What handmade craft can I make and sell to earn lots of money?

Have three teens that would like to find a hobby or craft that all of us can do to make money online or sell somewhere else. We plan to make it a family event! Thanks for your ideas!


Asked by 1countrygal at 12:29 PM on Jan. 7, 2009 in Hobbies & Crafts

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  • Those blankets that you cut the sides and tie together are easy to make. I know I almost bought one, but somebody ended up making us a couple. I love them. I think I saw them for $25 somewhere.

    Answer by MBsMom2004 at 12:32 PM on Jan. 7, 2009

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  • I noticed that some gals were selling those rice packs that people heat and put on a sore area of their body on Ebay this Christmas. They are relatively easy and they were getting a nice price for them.

    Answer by TeaAnderson at 12:39 PM on Jan. 7, 2009

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  • why not check out etsy.com and browse around for some ideas? good luck!

    Answer by KnoxvilleDoula at 2:28 PM on Jan. 7, 2009

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  • Absolutely, my daughter who is 12 and I got into stamping and scrapbooking right after my mom past away, and it was like love at first sight. We are into business together and I love it. I work from home hosting classes in my home. I make a few projects charge $15-$25 per person. The classes last about 1-2hrs. I not only make money from the class making stamping or scrapbooking projects, but my customers love the projects so much they sign up for clubs and order supplies from me, so I make a commission from that also. We also have a new little business that we are working on which involves the projects that I make. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Demonstrator visit my website at www.craftycreations.stampinup.net or send me a message.

    Answer by SimplyCreative at 3:06 PM on Jan. 7, 2009

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  • checking out etsy is a good idea. the other thing would be to check out a gallery or shop that sells handmade items and see what's selling (and get some ideas). i was making notecards, but a shop i went to told me jewlery was going really well but notecards just sat... so local knowledge is good. etsy is a great site, but there's SO much on there...

    Answer by ariel08 at 3:56 PM on Jan. 7, 2009

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  • Maybe candles?

    Answer by ria7 at 5:16 PM on Jan. 7, 2009

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  • I was recently at a craft sale w/ my sil - unique ideas really grab attention. One thing I liked were some painted picture frames. they took the glass out and scrapbooked the space where the picture would go then you could place your picture on it. The woman said she picked up picture frames at auctions or bought pictures from Hobby Lobby or Michaels that had been discounted. It doesn't matter if you like the picture on it because the frame is all you're really after.

    Another thing I saw that I really liked was kettle corn - a sweet, salty popcorn.....yum!

    Answer by the3jsandme at 8:49 PM on Jan. 7, 2009

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  • I make money hosting stamping and scrapbooking classes in my home. I also put my finished projects to local shops, and www.artfire.com. Artfire is like etsy but you don't pay to buy or sell. There is alot you can do with stamping and scrapbooking. You can make wedding invitations, wedding albums, baby and bridal shower invitations, and you can offer these to you local community. I am currently working with selling bulk of some of my things to companies in Texas. I have a friend that is laying the ground work for me, so I will be making alot of the marketing and promotional gifts for marketers using my stamping skills. I also make and handcraft my own jewelry, but jewelry is a little bit expensive to upkeep. You need alot to get started. I have posted some of my pieces on the group Making beaded jewelry here in Cafemom. So, if you ever need advise on crafts I can try to help.

    Answer by SimplyCreative at 12:10 AM on Jan. 8, 2009

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  • Making hairbows, or tutus for girls. There are tons of websites that sell these, and the better looking hairbows compete with department store hairbows in price and quality, IMO. Even if you and your children made and sold them locally for a time that would be a good start. Ribbons are inexpensive if you buy them by the yard. Just one idea of many that have already been posted.

    Answer by Nic at 10:18 PM on Jan. 8, 2009

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  • I would do something that you and the teens already enjoy doing. Like sewing, painting, etc. Before investing too much money, be sure you can do the particular craft well, and also that there is a good market for it. Several of the ideas listed are flooded already. Everyone wants to get a piece of the pie, but look for something that isn't being sold heavily or something that you can do that is really original.

    Answer by lifeasinoit at 10:27 PM on Jan. 8, 2009

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