So you’ve been wanting to create an honest living doing what you love…and what you’d love the most is to make money from crafts. Well, you’ll be happy to know that thanks to the internet, that whole “starving artist” label is on its way to becoming a thing of the past.
While I won’t insult your intelligence by saying that making sales doesn’t involve work, at least these days, you’ve got a pretty good chance of finding a market right from the comfort of your home.
If you want to turn your craft into profit, you’ll just need to do a little digging to find out what platforms and methods are best suited for you. There are several to choose from, so to make things easier for you (and because I’m a helpful and valuable human being), I went ahead and did all the work of listing them here.
The following lists the top 10 ways to make money from crafts. Regardless of whether you sew, make jewelry, refinish furniture, design skateboards or paint clown makeup on small children’s faces, you’re capable of turning your art into an income.
Top 10 Ways to Make Money From Crafts
Selling in Person
1 – Local Markets
This is one of the oldest ways to get your stuff out there to the local community. It isn’t for everyone (like my introverted self), but it might be perfect for you.
Flea markets, local art shows, and even farmer’s markets are great places to meet new people and get your work out there. About once a year in my area, the community holds an art show where people from all over set up booths and showcase their products.
It’s a way to spend some time outdoors, talking to people and just being social.
2 – Join a Group
If you make decorative mason jars, you might find customers in gardening, juicing and DIY home decor groups.
Perhaps you’ll find others to partner up with – or you may find new resources for venues, supplies, and ideas.
Groups are a great way to get your name out there. You could do a search in your area for like-minded people who share similar interests.
3 – Hold Parties
Humans throw parties for just about every reason imaginable. If you want to show people what you’re doing (and possibly make some fast money), get some appetizers and beverages, set up your crafts and demonstrate how your work will enrich their lives.
I went to a candle party a while back and, of course, purchased a wall sconce. Funny thing, though, I never did find a use for what I bought. But I really liked it at the time and I would have never thought to get it if I hadn’t gone to the party.
I might have wasted a few bucks, but at least the host did pretty well.
4 – Create a Group Class/Activity
Did you know that people pay money to drink wine and paint pictures? It sounds like a fun way to loosen up, be creative and meet people. The instructor probably enjoys themselves as well – teaching art to a bunch of people who are really happy to be there.
Places like Paintingwithatwist.com and Pinotspallet.com even have franchise opportunities for those who want to turn this into a full-time business. If I were the social type, I’d totally think about this one.
5 – Use Facebook Groups
There are plenty of groups on social media, especially Facebook, that you can join to discuss your craft. You might even be able to share your work. You’d have to read the group’s guidelines to see what they’re cool with, but hey, you never know.
Facebook’s marketplace is another resource to sell your work – especially if you’d prefer to sell locally.
6 – Do Video Tutorials
I briefly touched on this in my recent “Career Change at 40” post and shared a video of someone demonstrating an abstract painting technique.
Teaching viewers how to do things is a really cool way to make money from crafts. You can use your phone to film the videos and use video editing software to perfect them.
I actually stumbled across this guy who does these insane paintings using spray paint. I doubt I’ll try this myself, but that hasn’t stopped me from watching his channel. I find the videos entertaining – and I noticed that while he invites us to watch him create them, he links the finished pieces in the video description.
Which are, of course, for sale.
His wife is a gifted pianist…and her gorgeous music plays in the background during the art creation. Talk about an epic duo. Check out this Glow in the Dark Mary Poppins Spray Paint Art. It’s absolutely stunning.
7 – Create a Course
Crafty people create courses and sell them online.
You can create a course for everything these days. Decorating cakes, painting walls, sewing curtains, pottery, calligraphy, writing poetry, etc.
You name it – there’s a course.
Maybe you can add your own.
Share your course(s) on websites like Udemy and Skillshare – or – promote and sell them on your own website.
If you have a skill that you’re willing to teach, you can make money from crafts by teaching your tips and tricks to others.
8 – Sell on Etsy or Artfinder
Artfinder.com is a website where artists sell their work. You can sell your paintings, digital art, drawings and sculptures.
Etsy.com is a popular platform specifically for the crafty folks. You can sell anything from your artwork to homemade soaps, clothing, dried floral arrangements, specially designed flip flops and so much more.
It’s free to sign up and it’s inexpensive to list your items. People have done quite well on Etsy, so it’s worth it to take a look.
9 – Create an Online Store
If you’d rather list and sell from your own website (or just add another platform to reach people), there are tools you can use.
10 – Sell Supplies
You probably like to use specific materials for your projects. If that’s the case, why not tell others?
Create videos of yourself using these products and sell them on your website (or even from the description area in the video itself) using your affiliate link.
Another option is to build a website dedicated to selling these products. You could create something like Idofreakyclownmakeup.com and write posts about the products you use to create the little Pennywise doppelgangers running through the neighborhood.
The parents will love it – and they’ll probably book you (along with a paper boat maker) for little Johnny’s next birthday soiree’…themed –
Selling supplies is a way to make money from crafts – whether you sell the finished product or not.
Why not leverage?
Using Social Media to Make Money from Crafts
Social media is one of the best ways to drive traffic to your work. It doesn’t matter if you’re selling online or in person.
And if you aren’t social media savvy, that’s ok. You can always learn these skills.
My friend Andrea launched her Savvy Social School to help people understand how social media works and how to use it to build your brand. Filled with educational videos, done for your posts, webinars and a community forum – you can educate yourself on how to use social media like a pro.
Putting it All Together
So there you have it, folks. The top 10 ways to make money from crafts. I hope this list not only inspires you, but motivates you to take action.
Should you try any of these ideas, let me know how it’s going. If you have any success stories and tips, please feel free to share them with others in the comments section.
And…if you’re looking for ideas to help facilitate your career change, keep visiting the blog. I’m working on something I think you’ll love. I just need some time to finish it.
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