Need a little extra cash this winter? You and me both! Whether you’re saving up for holiday gifts or just need a little padding to get you through to spring, there’s nothing wrong with finding ways to put a little money in your pocket.
As a homesteader, you have so many ways to make a living on the side with your projects. Here are my 4 favorite ways to make money on the homestead in the cold winter months.
Did you preserve your delicious summer harvest of cucumbers as to-die-for pickles? Or did you brew a delectable strawberry jelly that was the talk of the church potluck?
Great! Don’t hoard those goodies for yourself. If you have enough, you can sell your pickles, jams, and other preserves for a little profit. On average, these goodies sell for $5 – $15 a jar, which means you can earn a lot of moolah from your pantry stock.
And hey, if you still have berries in your freezer, don’t be shy! Whip up a batch of jam in time for the holidays. It empties out the freezer and puts more cash in your pocket.
Do you raise sheep? If you learn how to knit or crochet, you can turn their summer shearings into hats, mittens, scarves, or blankets. People love buying from local farms, and the fact that the clothes are hand-made with love makes them even more special!
If you don’t raise sheep, don’t worry. Check with your neighbors to see if they do. You may be able to barter with them to score a few bags of wool.
Beekeepers make some of the best candles. You can take beeswax and make taper candles the old-fashioned way, or use molds or Mason jars to get the job done. Regardless of how you want to make them, homemade candles sell for upwards of $20 a candle and spread holiday cheer—while giving you financial breathing room.
Mason jar gifts
I bet you have dozens of Mason jars in your pantry right now. If you’re in a financial pickle, consider using those Mason jars to sell readymade gift sets. I used to make a Mason jar soup and dip mix that people loved! Choose a jar gift that speaks to you. Maybe it’s hot cocoa mix, DIY pumpkin pie spices, or a lavender sachet sewing kit. The possibilities are endless!
Instead of snagging your holiday decor from the department store, go full-homesteader with your holiday cheer and DIY your decorations. Put materials from the homestead to good use while ringing in the end of the year with cheer. Try these 5 DIY holiday decor projects for homesteaders.
Mason jar snowglobes
Mason jars are a catchall item around the homestead, and I’m willing to bet that you have at least 50 of them in your cupboard right now. Use mason jars to make snowglobes! This is a fun kids’ activity that will fill your home with holiday spirit.
There’s nothing more frugal than using nature’s bounty to decorate your home for the holidays. If you have a pine tree on your property, don’t let those pinecones go to waste! Gather a dozen to display in a basket, hang in a wreath on your door, convert into Christmas tree ornaments, or to liven up your potpourri.
Remember those herbs you dried in spring and summer? You can use them to make herb sachets for your home. I like to put a lavender sachet under my pillow for sweet dreams, but you can also hang them in your Christmas tree for a festive scent. May I suggest orange peel and cinnamon sticks?
As mentioned above, you can make candles to make extra cash. But what about saving some cash by making your own? Nothing screams “holidays” like the warm glow of candles. If you celebrate Hanukkah, you can make your own candles out of beeswax. Actually, you can follow this guide even if you don’t celebrate Hannukah! Enjoy hot cocoa by the fire and light a few homemade candles for added ambiance.
Reclaimed wood sign
Do you have an old barn or fence on the back of your property? Don’t let old building materials, like wood, go to waste. Use reclaimed wood to make any of these festive signs to display around your home for the holidays.
The bottom line
Winter is here, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop homesteading. Keep your hands busy and wallet full with these 4 winter homesteading money-makers, or try your hand at these 5 homestead-friendly holiday DIYs to ring in the new year in festive style. Have you tried any of them?