20 Crafts Ideas to Make and Sell
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Making items to sell at a craft show can be rewarding, and profitable, if the items you choose prove to be what buyers want. So, the big question is, “What crafts are the ones most wanted?” The perfect answer is, “The ones I’ve just spent hours making and invested money in buying supplies for.”
This article, written after viewing thousands of crafts on Google, lists items which I think would sell at craft shows. All the craft projects listed in this article include a photo of the craft and the clickable site name where you’ll find the tutorial for making the item.
I don’t know which crafts will sell the best, but I think its important to make items that you enjoy constructing. And, if you are hoping to make money at it, be sensible in your pricing. Be sure you cover the cost of your supplies and know what similar items are selling for. Try to sell for a little less than the competition.
One of the things that disappoint me the most, when I attend a craft show, is if the same items are shown year after year. I really like to see new items, especially when I’m looking to buy gifts.
Although some little items are great and will always sell well at shows, remember that only by trying some new items will you find out what sells best and keeps your booth the one most sought.
1. Swiffer Duster Re-fill
You’ll be able to make a nice profit with this item at your craft show. The duster re-fill is made using t-shirt yarn that you can easily make yourself. See how easy this project is by going to Verdigris Knits for the tutorial.
2. Flying Cups
You’ll find the tutorial, and other examples of the flying cups, at DIY Enthusiasts. Imagine adding pearls or rhinestones for a flowing effect.
3. Infinity Scarf
There are so many possibilities with this item. Use different fabrics, colors, textures, prints and each becomes a new, stylish look. Find the easy tutorial for making infinity scarves like the one shown at SHRIMP SALAD CIRCUS.
4. Garden Dish Art
There are soooo many ways to customize this craft idea, that it wouldn’t matter how many other crafters were offering this garden art. Yours could be the ones that sell the best. I have one with a large red painted plate as the background, a center, white plate with the edge trimmed with black symbols, and then a black small plate with the Nebraska “N” logo in the center. The tutorial for this item is found at Infarrantly CREATIVE.
5. Denim Christmas Stocking
Christmas stockings are a great craft show item, especially for the late summer and fall craft shows. You’ll find the instructions for making this stocking, and other denim craft items, at Denim Crafts: Old Jeans Crafts .
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6. Domino Pendants
Jewelry, especially if it is a little out of the ordinary, is also an item that draws interest at craft shows. These domino pendants are very nice, and for a craft show I would make sure to have chains of a couple lengths to choose from. The tutorial for this item is found at The Enchanted Gallery .
7. Fringed Fleece Blanket
Notice how much nicer this fleece blanket looks just with the added fringe. This fringe is so easy to add and will add value to the throw. Well worth the little extra time it takes. For the easy no-sew directions for making this project, go to make:
8. Baby Caps
One of the secrets of making money selling crafts is to keep the cost of supplies low. When you can make something by recycling, you improve your profits considerably. The baby caps shown above are just one idea of many that you’ll find at Things to Make Using Old Sweaters.
9. Metallic Candle Holders
I love these candle holders. You’ll find this project and a bunch of other candle craft projects at Best Candle Crafts. Candles are a great selling item at craft shows and a variety of styles is always a good idea. Be sure to display the candles at different heights and use an elegant fabric draped under them.
10. Painted Holiday Plates
You don’t have to be an artist to paint holiday plates. Find out how easy it is to make these Halloween plates by checking the tutorial at Painting a Halloween Plate. Make plates for other occasions or holidays by using coloring page images for a pattern.
11. Leather Bow Belt
Belts can be a good craft show item also. Be sure to have sizes or adjustable belts included. Find the tutorial for making this attractive leather bow belt at I heart nap.
12. Retro Vintage Apron
Aprons, especially during the holidays, make a great gift, and they are becoming more and more popular with the young marrieds. Be prepared to sell a bunch of these…..fabrics of different colors and prints make this an exciting item. For the tutorial to make this vintage apron, go to sew4home.
13. Glass Tile Pendants
Think of all the different items that you could make using these little glass tiles. Pendants, like this one with a tutorial at SUGAR BEE Crafts. is just one idea for their use. Make magnets, cork board pins, rings, bracelets, etc. Come up with an new, unique idea and the market will be yours.
14. Shower Turbans
I’ve made these shower turbans for all the gals in my family and they all love them. I haven’t been to any craft show that has these. I made three of the turbans from one of the extra large beach towels. You’ll find the pattern and instructions at Simple Shower Turban to Sew.
15. Baby Quilt
Baby quilts are a great craft show item. The site address for making this outstanding baby quilt, and other baby items, can be found at All Baby Gifts Crafts Ideas. Be sure to check out the portable high chair, the diaper changer pad and the boo boo bears. Those items would also be good craft show items.
16. Christmas Stockings
Christmas stockings are always a great selling item at fall craft shows. Use a great pattern like the one included in this project at Positively Splendid tutorial, and make stockings like those shown or use other fabrics or Christmas prints. Consider making some using burlap fabric, velvet fabric or satin and lace. A Christmas stocking that has a cuff like this can be made in a solid color. Then offer to personalize the stocking by printing on a name with a colored or gold painter pen.
17. Sea Glass and Pearl Necklace
Jewelry is another item that sells well at craft shows. Sea glass and pearls are a beautiful combination that makes outstanding jewelry. Find the tutorial for this necklace at eCrafty.com.
18. Necklace Display Stand
If you are selling custom jewelry, you’ll love how easy it is to make your own necklace display stands. The tutorial for making the necklace display stand is found at STELLA + HODGE. Jewelry, as well as all craft items sell so much better when displayed in a professional manner.
19. Reversible Headbands
Imagine all the holiday and special occasion fabrics that can be used to make headbands. Make one side a holiday print and the reverse side a universal print. Or make the headband in animal prints, polka dots, stripes, or one of the shiny jewel prints. The tutorial and pattern for making the headbands is found at the long thread.
20. Burlap Halloween Door Hangers
At this site, How to Make a Ghost Door Hanger, you’ll find the pattern and tutorial for making the ghost door hanger. At the bottom of the article you’ll find the site names for the witch, cat and pumpkin, and owl projects.
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