Want to make an income as a stay at home mom? Selling handmade items is a great way to do that! Here I’m sharing a huge list of crafts to make and sell for profit so you can earn an income from home.
When my oldest daughter was first born, my husband was working full time and in school 4 nights a week. We lived in a new state and I really didn’t know anyone. My aunt noticed I was struggling, and she said “Angie, you need something just for you. Give yourself a project that’s only yours.”
I didn’t realize it at the time, but that was some of the best advice I was ever given.
Since it was winter and I didn’t have the money for a good baby hat, I decided to start crocheting. I’d learned a little as a kid, but never really did anything with it. Since that would be a useful craft, I got to work.
Quickly, I fell in love with making baby hats and started gifting them to friends. Eventually, I started hearing about how I should try selling them, because they were such good quality. It’s not something I’d considered when I started, but since we were hurting for money at the time, I decided to give it a shot.
Little did I know back then that I was embarking on a journey that would last years and grow into something I’d never imagined.
When I got started, I had no idea how huge the craft industry was, and it’s still growing to this day.
If you’re looking for a way to earn money from home, crafting is a great way to do that. The best part? You can do it all from home. Between Facebook groups, Etsy, Pinterest, or a blog, there’s no need to even leave your house to set up for a craft show if you don’t want to.
Crafts to Make and Sell for Profit
Let’s look at some DIY crafts you can sell for profit! You may need extra tools or materials for some of these, but look at them as an investment in your new business.How to Make Baby Blankets
Baby items are a hot item in the handmade industry. There’s no shortage of babies, which means there’s no shortage of new baby gifts. Plus, baby blankets are so fun and cute! There are so many different ways to make them, so whether you want to knit, crochet, or sew, theere’s an option for you.
- Easy Knit Baby Blanket from BHooked Designs
- Feather and Fan Baby Blanket from Knit in the Womb Designs
- How to Make the Perfect Receiving Blanket from Ella Claire Inspired
- Pom Pom Swaddle Blanket from See Kate Sew
Children’s Toys and Keepsakes Tutorials
- DIY Peg Doll Animals from Shrimp Salad Circus
- How to Make Aromatherapy Playdough
- Harry Potter Peg Dolls from Artsy Fartsy Mama
- Three Little Friends Stuffie Pattern from Ellis and Higgs
- DIY Sock Animals from DIY ‘n’ Crafts
Handmade Decor for the Home
- 2 Ways to Make DIY Signs with a Silhouette from Just a Girl and Her Blog
- DIY Reverse Canvas Sign from This Crafty Mom
- DIY Throw Pillow Projects from The Budget Decorator
- Make Your Own Woven Rag Rug from A Beautiful Mess
- Stupid Easy Yarn Wall Hanging from Designing Vibes
- Simple DIY Rope Basket from DIY.com
- How to Make a DIY Front Door Mat from DIY Beautify
How to Make Your Own Jewelry
Handmade Kitchenware Tutorials
How to Make Your Own Coasters
- Rae Dunn Inspired Coasters by Sunshine and Munchkins
- DIY Scrabble Tile Coasters by Green with Decor
- Easy DIY Tile Coasters by Divine Lifestyle
- DIY Rope Coasters by A Darling Design
How to Make Baby Hats
Baby hats will always be in style, and there’s such a range to fit any style! Check out some of these tutorials and patterns to see if one stands out to you.
- Top Knot Baby Beanies from Make It Love It
- Check out my Ravelry Shop for an assortment of knit newborn bonnets and beanies
- This book is full of adorable little crochet hats for babies and kids, and happened to be written by a friend of mine!
DIY Candles, Soaps, and Bath Bombs
If you’re more interested in making candles, soaps, bath bombs, and other similar products, check out these tutorials! As a former crafter, I love the idea of selling items like this, because you can make them in batches rather than one at a time.
- 25+ Goats Milk Soap Recipes by Live Laugh Rowe
- How to Make Mason Jar Candles with Beeswax (I wrote this as a citronella candle tutorial, but you could use any oils)
- DIY Rosemary Candles by Garden Therapy
- Amazing Sugar Scrub Recipe
- How to Make a Lavender Eye Pillow
- DIY Bath Bombs by Miniature Masterminds
- Homemade Herbal Bath Tea (these were a huge hit this year)
- Shower Steamer Recipe by By Oily Design
DIY Plant Hangers
Party Bunting Banners
- DIY Flag Bunting Tutorial from Polka Dot Chair
- No Sew Fabric Tassel Garland from Simply Gloria
- DIY Yarn Tassel Garland from Posh Tart Parties
Fun Crafts for Your Dog
Are you a dog lover? These fun crafts might be just right!
- DIY Adjustable Dog Collar Tutorial by Halifax Dogventures
- 13 DIY Homemade Dog Toys by Slick Housewives
- Sew a Scrappy Pet Leash by Sew Can She
Eco-Friendly and Natural Living Crafts
- Easy Knit Dishcloths : A great alternative to sponges!
- DIY Market Tote by Craftivity Designs
- How to Make Reusable Produce Bags by The Kiwi Country Girl
- Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace
DIY Scarves and Poncho Tutorials
- Cozy Blanket Top by Love Spunk
- Knitted Scarves, Mitts, and Socks: This book looks adorable and I just know my daughter would really love so many of the patterns in here!
- Coffee House Knit Scarf Pattern by City Farmhouse Studio
- DIY Pom Pom Scarf by Sew Much Ado
More Fun Crafts to Make and Sell for Profit
- Embroidery 101: This tutorial not only shares the basics, but it also shows off some pretty fun and non-conventional embroidery designs! (I’m a big fan of the snarky ones myself)
- DIY Marbles and Copper Windchime by Potholes and Pantyhose
- DIY Beaded Windchime by Garden Therapy
- 17 Easy Drawstring Bag Patterns by Ideal Me
- Dip Dyed Tea Towels by DIYProjects.com
- Macrame Keychains by Think Make Share Blog
- Glass Magnet Tutorial by Stampin Fool
- 10 DIY Hairbow Tutorials for Girls by Pretty Designs
- Simple Sewn Skirts for Girls by Made Everyday
- How to Make a T-Shirt with Vinyl Designs
- DIY Handmade Bookmarks by Tater Tots and Jello
- Totally Awesome DIY Bookmarks by A Girl & a Glue Gun
How to Promote Your Craft Business
Once you decide to start a craft business, the next thing you need to do is figure out how to set up shop and promote it!
There are a lot of platforms online that you can use to set up shop, such as Etsy, Shopify, or a Facebook business page. I personally preferred to set up my own website using WooCommerce for my own sales platform.
After you decide on a platform, the next step is to start promoting! Here are some ways you can promote your craft business online.
1. Start a Blog
A blog is a great way to get the word out about your new business. With your own blog, you can share pictures, new products, business updates, sales, and events with your customers. Plus, with a blog, you have the option to focus more on search engine optimization, which can help drive a lot of organic traffic to your site and convert those to sales.
My top advice if you’re thinking of going this route? Don’t just write salesy blog posts. You want to learn about your audience and solve a problem for them with your product and your content.
Example: If you sell baby items, you could talk about issues that new moms face on your blog, like car seat safety, how to make the most of nap time, breastfeeding tips, and how to bond with your new baby. These are topics that will attract new moms, which is your ideal audience!
2. Start an Email Newsletter
As a business owner, it’s really important to build an email newsletter. Why?
Because you own your email list. You don’t own your Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or Etsy. I’ve seen businesses lose it all after years of success because their most popular platform was suddenly pulled out from under them.
No one can take your email list, though, so if you focus on growing that list, you’ll have a way to contact your customers no matter what.
If you need more information on starting a newsletter, check out this post. In it, I walk you through choosing a platform, advertising your list, and getting people to sign up.
3. Social Media Accounts
Instagram is my favorite platform for my business, and many crafters to really well on this platform. Again, don’t just use it to post items for sale. Get personal, tell a story, and share a behind-the-scenes look at your business and craft. There are tons of crafters out there selling their products. As a maker, it’s important to find something your audience will connect with.
One really important thing to remember about Instagram is that it’s a very visual platform. Great pictures stand out the most!
Check out this post for tips on how to master Instagram photography with your phone.
Facebook is another great platform for business marketing. You could start a business page, or even build a community through Facebook groups!
Pinterest is also a great place to market as a crafter, especially if you’ve started a blog. So many people these days use Pinterest as a search engine, and most users are searching for something specific, so targeting your market there can really bring in good traffic. You can read this post for tips on how to use Pinterest for business.
4. Have More than One Place to Sell Your Crafts
Having multiple platforms for your crafts can help you get your product in front of more people. I consider each link to your products like another “window” for people to see what you offer.
Consider running an Etsy store and a storefront through your blog. This gives you more opportunities to reach different audiences, and you can market your products through the blog if it’s a good fit for you.
Helpful Books/Resources about Selling Crafts
By now I’m sure you’re hyped up and ready to share your new creations with the world!
Want to learn a little more about starting (and running) a handmade business? Check out some of my favorite resources below!
- The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and Online
- The Handmade Entrepreneur (this is a free Kindle resource!)
- 10 Tips for Launching Your Handmade Business by CreativeLive
- What to Know Before Starting a Creative Business
60+ Crafts to Make and Sell for Profit
There you go! These are all great crafts to make to help you start a business from home! So, if you’re looking to earn a little cash between nap times, diaper changes, and chores, why not consider a craft business?
This list is a great place to start when you’re looking for crafts to make and sell for profit.
Have you started a craft business from home? If so, leave a link in the comments, because I’d love to check it out!