But figuring out how you can put artistic skills to work can be a little bit tricky. What do you make? How can you offer something new and special? Something 500 others aren’t already promoting online.
Crafty types, take heart.
We’ve gathered 20 simple,
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Bath bombs have been rising since early 2015, and today, the market for these fizzing bathtub potions are more popular than ever before. Even more interesting: the materials that go into them are very inexpensive.
The few basic ingredients for these DIY crafts (baking soda, epsom salts, food coloring, to name a few) can be purchased in large quantities inexpensively — meaning high margins for you!
Video tutorial: How to make DIY bath bombs
Candles are DIY crafts that can be sold
The ASPCA estimates there are about
More and more consumers want to incorporate safe, organic cleaning products into their daily lives. Capitalize on this movement by creating and marketing your own,
Like candles, every host or hostess, sister or uncle appreciates items that make them feel spoiled. With the amazing varieties of scents and dyes available, it’s easy to develop products for specific markets. In the United States, one woman makes a living using the spent grain from breweries to make soaps the brewery then brands and sells as keepsakes.
Tutorial: DIY gemstone soap
Printed Throw Pillows
Did you know the home decor market brings in about $62.5 billion each year? It’s true. That’s why entering this segment of the marketplace makes a lot of sense — especially if you have a completely unique offering, like custom printed throw pillows. Personalized throw pillows allow shoppers and gift buyers to express their pride and identity. And you don’t need a screen printing shop to get started — you can do this at home.
Video tutorial: Printed throw pillows
Resin jewelry is simple to make, and a starter kit is relatively inexpensive. With a bit of patience and an eye for design, you can create beautiful,
Tutorial: How to make resin jewelry
Customized Dinner Napkins or Hand Towels
For the home decorator that loves details, customized napkins or hand towels are an important design piece. With minimal sewing skills and a few
Tutorial: Creating custom made dinner napkins
The keychain never goes out of style. Having long
Did you know that the average person uses about 425 plastic grocery bags a year? As more and more states strive to cut down on plastic bag use, tote bags are becoming more important than ever before. From the grocery store to the coffee shop, these versatile
Similar to other DIY crafts on this list, making a tote bag is not hard at all.
Tutorial: Make a polka dot canvas tote bag
Holiday Ornaments or Gift Tags
For many families, buying new holiday decor each year is a tradition. More,
The best part: If you’re using a medium like clay, you can make your products for next to nothing — and your profit margins will soar.
Tutorial: Make your own clay ornaments
Who doesn’t like plants? Put them in a pretty container, and you’ve just upgraded a space. Creating unique planters that speak to different tastes and styles can help shoppers achieve the look they’re going for at home and at work, Often you can build them with low cost raw materials and still make them look chic by incorporating the different designs from contemporary/modern to Victorian or Craftsman.
Tutorial: Create your own concrete planters
Who says framed prints, posters or paintings have to dominate our walls? In 2012, production of arts and cultural goods added more than $698 billion to the US economy. That’s an industry to get into.
By sharing your quirky or lovely creations or by making personalized wall decor, you allow consumers to decorate their homes with pieces that are distinctly them. See what you can create that’s unique, marketable, and missing from the current wall art marketplace.
Tutorial: Custom string art wall decor
Fun, cheerful magnets are an easy gift to give — and they’re extremely inexpensive to make. In fact, you can likely create these items for
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As of 2013, the average amount spent per child per year on toys within the US was about $371, according to Statista. That’s a decent chunk of change. By creating DIY crafts like toys for children of different ages, you can share your creations with little ones who will love your products for years to come. And you don’t have to be a manufacturer, either. With some cloth, paint, and stuffing, you can become the next master toymaker.
Tutorial: Create a DIY dollhouse pillow
Look around, and you’ll notice that just about everyone has a smartphone or tablet within arm’s reach. Because we tote these expensive pieces of tech with us wherever we go, it makes sense that people are willing to invest in a decent carrying case or accessory to keep it safe. With a willingness to learn a bit of sewing, you can create cases for electronics that are both stylish and useful for a huge market of consumers.
In a climate where boring plastic boxes are everywhere, the rougher, the better… or at least more unusual, natural and authentic.
Tutorial: Make your own leather iPad case
Ceramic may seem a sophisticated art form, but you can start with making a simple bowl. You will not necessarily need a wheel and expensive equipment for firing your products: consider beginning with just your hands and home oven instead. Again, many consumers interpret this rough look as authentic and interesting compared to the perfected bowls spun perfectly with centrifugal force.
By using acrylic paint, glitter, or even nail polish, you can turn your ceramic DIY crafts into a piece of art. It can be really effortless — watch the video to see how.
Rustic Wooden Designs
If the textures and grains of wood have always intrigued you, the rustic home decor niche could be for you. Since the goal is to keep natural objects in their original forms and hues as much as possible, beginners find making modifications and simple upgrades simple. Another advantage to this crafty path is that you can discover many of your raw materials at the junkyard or thrift store.
You’ll likely need a garage to get started though. That’s how one of Ecwid merchants took off her rustic home decor business. Read her story to learn a lot of helpful insights of the home decor industry.
Dread Hair Extensions
Dreads come back in fashion every now and again. Why not adorn the nonconformists who wear them with lovely options? Get some wooden beads, wool, cotton, silk, pewter, fabrics, and you’re ready to go.
If you can source a good cloth or yarn supplier, selling blankets can make you a lot of money. With the right plan, a blanket can look really
While crocheting skills come in handy, there are many more ways to make a blanket than hooking — see an example in this video tutorial.
Did you know that homemade lip balm only takes beeswax, coconut oil, vitamin E and a microwave? Most balms take you less than five minutes to create. Use this video to get started, but you can easily diverge from her recipes by changing up colors and containers.
A drink coaster is one of easy products to make and sell online. There are a lot of materials to choose from: wood, cork, textiles, plastic, glass, and even concrete. You can make coasters minimalistic or elaborate, use photos or ornaments for decoration. Also, customizable coasters can be sold as souvenirs for special occasions, like birthdays, weddings, or corporate parties.
Don’t put that there — use a coaster! Thanks to paranoid mom’s all over the world, the coaster business is alive and well. And if you’re dipping your toes in the
Tutorial: DIY Resin Beach Coasters
If you’re searching for an inexpensive product with wide appeal, notecards could be the way to go. Paper and textiles are generally affordable, no special skills are required for production, and because it’s paper, it’s cheap and easy to ship. Try calligraphy, stamps, dried flowers, and even simple DIY prints from the internet to create beautiful cards for your store.
Tutorial: Easy DIY Watercolor Prints
Salts, oils, teas, jellies — bathtubs aren’t just for bubbles anymore. And one of the latest trends for pampering
But before you start thinking about how to sell your product, take a few minutes to think through the packaging. Milk bath packaging should be waterproof (for obvious reasons) and stylish enough to communicate the experience. If you use simple mason jars, decorate them with labels or ribbons. The fancier your packaging, the more likely your products are to be purchased as gifts.
Headbands are great handmade products to sell online because they’re easy to make and fun to experiment on. Not sure how to make a headband? No problem. There are plenty of tutorials online, and some don’t even require sewing. If you’ve been looking for a
Tip: To attract sustainable shoppers, make headbands from upcycled materials.
When you’re thinking about easy products to make and sell online, cat tents don’t usually come to mind. But they should. A fairly niche product, cat tents are simple to make, need only a handful of materials, and require
Tutorial: DIY Cat Bed
DIY Crafts: Your Gateway to
Whether you’ve been crafting for years or it’s something new you’d like to experiment with, these DIY project ideas offer some simple ideas that you can dive into right away. From toys to candles, the possibilities are endless: get inspired and start your
Once you’ve made your crafts, be sure to check out these beginner business resources: