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16 Unique Money Making Hobbies for Stay at Home Moms

Last Updated on 03/31/2024 by Nell Marie

Hey there, creative mama!

Are you ready for some money making hobbies for stay at home moms?

If you are a mama who needs a way to stay home with her kiddos, you’re creative, or would like to learn how to make money with hobbies and crafts, then this is the article for you!

As a creative person and a mother of three boys, and a work at home mom to boot, I know the yearning to stay home and raise kiddos first hand. I also know how hard it is to balance work and home, even if you’re doing them both at home.

That’s why I encourage mother’s to find more flexible ways to make money at home than maybe something like a virtual assistant, where you’re tied to a computer, and a schedule, and have to work harder to balance it all.

Instead, I encourage moms to do things like make and sell printables on Etsy, writer a blog, and make money with hobbies and crafts.

Something where you’re the boss, you call all the shots, and your time is more easily juggled than when you have deadlines from a boss.

If you like the idea of making and selling crafts for money, keep reading!

Related reading: How to afford being a stay at home mom.

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Money making hobbies for stay at home moms

Money Making Hobbies for Stay at Home Moms

There are so many ways to make money at home now, it’s a great time to be a stay at home mom.

When I had my first son, I had to pave my own way to making money from home, and it was really difficult to find legitimate opportunities.

Although, just because you want to make money from home, even in this day with lots more legit ways to make money, there will still be a learning curve, and a workload.

Here’s the thing, if you have the passion for what you’re doing, and the drive behind it, you can be successful working for yourself from home.

Did you know that according to QZ.com “nearly a quarter of American mothers now identify as stay-at-home parents—a sharp rise from the 15% in 2022, according to a large survey of US women conducted by Motherly, an advocacy group.”

I don’t know, of that number of stay at home moms, how many are working or running a business from home, but I’d venture to guess, at least a handful do.

If you love the idea of making money with crafts and hobbies but need to cut costs in order to make this happen, check out my article How to afford being a stay at home mom which will help you with that.

In this article, we’ll chat about how to make money with:

  • Jewelry making
  • Wreath making
  • Crocheted or knitted goods
  • Embroidery art
  • and much more!
money making crafts

Handmade Jewelry

  • Create unique earrings, bracelets, necklaces, or rings.

Creating beautiful and unique jewelry is an art that combines precision and creativity.

Making handmade earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings let’s your creative juices shine and, it’s actually more approachable than you may think!

Whether you craft minimalist or bold jewelry, simple or elaborate, there’s a jewelry making method for anyone who may be interested.

Some jewelry making ideas:

Hand Stamping

  • Pressing metal stamps onto metal surfaces to create personalized and textured designs.

I made hand stamped jewelry for a period of time and it was really successful, people love it!

You can specialize in hand stamped mom jewelry, initial jewelry, jewelry with uplifting messages, and so on.

Supplies you’ll need:

Metal Blanks:

Choose metal blanks made of materials like aluminum, brass, copper, or sterling silver. These will serve as the base for your stamped designs.

Metal Stamps:

Invest in quality metal stamps with the designs or letters you want to imprint on the metal. Stamps come in various fonts, sizes, and designs.

Steel Bench Block:

A solid, smooth surface for placing your metal blanks while stamping. It provides a sturdy base and helps achieve clear imprints.

Metal Hammer:

Use a brass or nylon hammer to strike the metal stamps. These softer hammers help prevent damage to the stamps and produce cleaner impressions.

Stamping Pad or Mat:

Place a stamping pad or mat beneath the metal blank to absorb some of the impact and create a clearer impression.

Masking Tape or Painter’s Tape:

Secure the metal blank to the bench block with tape to prevent movement during stamping.

Permanent Marker:

Use a permanent marker to darken the stamped impressions, making them more visible.

Polishing Cloth:

Keep a polishing cloth on hand to clean and shine your finished pieces.

Jump Rings:

If you’re creating pendants or charms, you’ll need jump rings to attach them to chains or other jewelry components.

Chain or Cord:

Depending on your design, you might need chains, cords, or other materials to complete your jewelry pieces.

Metal File:

Smooth the edges of your metal blanks after stamping to create a finished look.

Metal Hole Punch or Drill:

If you need to add holes for attaching jump rings, you’ll require a metal hole punch or a drill with a metal bit.

Buffing Wheel or Sandpaper:

Use a buffing wheel or fine sandpaper to refine the surface of the metal and remove any imperfections.

Optional: Patina or Ink:

If you want to add contrast to your stamped impressions, consider using a patina or ink to darken the recessed areas.

Suppliers:

I like Beaducation for tools and such and Etsy for the blanks. (I like pewter the best but sterling silver is a good option, as well.)

While on Etsy just type of hand stamped blanks, pewter blanks, aluminum blanks, brass blanks, sterling silver blanks etc.

Below are a couple of pictures of my pieces.

hand stamped necklace
hand stamped jewelry

Candle Making

  • Craft scented or decorative candles.

Candle making isn’t as difficult as it may sound.

You really just need the desire to learn, a few supplies, and some education on how to make them and you’ll be well on your way.

You can Google, or YouTube, terms like “candle making for beginners”, “what do I need to make candles” and so on and you’ll find great advice and tips.

I have a friend who makes homemade candles and she sells them like hot cakes on her site and in person events.


Supplies you’ll need for candle making:

Wax:

Choose a wax suitable for candle making, such as paraffin, soy, beeswax, or a blend. The type of wax will affect the candle’s appearance, burn time, and scent throw.

Wick:

Select the appropriate wick size for your candle type and size. Wicks come in different materials, like cotton, wood, or hemp, and in various thicknesses.

Wick Holder or Wick Bar:

Use a wick holder or wick bar to keep the wick centered in the candle while the wax cools and solidifies.

Fragrance Oil (Optional):

If you want scented candles, choose fragrance oils designed for candle making. Ensure they are safe for the type of wax you’re using.

Dye or Coloring (Optional):

If you want colored candles, use candle dye or crayon shavings. Ensure the colorant is suitable for your chosen wax.

Double Boiler or Wax Melter:

Melt the wax using a double boiler or a specialized wax melter. Avoid direct heat, as it can be a fire hazard.

Pouring Pot:

Use a dedicated pouring pot to easily pour melted wax into candle containers or molds.

Thermometer:

Monitor the temperature of the melted wax to ensure it’s suitable for adding fragrance or dye without compromising the candle quality.

Stirring Utensil:

Have a utensil, such as a wooden stick or spoon, to stir in fragrance, color, or additives evenly.

Candle Containers or Molds:

Choose containers or molds based on the desired shape and size of your candles. This can include glass jars, metal tins, silicone molds, or pillar molds.

Scale:

Weigh the wax and other ingredients accurately to maintain consistency in your candle-making process.

Heat-Resistant Surface:

Place your pouring pot or containers on a heat-resistant surface to prevent damage to your work area.

Wick Trimmers or Scissors:

Trim the wick to the appropriate length before lighting the candle.

Labels and Packaging (Optional):

If you plan to give or sell your candles, consider labels and packaging for a professional touch.

Safety Gear:

Use appropriate safety gear, such as heat-resistant gloves and safety glasses, especially when handling hot wax.

More reading: I wrote in depth about candle making for The Work At Home Woman, you can find that article, here.

Want to try making a candle from home with a great recipe that takes the guesswork out of it? You can try one of Our Oily Houses recipes. I only recommend using someone recipe for personal use only.

making candles to sell

Crochet or Knitting

  • Make scarves, hats, blankets, or other knitted/crocheted items. Or start a blog and share patterns.

If you know how to crochet or knit, you could easily make goods for sale at markets or online and also sell patterns on places like Etsy or Ravelry. (Check out an article I wrote about Etsy SEO.)

In addition, you could make a crochet or knitting pattern blog and make money by way of ads and affiliate income, along with selling access to your ad free patterns.

And then, there’s creating a crochet or knitting YouTube channel as another way to make money with your craft.

Pam with the Crochetpreuner is the leading expert in the field of making money with crochet and I highly recommend you get to know her, join her newsletter, and check out her resources.

If you’re new to the world of crochet or knitting, there will be a learning curve, and it’ll take some practice, and getting to know the process, before you’re able to make patterns to sell, but don’t let that discourage you – jump in with both feet and get going!

Simply Google or YouTube how to crochet or knit to get started. You can also learn how to make money by way of your craft in both places as well.

If you’d like to make money by creating patterns and blogging about them, I highly recommend learning how to blog from Elna Cain. She is extremely smart when it comes to making money via blogging and writing.

Supplies you’ll need for crocheting:

Yarn:

Choose yarn in the weight and color of your preference. Different projects may require different yarn types, so check the pattern for recommendations.

Crochet Hooks:

Invest in a set of crochet hooks in various sizes. The size of the hook should match the thickness of the yarn you’re using. Aluminum, plastic, and ergonomic hooks are popular choices.

Tapestry Needles:

These large-eyed needles are used for weaving in loose ends and sewing crochet pieces together.

Scissors:

A pair of sharp scissors for cutting yarn.

Stitch Markers:

Use these to mark the beginning of a round or a specific stitch in your project.

Measuring Tape:

A flexible measuring tape helps ensure your crochet projects are the correct size.

Storage Case or Bag:

Keep your crochet hooks, yarn, and accessories organized in a dedicated storage case or bag.

Crochet Pattern:

Choose a pattern that matches your skill level and the type of project you want to create.

Yarn Bowl (Optional):

A yarn bowl can help keep your yarn from rolling away and getting tangled while you crochet.

Row Counter (Optional):

This tool helps you keep track of the number of rows in your project.

Blocking Materials (Optional):

For certain projects, blocking mats and pins can be used to shape and set your finished pieces.

Gauge Checker (Optional):

Especially useful for more complex projects, a gauge checker helps ensure your stitches match the pattern’s specifications.

Hook Case (Optional):

If you have multiple crochet hooks, a hook case can keep them organized and easily accessible.

Comfortable Chair and Good Lighting:

Ensure you have a comfortable chair with good lighting to make your crocheting experience enjoyable.

Notebook and Pen:

Keep track of your patterns, modifications, and project notes in a dedicated crochet notebook.

Beginner-Friendly Yarn (Optional):

If you’re just starting, consider using a smooth, light-colored, and medium-weight yarn to make it easier to see your stitches.

Further reading: 20+ ways to make money with crochet by Pam of Crochetpreuner.

make money with crochet

Supplies needed to knit:

Yarn:

Choose yarn in the weight and color appropriate for your project. Different projects may require different yarn types, so check the pattern for recommendations.

Knitting Needles:

Invest in a set of knitting needles appropriate for your chosen yarn weight. Needles come in various materials such as wood, metal, or plastic.

Scissors:

A pair of sharp scissors for cutting yarn.

Tapestry Needles:

Large-eyed needles used for weaving in loose ends and sewing knitted pieces together.

Stitch Markers:

These markers help identify the beginning of a round or specific stitches in your project.

Measuring Tape:

A flexible measuring tape to ensure your knitting projects are the correct size.

Storage Case or Bag:

Keep your knitting needles, yarn, and accessories organized in a dedicated storage case or bag.

Knitting Pattern:

Choose a pattern suitable for your skill level and the type of project you want to knit.

Row Counter (Optional):

A tool to help you keep track of the number of rows in your project.

Gauge Checker (Optional):

Especially useful for more complex projects, a gauge checker ensures your stitches match the pattern’s specifications.

Blocking Materials (Optional):

For certain projects, blocking mats and pins can be used to shape and set your finished pieces.

Needle Gauge (Optional):

A tool to measure the size of your knitting needles.

Knitting Bag (Optional):

A dedicated bag to carry your knitting projects and supplies on the go.

Comfortable Chair and Good Lighting:

Ensure you have a comfortable chair with good lighting to make your knitting experience enjoyable.

Notebook and Pen:

Keep track of your patterns, modifications, and project notes in a dedicated knitting notebook.

Beginner-Friendly Yarn (Optional):

If you’re a beginner, consider using a smooth, light-colored, and medium-weight yarn to make it easier to see your stitches.

More reading: How to make money knitting by The Knitting Times.

making money with crafts

Embroidery or Cross-Stitching

  • Design and sell embroidered or cross-stitched art pieces. Or, make a blog, Youtube channel or sell patterns online.

I love embroidery!

You can make such beautiful artwork by way of hand embroidery, or even cross stitching.

Below are some of my pieces.

hand embroidery art

People love to buy hand embroidered art for their homes.

They also LOVE patterns and kits.

If you like hand embroidery, or cross stitching, I recommend a little bit of everything! (selling finished pieces, patterns, and even teaching others by way of a blog/YouTube channel)

Types of finished art to sell:

  • Floral pieces
  • Landscapes
  • Custom art
  • Name art
  • Initial art
  • Jewelry
  • Pet portraits
Pet portraits

Hand embroidery supplies:

Embroidery Hoop:

A hoop helps stretch and hold the fabric taut while you embroider. It comes in various sizes; choose one suitable for your project.

Fabric:

Select a fabric appropriate for embroidery. Cotton and linen-blend are popular choices. Make sure it’s tightly woven and easy to work with.

Embroidery Needles:

Use embroidery needles with a sharp point and a larger eye to accommodate embroidery floss or threads.

Embroidery Floss or Thread:

Choose embroidery floss in various colors. Floss is typically made of six strands, and you can separate them according to your project’s needs.

Embroidery Scissors:

Small, sharp scissors for cutting threads with precision.

Pattern or Design:

Whether printed on fabric or drawn on paper, a pattern or design serves as a guide for your embroidery.

Water-Soluble Fabric Marker or Pencil:

Use this to transfer or draw your design onto the fabric. The markings disappear with water or over time.

Embroidery Stabilizer (Optional):

For certain fabrics or intricate designs, a stabilizer can provide additional support and prevent puckering.

Thimble (Optional):

Protect your fingers while pushing the needle through the fabric with a thimble.

Needle Threader (Optional):

Especially helpful if you’re working with multiple strands of embroidery floss.

Embroidery Transfer Paper (Optional):

Transfer your design onto the fabric using transfer paper if you prefer a quicker method than drawing.

Iron and Ironing Board:

Use these to press your fabric before and after embroidery to ensure a smooth surface.

Storage:

Keep your embroidery supplies organized in a dedicated storage container or bag.

Frame or Display (Optional):

If you plan to frame or display your finished embroidery, have a suitable frame or display method ready.

Comfortable Chair and Good Lighting:

Ensure you have a comfortable chair with good lighting to make your embroidery experience enjoyable.

Embellishments (Optional):

Consider adding beads, sequins, or other embellishments for extra texture and detail.

make money with embroidery

Cross Stitching supplies:

Cross Stitch Fabric:

Choose a fabric specifically designed for cross stitching. Aida cloth and evenweave are common choices, available in various counts (threads per inch or squares per inch).

Cross Stitch Pattern:

Select a cross stitch pattern that suits your skill level and preferences. Patterns indicate the colors and placement of stitches.

Embroidery Hoop or Frame:

Use an embroidery hoop or frame to hold the fabric taut while stitching. This helps maintain even tension and produces neat stitches.

Embroidery Needles:

Cross stitch needles have a blunt tip, making it easier to navigate through the holes in the fabric. They come in various sizes.

Embroidery Floss:

Choose embroidery floss in the colors specified by your pattern. Floss is typically made of six strands, and you’ll separate them according to your project’s requirements.

Thread Organizer (Optional):

Keep your embroidery floss organized with a thread organizer, especially for larger projects with numerous colors.

Scissors:

Small, sharp scissors for cutting the embroidery floss with precision.

Pattern Holder (Optional):

A pattern holder or clipboard can be helpful for keeping your pattern visible and easily accessible while stitching.

Thimble (Optional):

Protect your fingers while pushing the needle through the fabric, especially for projects with frequent stitching.

Needle Minders (Optional):

Magnetic needle minders can hold your needle when not in use, preventing it from getting lost.

Magnifying Lamp or Reading Glasses (Optional):

If you find it challenging to see small stitches, a magnifying lamp or reading glasses can assist with close-up work.

Lighting:

Ensure you have good lighting to reduce eye strain and see your stitches clearly.

Fabric Scissors (Optional):

Use fabric scissors specifically for cutting your cross stitch fabric to size.

Storage Container or Bag:

Keep your cross stitch supplies organized in a dedicated storage container or bag.

Iron and Ironing Board:

Use these to press your cross stitch fabric before framing or finishing.

Comfortable Chair:

A comfortable chair with good back support will enhance your cross stitching experience.

Frame or Display (Optional):

If you plan to frame or display your finished cross stitch, have a suitable frame or display method ready.

Further reading: How to make a printable hand embroidery pattern and how to make a cross stitch pattern.

make money from home with crafts

Customized Clothing

  • Design and sell hand-painted or custom-designed clothing with embroidery, embellishments, paint, etc.

Customized clothing offers a unique and personalized touch to fashion.

By venturing into hand-painted or custom-designed garments, you embark on a journey of wearable artistry.

Whether it’s painting intricate designs on denim jackets, creating personalized T-shirts, or adding unique embellishments to clothing items, the possibilities are as diverse as your imagination.

This niche allows you to turn ordinary pieces into distinctive fashion statements, providing customers with one-of-a-kind apparel that reflects their individual style and personality.

It’s not just about selling clothing; it’s about offering a wearable form of self-expression and creativity that resonates with those seeking exclusive and personalized fashion choices.

You can sell on Etsy or on your own shop by Shopify.

custom clothing business

Supplies for making custom clothes:

Clothing Items:

Start with plain and suitable clothing items like T-shirts, hoodies, jackets, or other apparel.

Fabric Paints:

High-quality fabric paints in a variety of colors for hand-painting or adding details to clothing.

Fabric Markers:

Permanent fabric markers for drawing or writing on fabric. They come in various colors and tip sizes.

Stencils:

Pre-made or custom stencils for creating consistent and intricate designs on clothing.

Paintbrushes and Sponges:

Different-sized brushes and sponges for applying fabric paint with precision.

Fabric Dyes (Optional):

Use fabric dyes for creating tie-dye effects or coloring larger sections of clothing.

Iron-on Transfers:

Custom or pre-made iron-on transfers for adding designs to clothing with heat.

Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV):

HTV sheets for creating customized designs that can be applied with heat and pressure using a heat press or iron.

Embellishments:

Sequins, beads, patches, or other embellishments for adding texture and details to clothing.

Sewing Supplies (Optional):

If you’re incorporating fabric or sewing elements, you may need a sewing machine, needles, and thread.

Protective Gear:

Wear protective gear like gloves and aprons to safeguard your skin and clothing during the customization process.

Palette or Mixing Trays:

Use palettes or mixing trays for blending and customizing fabric paint colors.

Masking Tape or Painter’s Tape:

Create clean lines or block off sections using masking tape while painting.

Cardboard or Cardstock:

Insert cardboard or cardstock inside clothing to prevent paint bleed-through.

Stencil Adhesive (Optional):

If using stencils, stencil adhesive can help secure them in place and prevent paint seepage.

Fine-Tip Fabric Pens (Optional):

Pens with fine tips for detailed drawings or writing on fabric.

Spray Bottles (Optional):

Use spray bottles for creating unique paint effects, such as splatters or gradients.

Custom Printing Services (Optional):

If you’re not handcrafting the designs, consider using custom printing services for unique prints and patterns.

painting for money

Wreath Making

  • Craft and sell decorative wreaths for different occasions.

Wreath making is a a really fun craft that allows for the creation of beautiful and seasonally inspired decorations. (I LOVE displaying wreaths year round but especially at Christmastime.)

Crafting and selling decorative wreaths allows you an opportunity to infuse creativity into your customers homes and their seasonal celebrations.

Whether it’s welcoming guests into their home with a vibrant floral wreath for spring, an autumnal arrangement for fall, or a festive creation for the holidays, each piece becomes a unique expression of warmth and style.

Offering customized wreaths for various occasions allows you to contribute to the ambiance of homes, while also providing individuals with a charming and personalized way to adorn their living spaces.

christmas wreaths

Supplies you’ll need for wreath making:

Wreath Forms:

Choose various sizes and shapes of wreath forms as the base for your designs. These can be made of materials like foam or wire.

Wire Wreath Frames:

Wire frames provide a sturdy structure for larger wreaths and allow for versatile design options.

Floral Wire:

Use floral wire to secure elements like flowers, greenery, and decorations to the wreath form.

Wire Cutters:

Sharp wire cutters are essential for trimming floral wire and cutting stems.

Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks:

Use a hot glue gun for securing elements that might be difficult to wire, adding stability and durability to your designs.

Ribbon:

Choose a variety of ribbons in different colors, textures, and patterns for bows and accents.

Artificial Flowers and Greenery:

Stock up on silk or artificial flowers and greenery to create visually appealing and lasting wreaths.

Decorative Embellishments:

Consider adding decorative elements such as ornaments, pinecones, berries, or seasonal items to enhance your wreaths.

Wreath Hangers:

Provide options for customers to easily hang their wreaths with a selection of wreath hangers.

Storage Solutions:

Invest in storage containers to keep your wreaths protected and organized when not on display.

Packaging Materials:

Use attractive and protective packaging materials for delivering or shipping your wreaths to customers.

Display Stands or Racks:

If you plan to sell at craft fairs or markets, display stands or racks will showcase your wreaths effectively.

Price Tags or Labels:

Clearly label your wreaths with price tags or labels that include information about the materials used.

Work Tables:

Set up dedicated work tables where you can assemble and design your wreaths comfortably.

Quality Pruning Shears:

Sharp pruning shears are handy for trimming stems and adjusting the length of artificial greenery.

Business Cards and Marketing Materials:

Create business cards and promotional materials to share your contact information and showcase your wreath designs.

Online Presence:

Establish an online presence through a website or social media platforms to showcase your wreaths and reach a wider audience.

Aprons and Protective Gear:

Wear aprons and other protective gear to keep yourself comfortable and protected during the crafting process.

Further reading: wreath making for beginners.

wreath making for money

Pottery or Ceramics

  • Make handmade pottery items like mugs, bowls, or vases.

Delving into the world of pottery or ceramics means crafting handmade pieces like mugs, bowls, or vases with a touch of warmth and creativity.

This earthy process allows for the mix of artistic expression and practicality, turning clay into unique items that can brighten up daily routines or bring charm to any space.

From shaping the clay to choosing the perfect glaze, every step in creating these pieces is an adventure in creativity and craftsmanship.

Handmade pottery becomes more than just functional items; it’s a personalized form of art that brings joy and uniqueness to everyday moments.

You can sell on Etsy or your own shop.


What kind of items can you make?

Mugs:

Craft personalized and unique mugs with various shapes, handles, and glaze combinations.

Bowls:

Create bowls of different sizes and styles, suitable for serving food, holding fruit, or as decorative pieces.

Plates:

Design dinner plates, dessert plates, or decorative plates with custom patterns or glaze effects.

Vases:

Craft vases of various shapes and sizes, perfect for displaying flowers or as standalone decorative pieces.

Planters:

Make planters for indoor or outdoor use, adding a touch of creativity to your greenery.

Sculptures:

Sculptures allow for artistic expression, whether abstract or representational, for display in homes or gardens.

Tiles:

Create decorative tiles for use in mosaics, as trivets, or as standalone art pieces.

Cups and Saucers:

Craft tea cups and saucers with unique designs, adding a touch of elegance to tea time.

Pitchers:

Design pitchers for serving beverages, each with its own artistic flair.

Candle Holders:

Craft candle holders with different shapes and sizes, enhancing the ambiance of any space.

Jewelry:

Design ceramic jewelry such as earrings, pendants, or beads, incorporating various textures and glazes.

Lamps:

Create custom ceramic lamps, adding warmth and character to home lighting.

Incense Holders:

Craft decorative incense holders for both functionality and aesthetics.

Ceramic Tiles for Backsplashes:

Design tiles for kitchen or bathroom backsplashes, adding a personalized touch to home decor.

Casserole Dishes:

Make casserole dishes with unique shapes and glazes for both practical and decorative use.

Soap Dishes:

Craft functional and stylish soap dishes for bathrooms or kitchens.

Serving Platters:

Create serving platters with intricate designs or simple elegance for special occasions.

Coasters:

Craft coasters with personalized designs, adding a touch of creativity to protecting surfaces.

Clocks:

Design ceramic clocks as functional art pieces for home or office decor.

Cheese Boards:

Make cheese boards with built-in ceramic elements, combining functionality and aesthetics.

Teapots:

Craft teapots with unique handles and spouts, adding character to tea ceremonies.

Wall Art:

Create ceramic wall art pieces, ranging from abstract sculptures to tile installations.

Handles and Knobs:

Design custom handles and knobs for furniture, cabinets, or doors.

Bathroom Accessories:

Craft ceramic accessories such as toothbrush holders, soap dispensers, and tissue box covers.

Ornaments:

Make decorative ceramic ornaments for holidays or year-round use.

ceramics

The world of pottery is a fascinating and beautiful place! Check out hashtags on Instagram to be inspired!

Some amazing artists you may want to follow are:



how to make pottery

Supplies for making pottery:

Clay:

Choose a suitable clay type for your desired projects. Common types include earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain.

Pottery Wheel or Slab Roller:

Depending on your preference, you’ll need a pottery wheel for wheel-throwing or a slab roller for hand-building with rolled-out clay slabs.

Pottery Tools:

Invest in basic pottery tools such as a wire tool, rib tool, carving tools, and trimming tools for shaping and refining your clay.

Cutting Wire:

A durable cutting wire is essential for cleanly separating your piece from the wheel or slab.

Bats:

Bats are flat boards or disks that attach to the wheelhead, providing a stable surface for your pottery to be thrown or built on.

Clay Carving Tools:

Use carving tools to add intricate details or textures to your pottery.

Apron and Towels:

Wear an apron to protect your clothing, and keep towels handy for cleaning and drying hands.

Sponges:

Sponges are useful for smoothing surfaces and cleaning excess water and slip.

Canvas or Cloth:

A canvas or cloth can be used to cover and keep your pottery moist between sessions.

Glazes:

Choose glazes for coloring and finishing your pottery. Glazes come in various colors and textures.

Glazing Brushes:

Different-sized brushes for applying glazes to your pottery pieces.

Glazing Tongs:

Use glazing tongs to safely dip your pottery pieces into glaze baths.

Kiln:

If you’re serious about pottery, you’ll need access to a kiln for firing your pieces. Consider joining a pottery studio or finding a community kiln.

Kiln Furniture:

Kiln furniture, such as kiln shelves and posts, to stack and support your pottery during firing.

Kiln Wash:

Apply kiln wash to shelves to prevent pottery from sticking during firing.

Bisque Firing Cones:

Cones or pyrometric cones to measure temperature during bisque firing.

Pottery Gypsum Plaster:

Gypsum plaster for creating molds or casting slip.

Clay Extruder (Optional):

An extruder can be used to create consistent shapes and forms from clay.

Pottery Ribs:

Ribs made of wood or rubber for smoothing and shaping your pottery.

Storage Containers:

Use containers to keep your clay moist and workable.

money making pottery

Supplies you need for making ceramics at home:

Clay:

Choose a suitable clay type for hand-building or sculpting. Air-dry clay or oven-bake clay is convenient for beginners, while those more experienced might opt for ceramic clay that requires firing.

Clay Carving Tools:

Invest in a set of clay carving tools, including loop tools, wire-end tools, and needle tools for shaping and detailing.

Carving Sticks or Wooden Ribs:

Wooden ribs or carving sticks are useful for smoothing surfaces and creating different textures in your ceramic pieces.

Sponges:

Keep sponges on hand for adding or removing moisture from your clay during the sculpting process.

Canvas or Cloth:

Use a canvas or cloth to cover your clay work to prevent it from drying out too quickly.

Rolling Pin:

A rolling pin helps flatten clay into even slabs for hand-building projects.

Canvas Boards or MDF:

Use canvas boards or MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) as a portable work surface for hand-building projects.

Plastic Wrap:

Covering your clay pieces with plastic wrap helps maintain moisture and prevents them from drying out.

Modeling Stands (Optional):

If you’re working on larger sculptures, consider using modeling stands to support and rotate your piece as you work.

Armature Wire (Optional):

For large or complex sculptures, armature wire provides structural support for your clay.

Armature Mesh (Optional):

Mesh can be used to bulk out larger sculptures, creating a lightweight base for the clay.

Clay Extruder (Optional):

An extruder is useful for creating consistent shapes and coils from clay for various hand-building projects.

Clay Sculpting Tools (Optional):

Sculpting tools with various shapes and sizes for adding intricate details to your ceramic pieces.

Clay Softener (Optional):

Softeners can revive dry clay, making it more pliable for hand-building.

Plaster of Paris (Optional):

Plaster of Paris can be used to create molds or casts for certain ceramic projects.

Paints and Glazes:

Choose ceramic paints or glazes for finishing your pieces. Ensure they are suitable for the type of clay you’re using.

Brushes for Glazing:

Different-sized brushes for applying glazes to your ceramic pieces.

Kiln or Oven for Baking (Optional):

If you’re using clay that requires baking, ensure you have access to an oven or kiln for firing your ceramic creations.

Kiln Furniture (Optional):

Kiln furniture, such as shelves and posts, if you’re firing ceramics in a kiln.

Safety Gear:

Wear appropriate safety gear, such as a dust mask and gloves, especially when working with certain types of clay or glazes.

soap making business

Soap Making

  • Create handmade soaps with unique scents and designs.

Like making candles, soap making can be a great way to experiment with your creative side while making a living from home.

And, it isn’t as difficult as you may think!

Soap making is more approachable than most people think and let’s you play with colors, shapes, and scents.

There’s a market for those who purchase handmade soaps, customers just waiting to lather up with your unique soaps.

You could sell your soaps on Etsy or even on your own website, like Shopify, plus in person markets.

Taking great photos and being really descriptive about the scents will be key to selling the soaps online.

Some scents to consider:

  • Lavender
  • Citrus
  • Lemon grass
  • Peppermint
  • Tea tree
  • Rose
  • Vanilla
  • and lots more!

More reading: I wrote an little mini guide article about this topic on The Work at Home Woman, if you’d like more info about this topic.

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Supplies you will need to make soaps:

Oils and Fats:

Olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, and other oils provide the base for your soap. Experiment with different combinations to achieve desired qualities.

Lye (Sodium Hydroxide):

Lye is a crucial ingredient for saponification, the chemical reaction that turns oils into soap. Handle lye with care and use protective gear.

Water:

Distilled water is typically used in soap making. It helps dissolve and activate the lye.

Essential Oils or Fragrance Oils:

Add scents to your soap using essential oils or fragrance oils. Choose high-quality options for appealing and lasting fragrances.

Colorants:

Natural colorants like clays, herbs, or spices, and cosmetic-grade micas or oxides can be used to add color to your soaps.

Additives:

Experiment with additives such as dried herbs, flower petals, oatmeal, or exfoliants to enhance your soap’s texture and appearance.

Molds:

Soap molds come in various shapes and sizes. Silicone molds are popular for their flexibility and ease of use.

Mixing Bowls and Utensils:

Dedicated heat-resistant mixing bowls, spoons, and spatulas for soap making to avoid contamination.

Thermometer:

A thermometer helps monitor the temperature of oils and lye solution during the soap-making process.

Stick Blender:

A stick blender accelerates the mixing process and helps achieve trace (when the soap mixture thickens).

Safety Gear:

Wear safety gear, including gloves and safety glasses, when handling lye and other potentially hazardous materials.

Scale:

A digital scale is essential for accurately measuring ingredients and ensuring the success of your soap batches.

pH Test Strips:

pH test strips help determine if your soap has fully saponified and is safe for use.

Soap Cutter:

A soap cutter ensures clean and even cuts when slicing your soap into bars.

Drying Rack or Shelves:

Allow your soaps to cure on a drying rack or shelves for several weeks to achieve hardness and longevity.

Packaging Materials:

Choose eco-friendly packaging materials such as paper wraps, biodegradable bags, or reusable containers.

Labels:

Create attractive and informative labels for your soap bars, including ingredients, fragrance, and any relevant details.

Notebook and Pen:

Keep a dedicated notebook for recording your soap recipes, experiments, and observations.

Mold Release Spray (Optional):

If using intricate molds, a mold release spray can help in easy removal of the soap.

Storage Containers:

Store oils, fragrances, and other ingredients in dedicated, airtight containers to maintain their quality.

More reading: How to make soap by TheSpruce.

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Digital Art Prints

  • Create digital illustrations or art prints for sale.

While it’s true the market is saturated with art prints, especially if you’re trying to sell on Etsy, the fact is the market is saturated because there’s a market for selling prints.

If you love making art, whether digital or traditional, and want to make a living doing so, I recommend getting to know SEO well and choose one or two social media platforms to create an account on.

Put in the work, let your creativity shine with your art, and build that customer base who will purchase over and over again.

Some art style ideas:

  • Abstract
  • Botanical
  • Custom
  • Nature
  • Nursery
  • Kitchen
  • Quotes and more!

Sell prints on:

  • Etsy
  • Shopify
  • Society6
  • RedBubble
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Supplies you need in making art:

Traditional art:

  • Paints and other art supplies
  • Variety of brushes
  • Paper
  • Scanner
  • Good camera
  • Computer

Digital art:

  • iPad
  • Procreate
  • Drawing tablet
  • Software
  • Pen
  • Computer
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DIY Terrariums

  • Craft and sell miniature ecosystems in glass containers.

Terrariums are cute little ecosystems covered in glass containers, offering a self-contained environment for small plants to thrive.

To craft a terrarium, start with a clear glass vessel and layer it with stones or pebbles for drainage, followed by activated charcoal to prevent mold and odors.

Add a layer of potting soil and carefully select small plants like succulents or ferns, arranging them aesthetically.

Complete the scene with decorative elements like moss, tiny figurines, or decorative rocks.

Water sparingly, ensuring not to overwater, as the enclosed environment creates its own ecosystem.

Terrariums serve as delightful, low-maintenance indoor gardens, bringing a touch of nature into homes or offices while serving as charming decor pieces.

Growing a Business

I would recommend growing a following on social media as it could grow that interest in your cute little creations!

You could sell on Etsy or your own site and in person markets.


Supplies to make terrariums:

Glass Container:

Choose a clear glass container with an open top, such as a glass vase, jar, or bowl. The transparency allows for a beautiful view of the miniature ecosystem.

Small Stones or Pebbles:

Use small stones or pebbles as a bottom layer to facilitate drainage and prevent water from accumulating at the roots of the plants.

Activated Charcoal:

Add a thin layer of activated charcoal on top of the stones to absorb excess moisture, prevent odors, and keep the terrarium environment healthy.

Potting Soil:

Select a well-draining potting mix suitable for the types of plants you’ll be incorporating into your terrarium.

Small Plants:

Choose small plants that thrive in a closed environment, such as succulents, air plants, ferns, or moss. Consider the lighting conditions of your space when selecting plants.

Decorative Elements:

Enhance the aesthetic appeal of your terrarium with decorative elements like small figurines, decorative rocks, or seashells.

Small Tools:

Use small tools like tweezers or chopsticks to help arrange and position plants and decorations within the confined space of the container.

Watering Can or Spray Bottle:

A small watering can or spray bottle is handy for watering your terrarium. Be cautious not to overwater; terrariums typically require minimal watering.

Gloves:

Wear gloves, especially when handling plants and soil, to keep your hands clean.

Optional: Sand or Colored Gravel:

Add a layer of sand or colored gravel for an additional decorative touch.

Optional: Miniature Figurines or Ornaments:

Introduce whimsy and personality to your terrarium with small figurines or ornaments that complement the theme.

Optional: Terrarium Tools Set:

Consider a terrarium tools set that includes small rakes, shovels, and brushes for easier arrangement and maintenance.

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Macramé Items

  • Make and sell macramé wall hangings, plant hangers, or accessories.

With macrame, you’ll be working with knots and fibers, turning them into beautiful and functional pieces that add a bohemian and elegant touch to any space.

You’ll use a variety of knots, including square knots, half-hitches, and lark’s head knots, to craft intricate patterns and designs.

Choose high-quality cords in different textures and colors to infuse personality into your creations.

From wall decorations to practical plant hangers, your macramé pieces become not just items but expressions of art and craft.

Related reading: How to start a macrame business


Supplies for a Macrame business:

Macramé Cord:

Choose a variety of macramé cords in different thicknesses, colors, and materials (cotton, jute, or nylon) based on your design preferences.

Wooden Dowel or Metal Ring:

Select a sturdy wooden dowel or metal ring as the base for your wall hanging, providing a foundation for your macramé knots.

Scissors:

High-quality scissors are essential for cutting cords cleanly and precisely during the macramé process.

Tape Measure or Ruler:

Ensure accurate measurements with a tape measure or ruler, helping maintain symmetry and balance in your designs.

Combing Tool or Brush:

Use a combing tool or brush to untangle and straighten macramé cords, especially when working with longer pieces.

S-Hooks or Clothespins:

S-hooks or clothespins can help secure your macramé project in place, making the knotting process more manageable.

Craft Glue or Fray Check:

Apply craft glue or fray check to the ends of your cords to prevent unraveling and ensure a neat finish.

Clipboard or Macramé Board:

A clipboard or macramé board can serve as a portable and stable surface for your work, keeping cords organized and in place.

Beads or Rings (Optional):

Incorporate beads or decorative rings to add embellishments and visual interest to your macramé designs.

Macramé Pattern or Design Template:

Have a macramé pattern or design template to guide your knotting process and help achieve the desired end result.

Workspace with Adequate Lighting:

Set up a comfortable and well-lit workspace to ensure clarity and precision while working on your macramé projects.

Optional: Comb or Brush for Cord Fringe:

If you’re creating fringed designs, use a comb or brush to fluff and separate the cords for a textured effect.

Optional: Metal Rings or Hoops (for Plant Hangers):

If making plant hangers, metal rings or hoops are essential for suspending and supporting potted plants.

Optional: Dye or Fabric Paint (for Customizing Cord Colors):

Customize your macramé cords by using dye or fabric paint to achieve unique color combinations.

Optional: Macramé Beads or Accents:

Explore macramé beads or accents to add extra flair and personalization to your designs.


Where should you sell?

  • Etsy
  • Shopify
  • In person markets

What kind of items can you make?

  • Wall Hangings
  • Plant Hangers
  • Macramé Curtains or Room Dividers
  • Keychains and Bag Charms
  • Bracelets and Anklets
  • Headbands and Hair Accessories
  • Macramé Jewelry (Necklaces and Earrings)
  • Home Decor (Coasters, Table Runners)
  • Dream Catchers
  • Lampshades
  • Cushion Covers
  • Wedding Decor (Backdrops, Chair Decor)
  • Hammocks or Swing Chairs
  • Tote Bags
  • Mobile Phone Holders
  • Nursery Decor (Mobiles, Wall Art)
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Natural Beauty Products

  • Create and sell handmade skincare products using natural ingredients.

If you love the process of making natural products for the skin, this may be just the right business idea for you.

There are many people who are interested in natural ingredients for their skin.

As a skin product maker, you can enjoy the process of drilling down a recipe until it’s perfect and revel in it when it’s perfect!

Selling your products in person or online allows for versatility, offering you the best of both worlds.


Some of the items you can sell:

Moisturizers:

Craft hydrating moisturizers using ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, and essential oils to nourish and soothe the skin.

Facial Serums:

Develop facial serums with natural oils like jojoba, argan, or rosehip oil, known for their moisturizing and anti-aging properties.

Lip Balms:

Formulate lip balms with beeswax, cocoa butter, and natural oils to keep lips soft and moisturized.

Body Scrubs:

Create exfoliating body scrubs using ingredients like sugar, salt, or coffee grounds blended with oils for smoother skin.

Face Masks:

Develop natural face masks using ingredients like clay, honey, and yogurt for a pampering and revitalizing skincare experience.

Cleansing Oils:

Blend cleansing oils made from lightweight oils like almond or grapeseed oil to effectively remove makeup and impurities.

Toner Mists:

Formulate refreshing toner mists with floral waters, aloe vera, and witch hazel to balance and hydrate the skin.

Bath Bombs:

Craft soothing bath bombs infused with natural scents, Epsom salts, and nourishing oils for a relaxing bath experience.

Hand Creams:

Create moisturizing hand creams using shea butter, glycerin, and soothing botanical extracts to keep hands soft and supple.

Natural Deodorants:

Develop aluminum-free deodorants using ingredients like baking soda, coconut oil, and essential oils for a fresh and natural scent.

Acne Spot Treatments:

Formulate targeted acne spot treatments with tea tree oil, witch hazel, and aloe vera to address blemishes.

Hair Masks:

Create nourishing hair masks using ingredients like avocado, coconut oil, and honey to promote healthy and shiny hair.

Sunscreen:

Develop natural sunscreens with zinc oxide, shea butter, and coconut oil to provide sun protection without harmful chemicals.

Under Eye Creams:

Formulate under-eye creams with ingredients like cucumber extract, aloe vera, and vitamin E to reduce puffiness and dark circles.

Foot Scrubs and Creams:

Craft foot scrubs and creams with exfoliating agents and moisturizing ingredients to pamper and soften tired feet.

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Supplies you may need:

Ingredients:

Base Oils:

Choose carrier oils like coconut, jojoba, almond, or olive oil based on your skin type and the intended use of the product.

Butters:

Include natural butters such as shea, cocoa, or mango butter for their moisturizing properties.

Essential Oils:

Select essential oils like lavender, tea tree, chamomile, or rosemary for fragrance and potential therapeutic benefits.

Waxes:

Beeswax or soy wax can be used to thicken and stabilize products like balms or salves.

Herbs and Botanicals:

Experiment with dried herbs, flowers, or botanicals for additional skin-loving properties and visual appeal.

Clays:

Bentonite, kaolin, or rhassoul clay can be added to masks or cleansers for their purifying and detoxifying effects.

Hydrosols:

Floral waters, such as rose or chamomile hydrosols, can add a refreshing element to your formulations.

Emulsifiers:

If making creams or lotions, consider natural emulsifiers like beeswax or lecithin to bind water and oil components.

Preservatives (Optional):

If your product contains water, consider using natural preservatives like vitamin E or grapefruit seed extract to extend shelf life.

Tools and Equipment:

Mixing Bowls and Utensils:

Dedicated bowls, spoons, and utensils for skincare formulation to avoid cross-contamination.

Double Boiler or Heat-Safe Bowls:

Use a double boiler or heat-safe bowls for melting ingredients like waxes and butters.

Containers:

Glass or plastic containers with tight-sealing lids for storing your skincare products.

Scale:

A digital scale for precise measurement of ingredients, especially when dealing with smaller quantities.

pH Strips (Optional):

If formulating products that contain water, pH strips can help ensure the product is within a safe pH range.

Blender or Immersion Blender:

A blender or immersion blender can be useful for achieving smooth and emulsified textures in creams or lotions.

Funnel:

Use a funnel to transfer your skincare products into containers without spills.

Labels:

Clearly label each product with ingredients, usage instructions, and expiration dates.

Safety Measures:

Clean and Sanitize:

Ensure that all tools and containers are clean and sanitized before starting the formulation process.

Protective Gear:

Wear gloves and, if necessary, protective eyewear when working with concentrated ingredients.

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP):

Adhere to GMP by working in a clean and organized space, following proper hygiene practices.

Patch Testing:

Encourage users to patch-test your products to check for allergies or adverse reactions.

More reading: check out the skincare category on Our Oily House for ideas.

potted plant business

Painted Potted Plants

  • Decorated plant pots with unique designs.

Imagine turning your love for plants and creativity into a cool business!

How about hand-painting plant pots with one-of-a-kind designs?

Picture vibrant colors, intricate patterns, or even personalized themes – the possibilities are endless.

People love adding a touch of personality to their indoor and outdoor spaces, and custom-designed plant pots are a charming way to do just that.

Plus, it’s a fun and relaxing gig that lets you explore your artistic side while making plant enthusiasts happy.

You could sell them online, at local markets, or even collaborate with plant shops.

It’s a simple yet delightful business idea that brings together nature and art in a way that everyone can appreciate!

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Supplies you’ll need to paint pots:

Terracotta or Ceramic Pots:

Choose a variety of pot sizes and shapes to accommodate different plant preferences.

Acrylic Paints:

Invest in high-quality acrylic paints in various colors to allow for diverse and vibrant designs.

Paintbrushes:

Get an assortment of brushes in different sizes and shapes for various detailing and coverage needs.

Palette or Paint Mixing Surface:

Use a palette or any flat surface for mixing and blending paints.

Sealer or Varnish:

Apply a clear sealer or varnish to protect the painted surface and ensure durability, especially for outdoor use.

Pencil and Eraser:

Sketch your design lightly on the pot before painting to guide your brushstrokes.

Painter’s Tape:

Create clean lines and sections by using painter’s tape to mask off areas while painting.

Drop Cloths or Newspaper:

Protect your workspace by covering surfaces with drop cloths or newspaper to catch any paint drips.

Water Container and Rags:

Keep a container of water for cleaning brushes and rags for wiping off excess paint.

Palette Knife (Optional):

Use a palette knife for mixing paints and creating textured effects in your designs.

Stencil or Tracing Paper (Optional):

If you want precise shapes or patterns, consider using stencils or tracing paper to transfer designs onto the pot.

Fine-grit Sandpaper (Optional):

If working with glazed pots, lightly sand the surface for better paint adhesion.

Clear Plastic Wrap (Optional):

Use clear plastic wrap to create interesting textures by pressing it onto wet paint.

Outdoor Spray Sealant (Optional):

If your pots will be exposed to the elements, consider using an outdoor spray sealant for added protection.

Creativity and Imagination:

Most importantly, bring your creativity and imagination to the table to design unique and eye-catching pots.

Related reading: Painted pot ideas

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DIY Bath Bombs

  • Create and sell handmade bath bombs with various scents and colors.

Ever thought about turning bath time into a luxurious experience?

Well, here’s a fun business idea for you: craft and sell your own handmade bath bombs!

Imagine creating these little fizzy wonders that burst into a kaleidoscope of colors and soothing scents when dropped into a bath.

It’s a DIY project that’s not just fun but also something people absolutely love.

You get to experiment with different fragrances, colors, and even add nourishing ingredients.

Sell them online, at local markets, or even collaborate with boutique stores.

It’s a delightful way to add a touch of relaxation to people’s lives while expressing your creativity.

Who wouldn’t want a little spa-like treat at home?

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Supplies you’ll need to make bath bombs:

Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate):

The main ingredient that provides the fizziness in bath bombs.

Citric Acid:

Combines with baking soda to create the fizzing reaction. It’s a crucial component for the bath bomb formula.

Cornstarch:

Adds a silky feel to the bathwater and helps bind the ingredients together.

Epsom Salt (Optional):

Can be added for its muscle-soothing properties.

Carrier Oil (Coconut, Sweet Almond, etc.):

Adds moisture to the bath and helps bind the ingredients. Choose a skin-friendly oil.

Essential Oils:

For fragrance. Select your favorite scents like lavender, citrus, eucalyptus, or any other essential oil of your choice.

Water or Witch Hazel:

Used to bind the ingredients together. A fine mist spray of water or witch hazel is ideal.

Natural Colorants (Optional):

Mica powder, natural food coloring, or powdered herbs can be used to add color.

Mold or Bath Bomb Press:

Choose molds in various shapes and sizes for your bath bombs. You can also use a bath bomb press for a uniform shape.

Mixing Bowls:

Use non-reactive bowls like stainless steel or glass to mix your ingredients.

Whisk or Spoon:

To mix the dry ingredients thoroughly.

Gloves:

Wearing gloves is recommended to protect your hands, especially when working with colorants.

Spritz Bottle or Atomizer:

Ideal for misting water or witch hazel onto the mixture, controlling the amount of moisture added.

Drying Trays or Racks:

Allow your bath bombs to dry and harden on trays or racks. This process may take a day or more.

Decorative Touches (Optional):

Dried flower petals, edible glitter, or other decorative elements for an extra special touch.

Sealer Bags or Packaging:

Once your bath bombs are ready, store or package them in airtight containers or bags to preserve freshness.

Related reading: bath bomb recipes

Felt Crafts to Sell

  • Make and sell stuffed animals, ornaments, or accessories from felt.

Ever tried your hand at crafting with felt? Imagine turning that cozy and colorful material into adorable stuffed animals, charming ornaments, or even trendy accessories.

This isn’t just a crafting hobby; it’s a fantastic business idea!

Picture crafting cute felt critters or personalized ornaments that bring joy and nostalgia.

Maybe it’s a fuzzy little fox or a whimsical holiday ornament – the possibilities are endless.

And here’s the fun part: people love unique, handmade things. Sell them online, at craft fairs, or team up with local boutiques.

You’re not just creating crafts; you’re making little treasures that become cherished keepsakes.

It’s a business where your creativity gets to shine, and you get to spread a bit of handmade happiness to others.

Who wouldn’t want a felt friend to brighten their day or a special ornament to adorn their tree?

Get ready to turn your felt crafts into a cozy little business adventure!

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Supplies you’ll need to felt:

Felt Sheets:

Stock up on a variety of colored felt sheets. Choose different textures and thicknesses based on your project.

Scissors:

A pair of sharp scissors for cutting felt with precision.

Needles:

Large-eye sewing needles suitable for working with felt.

Thread:

Strong and coordinating thread to stitch your felt pieces together.

Polyester Fiberfill:

Soft stuffing material for giving your creations that plush and huggable feel.

Embroidery Floss:

Colorful embroidery floss for adding details and embellishments to your felt crafts.

Glue Gun and Glue Sticks (Optional):

If you prefer, a glue gun can be handy for assembling certain felt projects.

Buttons, Beads, or Sequins (Optional):

Decorative elements to enhance the visual appeal of your felt crafts.

Pins:

Straight pins to hold pieces in place while you work.

Pattern or Template:

Create or find patterns or templates for your felt crafts to ensure consistency and accuracy.

Fabric Markers or Pencils:

Non-permanent markers or pencils for tracing patterns onto the felt.

Ruler or Measuring Tape:

Measure and ensure precision in your cutting and stitching.

Craft Wire (Optional):

If making jointed creatures, craft wire can provide flexibility.

Cardboard or Cardstock (Optional):

Use as a base for creating stable structures within your felt crafts.

Safety Eyes or Buttons (Optional):

For adding expressive eyes to stuffed animals.

Felt Glue (Optional):

A specific type of glue designed for bonding felt pieces together.

Velcro Strips or Snap Fasteners (Optional):

If creating accessories or items with closures, these can be useful.

Fabric Sealant (Optional):

To prevent fraying and protect the edges of your felt pieces.

Felt Balls (Optional):

Use felt balls as accents or decorations in your projects.

Storage Containers:

Keep your felt sheets, tools, and accessories organized in storage containers.

Related reading: felt food, the ultimate guide

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Where to Market Your Business

Marketing your small craft business is an exciting journey that combines creativity and strategic outreach.

Start by utlizing the power of social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook.

Share your creations, behind-the-scenes snippets of your crafting process, and engage with your audience through comments and direct messages.

Use popular hashtags related to crafting, handmade goods, and specific crafts to expand your reach and connect with fellow enthusiasts.

In addition to social media, tap into the vast community of craft lovers on platforms like Pinterest.

Create visually appealing pins showcasing your crafts, linking them back to your online store or social media profiles.

Pinterest is a treasure trove for DIY enthusiasts, and your unique creations can easily catch the eye of those seeking handmade and personalized items.

Optimize your online presence through Google SEO by incorporating relevant keywords on your website or online store.

Use descriptive titles and product descriptions that potential customers might search for.

Ensure your website is mobile-friendly and easy to navigate, enhancing user experience and potentially improving search engine rankings.

For in-person markets, consider participating in local craft fairs, farmers’ markets, or pop-up events.

Set up an eye-catching booth, offer special promotions, and engage with customers directly.

Word of mouth is powerful, and face-to-face interactions can create lasting connections.

Encourage satisfied customers to share their purchases on social media, further boosting your online presence.

Collaborate with local boutiques or gift shops to feature your crafts.

Building partnerships with businesses that align with your aesthetic can introduce your creations to a wider audience.

Emphasize the handmade and unique aspects of your crafts to stand out in a market saturated with mass-produced items.

Remember, authenticity is key in the handmade and craft community.

Share your passion, story, and the love you put into each felt creation.

Building a genuine connection with your audience fosters brand loyalty and can turn one-time buyers into repeat customers and vocal advocates for your small business.

Markets and Shopping Carts to Sell Your Goods

Etsy:

Etsy is a go-to platform for handmade, vintage, and unique items. Create your own Etsy shop to showcase and sell your felt crafts to a global audience.

Ravelry:

If you’re into crocheting and knitting, Ravelry is an excellent community-driven platform where you can sell patterns and connect with fellow crafters.

Michaels Marketplace:

Michaels, a well-known craft store, has its own marketplace where you can apply to sell your handmade items, including felt crafts.

Amazon Handmade:

Amazon Handmade is a dedicated marketplace for artisans. Joining this platform allows you to reach Amazon’s vast customer base with your handmade products.

Your Own Shop:

Consider setting up your independent online shop using platforms like Shopify, Squarespace, Big Cartel, or WooCommerce for WordPress. These platforms provide flexibility and customization for your brand.

Craft Shows and Markets:

Participate in local craft shows, farmers’ markets, or pop-up events in your area. These in-person opportunities allow you to showcase your crafts directly to potential customers.

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Making Money with Hobbies and Crafts

Crafting isn’t just about creating beautiful things; it’s a ticket to turning your passion into a paycheck.

Whether you’re into felt crafts, handmade jewelry, or creating cozy knitted wonders, there’s a world of possibilities out there.

From online platforms like Etsy and Amazon Handmade to setting up your own shop with Shopify or Squarespace, the avenues for selling your crafts are vast.

Don’t forget the charm of in-person markets and craft shows where you can meet customers face-to-face and see the joy your creations bring.

Making money with crafts is like blending business with pleasure – you’re not just selling products; you’re sharing a piece of your creativity with the world.

It’s about turning those handmade wonders into a source of income while doing what you love.

So, get your crafting tools ready, put your creations out there, and watch how your passion can turn into a fulfilling side hustle or even a full-blown business adventure.

It’s not just about making crafts; it’s about crafting your own success story, one creation at a time.

Cheers to turning your crafty dreams into dollars!

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