8.18.2013

Crafts To Make and Sell



What do Rocking Horses, Herbal Tea and Aprons Have in Common? 

Woodworking Crafts
Have you ever wanted to run your own craft business?  A lot of people do. If you are crafty and enjoy working with your hands, rocking horses, herbal tea, and aprons are only 3 of the many things you can make and sell from your own home craft business.  With a little investment in materials and time, you could be up and running in no time.  

Knowing how best to go about it, not just the creative part but making the business a success can be a little tricky if you’ve never done it before. 



No matter what the venture, do some research and reading beforehand to help you avoid some of the more common mistakes, not the least of which is selling the wrong product for you or in the wrong place.

Crafts You Can Make and Sell

I started out making jewelry, mostly Western-Inspired & Country.  I still do, and if you visit the Shop Page of this site, you will see some of my creations.  After about a year, I ventured into working also with wooden home decor pieces.  Some I create, like jewelry organizers & boards - some I up-cycle and re-purpose by repainting or refinishing.

But that's just me.  So ... what will you do?  Think about what you are good at.  What are your hobbies?  If you already have some background already in creating something, such as your favorite bath salts, candles, wood burned art, doggie treats, saddle blankets or whatever it may be, consider that first.  Especially if you have received praise from those you gave them to.  Since you will likely be making a bunch of them, it is important to find something you enjoy working with.

After you have decided what to make, next try to determine if it will sell to the public.  A good way to know is find it or something similar on eBay, Etsy, or Amazon.

Spend some time clicking through all the handcrafted and handmade items until you become familiar with what people have been interested in purchasing.  What products are people bidding on, and what has sold?  How much were they willing to pay?  Trends also matter.  Different things sell best at different times of the year. 

Another good website to check out is QVC.  You know if QVC has ventured into selling it, likely it will sell for you as well.  What are they getting for the product?  Could you make the same thing for 60 to 70% of what they are charging and still make a profit?  If so, go for it. 

If you’re good with a Sewing Machine, Loom, or Knitting Needle, the list of possibilities is endless.  Here are some of the more popular choices.

Sewing, Looming, Knitting






Potholders
Personalized Towels
Placemats
Curtains
Baby Clothes





Themed Wall hangings
Throws
Quilts
Scrunch Scarves
Wool or Rag Rugs
Saddle Blankets
Tote Bags
Clutches, Totes or Purses
Diapers
Napkins

Home Decor Products always sell well.  

Pottery
Candles
Paintings
Tapestries
Birdhouses
Painted Gourds & Baskets
Bedroom and Bathroom Decor
Window Frames
Ornaments
Sculptures
Wind chimes
Wood Carvings
Stained Glass
Garden Decor

Paper goods

Journals
Greeting Cards
Origami

Lawn/Garden Ornaments

Windchimes
Water Plants
Hand-made Pottery
Fish Pond Décor
Lawn Furniture
Archways & Trellis

Pets

Beds
Pillows
Collars
Toys
Jewelry
Costumes
Carriers
Food & Treats

Jewelry:  popular all year long but especially during the holiday season

Beaded
Sterling Silver
Earrings
Leather
Southwestern  and Western
Belt Buckles
Ankle Jewelry
Wrap Bracelets

Edibles

Pet Treats
Coffees
Herbal Teas
Biscottis
Spices & Seasonings
Cookies
Cupcakes
Pastries
Dried Herbs
Jams & Marmalades

Cater to Kids with things like

Doll Furniture, Houses & Clothes
Wooden Toys
Baby Clothes
Blankets
Stroller Covers
Baby Art
Kids Wall Decor
Baby Jewelry

Leather & Sterling Silver:

Leather:
Belts
 Wrap Bracelets
Lariat Necklaces
 Wallets & Purses
Sterling Silver: Necklaces, Bracelets & Earrings
Buckles
Silver Rings
Purses & Totes

Bath and Beauty:

Bath Salts
Handmade Soaps
Bath Muffies
Natural Perfumes
Skincare
Lip Balms & Glosses
Mineral Makeups
Eye Pillows
Organic Lotions

Woodworking:

Signs
Housewares
Jewelry
Kitchen
Outdoor
Toys
Woodburned Art & Sculpture
Rocking Horses

Ok, Great!  Now you know what you are going to create to sell.  Next question - where will I sell it?  And how will you know how much to charge?  I’ll give you an easy formula for figuring price with the next post.   ...Susie