When it comes to making crafts to sell, there are so many possibilities. Handmade products are surging in popularity right now, and new ways to buy and sell them are constantly emerging. Etsy is still the leading website for both buying and selling handcrafted items, but there are many others, including A.C. Moore Marketplace, Aftcra, Amazon Handmade, Artfire, Articents, Bonanza, eBay, eCrater, and GLC Craft Mall.
Most sites charge a fee of some sort, but we did find one where you can sell your wares for free: Shop Handmade.
Another interesting option is Zibbet. Zibbet is an online marketplace for arts and crafts, but it also aims to help you sell more by managing your product listing(s) across multiple sales channels. These channels are Zibbet Marketplace, Etsy, A.C. Moore Marketplace and Stitch Websites. Stitch Websites are individual websites dedicated to one artist/maker, you.
Specialized sites where you can sell certain types of arts and crafts include:
- DeviantArt – an online platform for selling digital art
- Hyena Cart – a website focused on selling eco-friendly products
- iCraft – a website for jewelry, accessories and knitted products
- Society 6 – an online place to sell original art such as fine art, photography, graphic design and typography
Other interesting ideas for selling crafts are:
- Spoonflower – a company that makes your product based on your design, provides an online platform where you can sell it, and ships it out for you when an order is received
- Subscription box companies like Cratejoy
- Websites and apps for selling just about anything locally — like Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, and 5Miles.
In addition to all these ways to sell your crafts online, there are “IRL” options like craft fairs and farmer’s markets. And there are ways to turn your knowledge of crafting into income — for example, teaching classes, blogging and creating ebooks.
If there’s anything you enjoy making, chances are you can make money from it. If you’re interested but not sure what to make, here are 50 crafts to try.
Macramé plant hangers
The seventies are back! Macramé plant hangers are everything right now, and they’re not (pun intended) hard to make. All you need is a cotton cord and metal rings. You can also add wooden beads if you like. Find instructions online or in a book from your library.
Note: You can also make and sell macramé bracelets and belts!
Use a glue gun to attach seashells to a framed mirror for a stunning entryway piece you can sell for a nice price. If you live near a beach, collect and clean your own shells. If not, you can easily buy shells from a craft supplier.
Crochet boot cuff
Crochet boot cuffs are all the rage on handmade sites right now. If you know how to crochet, or are willing to learn, all you need is some yarn and your imagination to make extra dollars with these cute boot cuffs. Check sites like Etsy and Amazon Handmade for ideas.
Tassel necklaces of all sorts are popular sellers. All you need is a tassel and a chain. Add charms, beads or other personal touches to make this item your own.
Mason jar soap dispenser
Mason jar soap dispensers add a nice touch to a rustically decorated kitchen or bathroom and help the environment by reducing plastic use. Paint with a matte finish or leave au naturel, add a rustic yarn bow or a handmade label, fill with homemade or store-bought liquid soap, or sell ready-to-fill.
Reusable fabric bowl covers
Rather than add more plastic and foil to landfills, enlightened consumers are buying reusable fabric bowl covers. Making these covers is a simple sewing project that even a novice can learn to do in a day. Choose unique fabrics to give your covers your signature.
Vintage burlap wall letters
Many parents buy personalized wall art for their young children’s bedrooms. Why not carve out your own piece of this market with handmade burlap-covered wall letters? Cover pre-cut wooden letters with burlap, add vintage buttons and other decorations, and hot glue!
There’s more than one way to make a rope bowl. You can use a cotton piping cord or sisal rope. You can hot glue it or sew it with thread. You can make it big or small, and shape it like a round bowl, a flat bowl, a bucket or a tray. You can even add leather or other embellishments. What’s not debatable is that people are buying these now!
Upcycled painted furniture
Upcycling furniture takes some serious work, but can also fetch some serious cash. Find old pieces at garage sales, thrift stores, and flea markets, and give them a new life. We recommend selling these pieces on apps like OfferUp and 5Miles, where people go to buy furniture locally. This avoids shipping hassles and expenses.
Pop-up phone grip
Decorate a pop-up phone grip any way you can imagine and resell for a profit.
Liquor bottle lamp
Kits that include everything you need to turn a bottle into a lamp can be purchased online. Add a cool shade, purchased at a thrift store or garage sale, and sell for a nice price.
Mason jar décor
It’s amazing what a little creative flair can do with a Mason jar. Paint jars a pastel color, top with artificial white flowers and tie with sisal string for a beautiful decoration for any room in the house. All the materials needed for this project are available at craft stores.
Beaded wire bookmarks
Wire and beads – or just one particularly lovely bead – can be combined to create elegant bookmarks. Find both wire and beads at your local crafts store. There are also bead shops that offer more variety.
Headbands and Head Wraps
Handmade headbands, and head wraps of all kinds, are hot, and there are so many different styles to be made! Whether you sew, crochet or glue-gun, you can make headbands. Do a quick google search for inspiration.
Scrabble tile magnets
These are so easy to make, and so much fun to have on a refrigerator or any magnetic surface, where they can be used to spell out important or silly messages. Scrabble lovers — or just word lovers in general — will enjoy these. To make them, all you need is an old Scrabble game (hello, thrift store!) and some flat magnets, which are available at any craft store.
Glass pebble magnets
Flat-backed, clear glass pebbles are available at any craft store and even some dollar stores. Use Modge Podge to affix anything from printed pictures to images cut from magazines or books to the flat part of the pebble, then glue on a flat magnet. Whimsical magnets like these retail at specialty stores for nice prices.
Wristlet key fob
Some of the most sell-able crafts marry form and function — like this cute and practical key fob wristlet. Make these with key fob hardware, cotton fabric, fusible fleece, and a sewing machine.
To make quote art, you don’t need to come up with quotable words yourself. You can borrow them from the many people throughout history who have said things worth remembering. (We personally love Ralph Waldo Emerson and Leonard Bernstein.) Quote art can be made in many different ways. A quick google search will provide lots of great ideas.
Dinosaur toothbrush holders
All you need to make this cool dinosaur toothbrush holder is one hollow plastic dinosaur from the dollar store and a sharp knife (an exacto would work well). Cut one hole in the top for the toothbrush, and one in the bottom for water to drip out. Voila!
Wire wrapped bead rings
You can make beautiful rings using 18 or 20 gauge artistic wire and any beads you choose. Just make sure your beads have holes large enough to accommodate the wire. Other tools you will need are wire cutters and pliers.
Crochet baby blankets and more
Every baby deserves a hand-crocheted blanket, hat, sweater or pair of booties. If you crochet, this is a market you’ll definitely want to tap into.
Eco-friendly sandwich wrapper
The need for an environmentally sustainable way to wrap food for eating on the go is clear. And crafters are beginning to answer it. The market is not yet saturated, making it both good to get into and more challenging than some to navigate. We encourage you to research this one!
Cord organizer keychain
This handy keychain can be used to hold a cord or earbuds. All you need to make it are small amounts of leather or leatherette, sewing snaps, keychain rings, and a sewing machine or needle and thread. Adding charms to this is a really nice touch.
Washi tape clock
Sometimes the coolest crafts are boring, ready-made items decorated to make them unique. This washi tape clock is one of those. And, really, this technique can be applied to any small, plain item to make it special.
Yarn ball pompom bookmarks
These are so cute, like little multicolored dandelions. All you need is yarn and a pair of scissors. Cut one 15-inch piece of yarn for the tail and set aside. Then cut another 8-10-inch piece of yarn and set that aside. Now take your large ball of yarn and wrap yarn around two fingers (loosely) about 90 times. Gently slide off fingers. Tie the 8-10-inch piece of yarn around the middle of the wrapped yarn, then attach the 15-inch piece. Cut the wrapped yarn until it looks like a pom-pom. Careful not to cut the tail, since that is the part that goes between the pages of the book!
There are four basic methods for making soap at home: cold process, hot process, melt and pour, and rebatching. Cold and hot processes both involve working with lye, a dangerous chemical. With the melt and pour method, you buy a pre-made soap base from a craft supplier, melt it and add your own “secret ingredients” to give it fragrance, color and/or texture. Rebatching involves grinding up bars of soap, mixing with ingredients you select and reforming into new bars.
Homemade soap is very popular on sites like Etsy and Amazon Handmade, and there always seems to be room for a new variety. Paper wrappers, printed with the name of your soap and perhaps your “company” name, are popular additions to handmade soaps.
Crochet Dish Scrubbers
These cute dish scrubbers — or “scrubbies” as some folks like to call them — can be crocheted in a rainbow of colors out of nylon netting. Or, for a really sustainable product, make them out of recycled mesh produce bags (like the kind avocados or mandarins come in).
Recipes for homemade jam abound. Find a fruit that’s in season, add sugar, and, voila, homemade jam for sale! Add a pretty homemade label to your jars for an extra-special touch. Check your local laws and ordinances related to selling edible products before you begin.
New throw pillow covers are a great way to keep your décor interesting without creating waste. They’re also really easy to make. With nothing more than fabric, scissors, a sewing machine and thread, you can create your own homemade pillow cover factory right at home.
Fresh or dried flowers, floral wire, and floral tape are all you need to make beautiful flower crowns. You can also add ribbons if you like. Your options for selling these will vary depending on whether you use fresh flowers or dried ones. Dried flower crowns can be stored and shipped, but, because fresh flowers are perishable, you may find setting up your own web site and making them on demand for local customers to be your best option for selling crowns made with fresh flowers.
Fabric and the fusible fleece are all you need to make this phone wallet. Choose fabrics that make a statement. Remnants (pieces smaller than a yard) are always available at the fabric store at a deep discount.
Reusable shopping bag
Talk about useful! If there’s one thing just about everyone’s needs, it’s a reusable shopping bag – or two – or more. If you’ve got crochet or sewing skills, you can make cute reusable bags that people will pay for.
Sugar scrub smooths and softens the skin, and it’s one of the easiest crafts imaginable. The only ingredients you need are coconut oil, sugar, and essential oils for fragrance. Heat the oil, stir in the sugar, and you’re done! You can also add food coloring if you want, but it’s not necessary. Scoop it into cute containers from the dollar store, slap on a label you design, and it’s ready to go.
Dog owners are a huge market for crafts, including homemade toys and treats. The greatest opportunity of all in this category is clothes. People love to show their pups off in cute outfits. They also like to keep them warm when it’s cold out. A search for “dog clothes” on Etsy currently yields about 50,000 results. Patterns for sewing dog clothes are freely available on the internet. Why not try your hand?
Paper mosaic earrings
Paper earrings sound crazy until you stop and think about them for a minute. Earrings do tend to be delicate, like paper, so…why not? Paper earrings can be made from cardstock and scrapbook paper and varnish, resin, or Modge Podge. There are lots of tutorials available online.
Safety pin bracelets
Safety pin bracelets are incredibly easy to make. All you need are lots of safety pins and beads, and some elastic cord. You can use gold or silver-toned safety pins and any bead with a hole in it. The design possibilities are practically endless!
Most people who have desks can use help keeping them organized. And, since folks spend a lot of time at their desks, aesthetically pleasing accouterments are appreciated. Desk organizers like pen cups are easy to make out of found or inexpensive materials and make lovely gifts for coworkers and students.
People love to spoil their dogs! And there are plenty of recipes for homemade dog biscuits available on the internet. One recipe we found calls for peanut butter, pumpkin puree, eggs, and whole wheat flour. Whip some up, package them creatively, offer them for sale, and see who bites!
Paint scrape art
Fun, vibrant cards are easy to make. Just drip acrylic paint onto cardstock, scrape down with an old credit card or gift card, let dry and fold in half. Add whimsical or personalized sayings to the front of the cards with metallic stick-on letters. Have fun getting creative with different color combinations and text! Package with a stack of envelopes tied with a satin ribbon.
Rustic floral wreaths
These wreaths make gorgeous door decorations and fetch a nice price on sites like Amazon Handmade and Etsy. You can also add a pillar candle to a smaller size wreath for a beautiful centerpiece. Materials for making floral wreaths are readily available at crafts stores.
Keychain chapstick holder
A small scrap of fabric, a keychain ring, and your sewing machine are all you need to make this ingenious little doodad.
Thanks to trendy stores that sell them for a small fortune, bath bombs are hot, hot, hot. And they’re so easy to make. All you need are baking soda, citric acid, Epsom salts, essential oil for fragrance, and olive oil. Food coloring can also be added if you like. With bath bombs, as with so many things, the presentation makes a difference in terms of what people will pay. Experiment with different wrappings, labels, and boxes for your bombs to see what sells best.
Comic book magnets
Wham! Bam! Pow! Make these whimsical magnets out of old comic books and Modge Podge acrylic shapes.
Recycled paper pocket notebook
A bestseller on Etsy, these recycled paper notebooks are easy to make. If you happen to have an old typewriter, use it to add lettering to the covers for a special vintage touch.
Hand-painted welcome mat
This is a hot product right now. All you need to make one is a coir or sisal doormat, stencil vinyl, some outdoor paint and sealant (an absolute must).
Candles are a popular item on sites like Amazon Handmade and Etsy, and instructions for making them are abundant on the internet. You have lots of choices when it comes to candles — from materials (beeswax, soy, coconut oil, etc.) to colors, to scents, to containers. Containers you can use include everything from vintage glass purchased at thrift stores, to modern holders bought in bulk, to Mason jars. Handmade labels add a professional-looking touch.
Fabric wall art
With an inexpensive frame and some interesting fabrics, you can make this truly unique wall art. We recommend selling these in coordinating ensembles of three or four.
Hot handle holder
All you’ll need to make this handy holder is fabric (one design for the outside and another one for the lining), and a material like batting, an old towel, fleece, or Insul Bright for insulation.
You can make these beautifully marbled mugs using nothing but inexpensive white mugs and nail polish. Sealing them with dishwasher-safe Modge Podge will help the marbled finish last longer. However, to keep them looking fantastic for as long as possible, add a “Not Dishwasher or Microwave Safe” label to the bottom of each one.
All it takes to make these cute triangle purses is some fabric scraps and inexpensive zippers.