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20 Crafts to Make and Sell Online

Selling your crafts for profit is an excellent way to make extra money. There are several things you can make at home and sell online. Many of these items need minimal capital to get started.

Read on to learn 20 things you can make and sell online.

Scented Candles

Nothing relieves stress and boosts your mood like a sweetly scented candle. It can also help you to feel calm, energised and become more productive. To sell more scented candles, use high-quality materials. Offer a wide range of fragrances from fresh and fruity to floral and musky. There are several YouTube videos and online tutorials on candle making

Art and Prints

If you love drawing or painting, you can make extra cash selling your art. Print-on-demand drop shipping products can help you make money online, and you don’t have to worry about inventory. Just create your custom product on T-shirts, mugs, hats and more, and the site will handle everything. To get started, check out Printify or Printful.

Gift Baskets

Gift baskets for all occasions is a great way to make money online. To get started…

  • Choose a theme and a basket tailored to the recipient.
  • Select a variety of gift items and put the tall items in the back.
  • Use glass jars, beverage containers and mugs to store some of the items.
  • Use cellophane wrap as it gives your basket a great look.

Digital Printables

Besides art and prints, create custom digital printables such as wedding invitations and more. You can use online graphic design tools like Canva. They have thousands of pre-made templates and free stock images.

Coasters

If you’ve an eye for design, make coasters and sell them for profit. Coasters protect the table surface or other surfaces where you might place a drink. This helps to prevent hot drinks from burning the table surface. To stand out, personalise your coasters for special occasions such as baby showers and weddings.

Photos

Several photo-sharing sites will pay you for your best shots. A good example is Shutterstock. They pay 25 to 38 cents every time a user downloads your photo. All you need is a good camera or a high-end smartphone and photo editing software or app to get started.

Read: How to Take Good Photos With Your Phone.

Picture Frames

Custom barn wood picture frames are excellent home décor pieces. The warmth of wood from rustic picture frames adds an aesthetic appeal to your photos, transforming them into art pieces. Besides making picture frames, offer photo to wood transfer services. Basically, you’ll be putting photos on a piece of beautiful wood.

Read: DIY Wood Photo Transfer Keepsake Craft.

Personalised Gifts

Unlike a store-bought gift, personalised gifts have a special touch. Store bought items lack personalisation which leaves an excellent opportunity for you. By personalising your gifts, for example, adding a thank you note, you can bring in the extra cash big retailers leave on the table.

Pillows

Throw pillows make watching movies and TV shows for extended periods more comfortable. They also serve an aesthetic purpose. If you design and make season throw pillows, your clients can buy them to match the time of the year. For example, you can create Halloween or Christmas themed throw pillows. Before you know it, you’ve developed a niche market.

Jewellery

More and more people are turning to handcrafted jewellery. Selling handmade jewellery can bring in extra money. Whether you sell the jewellery as a side hustle or a full-time job, turning your passion for jewellery into profit is wonderful. You can solder, carve, or shape the jewellery pieces without the use of manufacturing machinery.

To get started, define your line, legalise your business, find suppliers, create your jewellery and sell them.

Natural Cosmetics

Many people love natural cosmetics because they’ve fewer potentially harmful substances. They’re safer for sensitive skin and have a lower risk of skin irritation. To make safe, natural cosmetics, educate yourself on using the right formulation framework. Choose safe, natural ingredients and set up a sanitised workspace.

When choosing skincare herbs, look at the ingredient’s…

  • Compatibility
  • Solubility
  • Sustainability

You should also check the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients. We recommend starting with balms, oil-based serums, scrubs, masks and body butters.

Bath Bombs

Bath bombs uplift your mood, calm your mind, soothe body aches, improve your sleep and help you detox. You can make bath bombs with ingredients such as baking soda, citric acid, Epsom salt, essential oil, corn-starch, and water at home. You can also add cosmetic glitters, botanicals and a little treat into the centre.

Ceramics

The appeal for high-quality ceramics is undeniable. While they are not the quickest product to make, you can make them without setting up a full workshop. Consider starting with a workstation. For materials, we recommend polymer clay, poured concrete or air clay.

To stand out in the market, come up with unique designs. If you love to dabble in paint, you can decorate mugs and sell them for profit.

Tote Bags

About one trillion single-use plastic bags are usually used annually around the world. That’s 2 million plastic bags every minute. Tote bags can prevent the use of hundreds of single-use plastic bags across the globe. It’s easy to make tote bags. You can vary their size and pattern.

Learn How To Make A Simple Tote Bag.

Homemade Dog Treats

Help pet owners ensure that their furry friends stay healthy with homemade dog treats. With just five ingredients or less, you can make healthy dog treats, from frozen treats to grain-free options. A good example is sweet potato fries, where you only use sweet potato, cinnamon, turmeric and coconut oil.

Soap

Handmade soaps sell quickly online as they make for beautiful gifts. Like natural cosmetics, natural soaps contain ingredients that do not irritate the skin. Instead, natural soaps contain oils and other ingredients that add a WOW factor. To make soap, you don’t need a lot of tools. Get inspiration from Pinterest.

Sewn Items

There are over 50 things you can sew and sell. Examples include baby slippers, hats, scarves, headbands, scrunchies, travel pouches, purses and more. If you’re selling on Etsy or Shopify, reversible placemats and table décor are among the top sellers.

You don’t need to be an expert sewer with years of experience. At any skill level, you can craft any sewn item and turn it into cash. With time, you can improve your skills, and your profit will grow along with them.

T-Shirts

Custom T-shirts with your design is a great idea for people with an eye for what looks good together. One of the best T-shirt printing technologies is machine-based screen printing. The technology uses screen printing inks thicker in nature. This helps to create durable and vibrant T-shirt designs.

You’ll also need a computer, graphic design program, heat-press, transfer paper and cutter.

Magnets/Pins

Magnet push pins offer an excellent way to hang up items on metal surfaces. You can also use the magnets/pins to hold photos, notes and A4 sheets on whiteboards and other metal surfaces. DIY enamel pin magnets are easy to put together. The supplies you need include:

  • Enamel pins
  • Industrial strength adhesive
  • 1/2 inch craft magnets
  • Wire cutters

To create your enamel pin magnets, apply glue on the magnet and allow them to dry for 24 hours, then stick your enamel pins. That’s it. Market your pin magnets and make a profit.

Sweets

When it comes to sweets, it’s wise to cater to a specific market, for example, vegans or diabetics. You can even make sweets for special occasions such as weddings, Diwali, birthday parties or baby showers. Before starting your candy making venture, check the UK national laws on selling edibles.

Final Thoughts

Before starting your home business, take a look at your creative skills. This will enable you to see which business idea is best. Also, it will help you create something you love to make and solves your customers’ problems.

Come up with a creative and catchy name for your brand. We recommend wacky and weird names as they stand out. You need to license your business and create your online store. Once you make your beautiful handmade creations, promote them online and start selling.