How to make easy sellable crafts

Updated April 17, 2017

Create your own sellable crafts by first reviewing and brainstorming about your own interests and crafting skills. From beading to sewing to custom card making, your craft ideas are only limited by your own ideas and imagination. Finding a craft to sell while at the same time enjoying yourself creatively is ideal and will allow you to be more productive and excited about your work.

Custom cards

Buy craft material to create your own custom sellable cards for festivities and other special occasions. Some material for the base of your cards includes coloured card stock, various patterned scrapbook paper and even thin cardboard, depending on your preferences. Purchase stamps, stencils, stickers, and other embellishments for personalised cards and paper crafts.

Browse for inspiration on the type of cards to make through craft books in libraries and bookstores, as well as on various craft websites. View colour schemes and themes, from seaside to bright pop colours; the options for your custom cards are virtually infinite.

Create your cards by using the craft items you purchased, first selecting a base card colour and type of material (card stock, paper, or thin cardboard). Add a message to the card, suiting the holiday or theme you planned for the card using your stamps, embellishments, and letter stencils. Use decorative stickers to match the theme or the card's colour scheme to add depth to the overall look of the card.

Bracelets and necklaces

Brainstorm on the type of jewellery you would like to create. Some beads are entirely plastic and simulated material, while other jewellery stones are semi-precious as well as other genuine material.

Buy the beads and stones of your choice from a local craft shop or online. You will also need string or wire to hold the beads, along with the proper tools to enclose and secure the jewellery. Purchase wire cutters and small jewellery pliers when working with wired jewellery for easy managing and beading.

Gather and organise all of your beading jewellery materials by colour, shape, and size for easier viewing of your beads and of all of the tools you have available to work with.

Measure the length of the necklace or bracelet you plan to make. Leave an additional 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) of string or wire on both ends for error and working room. Cut the string or wiring using your wire cutters or scissors.

Begin adding the beads and stones in the order and pattern of your choice, holding the other end of the string in place by a heavy object keeps your beads in place. Mix and match colour tints to stick with one colour scheme, or opt for a multiple colour scheme, depending on the type of beads you have.

Close and secure the jewellery using clasps or by tying the wire or string together. Use your pliers to help secure the wire together, cutting the excess wire with your wire cutters. Add superglue to the ends of elastic or string jewellery that you tie in order to secure it.

Things You'll Need

  • Beads
  • Stones
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • String
  • Wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire pliers
  • Stickers
  • Stamps
  • Stencils
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