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3 Easy and Functional Crafts You Can Make and Sell

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Would you consider yourself to be a crafty person? Personally, I enjoy making crafts but I wouldn’t say I am particularly skilled in any crafting field. I tend to go for easy crafts that don’t require too many materials or specialist equipment to make. Are you the same, or do you have any special crafting skills?

Whether you are an experienced craftsperson or not, it is possible to make money by selling crafts. Either you can set up a table at a craft fair or similar, or it’s easy to create an online store on a site such as Etsy. For an even easier option, you can simply sell your crafted items on eBay or Facebook Marketplace.

In this post, I will be sharing 3 craft ideas that are simple enough for almost anyone to make. These crafts are functional and useful, so people will be willing to part with their money for them!

3 Easy and Functional Crafts You Can Make and Sell

1. Painted plant pots

Houseplants are so popular nowadays, and plant lovers are always on the lookout for pretty pots to put their plants in. If you head to your local garden centre you can find terracotta pots fairly inexpensively. Acrylic paint is the best type of paint to use on terracotta. Get creative and paint them with any colour or pattern you like!

A selection of plants in coloured pots on a table.
Photo by Ceyda Çiftci on Unsplash

If you want to add text to your painted pots, you can download free fonts here. Choose a font that you’d like to use and type your chosen text into a document. Print it off on a piece of card and carefully cut out the letters using a craft knife. Then you will have a stencil to use on your pots. Tape the stencil to the pot and paint over it so that the text shows up on the pot. This method would be great for adding names or other personalised text to your pots, making them even more appealing to buy.

2. Handmade greeting cards

People are constantly needing greeting cards so they are bound to sell well online or at a craft fair. This is one of the easiest and cheapest crafts to make because you can use almost any scrap material or stationery to decorate your cards. Earlier this year I made some homemade cards which you can see in the photos below. I folded pieces of card in half and glued on random scraps of fabric, thread and beads to make flowers and birds.

A handmade greetings card featuring a bird made of pieces of thread and beads.
A handmade greetings card featuring a flower made up of scraps of material, thread, sequins and beads.

There are endless options for making greeting cards. If you want to add text to the front, you can find pretty free fonts here and print off some text to stick on your card. Another idea is to recycle old greeting cards by cutting the pictures off the front and sticking them onto new cards. You can also use washi tape to decorate your cards.

3. House name signs

There are some really beautiful house name signs out there, and it’s actually quite easy to make unique, homemade ones to sell online. Did you know that some of the most common house names in the UK are The Orchard, Rose Cottage and Meadow View? You could start by making signs with those names as samples and then offer a custom service.

A simple way to make house signs with a rustic look is to find scrap pieces of wood and paint the house names onto them. You can do this by using the same stencil method described above in the painted plant pots. Acrylic paint is a great option for painting on wood. It’s a good idea to use a primer first, and also seal the wood with varnish after painting.

A house name sign reading The Old Stable, on an old piece of wood.
Photo by Rebecca Lindskoog on Unsplash

Would you try these functional crafts?

Have you sold handmade items and crafts before? What was your experience? Have you ever made any of the crafts in this post? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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10 Comments

  1. Craft-wise, I remember as kids we made wood-burning plaques, nothing as fancy as you display above, Sophia. Later, following in my mother’s footsteps I sewed clothes for myself. Now my choice is writing novels and I am always in awe of the colorful crafts of others.

    1. Sophie says:

      Those sound like such great, practical crafts. And you could definitely consider novel writing a craft too! 🙂

  2. Wow I love all of these ideas! I love crafts and the handmade greeting cards are so lovely. I really enjoyed this post! Now I feel inspired to go and create something new!

    1. Sophie says:

      Thank you! I’m glad you like the greeting cards, they were fun to make and a good way to use up scraps!

  3. Amazing post as always. I’m really eager to turn my hands to home made seasonal cards, I’ve always loved doodling and I actually sold some of my drawings as a child – well my mum did on my behalf!

    Rosie

    1. Sophie says:

      Thank you! That’s amazing that your mum sold some of your drawings as a child! You could totally get back into it 🙂

  4. I love all these ideas! I would love to try and make homemade cards and the house signs x

    1. Sophie says:

      Thank you! Definitely give it a go 🙂 x

  5. I have always loved all the different house name signs and house number signs that are out there. Your home is a reflection of your own style and that’s a great way to show it! We’ve been debating making a new one for here that includes pawprints or something to show that the pets are an important part of this home too!

    1. Sophie says:

      A house sign with paw prints on would be the perfect reflection of your home! Such a lovely idea.

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