adorably fun and a one of a kind alternative to your mother’s handbag. Check out these fabulous Pinterest finds for ideas on creating your own line of handmade bags.

No Sew Leather Handbag

Denim Jeans Bag

Dotted Dream Purse

Scarves

Scarves are worn for a number of reasons including fashion, warmth, and cleanliness! With multiple purposes and several types of scarves to craft, this business is perfect for multi-tasking mamas with fashion sense.

Arm Knit Scarf

5-Minute Infinity Scarf

Blanket Scarf

Zippered Pocket Scarf

Smell Good Crafts That Make Money

Are you passionate about making the world a better-smelling place? Several smell good crafts that make money exist to help you monetize your dream. Read on for inspiration and delightful finds.

Candles

Essential Oil Candles

DIY Pressed Herbs Candle

Easy DIY Pineapple Candles

Wax Melts

Homemade wax melts are another craft that makes money with the right passion and marketing. Here are a few of my favorite cubes to melt on a Sunday afternoon.

DIY Coffee Scented Wax Melts

Pumpkin Spice Wax Melts

Pink Grapefruit Wax Melts

Lavender Rosemary Wax Melts

Pallet Crafts That Make Money

Pallet Crafts are super fun and versatile. It is so cool transforming dirty old pallets into magnificent works of art. I’ve included a patriotic sign in hopes I gave you time before the fourth of July to makeover your old pallets!

Pallet Planter Box

Inspirational Pallet Sign

Rainbow Pallet Flower Garden Planter

Digital Crafts That Make Money

Digital crafts are products you create and sell online such as Printables, eBooks, and Online Courses. These crafts aren’t limited to online marketers and bloggers. You can create and sell these products demonstrating knowledge on an endless amount of subjects.

Printables

Printables are a super easy way to start making immediate money once you’ve narrowed your niche. If you’re creative and want to learn how to make beautiful graphics, you can definitely create printables! It’s so simple and I created a video tutorial to ease you into it! You can dive into my in-depth course too if you want to turn this into a business.

Free Printables

First Month Blog Plan

Get All My Free Printables

eBooks

Writing is a craft and a very profitable one if you have insight or expertise you can lend on a subject. Writing an eBook isn’t as daunting a task as it may seem. Find out how to write an eBook in one month as a blogger. Trust me, if I can do this with three kids, minimal sleep, and all while only being on my second cup of coffee, you got this girl!

Online Courses

Online courses are one of the most profitable digital crafts you can create if you’re skilled or knowledgeable in the field. What do you have to share with the world? Can you offer any guidance, insight, or a fresh perspective on common topics? I know you can. Visit how to create a free online course for a better understanding of how to craft them, or watch my video tutorial below.

Students who have gone through Course by Number have hit revenues as high as $20,000 per month!

Free Online Courses

12 Month Blog Plan

How to Use PicMonkey as a Mom Blogger

Ready to Start Your Online Business?

What do you think? Are you ready to start your online business so you can ditch your nine-to-five and stay at home with your kids? It’s achievable, trust me. You can do this and I want you to succeed in it. It takes less than five minutes to secure your website.

Don’t waste another day, dreaming about your passions instead of fulfilling them. Did I miss any major money-making crafts? Please add them to the comments and follow me on Facebook for my free weekly live updates where I can answer your questions directly each week.

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