Top 10 Best Selling Crafts to Make and Sell Yourself
Crafts to Make and Sell
If you’re someone who loves to DIY for fun in your free time, I’m sure you’ve pondered the idea of selling your crafts before. It may seem like something that’s completely out of reach, but don’t doubt yourself too quickly!
Truth is, there are tons of people who make extra money – or even a full-time income – by selling homemade goods. And if crafting is something you already do in your spare time, why not try to turn it into a profitable hobby?
Before you get started though, it’s important to note that there are some crafts that sell better than others. If you don’t want to waste time making things that won’t sell, you’ll want to read this list of the top 10 best selling crafts!
1. Personalized Pet Tags
I originally saw these on Etsy as a best selling item and I think they’re great. People love personalized items and they love spending money on their pets so really any personalized pet product you can make will do good.
Even homemade pet treats can be a profitable craft! A bonus with DIY pet tags is that they’re small and cheap to ship.
2. Bath Bombs
Bath bombs are super popular so there’s a guaranteed market here. However, keep in mind that there is quite a bit of competition nowadays with homemade bath bombs. If you want to be successful, you’ll have to find a way to stand out!
On top of bath bombs, if you want to run a shop full of bath-type products, try selling homemade soaps as well!
While Kindles and other e-readers are getting more and more popular, there are still a ton of people reading the old fashioned way. And those people need bookmarks!
Bookmarks are another one of those great things to make make and sell because:
- They’re easy to make
- They’re light and easy to ship
- You can come up with so many different designs
Check out these DIY bookmarks for some ideas.
If you’re looking for easy crafts to make and sell, keychains are a good choice. You’ll need a unique idea to stand out against all of the other DIY keychains out there but once you find that winning idea it will be easy for you to pump them out and make sales.
Whether for gifts or just for the fridge at home, people love magnets. People especially love funny, relatable, or personalized magnets. If you can build a shop around unique magnet ideas, you’ve got a winner for sure.
Check out some of the popular magnets on Etsy for ideas.
Jewelry is always going to be up there with the best selling crafts but once again, that means competition. Try to come up with something that will really stand out, whether you’re selling online or locally!
Also, try to choose a singular niche if you really want to stand out in a particular area. That could mean just making earrings, bracelets, rings, or something else. By focusing on one thing you’ll slowly get better at coming up with more and more unique ideas.
Check out these DIY bracelets if you want some inspiration! Here are some best-selling jewelry products from Etsy for you to get inspired by as well:
Coasters are so universally popular there’s no arguing that there’s a market for them. They’re also a great gift idea which means people will be out there looking for quirky and interesting designs all year long.
To get some ideas, check out all of these amazing DIY costers.
Once you know how to make homemade headbands, you can make them relatively quickly and with little material so they’re a great craft to sell. Plus, there are so many unique styles and designs you could do in order to make your products stand out.
Candles are in almost every home, and for good reason – they’re relaxing, they smell good, and they look nice too. They also make great gifts. However, most store-bought candles aren’t always filled with the best ingredients, so a lot of people look for organic candles online instead.
Luckily, crafting up your own candles is actually pretty simple and inexpensive, and you can add your own scents and colors too. If you want to learn how to get started, check out this tutorial.
10. Lip Balm
Lip balm is another one of those products that can be made in so many different ways, making room for many different sellers in the market. It’s also a product people just love.
On top of that, since it’s something that people will run out of, if they really like your product, they’ll keep coming back for more.
Along with selling DIY lip balm, you could also sell lip scrub. You could even bundle these products together – for example by having a strawberry lip balm paired with a strawberry lip scrub.
Why Wouldn’t Someone Just Make These Themselves?
Good question. As a DIYer, it just seems silly that someone would buy something homemade when they could make it themselves, right?
Truth is though, a lot of people just don’t have the time or interest to take part in DIY crafts. They’d rather just save time and spend some money.
Where to Sell Your Crafts
If you’re going to make homemade items to sell later on, this is pretty vital information! Luckily it’s not hard to find places to sell your crafts these days.
First, you’ll want to decide if you’d rather go old-school (local selling), new-school (online selling), or both. The pro of local selling is that there’s a bit less competitive than online, but you’ll also get fewer eyes on your goods, so it’s a tradeoff. I recommend trying both and seeing what works better for you.
Places to Sell Your Crafts Online
The big one that you probably already know I’m going to say is Etsy. It’s the best choice for beginners because it’s free to start a shop and it’s one of the largest platforms for selling homemade goods.
Where to Sell Crafts Locally
The most common places to sell homemade goods locally is on Craigslist, Facebook marketplace, and other similar places. This is more of an online/offline hybrid selling though.
If you want to go truly local, you’ll want to research and look for craft fairs and flea markets in your area. A big benefit of attending these is that you can market your brand and hopefully get people to recommend your products to friends and family afterward.
If you’ve ever wanted to try making money selling crafts, there’s really no better time to start. It’s never been easier to start an online store and start listing your products. Good luck!
Have any other ideas of best selling crafts or homemade items to sell? Let us know in the comments!
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