Everyone could use a bit of extra cash now and then, the trick is trying to do it without adding a tedius extra job to your life. Why not combine the need for a bit of extra money with a love of crafts for a win-win solution?
This selection of really simple crafts that are totally saleable and make a great profit will hopefully inspire you to get stuck in and make a bit of extra money from your hobby.
Alternatively, these ideas are also available through the links if you’re not interested in making them yourself and are just looking for a great gift!
These cute alternatives to the bog standard coaster are a great way to use woodworking skills to create something beautfiul, practicval and easily deliverable. Urban Gifts make these great examples.
Homemade Beeswax Candles
With a little practice anyone can make candles, and they make fantastic products. Beeswax candles are especially popular right now and you can find a good tutorial at Wellness Mama. The candles in the image can be found at John Wood Handmade Beeswax Candles.
Personalised Letter Art
This is a project you can get really creative with. The sky is the limit and you can choose whatever format of design and art you are comfortable with. This gorgeous example from lovefromAngie on Etsy is so simple, but bang on trend and quite universal.
You could also try a scrabble letter collage of words in a deep box frame.
Prints of Quotes
This one is a dream in terms of profit margins, once the design is set on your computer you can just keep printing it off. This little quote from Roald Dahl is being sold by CosyPrints on Etsy.
You can also make up your own quotes, motivational words or even images and photos to seel in this format.
Comic Book Magnets
Obviously you would need permissions to recreate recognisable images and sell them, but these comic sound effect magnets are a great solution. You could also recycle old comic books into magnets, see a tutorial at Smidgeful.
If you were going to make these they would probably be best sold in a local craft market due to their delicate nature. However, they are incredibly easy to make and look really impressive. Here is a tutorial from Building 25.
Another print option is to go for stickers, such as these food jar labels. You can obviously get as creative as you want with them, perhaps some colourful kids stickers for good behaviour?
How cute is that? This doggy bow tie and collar is by GiddingsGifts on Etsy and you can try and recreate it if you have some sewing skills.
You could also grab some unwanted mens shirts and make shirt collars for dogs!
I was amazed when I saw these soap gemstones for the first time and they certainly beat the mashed up, shrivelled piece of soap currently sitting on my basin!
I feel this may take a little experimentation to get such stunning effects, but there is a tutorial at A Beautiful Mess to get you started.
Photo to Wood Transfer
You can get some stunning vintage effects by transferring a printed photo to wood through this great tutorial at A Girl and a Glue Gun.
You could do the same with quotes and inspirational words.
Dry Erase Board
I chose this particular example of a custom dry erase board due to it’s simplicity….just a piece of lined A4 paper behind a frame. But it still looks great!
No need for a tutorial on this one, just get a picture frame with plexiglass cover and insert anything behind it! A piece of wallpaper, a blank 31 day calendar, a piece of graph paper. Just have a go!
Another simple idea that can be customised in a huge number of ways. Check out this tutorial at the fantastically named Jedi Craft Girl.
I hope we’ve shown with these few examples that you can choose any craft really and make it into something profitable. We’ve listed 12 ideas here, but there are limitless possibilities. In fact, just go to Etsy and type in your particular craft and see what comes up!
If you’re making these sorts of things as a hobby anyway, why not make a bit of extra cash doing it?