50 Crafts That Make The Most Money

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Selling crafts is one of the best ways to earn money doing something you enjoy. Even if you currently don’t have an crafty skills, I’ll go over ways you can learn new crafts and exactly how to get started selling each craft.

In this post I share:

  • 50 crafts that make the most money
  • How to make money from crafts online and in-person
  • How you can learn new crafty skills to sell more
  • Where to sell your crafts
  • and more!

Here’s a list of 50 crafts that make the most money. 

1. Printables

Printables are one of the best crafts to sell because customers love how affordable they are and how printables are instantly downloadable. You can sell printables that are used for home decor, games, budgeting, crafts, and so many other things.

Are you wondering how to get started selling printables? Here’s a free guide which includes a secret list of best-selling products by month and how to capitalize on seasonal trends to make sales. 

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2. Tin Can Upcycle

Tin cans are great for up cycling into different kinds of crafts. You can sell plants in these but also market them as a jar to hold about anything.

Crafts that are sustainable and create less waste is a great idea as the same item is getting multiple uses and repurposed for as new.

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3. Soap

Soap making is wildly popular because people love buying natural, homemade soap. Most of my soap comes from Etsy sellers and it was even the favors I gave to people for for coming to my sisters baby shower. 

Handmade soap comes in a variety of scents, shapes, and is so much more fun than what you see at the store.

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4. Pottery

Pottery is one of the best craft sellers right now because of the handmade look. I’m a potter myself and find pretty much anything sells. Mugs, planters, plates, bowls, cases, and even urns are some of the most popular items to sell.

Potters do well online on Etsy as well as in person at markets or festivals.

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5. Crochet

Crocheted handemade goods are desired at markets and on Etsy. You can sell handmade goods such as sweaters, scarves, personalized dog clothing, blankets, and so much more. I’m a crocheter myself and love this craft.

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6. Candles

Candle-making and selling is a great side hustle for someone who enjoys this craft. People love buying candles due to the many varieties of scents, colors, and shapes they come in.

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7. Desserts

You can sell many desserts such as macaroons, cupcakes, and brownies. If you love baking and want to take your hobby into a side hustle, this is a great option. 

You can even get into selling homemade dog treats. Learn how to start your own dog bakery business in this free workshop here. This is a great workshop that will answer your questions about starting an at home bakery business and if it’s right for you.

8. Candy

Making and selling candy is a whole lot of fun and one of the best ways to put a smile on someone’s face. 

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9. Earrings

You can create earrings with clay, resin, or wood. This is a craft hobby that is easy to learn and as long as you have a creative eye for making jewelry, you can do it. 

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10. Toys

One of the best ways to make extra money is by selling handmade toys. There’s something so special about buying someone a handmade item, which is why this is such a great way to make extra money.

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11. Plants

Houseplants are becoming all the rage in the past couple of years. Anything houseplant related sells quite easily. I’ve seen people sell homemade propagation stations, trellises for their plants, planters, and many other plant-related things.

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12. Bath Bombs

Bath bombs are a great DIY homemade craft to make and sell. You can create a variety of different scents and shapes to sell.

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13. Cakes

Cake making and decorating is quite the craft and if you have a passion for it, you can make about $300 per cake. 

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14. Macrame

Macrame is a hot craft right now that is a big seller at markets and even online on Etsy. People are really into the boho look, myself included, which is why macrame-anything sells like hotcakes. 

Popular items that sell quickly are macrame wall hangings, keychains, plant hangers, jewelry, and even pillow cases. Macrame items can sell anywhere from $10 to a massive wall hanging for close to $1,000.

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15. Bookmarks

You can sell 3D printed bookmarks or printable bookmarks made on a website like Canva where customers can print the bookmark again and again. 

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16. Tote Bags

Selling tote bags is a great way to put your creative skills to use. You can put creative designs on tote bags and encourage people to use reusable tote bags for any kind of shopping they do. 

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17. Wood Sign

If you have a creative side in woodworking and calligraphy, this is a great side hustle because people are always looking for these fun decor pieces. 

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18. Embroidery

If you have a knack for embroidery, you can list your services on Etsy and offer personalized embroidery items of customers pets. 

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19. T-Shirts

Sell customized t-shirts with funny slogans, quotes, photos, unique artwork, personalized t-shirts, and anything else you can think of. 

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20. Leather

If you have an eye for creating beautiful leather pieces, this is a great way to earn extra money making purses, wallets, and other clothing pieces. 

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21. Felt

You can create some beautiful pieces out of felt that are personalized and unique. 

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22. Fairy Garden

Fairy gardens are quite popular right now. You can offer fairy gardens that are already set up and complete. You can also sell handmade items that people can put in their fairy gardens. 

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23. Mug

You can make personalized mugs with a Cricut machine and have a lot of fun with this creative outlet. People love mugs and can’t get enough of them. 

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24. Wall Print

Wall prints are an item that you can personalize but also bring out your creative side by creating handmade pieces of art work and reprinting them. 

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25. Home Decor

You can make and upcycle items to turn into fun home decor pieces. 

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26. Pressed Flowers

Pressed flowers are beautiful and can be made into wall art, jewelry, and so many other items. You can preserve flowers from a customers big day at their wedding or any other special day they’ve had, this way they can keep the memory going on forever. 

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27. Antiques

Antiques are popular for so many reasons. They bring people back to a time that is so different from today. You can learn so much from an antique. You can even upcycle antiques. This is just three of the reasons why they’re so popular and make great sellers. 

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28. Wreath

You can make a wreath out of so many things including yarn, macrame rope, flowers, and they can be personalized for the holidays throughout the year. 

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29. Knitting

If you’re a knitter, earn money by selling your handmade goods. Popular items include sweaters, mittens, baby clothes, headbands, and dresses. 

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30. Photography

If you have an eye for photography, sell your completed photographs on Etsy as art prints. 

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31. Hair Ties

Hair ties are quite popular and coming back from the 90’s.

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32. Dog-Anything

Pets and dogs in particular are a huge profitable business seller as people are always looking for new items for their dogs, especially personalized items. Leashes, collars, and clothing items are popular sellers. 

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33. Terrariums

Terrariums are fun indoor plants homes great for high humidity plants or even cacti and succulents. Create closed or open terrariums and make fun designs for customers. 

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34. Flower Arrangement

Make beautiful flower arrangements for special events for customers. You can even get creative and make handmade floral arrangements out of other things like crocheted flowers, succulent arrangements and more. 

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35. Rattan 

Rattan is definitely back into style and handmade items sell for a lot of money. People love rattan shelves, furniture pieces, and plant hangings, just to name a few. 

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36. Wooden Pencil Holders

If you’re a woodworker, put your skills to use and create things out of wood like a pencil holder or decor piece. 

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37. Jewelry Holder

Create jewelry holders with air dray clay or fired clay. Ceramic pieces are becoming quite popular and there’s nothing like a handmade jewelry holder. 

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38. Journal

Did you know you can create handmade journals? Journal lovers love getting handmade journals because they are so unique. 

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39. Bread

If you enjoy baking, you can sell your baked goods at fairs and festivals. 

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40. Pillows

Making and designing pillows is a great craft that is quite popular on sites like Etsy.

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41. Artwork

If you have an eye for art and are a skillful painter, creating artwork is a great option.

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42. Cases

If you’re good at sewing, you can create many items such as the makeup case in the photo below. These are relatively inexpensive to make but can be sold for $15-$20.

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43. Nail Art

It’s not surprising that nail art is on this list because people love getting their nails done. You can sell DIY nail art kits through Etsy.

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44. Furniture

Did you know you can make money flipping furniture? For example, my friend Melissa buys furniture from flea markets or yard sales and flips them for a profit. She even has a free workshop where she helps people get started in this side hustle. Many people often sell things at yard sales for a fraction of the cost that they can get them for. You can even find free things people ditch on the side of the road and sell it for a huge profit.

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45. Upcycled Lamps

You can upcycle pretty much anything. Upcycled lamps are just one of the many things you can upcycle and turn into something new.

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46. Jam

Making your own jam and selling them at craft markets or online is a great side hustle.

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47. Ornaments

DIY ornaments are great crafts to sell, especially at Christmas markets. 

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48. Hats

You can embroider or put patches onto items and sell them. This makes purses, hats, and clothing items more personalized and fun to wear.

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49. Puzzles

If you’re a fan of puzzles, than you know how much people love them and are willing to buy them. What’s even cooler is you can turn any picture into a puzzle. There are successful sellers on Etsy doing this and making money selling puzzles.

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50. Cards

You can sell handmade cards or printable cards that are instantly downloadable on sites like Etsy. Printable cards are great because people can use them more than once which makes them more economical.

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How to make money from crafts online and in-person

1. Create an Etsy shop

One of the best places to list your creative handcrafted items is on Etsy. Etsy is a goldmine for handmade and custom made items and there isn’t another site like it. 

Etsy is beginner-friendly and even helps you set up a website in minutes. Their end-goal is to make sure each small business is set up for success. There’s a seller newsletter that sends out new helpful tips and information, what’s trending, and what people are buying. 

Etsy even has a helpful and informative Seller Handbook guided to help crafters succeed with their business.

Get started and open your Etsy shop here.

2. Start a website

One of the best ways to make money with a craft is the consumer buying directly from you on your website. This is because there are way fewer fees involved since it’s direct to consumer. Plus, a website is a great way to write blog posts that rank on Google or get traffic from Pinterest. The more traffic you get yo your website, the more eyes there are to your product. 

For example, if you sell handmade pottery for houseplants, you can often come up with a lot of houseplant blog posts that get traffic on Pinterest. People may even browse around on your website and see that you sell your own planters and purchase one (or hopefully a few).

If you need help starting your own website, check out my handy 20 minute guide to starting your own blog.

3. Sell at festivals or markets

A fun and exciting way to make money with your handmade crafts is by selling in person at local festivals and farmers markets. I love going to farmers markets and what people create with their hands. There’s nothing like a handcrafted item and actually getting to meet the person who created the product. 

4. Ask stores to sell your crafts

Another popular way to make money with your handmade items is by asking local stores to carry your item. Whenever I go to antique stores, thrift stores, boutiques, and other small businesses, I often see handmade items. 

How you can learn new crafty skills

1. YouTube

If you’re still reading and really interested in selling handmade items but don’t think you have the skills, teach yourself through YouTube. You can learn so many creative skills for free on YouTube.

For example, if you want to learn how to make cakes, check out Georgia’s Cake videos where she has many tutorials on cake baking and decorating. Or check out Florian Gadsby on YouTube if you want to up your pottery skills so you can sell more handmade items.

2. Skillshare

Skillshare is a great resource for people looking to level up with their crafts or even start a new craft. There are how-to videos that can take you from novice beginner to expert level in a craft or hobby.

On Skillshare you can learn how to:

  • crochet
  • paint
  • create journals
  • design clay earrings
  • embroidery 
  • make candles
  • pottery
  • woodworking
  • make soap
  • make furniture

Skillshare is a paid membership which includes unlimited classes to any subject or topic. There is also free 7 day trial. At the time of this writing in mid-2022, Skillshare is $13.99 a month.

I love crafts and seeing what people make and sell. What craft do you want to make and sell? Like this post? Pin it!

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