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87 Crafts You Can Make and Sell as a Stay at Home Mom

When I was pregnant, I had a lot of time to knit. I knitted scarves and baby hats and a friend of mine suggested I could make crafts to make and sell.

I had no idea, but there are thousands of crafts that make money (like mason jar crafts too!). And if you’re a stay at home mom that wants to make extra money from home, why not find some easy things to make and sell for money?

What’s great is that you can do all of this at home! There is no need to go to trade shows or craft fairs in your city to sell your crafts.

With Facebook groups, buy/trade/sell groups, using a blog or Etsy, you can open up shop and start making crafts to sell!

If you’re a stay-at-home mom, here are more ideas of services you can offer to make money at home and an extra way to earn $100 a day!

Okay, let’s go through the business side of selling crafts and then go into the types of crafts that make money.

Crafts to Make and Sell for Profit

There are a few ways you can open up shop online. First off, make sure you have a business PayPal account set up to receive payments. From there, let’s check out the space you need to sell your crafts online.

1. Start a Blog

By far, the most profitable way you can earn money from making crafts is to start a blog and sell them on your blog. But, how do you do this?

If you need a step-by-step tutorial, check out my guide here.

What you want to do is find a hosting company that can host your blog. This is called a self-hosted plan. While you can start a blog completely free, the downside is that you can’t run a business on that type of blog.

Instead, opt for Bluehost as a hosting provider.

When you opt for a self-hosted blog, you have to enable your blog to sell your crafts online. Many bloggers choose to use WooCommerce.

This is a free WordPress plugin that you install and activate on your blog. When you activate the plugin, you set up your account.

Once you fill out your account, you can then create your product. This will be the page for the crafts to make and sell for profit.

Just follow the prompts and add your product image and give a description as well as price and you’re good to go!

 

2. Start a Shopify Site

If you want an all-in-one option where you sign up for a site that is already enabled for selling, Shopify would be your way of doing this.

My IRL friend Bethanie has a Shopify site where she sells her beautifully hand-crafted crates filled with local goodies.

Depending on your budget and needs, you can either start a self-hosted blog (you can monetize your blog different ways aside from selling your crafts) or go all-in-one with a Shopify site.

3. Start On Etsy

If you don’t want to deal with having your shop on your website, you can start an Etsy shop. This is an eCommerce platform where you sell your hand-made items or crafts you can do at home and eventually sell on your Etsy shop. Many bloggers choose this route as it’s budget-friendly, easy to set up and they can link to their Etsy shop on their blog.

Again, explore your options and see what fits you.

4. What About Digital Products?

Crafts or other hand made items aren’t the only way you can make money online. You can also sell a digital products like printables that still uses your creativity.

The Measured Mom has a lot of digital printables and templates that you can purchase for your toddler.

While you can use WooCommerce to sell these digital products, you can also use Send Owl.

Learn how simple it is to make printables and sell them easily!

Privacy Policy and Disclosure

No matter if you have an Etsy shop, a Shopify website or you are using your own blog to start a craft business, you have to have a privacy policy and a disclosure. This is a legal document that shows your site’s intent is to sell.

While there are free privacy policy generators, they are not considered legal. Instead, I encourage to use professionally legal templates for your business.

Crafts that Make Money

Okay! So now that we covered how you can sell crafts to make money, let’s look at DIY crafts you can sell for profit. You may need extra materials and tools, but that’s okay since you are investing in your own business! These are fun crafts to do at home while your little one is napping or at night instead of watching TV!

1. How to Make Soap

Soap is a fun craft to make, and it’s an easy thing to make and sell! You don’t need a lot of tools, and you can get a lot of inspiration from Pinterest.

Here are some DIY soap crafts you can make at home:

2. Photo to Wood Transfer

This might be more of a service where you offer to put family photos on a piece of beautiful wood.

Or, you can sell this craft by using different types of appealing photos for decorative purposes.

3. Ribbon Toys for Babies/Children

You can make no-sew baby ribbon toys that look professional, beautiful and are easy to make!

Here are some DIY tutorials:

4. Make Your Own Worry Pet

For some moms, having an anxious child can be a challenge. These moms might see their children’s anxiety creep up during back-to-school or when they are first starting school.

One proven way to calm an anxious child is to have a safety item like a Worry Pet. You can easily make Worry Pets and sell them! They provide a safe way to help anxious children calm down and think about ways to calm down.

Fair Field has a great tutorial on DIY Worry Pets.

5. Knit or Sew Scarves

I love knitting. It’s a favorite past time for me, and if you know how to sew or knit or crochet, you can find some amazing patterns that are trendy and stylish. This animal scarves, mitts, and socks pattern books is so cute! My twins would love wearing these designs!

Here are more pattern ideas:

6. Custom Dry Erase Boards

I don’t know about you, but I can’t go a day without using my dry erase board. The thing, it’s just a standard one from Wal-Mart. Why not make beautiful custom dry erase boards? Mamas would go ga-ga over them!

Here are some dry erase board ideas:

7. Scented Candles

I love scented candles. I don’t use them too often but, around the holidays I like to light up my fall inspired candle or my winter inspired candle.

If you want to make candles to sell, check out these DIY candle crafts.

8. Plush Toys/Stuffies

There are some cute hand made stuffies I’ve seen on mom blogs and Etsy. If you know how to sew, you can create these adorable and cute plush toys.

Here are some DIY patterns:

9. Wood Pallet Ideas

The rustic farmhouse look is all the rage. Why not go in that trend and make some amazing wooden pieces for home decor?

Here are some ideas:

10. Wind Chimes

Who doesn’t like the melodic sounds of wind chimes? They come in all sorts of designs and styles. You can make big ones or small ones, indoor ones or outdoor ones. It’s up to you!

Here are some DIY wind chime ideas:

11. Jewelry/Makeup + Accessories

Jewelry is popular crafts that make money. But, some jewelry do require a lot of materials. Factor this in if you want to sell crafts.

12. Sugar Scrub

While making sugar scrub isn’t that difficult, you can package this simple DIY craft with some nice looking jars or pots and jazz it up with ribbon and paper!

Here are some sugar scrub DIY crafts:

13. Decorate Mugs

If you have an eye for design and love to dabble in paint, why not decorate mugs and sell your craft for profit? It’s budget-friendly and the sky’s the limit on what types of designs you create.

Here are some idea for DIY mug designs:

14. Fabric Keychains

Crafts that make money are usually ones that are bright, colorful, useful and easy to use day-to-day. Making fabric keychains fits that bill then!

Here are some DIY fabric keychain ideas to inspire you.

Bonus (Updated) 12 More Crafts to Make and Sell

I just couldn’t resist. Here are even more ideas to help you find that right craft to sell!

15. Purses

Many moms are going against the grain and wearing fabric handbags. These are easy to make and sell!

Here are some DIY handbag ideas:

16. Baby Blankets

New parents welcome their newborn with memorable clothing. Why not create a gorgeous baby blanket for soon-to-be parents?

Here are some DIY baby blanket ideas:

17. Earrings

Earrings are easy to make and look gorgeous with any outfit. From casual to date night look, earrings can change the look.

Here are some DIY earring ideas:

Moms That Make Crafts and Sell for Profit

Moms start businesses every day! This is how I started blogging. I started a service – freelance writing – and over time have started blogs as a way to diversify my income streams.

Other moms and stay at home moms make crafts for profit! Here are some crafts to inspire you to start making crafts to sell.

1. Wild Honey Bows

Stephanie has an Etsy shop to sell her beautiful handmade bows for children!

2. PreparaKit

Mariam has a Shopify site to sell her customized and handmade First Aid Kit.

3. RobinsBobbins Gifts

Sian has an Etsy shop filled with wonderful little handmade bespoke gifts for you! From play mats to dress up costumes, Sian has a variety of gift items for you.

4. ADoorAble Creationz

Natasha has an Etsy shop and creates beautiful handmade door hangers. She also has a ton of teacher door hangers as a cute end of school teacher gift!

5. TheNakedPlantCo

Kelsey’s Etsy shop sells vegan and cruelty-free handmade soaps, candles, and bracelets! A great way to stand out with your crafts is to lean into one feature like natural, vegan, no dye etc. to appeal to a target audience. You’ll make sales easier when you focus on one type of audience, rather than trying to attract the masses.

6. CG Toys

Jenny sells handmade Amigurumi toys in her Etsy shop! How cute are these? These are perfect for kids or as gifts!

7. Rachelleisms Shop

Rachelle sells beautiful miscarriage jewelry and custom jewelry in her Etsy shop. Elegant and delicate – these pieces are a thoughtful gift when needed!

How to Promote Your Craft Business

Alright, you started a blog, put up your shop page and now you need eyes on your wonderful handmade crafts.

How do you do this?

Let’s go through some easy ways to market your craft business to the right audience.

1. Have More Than One Place to Sell Your Crafts

Many moms have a blog with a shop page AND an Etsy shop. You can link your Etsy shop to your blog, or not. It’s up to you. This way, you have your blog that markets your products and your Etsy shop too.

2. Start Writing Blog Posts

Blog posts can help you get the right audience to your products. As a freelance writer, my job is to write blog posts to help my clients with their lead generation. This means getting leads to their site and then converting them in some way – i.e. buying.

But, how can you write blog posts without being so salesy about your product?

One way is to really look at your audience and figure out their problems. You know your product can help them, but go deeper than that. Now, not all craft businesses lend well to blog writing.

My friend, Bethanie has a crate business. I feel a blog may not be a great marketing strategy for her.

But, if you make and sell baby blankets then you can open up your blog to baby sleep tips.

When you have blog content, you can share that on Pinterest and Facebook.

3. Get on Social Media

Instagram is a great platform to market your business. You can show behind the scenes, your life or family life and your products in a stylish way.

Many craft businesses also have a Facebook page.

With Facebook, you can grow a community by sharing valuable content. For example, Facebook Lives can connect you and your product with your audience.

4. Run Giveaways

Giveaways are an easy way to get word of mouth about the crafts you are selling. You can drum up business by sharing your giveaway in Facebook groups that allow it, on your Facebook page and on your blog.

5. Start an Email List

Your email list is a powerful way to help you make money. These sign ups are more interested in your product than a reader that hopped on your site from Pinterest. The people who sign up are invested in you and you can use this to provide valuable help and share your product with them.

An easy incentive to get people to sign up to your email list is to offer a discount or free item. While this may attract “freebie seekers” your email nurturing strategy has to be strong to retain them and keep them on your list.

Some bloggers create freebies that have to be dripped out over days or weeks. So you may offer 5 days of freebies like discounts and samples and that means a subscriber will stay on your list longer than if you gave all your free items away on the first day.

Questions About Selling Crafts to Make Money

1. Do I Need a Business Licence to Sell Crafts at Home?

It all depends on how you handle your sales and where you live. In some jurisdictions, you don’t need licensing for a small home-based business.

For more information, please take a look at this post on How to Sell Crafts as a Business on Lawyers.com.

2. Do I Need a Permit or License to Sell on Etsy?

Etsy does not require you to have a business license, but you will have to obtain a seller’s permit to avoid sales tax to the vendor.

3. Can I Sell On Amazon?

Yes. You can! But, you do have a monthly fee to use their platform. If you have the budget, try Amazon, or else Etsy or starting a blog is a more budget-friendly option.

87 Easy Things to Make and Sell for Money

There ya go! Crafts that make money to help you start your own craft business as a stay at home mom!

Need even more ideas to make and sell?

Check out my post on 43 things you can make and sell this minute at home!

So, if you have time between diaper changes and chores, why not start thinking about the types of crafts you can make in your spare time. From there you can start a blog and start showcasing your handmade items!

Over to you – do you have a craft business? Share it in the comments! I would love to check it out!

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62 Comments

I make pin cushion dolls and message in a bottle crafts…do you think they would sell ???Reply to gloria
Hey Gloria, Oh, are pin cushion dolls for sewers? I would connect with sewing bloggers and see if they would recommend your product to their audience! Good luck and how fun for a craft to sell!Reply to Elna
Really great tips! I’ve had a shop on Ko-Fi for a few months now and I’m having trouble getting a single sale. No matter how much I promote and advertise it, whether it’s on my personal and art page on Facebook, Facebook groups, Instagram, etc.. no one seems to be interested in it at all. I have tons of creative ideas but just no buyers.. 🙁Reply to Mia
Hi Mia, Sorry to hear that. I am not familiar with Ko-Fi as a platform. Can you start an Etsy shop with your product or offer it on your blog? That might be a better option to sell your product!Reply to Elna
My little sister has been trying to find something she can do to make money. This is so helpful thanksReply to Ali
Hi Ali, That’s awesome to hear! I hope your sister finds some DIY ideas to make crafts to sell!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, Thanks for sharing this. Loved your blog.Reply to Pamela
Hi! Thank you so much!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, I just started an etsy shop recently and am trying to learn about marketing my shop. Thanks for the information!Reply to Rachel
Hi Rachel, That’s awesome! Good luck with your Etsy shop and selling crafts to make money!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna I’m a nurse and just retired so I want to do fun stuff like crafting. Your information has been very helpful. I sew, crochet, quilt, make jewelry, some photography etc I did have a booth in a flea market but Hurricane Laura caused major damage to the building so probably will be closed a few months. So you gave me lots of options with your information and I now need to decide what rode to take Thanks MargaretReply to Margaret
Hi Margaret, That’s great to hear about wanting to sell crafts! Sorry about your flea market but now you have some ideas you can do at home and make and sell crafts on your couch! Have fun!Reply to Elna
It was really educative Elna, thanks a million. Now I know where to start and what to doReply to Yvette
Hi Yvette, That’s great to hear. Crafts you can make and sell is a cool way to stay home as a mom and earn a living. As for how to start, I suggest you start a craft blog first and create some crafts to share with tutorials. From there you can see what your audience likes. Maybe they like your simple bear sewing template. This is something you can eventually sell! Good luck. To help you start a blog, check out my tutorial here: https://twinsmommy.com/start-a-blog-for-beginner/Reply to Elna
You should really write a book about this its all so amazingReply to Dami
Hi Dami! Wow! Thanks so much! I might just do that!Reply to Elna
Reading this really helps give me a direction to go in. Thank you!!Reply to Brittany
You’re full of inspiration Elna. I’m so happy I found your blog, Reading your article gives me hope. 🧡🙂Reply to Pria
Hi Pria, Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed this post about crafts that make money!Reply to Elna
Great content! I draw, paint & craft. This was most helpful information. Its a daunting task trying to figure out where to start! Thank you so much for sharing this information!👌🏽Reply to Trish
Hi Trish! That’s awesome to hear! You have a lot of skills you can use to make money with your crafts. Good luck with the crafts to make and sell 🙂Reply to Elna
Thank you for this post! I am a stamper and have been wanting to make card and scrapbook pages to sell. After reading your article I think I am ready!Reply to Kathy
Hi Kathy, What a cool craft to make money with! Stamping sounds fun! Create your cards and I’m sure you can sell them online or on Facebook!Reply to Elna
You so inspire me Elna. Great work, thank you!!!!!!!!!Reply to Happiness
Wowww! What an incredible post. Thank you for the ideas. And the amount of work you have put for a single post describes the passion towards your work.. keep going!Reply to Divya
Hi Divya, Thank you so much! I am a freelance writer and writing is a big passion of mine. As well as helping others 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and checking out profitable crafts to sell!Reply to Elna
Wow you are amazing. The world needs more people like you in it! People helping people. I have shared this and even have a stay at home dad that is going to do this! I just hope you know that by helping others learn how to be able to make money and stay home is an inspiration. You make things easy to understand and provide a great amount of information and links that are the most helpful I have personally ever seen. Bless you for your kindness and compassion. Helping others is the best feel good feeling ever. So thank you so much!! Also, very impressed by your replying to the comments left. I have found that to be more and more rare these days. The simplest things mean so much to most. Thank you again.Reply to Tammie
Hi Tammie! Wow! What a wonderful comment! I’m so humbled by your words. I’ve been blogging for a while and I absolutely LOVE helping people. I’ve always had that in me. Before blogging I was a teacher and before that I helped children with autism learn to talk and socialize! It’s just in me! Thank you so much for coming over to my blog and wanting to learn how to make and sell crafts that make money!Reply to Elna