As winter sets in on the homestead, life tends to slow down a little bit. The garden is all tucked away for the winter, and the preserving is done. There are still animals and children to tend to, of course, but, at this time of year, I tend to focus on indoor hobbies like baking and crafting.
If you are looking for productive ways to spend those long, cozy winter days indoors, why not make something you can sell to put a little extra money in your pocket? If you are crafty, there’s no end to the things you could create and sell right from the comfort of your home to put a little extra cash in your pocket.
10 Crafts You Can Make and Sell for Extra Cash
Here are 10 ideas to help you get your creative juices flowing.
1. Handmade Jewelry
People love unique, handmade jewelry! Your jewelry could be made from leather, crystals, metal, stones, beads, feathers… or any other materials you enjoy working with. The great thing about jewelry is that it’s small and lightweight, so it’s easy to pack it up for craft shows or to ship if you want to sell it online.
2. Original Wall Art
Many people will pay a lot more than you think for original wall art to hang in their office or home. It could be paintings, photography, or some other type of wall hanging, such as dream catchers or wreaths. Fabric wall hangings for baby nurseries are also incredibly popular.
3. Homemade Soaps and Lotions
Who doesn’t love a heavenly scented soap or lotion? In fact, even unscented, all-natural potions are quite popular. There are all sorts of molds available, or you can just make regular bar soaps. You could also specialize in artisan soaps decorated with dried flowers and special micas just for soap making. The possibilities are endless with this craft!
4. Handmade/Dipped Candles
Candles can be created in an endless variety of scents, shapes, and colors. You could do old-fashioned hand dipped candles or make them in creative containers like teacups, seashells, or mason jars.
5. Hand Sewn Creations
If you know how to sew, there are so many things you could make to sell! From quilts and pillowcases to baby clothes and aprons, people adore hand sewn crafts to give as gifts or even keep for themselves.
6. Pet Accessories
People love to spoil their pets at least as much as they like to pamper themselves. Business ideas geared toward the pet market can be very successful. You could make bows, collars, pet beds, or doggie clothes. You could even do personalized photo frames, art, or jewelry with a pet theme.
Organizers of all types are a big hit at craft shows. You could create purse organizers, decorative boxes for storing photos, painted wooden or glass office supply holders, or even pencil cases.
8. Decorative Kitchenware and Decor
Hand-painted wine glasses are extremely popular right now, but you could also do regular glasses or coffee cups, too. Maybe you could learn how to etch glass and create personalized beer steins or mugs. Decorative plates and platters could also be fun. Or, perhaps you could decoupage decorative kitchen items or sew potholders or hand towels.
9. Pins and Magnets
Remember how trendy bottlecap magnets were a few years ago? You could create your own unique magnets or pins to sell, or maybe even make personalized ones for businesses.
The great thing about creating printables is that you can sell them digitally. You create the design once and sell it over and over again. Use online programs to create things like planner pages, stickers, journals, checklists, and more. The customer buys the file and prints it off at home.
The Pros of Starting a Crafts Business
With a crafts business, you get to work as much or as little as you want. It’s a great way to make money from a hobby that you already enjoy. If you want, you never even have to go to a craft show because there are tons of places to sell items online.
The Cons of Starting a Craft Business
Just like with anything else, there are some negatives, too. Depending on your craft, materials could be quite expensive. Crafting takes a lot of time, too. And, sometimes making the same thing over and over again can get a little boring.
How to Start Selling Your Crafts
Once you’ve created your start-up inventory, it’s time to start selling! Be sure you price your items so that you make a profit; consider both the cost of materials and your time. Create a brand for your business with cute packaging, business cards, and maybe a website or Facebook page. Consider the time of year when marketing and creating your items. Create Christmas décor and gift items to sell at fall and early winter shows. Go for Fourth of July themed creations at early summer shows. You get the idea!
Places to Sell Your Crafts
Once you’ve got your items packaged, priced, and ready to sell, you’ll need to decide where you’re going to sell them. There are lots of options!
- If you don’t want to venture far from the homestead, consider selling your crafts strictly online. Etsy is probably the most well-known place to sell handmade goods, but there are a lot of other options, too. Check out Handmade by Amazon, Artfire, Handmade Artists, Handmadeology Market and iCraft Gifts to get started.
- Facebook Marketplace and Facebook Groups are becoming more and more popular for selling all kinds of items.
- You could also create your own eCommerce store to sell from instead. It may take a little longer to get going, but you wouldn’t have to pay any fees like you do at the websites mentioned above.
- There are plenty of offline places to sell your crafts, too. Craft shows, fairs, and bazaars are a great place to start. Talk to local shop owners about selling your items on consignment. Your local farmers’ market might also be a great option. Any local event that allows vendors is a good possibility, too!
There are so many ways to turn crafting into a side business. It might not make you rich, but every little thing you do to bring money to your homestead is another drop in the bucket. All those small sources of income can add up quickly, and before you know it, you could be living the self-sufficient lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of!