10 Brilliant Crafts to Make and Sell
Looking for creative ways to make some extra cash this year? What better a creative way to make extra money than by selling some easy DIY ideas you made? When I was looking for stuff to make and sell online, things to sell on Etsy and at craft fairs, I made this list. I wanted to share it with you since I learned quite a bit about what to make and sell online. I found a little something for everyone, too – DIY gifts, jewelry, wall art, home decor, pillows, coasters, bags and clocks. Whether you are just starting out trying to sell things or are already an expert and power seller on Ebay, you are sure to find a few new cool ideas for quick crafts to make and sell. Sewing projects, painting projects, inexpensive crafts you can make from things you buy at the dollar stores, and my favorite kind- projects from reclaimed wood.
If you are serious about starting your own craft business, don’t stop at these 10 ideas, either. For beginners, you should check out our list of easy crafts to make and sell, and for Etsy specific top picks, our crafts to Make and Sell on Etsy. Want more cool ideas for crafts to make and sell? Our list of 75 top selling DIY crafts was so popular, we made another one for you guys here: 75 More Brilliant Crafts to Make and Sell
What is the best DIY project to make and sell?
Well, that depends on what the top sellers are for the season and the year of course, but also what you love to do. One of the great things about crafting to make some extra money is that you get to work while doing what you enjoy.
Love to sew?
Check out the super popular list here of sewing crafts to make and sell and even more sewing crafts to make and sell. Many of these cool DIY sewing ideas are made from fabric scraps, so they cost next to nothing to make. Gear up for top holiday craft sales with these 75 awesome DIY ideas to make and sell.
Love to paint?
If you love painting and making art, we have an awesome list of cool painting ideas for canvases. We also have some cool tutorials for learning how to paint with waterccolors , acrylic painting tutorials and some crafty flower painting tutorials.
10 DIY Craft Ideas To Make And Sell
1. DIY Pallet Plaques
This cute little picture frame is so simple, so elegant, but so rustic. Made from upcycled wood pallets, this frame has the look that is oh so popular right now. I can sell as many of these as I can make, too! Learn how to make these homemade frames in this easy to follow tutorial. Customize the frames with the paint colors of your choice, too! You can even add embellishment if you like to the upper and lower bars. So creative, a great DIY project you will want to check out and try yourself. If you are looking for something easy and cheap to make and sell on Etsy or another online marketplace, this is one of my top picks. You can find reclaimed wood for free, and this distressed DIY farmhouse decor is about as popular as it gets, many of the Etsy sellers I saw who offered something similar were most often sold out. Cute for a gift idea, I highly recommend making these cute handmade picture frames to have on hand for Christmas holiday sales.
2. Crafty DIY Rope Bowls
This rope bowl only looks expensive and hard to make. I was so surprised when I found out elegant DIY home decor like this could be made with only rope and a glue gun! Craft your bowls in minutes and you will have a ton of them to sell in no time. Try using different kinds of rope and jute when making them so you can offer your customers a variety of choices. These homemade bowls are perfect for holding fruit, yarn, napkins, home decor accessories, bread, and pretty much anything you like to put in them. This craft makes an awesome and cheap DIY gift, too. Super impressive gift idea, these DIY bowls are cute ideas to sell just about anywhere. One of the most popular items on Etsy is home decor, so we say try these out. Much faster to make than many DIY home decor items, these crafty bowls are quick, cheap and easy. What more could you ask for in craft project ideas to sell and make money from? When it comes to DIY stuff, this handmade rope bowl is one of the best do it yourself projects around.
3. No Sew Pillow Cover
I saw these at a craft fair where a couple was selling them for $50 a piece. The cute colors and fun patterns just make you want to go touch them (and hopefully buy them and take them home) Check out the tutorial by Put and Pull to learn how to make these highly marketable pillows. This fun and easy no sew project is perfect for those who want to make pillows but can’t sew or lack a sewing machine.
4. Washi Tape Mini Wood Pallet Coasters
Looking for easy ways to make money from home? How about making these adorable but affordable coasters that look just like tiny painted pallets? Made with only craft sticks, glue and washi tape, you can customize the look of these DIY pallet coasters and create endless possibilities.
My teenage daughter has an Etsy shop and this is one of her top sellers, plus it is one of her favorite things to make and sell online. Plus, you get to have an amazing collection of washi tape for the making of these cute little DIY coasters. These need to be packed well, but are super light and fit in small shipping envelopes, so they are definitely one of my top picks for things to sell on Etsy and Ebay. One of the cutest crafts ideas to make and sell ever! Cute and easy, everyone always comments on the adorable factor when they see these pallet coasters.
5. DIY Prism Light Candle
I just saw these for sale on Amazon’s new site, handmade. Beautiful scatter candles like this cast amazing shadows when lit. Make them with mason jars and glass stones from the dollar store. You will need some patience when it comes to letting the glue dry (don’t use a glue gun, as candles melt the glue right off!) but these can be made in all sorts of colors. I found blue, green, red, gold and clear glass rocks to try out. These photograph really well, which is super important when it comes to selling online. The colorful stones cast the most lovely shadows when the candlelight passes through them. Your Etsy shop needs these this holiday season. Try making your own DIY prism candle holder and see for yourself.
6. Cute Triangle Pouch
Whether you are just learning to sew or fancy yourself a pro seamstress, these cute little DIY triangle pouches make a cute stocking stuffer or DIY gift for the holidays, making this item a perfect craft to make and sell. People start shopping for the holidays much earlier than I realized, so I start making things like this in summer, and list them on Etsy by October for best sales results. If you have leftover fabric scraps laying around, the supplies for this are practically free. Pick up some inexpensive zippers in bulk and you will soon be in business with this best selling DIY idea.
7. DIY Bath Bombs
Looking for easy things to make and sell? Bath bombs are super popular right now, thanks to stores like Lush that sell fabulous ones. Making homemade bath bombs may look tricky, but I promise you it is not. Mix, mold and package your goods, then sell them with cute wrapping and tags. I added essential oils to scent my bath bombs and some natural food safe dye I picked up at Whole Foods. The lavender colored bath bombs with a light purple hue are my best seller, but you can craft lots of cool combinations with this basic but versatile DIY bath bomb recipe.
8. Faux Leather Pencil Cup
The look of all white decor is super popular right now, so when it come to items to sell, making those that follow a trend tend to always be top sellers. With Christmas coming up soon, DIY gifts are in high demand, or rather handmade gifts people can give when they don’t have the time to make anything themselves. Get busy crafting this creative office decor item for your Etsy shop. You can make them in white leather, but also any other color you like. Offering a desk set would be a great idea to increase sales. Don’t you think? Make some extra money for your holiday shopping with these creatively cool pencil cups. One of my favorite Pinterest home decor crafts, you are sure to sell lots of these cool DIY desk accessories.
9. No Sew Market Tote Bag
After my city passed an ordinance that bans plastic bags at grocery stores, I got crafty with my own shopping bags. After making several different kinds, I noticed people kept complimenting this one in particular, and for good reason. Look how cute it is just hanging on the door. Anything that doubles as a cute home decor accessory while still being functional makes me super happy. If you want something easy to make and sell, this craft is perfect. Cheap and doable even for the beginning DIYer, these colorful bags photograph well, are lightweight and easy to ship. You can package them in an envelope and don’t even need to deal with shipping boxes and odd weights, either.
If you love the rustic, farmhouse DIY look, which is a top seller right now, check out our list of country crafts to make and sell. On a tight budget? Forget spending tons of money on craft supplies, it simply is not necessary. No problem, the ideas on the DIY list are inexpensive and many of these cheap crafts to make and sell are dollar store crafts. This is one of my favorite easy craft ideas for gift giving, which makes it a perfect item to sell in your online shop.
10. DIY Sunglasses Bag
This is one of the simplest things I’ve made to sell, but also one of the cutest, due to the limitless possibilities. Made from only a small piece of fabric, you can utilize those leftover fabric scraps for this DIY sunglass case. You can also use a solid color or a plain white to get super creative with paint or embroidery details. Embellish these with creative art and stitching or sew them from some pretty fabric scraps you’ve been holding onto but not sure what to do with. Inexpensive and quick to make, these custom bags for holding sunglasses are very popular with all ages, from teens to adults. Whip some up for your Etsy shop and start selling now before the Christmas sales rush.