15 DIY Crafts to Make and Sell
Posted Feb 23, 2017 by Lina Vashurina, Ecwid Team

15 DIY Crafts to Make and Sell

DIY-ers have a huge opportunity within the online marketplace. By creating something unique, they’re able to attract customers who are looking for that one-of-a-kind product that’s made by hand.

But figuring out how you can put those skills to work can be a little bit tricky. What do you make? How can you offer something new and special?

If you’re a crafty person but you don’t know where to start when it comes to products you could make and sell online, you’re in the right place.

We’ve gathered 15 simple, low-cost DIY crafts that you can start making and selling with minimal startup expenses. Even better: There’s no official training needed and no difficult projects to be found.

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Bath bombs

Bath bombs have been increasing in terms of search volume since early 2015, and today, the market for these fizzing bathtub creations are more popular than ever before. And what’s even more interesting: You can create a wide variety of scents and products for extremely low startup costs.

The few basic ingredients for these beauty products (baking soda, epsom salts, food coloring, to name a few) can be purchased in large quantities for cheap — meaning high margins for you.

Video tutorial: How to make DIY bath bombs


DIY candles make for a versatile product that can be sold year-round. For many, they’re a go-to gift item, and with birthdays and numerous holidays throughout the year, you’ve always got a reason to keep customers coming back for more. By purchasing bulk wax and scented oils, you can create many different scent combinations in a variety of different sizes and shapes. And the really good news: You can launch a candle-making operation for under $100.

DIY candles


Step-by-step tutorial: Make your own soy candles

Pet Toys

The ASPCA estimates there are about 70-80 million dogs alone within the United States, and the APPA indicates that more than $60 billion is spent on the pet industry each year. Needless to say, people love their pets–and they’re happy to shell out some money to make them happy. You can tap into this massive market by creating handmade, eco-friendly toys for pets that are made from low-cost recycled materials.

DIY pet toys


Step-by-step tutorial: DIY rope chew toy for dogs

Handmade Soap

As more and more consumers strive to incorporate safe, organic cleaning products into their daily lives, you have an opportunity to capitalize on this movement by creating and marketing your own, made-from-scratch products, like hand soap. With a minimal startup investment, you can purchase soap-making materials and start creating unique products within this market that make excellent gifts.

DIY soap


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. By allowing your shoppers to personalize their pillows, you’re creating a unique experience that delivers exactly what the customer wants. And you don’t need a screen printing shop to get started–you can do this at home.

Video tutorial: Printed throw pillows how-to

Resin jewelry

Resin jewelry is simple to make, and a getting started kit is relatively inexpensive. With a bit of patience and an eye for design, you can create beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces to sell online. Plus, using clear resin, you can even offer photo-based jewelry creations that allow your customers to turn one of their favorite images into a treasured piece of jewelry.

DIY resin jewelry


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 low-cost materials, you can create beautiful table accents and customized creations to decor-lovers around the world. In just a few hours, you can create a large inventory of products that you can start selling right away.



Tutorial: Creating custom made dinner napkins

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The keychain is an accessory that never seems to go out of style–and it’s useful, too. Using materials like leather, canvas, plastic, or cloth, you can create keychains for customers that make for versatile unisex gifts. Bonus: Because these are typically small in scale, you can make your materials go a long way.

DIY key chain


Step-by-step how-to: Make a DIY leather keychain

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Tote bags

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 catch-alls have a huge market–and they’re extremely inexpensive. By offering an interesting design or message on your tote bags, you can attract customers and differentiate yourself from competitors.

DIY polka dot tote bag


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. While holiday ornaments only make sense during a specific time of year, you can also build off this skill to create similar products like personalized gift tags, napkin holder embellishments, etc. that you can sell year-round. 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.

DIY Ornaments


Tutorial: Make your own clay ornaments


Who doesn’t like plants? Put them in a pretty container, and you’ve just upgraded a space significantly. 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, and often times, these can be built for very little (while still looking like high-end design.)

DIY planter


Tutorial: Create your own concrete planters

Wall art

By sharing your artistic 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.

DIY wall art


Tutorial: Custom string art wall decor


Fun, cheerful magnets are an easy gift to give — and they’re extremely low-cost to make. In fact, you can likely create these items for $0.01-0.03 per magnet. Grab some resin, magnets, and some images or drawings, and in a few hours you can make hundreds of magnets to sell online.

DIY magnets


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Kid’s toys

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 handmade toys for children of different ages, you can share your creations with little ones who 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 be on your way to toyland.

DIY pillow


Tutorial: Create a DIY dollhouse pillow

Electronic accessories

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 an all-encompassing market of consumers.

DYI leather ipad case


Tutorial: Make your own leather iPad case

DIY Crafts: Your Gateway to E-commerce

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 e-commerce business with Ecwid.

Once you’ve made your crafts, be sure to check out these beginner business resources:

About the author
Lina is a content creator at Ecwid. She writes to inspire and educate readers on all things commerce. She loves to travel and runs marathons.