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When you name your candle business, you make several commitments before your first customer stumbles across your website or walks through your door. Classic names say "high-end merchandise." Quirky, slightly off-color names delight some customers but offend others, so use caution. Photos of business sign failures demonstrate the embarrassment that can ensue when a business owner pairs the wrong words on a sign and discovers it sends a message contrary to his company's values.

First, Some Do's and Dont's

Women buy 90 percent of all candles, giving them as Christmas presents, housewarming gifts, hostess appreciation tokens, expressions of gratitude and to mark birthdays of adult relatives or coworkers. So, you must make sure your name appeals to women. You must also follow local, state and Federal regulations regarding naming your business. Do a trademark search to fend off potential legal issues. If possible, create an entirely new word that no one else uses rather than smashing two or three popular keywords into one long name. Make sure that your current name will grow with your company rather than impede your chances for future success. If you couldn't be bothered to check for trademark issues, seek feedback from potential customers and investors or care about your company image, why should anyone else?

Elegant and Classic Names

Names like Margaritas at Midnight, Enlightenment, Waxing Poetic or Moonlight Glow call to mind engagement parties, black tie affairs, wedding receptions and honeymoons. All of these occasions call for elegant-looking candles such as tapers, hand-carved pillar candles, floating heart- or-butterfly-shaped tea lights or a single, large pillar candles scented with sandalwood, patchouli or some other exotic scent.

Specialty and Niche Names

Specialization helps you distinguish yourself from all the other companies producing for the mass market. If a group has a large enough reach to support your business goals and personal lifestyle, then by all means, chase your dream. Names like Mad Wax, Serenity or Canary Candles appeal to the geek in all of us.

Spiritual Blessings Names

If you wish to appeal to practitioners of nature faiths, try naming your candle business Blessings of Oya, Majikandles, Shadow Circle, Waxing Moon Candle Company, Wisdom Waxworks, Sixth Scents or Gaia's Gifts. Names like Covenant Candles, Light My Way, Lights of Faith, Everlasting Light, Fountain of Lights or Cross and Candle will appeal to the more mainstream believer.

Suggestive and Saucy

Candles, rose petals and romance rule the world, so any saucy yet tasteful names will ensure that your business will have a steady stream of couples purchasing your wares. Avoid anything risque, but names like Scentsations, Light My Fire or Lovelights should appeal to anyone celebrating an anniversary, rekindling an old romance or setting the stage for a proposal.

Homegrown and Local

Take advantage of the "Buy Local" trend by naming your candle emporium Biloxi Bay Waxworks, Corpus Christi Candle Company, Harris County Home Scents or Kandle Krewe. These names evoke the homegrown, handmade nature of your business.

Want to know where the best places are to buy or sell handmade crafts online?

The Design Trust has done all the hard work for you and selected the best and most popular online market places, portfolio sites and web shops for designers and makers. And we give you our honest opinion about each!

  • From very small, niche online web shops to the big boys.
  • From very ethical websites to extremely commercial ones.
  • From online directories to online portfolio sites or membership organisations.
  • Including sites selling crafts, design, textiles, stationery, homewares, giftware, art and fashion accessories; and sites promoting the services of designers, makers, and illustrators.

Here you will find our favourite places to buy and sell handmade crafts online.

Many of the online shops you will already know, but we have also included some lovely new and lesser-known gems in here, so check it out and explore. Either to sell your own handmade crafts online – maybe to buy some too!

Promoting or selling your crafts online with an established craft website, online market place or online directory is a fantastic way to increase your profile and generate sales throughout the year. You can find here a quick & simple overview of the 5 main options to sell crafts & designs online. 

Please note that we always suggest that you do your own (thorough) research before you pay any organisation or sign a contract. Check if your product would be suitable for these websites, and check if your price point and ideal client visits and buys from the site. Make sure you understand the contract and how you can stop the contract if necessary.

Is your favourite online website not featured? Got any specific recommendations, updates or warnings (?) about any of the online places to sell handmade crafts, then do let us know in the comments below.

 

Aerende

Aerende is an online shop selling products for the home, made in the UK by people facing social challenges. Aerende works with people who face barriers to employment and most commonly with organisations rather than individuals. This social enterprise website specialises in ethical interior products, including: beautiful prints, textiles, ceramics, candles and home accessories.

The word Aerende means ‘care’ in Olde English, and was chosen by the founder Emily Mathieson to reflect their commitment to heritage skills and British-made items, as well as their commitment to considerate business practice and interest in slow living.

 

Amazon Handmade

Amazon Handmade is a specialist store area within the main Amazon website for invited artisans to sell their one-of-a-kind, handcrafted goods, home decorations, jewellery, stationery, fashion accessories and more.

Of course, Amazon has got a huge potential to reach millions of clients over the world and was seen by many as the big potential competitor to Etsy when they launched in October 2015. However, so far sales have been lower than expected and Amazon Handmade taking a fairly high commission on sales (which includes payment processing, marketing, seller support and fraud protection) is a major issue for new makers.

Although Amazon seems very strict on selling only handmade items within Amazon Handmade (hurray!), it might be that ‘handmade’ is simply not a category that people associate with Amazon, which is known for being cheap and fast? Plus of course, you will be directly competing with many other mass-produced and cheap products on the main site too.

 

Artfire

Artfireis an online marketplace and craft and maker community where people from around the world come together to buy, sell and interact. Artfire has a very strong handmade ethose and lists handmade goods, vintage items, and craft supplies.

Artfire launched in 2008, so is one of the older online market places for handmade items. Unfortunately, it does feel a little that this site has had better times in terms of design and user-friendliness, and quality of sellers.

 

ArtsThread

ArtsThread is the leading online portfolio site for new design graduates, operating from London but with a strong presence across Europe and the USA. It offers new creatives the opportunity to create an online portfolio for free, with specific keywords so that they can be found easily by potential design clients across the world, as well as recruitment agencies and other partners that ArtsThread works with. They also regularly organise events, competitions and have a creative jobs board. This is an ideal first online showcasing opportunity for new graduates and can help to drive traffic to your own website too.

 

Association of Illustrators

The AOI website has got a vibrant portfolio site with their illustrator and animation member’s work that they actively promote to agents and clients. The portfolios with up to 20 images of emerging and well-established illustrators can be found and searched on criteria such as subject, style, and technique. The potential client then contacts the AOI for further details.

The online portfolio option is part of their membership, which also includes free pricing, accountancy and portfolio advice, as well as exhibition opportunities.

 

ASOS Marketplace

Launched in 2010 with just 20 sellers by ASOS,Asos Marketplace is now the leading online platform for ambitious independent fashion, jewellery and accessory brands and vintage boutiques representing over 800 businesses from all over the globe. The target market for ASOS Marketplace is the fashion-loving twenty-somethings [their words!]. There is a fairly low monthly charge plus a 20% commission on all sales.

 

Art In The Heart

Art in the Heart is a small but friendly and passionate online platform to connect potential customers with visual artists who create artworks and products in studios, workshops, and homes throughout the UK. Unique handcrafted pieces, paintings and gifts across many styles from contemporary to traditional, country to urban, refined to quirky. Art in the Heart is a keen supporter of artists and makers constantly seeking quality sellers to add to the community. There is an annual registration fee and a commission on each sale.

 

Behance 

Behanceis the largest online portfolio website for designers, illustrators, fashion, photographers, and architects. It was launched in 2005 and is now owned by Adobe. It’s crucial that you include your specialisms as key words to get noticed by Creative Directors and other potential clients.

 

Country Finest

Country Finest is a very new online market place specialising in quality products from a small group of independent British designers, makers and niche brands. Expect to find elegant fashion, art, craft, homewares, beauty products, food, and drink. Reminiscent of the best of the British countryside.

 

Contemporary Glass Society

The CGS website has got one of the largest directories for makers, artists, and organisations working in glass attracting more than 4,000 viewers each month. It has a very eclectic mix of work by members who total more than 1,000 creatives. Makers can be found easily by using search options including name, discipline, glass technique and region.

The site is fairly basic but it is very popular amongst buyers and commissioners of glass. Each member gets their own webpage, which is one of the benefits of the membership to the CGS. The main purpose is that glass artists and makers can be easily found and with visitors then directed them to the makers’ own websites.

 

Crafts Council Directory

Although the Crafts Council Directory is not strictly an online market place this is a popular online place to find the best crafts people of the UK – both the most promising emerging makers as very well known crafts people.

The Crafts Council Directory is a selected portfolio site where potential contemporary craft buyers can find makers across the UK based on criteria such as technique, discipline, materials, price, and location. The main purpose is that potential buyers and commissioners will be able to find you and then are directed to your own website.

The site looks beautiful with large images, although the amount of images is limited. The annual membership has two different levels with different benefits.

We would highly recommend the Crafts Council Directory to makers who create top quality contemporary crafts to improve your profile and drive traffic of buyers and collectors to your own website.

 

Crafty Fox’s Shopping with Soul

Crafty Fox Marketsorganise regular, very popular handmade craft fairs across London, and in 2016 they created a directory showcasing and selling the work of 100 of their exhibitors. It’s a great online resource for those looking for quirky and original handmade products and is actively promoted to stockists and press. Shopping With Soul members also get a series of membership benefits including an online listings page, exhibitor opportunities and discounts on photography, PR, and accountancy. There is a small one-off membership fee, and a small monthly fee to join Shopping with Soul.

 

Designers Makers

Designers Makers is an agency for contemporary design offering members business advice, monthly selling events (mostly in the Truman Brewery in East London as well as a Christmas market at the Design Museum in London), PR and opportunities to develop their brand.

Set up in 2010 by Sophie Rees, it also offers an online platform for designers to sell their work as part of a community. This site focuses on contemporary design, including jewellery, ceramics, homewares, lighting, and prints. There is a one off lifetime membership fee that also gives access to their Business Tool Kit.

 

Design Nation

Design Nation is the sister company of The Design Trust, as both organisations were originally set up by the design journalist Peta Levi MBE. Recently merged with Design Factory in the East Midlands and the National Centre of Craft & Design in Lincolnshire.

Design Nation is a membership organisation that selects, promotes and exhibits the best designer makers in the UK. Their website shows the work of their current members working in ceramics, glass, furniture, lighting, wood, interior products, jewellery, metal, textiles, and paper. They regularly exhibit at interior design trade fair Decorex International and promote members to the press, trade buyers, commissioners and the general public interested in the best designers makers in the UK.

 

Eclectic Artisans

Eclectic Artisans is an online gallery, based in Australia, showcasing bespoke, handcrafted contemporary jewellery, from over 100 jewellers from across the world, carefully curated to represent a range showing the utmost quality, craftsmanship and design.

 

Etsy

Etsy is the number one online market place for handmade products, with 1.93 million sellers (in 2017) worldwide with over 65 million buyers! It’s the best-known global marketplace for unique and creative goods from unique handmade products to vintage treasures. The price point tends to be below £50, and most buyers are still from the USA.

Joining and starting a shop is free, but there are three basic additional fees: a listing fee, a transaction fee, and a payment processing fee. Useful to mention is that Etsy sellers can also take part in regular regional meetups to meet other Etsy sellers, can get an Etsy shop review and also can take part in events, especially the Etsy Made Local events in the run up to Christmas.

 

Fab.com

Fab.com is a design-focused online sales platform based in the USA, known for its ‘flash sales’, mostly selling art and design products for the home and innovative tech products.  Its team of design experts and enthusiasts select everyday design products, and they work closely with brands who want to run sale offers. It was one of the hottest startups in New York a couple of years ago but seems to have lost much of its finance and employees.

 

Folksy

Folksy.com is one the oldest (founded by the lovely James Boardwell in 2008 in the beautiful Peak District) and friendliest online market places in the UK for handmade or designed work from over 3,000 independent designers and makers based across the UK. It has a fairly small but stable clientele and very supportive handmade community. They very much embrace the ‘David not Goliath’ spirit when it comes to selling handmade products online!

Total site sales are around £1 million per year. There is a per item listing fee or The Folksy Plus account enables unlimited free listings with a commission on sales.

 

Handmade in Britain online

Handmade in Britain has been organising fairs and events for many years to support and promote the best contemporary and traditional design and craft talent in the UK. Recently Handmade in Britain has launched an online marketplace with the work of more than 100 emerging and well-known designer-makers. No doubt that their online sellers will benefit from the association with the well-respected Handmade in Britain brand as well as the marketing to their large existing client base.

Applications are welcomed from UK-based designer makers and visual artists working in furniture, metal, sculpture, jewellery, ceramics, glass, textiles, print, woodwork, paper, print, and mixed media. There are no application or monthly fees, but a regular commission fee.

 

Lisa Valentine Home

Lisa Valentine Home is the lifestyle website of Lisa Valentine – a curated online store of practical, beautiful & useful homeware. As beautiful as her Instagram time line! Full of gorgeous products and images of bags and baskets, kitchenware, candles, furniture, printed cards, woodware, gift boxes, and even some utility stuff too.

 

MADE.COM Talent Lab

Made.com is one of the fastest-growing contemporary, online furniture and interior retailers in the UK, and expanding into Europe too. Of course, you can try to sell your designs to their buyer’s team, or you can check out the Made.com Talent Lab instead!

Recently Made.com launched their own crowdfunding platform called Made.com Talent Lab and this is an innovative opportunity to introduce your design talent to the Made.com team and if selected to get voted for by the general public to get your designs manufactured and sold by Made.com in the future. Made.com will pay you the same royalty they pay their other designers.

Want to learn more about crowdfunding? Check out our free creative crowdfunding ebook here.

Not On The High Street

Not On The High Street or NOTHS is the UK’s number one curated online marketplace for gifts and in particular personalised creative products. Nearly 40 million visitors each year visit this popular site, for innovative-but-affordable-and-trend-driven personalised gifts and homewares, jewellery, prints and art, gifts for babies and pets (!) and very popular these days: experience days.

In the last few years Not On The High Street has grown rapidly (some would say even ‘aggressively’) with now more than 5,000 creative business owners selling their creative products online – from small independent designer makers to designer-manufacturers and small boutique retailers. NOTHS suits especially more commercially-minded creatives who can produce quality and quantities at good prices, and who are adaptable to new trends. Around 20 of their sellers have even become millionaires in the process.

There is a one-off joining fee to start selling on NOTHS, as well as a (fairly high) commission rate. Although NOTHS regularly promotes their ‘partners’ through weekly emails, beautiful seasonal catalogues, and even a TV campaign, most of the marketing will still need to be done by sellers themselves. Specific key words and stunning ‘on-brand’ images in this competitive market place are key – but NOTHS provides some training for their partners on all of this.

 

MADE + GOOD

Made+Good sells a small and carefully selected range of home, lifestyle and gift products – shipped directly from the studios of the best independent UK designers and makers straight to the buyer’s front door. The makers are not named on the site but you might recognise some of the makers. The company has a very strong ethical stand and shares their profits with selected charities.

 

Made By Hand Online

Made by Hand Onlineis a well-curated website for high-end contemporary crafts in the UK, promoting and selling the work of more than 150 designer-makers, including the work of textile artist Dionne Swift, ceramicists Jill Shaddock and Justine Allison, and wood artist Sally Burnett. Creative products can be bought directly from the site and commissions are encouraged.

Madebyhandonline.com also brings together a community of selected makers from around the UK, celebrating their work and unique stories, providing useful resources for makers and the general public interested in crafts. There is an annual membership fee plus a commission on all sales and commissions.

 

Made It

Made It is Australia’s premier online buying and selling destination for handmade and independently created items, with a 120,000 registered users.  There are quarterly or annual commission plans depending on the number of items you wish to list. However, you can only sell with them if you live in Australia.

 

Online Ceramics

Online Ceramicsaims to bring the very best of contemporary British studio pottery into one dedicated online marketplace with just over 30 ceramicists, including Chris Keenan, Jack Doherty, and Walter Keeler. Every featured maker is visited in their studio to ensure standards are met, and every piece featured has been chosen to provide the best examples of the artist’s work. Potters must have worked professionally in ceramics for at least 10 years – most of those featured have well over 30 years’ experience, and are all members or fellows of the Craft Potters Association.

 

Rebels Market

Rebels Market is an online, curated marketplace of unique, edgy and rebellious products. Or as they say themselves ‘The World’s Number One Counter Culture Mega Store” attracting over 7 million ‘alternative’ clients! Rebels Market welcomes manufacturers and retailers who list high-quality art, jewellery, fashion, and homewares. Expect loads of quirky, boho, steam punk, rockabilly and over-the-top skulls, piercings, tattoos and dressing up. No setting up or monthly fees for your store, but a commission is taken on all sales.

 

Red Bubble

Started in 2006 in Melbourne, Red Bubble now gives over 400,000 independent artists and designers across the world an online market place to sell their designs and illustrations on a wide variety of products to millions of fans. The idea is that creatives upload their art and designs, and Red Bubble handles all the printing (on over 60 products – think phone cases, tablet covers, t-shirts and duvet covers) and shipping across the world.

Creative on-demand online market places like Red Bubble can also help creatives to create some fairly cheap prototypes (!), but be aware that the commission paid is normally on the low side and only paid once a month. Also be aware that stealing ideas is extremely high from sites like this. Regularly delivery also takes about two weeks because designs are printed on demand and shipped from Australia.

 

Rockett St George

Rockett St George is the favourite online emporium of expressive homewares for interiors designers. Launched in 2007 Rockett St George scours the globe in search of unique, glamorous, eclectic, witty and rock ‘n’ roll home accessories, furniture, lighting, kitchenware, art, and gifts.

 

Society6

Society6is another printing-on-demand service for creatives, especially illustrators, photographers and pattern designers, who upload and sell their designs on lifestyle products, from blankets to rug sacks and even shower curtains. Society6 produces and fulfills the order to a world-wide audience.

Be aware that the average commission on Society6 is only around 10% of the total sales price and list prices are set by Society6 depending on the type of product and size of the product. See RedBubble above for other opportunities and challenges when printing-on-demand.

 

Spoonflower

Spoonflower is another printing-on-demand marketplace, specialising in custom-printed fabrics for interiors.  More than 16,000 creatives sell their pattern designs and illustrations to be printed and turned into interior fabrics, wallpaper, clothes, bags, giftwrap, framed artwork etc.

Be aware that the average commission on Spoonflower is only 10% of the total sales price. See RedBubble above for other opportunities and challenges when printing-on-demand.

 

The Future Kept

The Future Kept was set up by husband-and-wife team Jeska and Dean Hearne, purveyors of well-designed, durable, meticulously chosen items made and carefully sourced from independent designers, makers, artisans and entrepreneurs who are creating products that are better for our world. With beautiful images and stories.

 

Threadless

Threadlessstarted as a t-shirt company in Chicago in 2000, and is now an on-demand-printing service for creatives although they work slightly different; instead of an online store, Threadless organises weekly design competitions and the general public then votes which designs get printed.

Be aware that during sales periods the commission is as low as $1 per item sold. This seems more an opportunity for young people wanting to earn a little on the site than a professional opportunity. See RedBubble above for other opportunities and challenges when printing-on-demand.

 

Trouva

Trouva is a wonderful find! It features the best small brick-and-mortar shops and boutiques with beautiful crafts, interior products and fashion. So only actual independent shops across the UK (plus Berlin!) are featured here. Trouva campaigns and supports small independent shops – and we at The Design Trust love that a lot because we love #buylocal campaigns.  Expect very cool products, loads of lovely shop fronts plus wonderful behind-the-scenes-stories.

 

Withal

Withal features innovative and emerging brands and presents fresh stories and viewpoints from around the USA and Canada mostly. Their founding team is a passionate group of designers, makers, writers, artists, and business owners. Withal works with independent makers and brands across North America, aligning with brands whose direction, aesthetics, and quality craftsmanship they admire.

 

Wolf & Badger

Wolf & Badger was founded in 2010 by brothers Henry and George Graham, who are known for their shops in premium locations in Notting Hill, London, and Soho, New York. They stock over 600 of the world’s best independent fashion, jewellery, accessory, homeware, stationery, and beauty brands. Products have a clear personality and stand out.

Creative brands can apply to join the membership to sell at their shops as well as online, on an individually named web page, attracting over 200K visitors each month to the site. There is a commission of 35% and monthly fees might apply too.

 

Yoyo and Flo

Yoyo and Flo is a curated selection of design-led soft and wooden toys, gifts, and nursery decoration. Everything is chosen for its quality, originality, and sense of fun. They work with a small selection of brands, many of them French.

 

Zibbet

Zibbet is an online marketplace of over 57,000 independent artists, crafters and vintage collectors. You can create your own private website with your own web address through them, as well as selling through their online marketplace at the same time. There is a monthly membership fee (at different levels) but no listing fee or commissions.

 

And there you have it! The Design Trust’s selection of the best places to buy and sell handmade crafts online, plus some suggestions for illustrators, designers, and photographers too. Did you find this list and honest overview useful? Then do share it with other creatives, or ‘like’ it. Did we miss your favourite online shop or boutique? Please let us know in the comments below.

 

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If the golden rule of real estate is “location, location, location,” then the golden rule of Etsy selling is “branding, branding, branding.” Potential customers usually come to Etsy when they have something in mind, so the key for your Etsy shop is to make sure it stands out as exactly the resource they might want. This includes having a great Etsy shop name.

There are myriad ways to ensure that your shop looks like somewhere a consumer might want to shop, including your product line itself and your product photography, but without an Etsy shop name that’s easy to remember and that at least hints at what it is you’re selling, all of the cute logos and great prices in the world won’t mean a thing. Your Etsy store name is the first thing customers see so make it stand out from the crowd.

In her CreativeLive class, Etsy 101: Launch Your Handmade Shop, jeweler and teacher Marlo Miyashiro explained the somewhat confusing business name conventions behind an Etsy shop, and gave a few tips on how to pick the perfect name.

Once you’re ready to design a captivating Etsy Banner, head on over to Canva’s Etsy Banner Design Tool to discover ways to create a header image that makes your shop pop!

As we get started naming your shop, it’s important to clarify which name we’re talking about — because when it comes to Etsy, you’ve got more than one name (domain name, username etc).

–Your username is the name you sign into Etsy with, and you can’t change it.
–Your full name is just your name. It’s optional, but it’s very useful, Marlo says, if you already have a client base who may come looking for you.
–Your shop name, which you can only change once and which dictates the URL of your shop.

And remember this: If you do decide to change your shop name, you can’t have the old one back — and neither can anyone else! So go through some name ideas before you set up your own unique name for your new shop.

“If you change your name into something else, that old name is gone forever. Every shop name that’s ever been created is not available to use again.”

When in doubt, just be consistent — have your username and your shop name be the same. Or, you can choose to have your username be your actual name, and name your shop something different.

Once you’ve got some name ideas and know the difference between the three names, it’s time to look on Etsy and check availability of your chosen name. To do that, just search through Etsy itself.

“I just did this thing where I searched for what I thought were really common words that were in shop names,” explains Marlo.

For example, there are more than 29,000 Etsy shops with the word “designs” in them, and more than 15,000 with the word “creations.” That doesn’t mean you can’t use them, but it does mean it might be a good idea to think of something more original.

“I’m not saying you can’t use these words,” Marlo notes “just know that you’re in this big pool of people that have a similar name.” Which means that if a customer is searching for your name, they’re going to have a lot more to wade through to try to find you.

To come up with a good Etsy shop name that’s unique and telling, try this branding exercise:

–Make a list of words that relate to your brand and your goods (you can think of abstract names, too).
–Now, do a word association with each word, and add three more words.
–Try to combine some of the words to make a descriptive name.
–Search for that shop name.

Even if you don’t pick any of these names, generating the list will get your creative juices flowing and might help you land on a descriptive name for your Etsy small business.

Another naming option is to look at the things that are important in your life and the brand itself. For example, if you make high-end dog accessories, consider naming the shop after a beloved family pet and folding that into the story of the brand. Consider how your name factors into your brand story itself, and how it tells a piece of that story. Personal anecdotes can make for good shop names.

If the name you want is taken, you may be tempted to try an alternate spelling — but that’s not the best bet, according to a blog post from the Etsy Success Team. Spelling counts and people might not be able to find you if they can’t remember the unusual spelling of your product line.

“Pick something that is easy to pronounce and spell,” they write. “The former helps people remember your name, the latter makes it easy to find you again!”

Another great tip from Etsy? Ask around.

“Ask others who are in your target market what they think about your name,” suggests the Etsy Success Team. Ask your friends, your current customers, or people on social media what they think. Shopping the idea around can help you ensure that the name really sends the message you want — and tweak it before it’s too late.

To get more name suggestions and tips on how to get your Etsy shop off the ground and driving the sales you know you’re capable of, check out, Etsy 101: Launch Your Handmade Shop and Turn Your Etsy Shop in to Sales Machine.

Are you ready to start selling your handmade craft projects?

Download our free PDF: Etsy 101: A Guide to Getting Started! This comprehensive collection of notes, worksheets, and slides from Marlo Miyashiro’s class, Etsy 101: Launch Your Handmade Shop gives you the tips and insights you need to launch a successful Etsy shop!

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Paper crafts include any sort of craft that is fabricated from paper or a paper-like medium such as cardboard or waste fabric rags. Depending on the time of year, you can market different types of paper craft designs. One lucrative seasonal papercraft is designing and handcrafting holiday decorations. Another is the wedding invitation and place settings market.

Starting a Paper Crafts Business

A papercraft business is one of the least expensive arts and crafts start-up businesses. Basic startup supplies and tools are cheap and easy to find. Papercraft tools and supplies include different types of paper medium, dyes and adhesives, cutting tools and printing tools.

Breaking out seasonal versus non-seasonal paper crafts, seasonal paper crafts include gift wrap, greeting cards, wedding invitations, and holiday decorations. Year-round paper crafts include wallpaper, origami, paper mache, popups, scrapbooking, lampshades, and bookbinding.

Exploring Different Types of Paper

Like any art or craft, selecting the proper raw material for the job is key. For example, if you want to handcraft lamp shades, kinwashi, a hemp paper product, is your best bet. It's also suitable for block printing and letterpress designs.

Paper is sold by the sheet and roll. Some are acid or bleach-free, which affects the color and consistency of the paper. Depending on the type of fiber and weaving technique used to make the paper, even the thinnest of sheets can be quite strong. While the gorgeous paper is available ready-made from many different online and brick-and-mortar companies, making the paper is itself a craft.

Learning About Paper Craft Tools and Supplies

Your biggie paper craft tool is the paper cutter. Depending on the type of paper craft, you might just need a good pair of cutting shears, razor knife or guillotine paper cutter.

Other tools include a ruler, T-square, stamps, adhesives, dyes, ink (one trending method is to make ink from flowers and plants), plastic to cut stencils, and possibly a letterpress. Professional letterpress machines are expensive. They can run upwards to $5,000 for the small business crafter.

Trying out a cheap hobby letterpress first will give you some indication if you want to delve into this type of paper craft. For simple letterpress designs, you can cut stencils and print them with a brayer.

Cricut machines are also highly rated by hobby paper crafters and are a good transitional tool from hobby to business. Just keep in mind that most less expensive hobbyist tools are only useful for beginners wanting to learn the basics about a skill. Certainly, to make money in a papercraft business requiring a letterpress, you'll eventually have to invest in professional equipment.

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FAQ

Do you have any monthly plans or additional fees?

No! With our one-time single payment, you receive all logo files and lifetime access for unlimited edits and re-downloads.

What package do I get after the purchase?

You will receive all the standard logo files that real-world designers usually send, such as sliced logos of different sizes (for website, app, email signature, letterhead, etc.), production-ready source files for printing, commercial licensing, colors, and font names.

Do you use templates?

NO, we don't use "logo templates" however, we do use machine learning and by teaching it on dozens of professional designers we have made a curated collection of hundreds of popular fonts,colors and different layouts. You also have an access to the Editor where you can fine tune your logo and edit every little aspect of it

Do I own my logo copyrights?

YES, you receive all copyrights for your logo after the purchase

What are you going to do next?

We are continuously evolving, and since we don't have nor want to spend huge amounts of money on fancy offices or PR we can spend all our time & resources to deliver an outstanding product for people wordlwide

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