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39 Easy Crafts You Can Make and Sell

39 Easy Crafts You Can Make and Sell

Have you ever wondered how a person learned to make or do something? I always marvel at the things people can craft and want to know how they did it. With this huge compilation of tutorials, you also can learn how to make amazing products to sell online, at craft shows, or anywhere else!

I had some basic criteria for choosing the tutorials in this post.

    1. Every tutorial had to be beginner friendly. Even a “non-crafty” person could make these!
    2. Every craft had to turn out looking stellar. No Becky Home-Ecky crafts here!

I also conveniently organized the tutorials by category—candles, coasters, cups & mugs, decor, dishes & planters, ornaments, printables, and soaps & beauty. If one category interests you more than the others, feel free to skip down to that section.

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All images link directly back to the original tutorial. Links can also be found in each individual caption.

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Candles

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

1) This make and sell craft is great because you can always find cast off, low price teacups at thrift stores and yard sales.

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

2) These would be great to make for wedding decorations!

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

3) A unique and glitzy take on a poured candle.

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

4) A classic. Will mason jars ever go out of style?

Coasters

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

5) These coasters certainly have a wow factor!

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

6) These end up with a watercolor look to them, which is very on trend.

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

7) These coasters are so bright and modern!

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

8) I’m all for cheap, dollar store materials getting turned into a fancy, resellable craft!

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

9) You’ll never get the same coaster twice with this tutorial, which is part of the handmade appeal!

Cups and Mugs

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

 

10) As with most handmade mugs and cups, be sure to note that these are hand wash only!

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

11) You could do so many cute geometric designs with this.

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

12) Who isn’t obsessed with rose gold?

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

13) Seriously crazy easy with beautiful results.

Decor

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

14) Vases as bright as the flowers in them! You could create themed collections and sell them in sets.

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

15) Super cute and beginner seamstress friendly. Win-win.

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

16) This wreath is rustic and almost free to make. I think it would look great on a wall, too!

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

17) I love these little garlands around the holidays. You can dress up a mini tree or string them up around your kitchen.

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell

18) You could use the tutorial to make any variety of shapes. A great way to use up old corks!

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

19) These canvases are so easy and very striking. You could make a variety of sizes and colors to match anyone’s decor!

A Gorgeous Modern Hoop Wreath

20) My own wreath tutorial is easy and produces beautiful results, I believe. But don’t just take my word for it! Give it a try.

Dishes and planters

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

21) You won’t believe you actually made these once you’re through. They are so easy but turn out so adorable!

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

22) So many possibilities with these.

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

23) I had a friend once who told me, “Everything is cuter when it’s tiny.” These mini planters prove her point.

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

24) Some more bright vases using very basic items!

Ornaments

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

25) Christmas really is coming up fast. Now is the perfect time to start planning and offering Christmas ornaments!

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

26) These also make simply lovely gift tags.

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

27) These would be really sweet to market for teachers’ Christmas gifts!

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

28) Another craft with lots of room for personalization!

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

29) I love that these look both classic and updated.

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

30) You could even add an initial on the front after creating a custom color ornament!

Printables

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

31) Printables are great because you only have to make it once and you don’t have to worry about shipping! Michelle’s tips give good advice for the design of your printables.

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

32) Ok, so this one is not a tutorial as much as helping you sell the printables you’ve made!

Bonus: Check out these tutorials to make some gorgeous graphics for your printables!

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Soap and Beauty

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

33) These gorgeous soaps from A Beautiful Mess are sure to catch your eye!

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

34) “Lemon and pepper” just sounds so grown up and sophisticated, doesn’t it?

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

35) This adorable sugar scrub is a grown up spin on the sand art you made in preschool.

39 crafts to make and sell

36) The beauty of lip balm is that you can customize it with your own choice of safe, wholesome ingredients! So important for something that will be right on your mouth.

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

37) These are some seriously cute, juicy looking soaps. And they use melt and pour base!

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

38) Bath salts and unicorns are so trendy right now. Jump right on that with these fizzy bath salts. Give the people what they want!

39 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell in 2018

39) Forget scary lye and hot process/cold process. This tutorial shows you how to repurpose already made bars. You can then add your favorite scents and flavors (Tea! Essential oils!)

 

That should give you plenty of scope for imagination and inspiration to get your creative gears wound up! Subscribe to the newsletter for more great information and freebies, and follow me on Pinterest for a continual stream of great inspiration!

39 Easy Crafts You Can Make and Sell

39 Easy Crafts You Can Make and Sell

The Differences Between Illustrator and Photoshop

The Differences Between Illustrator and Photoshop

Have you ever wondered what the differences between Illustrator and Photoshop are? Well, here’s a quick infographic and post to give you some clarity!

Photoshop

  • Uses pixels to create images. Individual pixels can all be edited and moved.
  • Image can not be enlarged beyond what the set image size is. Image will become blurry or pixelated.
  • Has a large number of filters and brushes to create natural, lifelike images and photo editing.

Photoshop is great for:

  • Image editing
  • Web design and graphics
  • Creating art using digital pens and brushes
  • Making a project that will stay a fixed size: photos, web graphics, posters, etc

Illustrator

  • Vector based. Uses mathematical algorithms to define shapes
  • Image can be endlessly enlarged without a loss of definition
  • Doesn’t contain the image editing capability of photoshop

Illustrator is great for:

  • Web design
  • Print projects
  • Icon and clip art creation
  • Logos
  • Making any project that needs to be used at various sizes

Common Photoshop file extensions

  • .psd
  • .jpeg
  • .gif
  • .png
  • .tiff
  • .eps
  • .pdf

Common Illustrator file extensions

  • .ai
  • .eps
  • .pdf
  • .svg

I hope that was helpful! Pin the infographic below to save for later reference!

How to Make $20+ an Hour Online

How to Make $20+ an Hour Online

I know I’ve spent a lot of time following links from Google and Pinterest promising me ways to make money online that end up being absolutely worthless. They don’t give enough information, are outdated, require way too much work for the return (I’m looking at you, survey sites), and on and on. This is not one of those posts! I currently work as an independent contractor for 2 companies that pay me $20 or more per hour. Let me tell you how!

how to make $20 an hour as an independent contractor

You may or may not be familiar with online ESL companies. There is a big trend in China and many other Eastern countries to hire North American teachers to teach their children English. Most Chinese children learn English in school but from Chinese teachers, so they often speak English with a strong accent and not always with correct grammar. With how difficult the transition from Chinese to English is (and vice versa!), it is totally understandable. But, since the goal for many of these children is to study in America or work for American and international companies, speaking English without an accent is desirable.

That’s where you come in! You can be hired to teach ESL to children in China (and, depending on the company, other countries in Asia). There are a few basic requirements.

  • You do NOT have to have a degree in teaching or education,
  • You do NOT have to have previous ESL experience or certification,
  • You do NOT have to have a special teaching or ESL license.

You DO have to:

  • Be a native, North American English speaker
  • Have a bachelor’s degree (in any field)
  • Have some sort of experience teaching children (can be as basic as babysitting or leading a Bible study).

There are dozens of companies out there. If you use my referral link, I will get a one time bonus and will guide you through the entire process! The two companies that I can personally recommend are:

How to make $20 an hour as an independent contractor

VIPKID

VIPKID is the big name company in this field. It has been very successful and has thousands of teachers and students. Pay is per 25 minute class and you will be offered a base pay between $7-10 a class during your interview. You can also earn up to $2 more PER CLASS if you 1) show up to class on time =$1 (easy!) and 2) teach more than 45 classes a month =$1. This brings up your potential HOURLY pay to $18-24 per hour.

You are free to set your schedule how you want. All lesson plans are provided by the company. Parents book for their children. You might open slots that do not get filled (some teachers struggle more with this than others). Peak class times are from 6am-8am CST. You can open slots anywhere from 7:30pm-8:30am CST.

How to make $20 an hour as an independent contractor

GogoKid

GogoKid is a very new company on the online ESL field. A big draw of GogoKid is that teachers have generally been offered higher pay than at VIPKID. GogoKid is also currently offering a $300 bonus to new teachers who complete 3 classes in their first month. Base pay is the same, but you are more likely to be offered more than at VIPKID. There is also a credit system that can bump up your pay up to 1.25x your base pay.

I think GogoKid’s interface is nicer looking than VIPKID’s and their lessons look more modern. That being said, it is a startup and has had some growing pains. I would recommend GogoKid for a seasoned teacher or someone who is able to roll with the punches and not get extremely worked up about slow communication and policy changes. The benefit, though, is that you would be entering into a much newer company with fewer teachers, which is why I chose to join.

make $20 an hour as an independent contractor from home

If you are reading this and thinking, “This sounds great, but I’m not a teacher!” do not worry! I have heard from MANY brick and mortar teachers that the skills they use in the classroom are NOT the same skills that are required to teach one on one English classes. My degree is not in teaching and I have no formal classroom experience, but I have excellent feedback from parents. With VIPKID in particular, there is plenty of support and training to assist you in teaching. And, like I mentioned before, you are not creating lesson content. You just teach the material that is given to you.

If neither of these companies sound like a fit for you, there are dozens of others that I could suggest though not recommend from personal experience (I was hired with a third company but haven’t moved forward with it because I’ve been busy with my 2 current companies).

Honestly, I am passionate about helping people find ways to make money at home, so I would be more than happy to help you find the company that is right for you! If you do want to apply for GogoKid or VIPKID, I would be honored and thrilled if you used my referral links. Let me know before you apply so that I can offer you personalized assistance with your application, getting through the interview process, and getting hired! You can contact me by leaving a comment, using the contact form, or DM on Instagram. Instagram is the fastest way to get in touch with me because I’ll receive an instant notification.

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You also may be interested in this post for creative ways to make money with your art!

make $20 an hour as an independent contractor from home

make $20 an hour as an independent contractor from home – perfect for stay at home moms and teachers. A great sidehustle.

make $20 an hour as an independent contractor from home

make $20 an hour as an independent contractor from home

5 Free Instagram Story Cover Collections + Tutorial

5 Free Instagram Story Cover Collections + Tutorial

 

If you’re even a casual Instagram user, you know that stories have been the new big thing for a while now. I have to admit, I was very late onto the story train, and even later on saving story highlights. You’ve probably seen your favorite influencer with sleek, coordinated story highlight covers, and you may have wondered where they came from. And now you can instantly transform and spiff up your Instagram profile too! I’ve created a minimalist Instagram story highlight cover collection in 5 different colors for you to download for free. I’ll also provide a brief tutorial so you can make your own custom collection!

Each collection comes with 6 icons—a house, a baby, a leaf, a bow, a cup, and a paintbrush. It also includes one blank color background in case you need to create a different image or just want a plain background.

 

Creating your own is very simple but requires you to have the right tools. I made mine with the Procreate App for the iPad Pro. Other programs that would work are Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. Both are available for a free 30 day trial here.

To make your own, create a new canvas in whichever program you choose. Make it 1080x1920px.

Photoshop: Create a new color fill layer in whichever color you want your background. Add a new layer. Use the pen tool (P) to create your shape on the empty layer. Make sure your fill for your pen tool is set to none and make your stroke whatever color you would like your image to be. I liked the thickness at 3pt. You can also import in an image to trace over. Just make sure it’s on a separate layer from your pen tool so you can delete it or turn it off when you want to save your image!

5 free instagram story covers

5 free instagram story covers

5 free instagram story covers

Illustrator: Draw a rectangle (M) to cover your layer. Set the fill color to whatever you’d like your background to be. On a new layer, select the pen tool (P). Under properties, set the fill to none and the stroke to whatever color you’d like your image to be. I found that I preferred the stroke width at 3pt. Draw your image using the pen tool. Just like with photoshop, you can import in a photo to trace over. Just make sure it’s on a separate layer from the one you’re drawing on.

5 free instagram story covers

5 free instagram story covers

Procreate: Drag and drop your background color onto the canvas to fill the layer. Add a new layer. I used the “gel pen” that came with the app. Draw whatever shape you want! I used the symmetry guide for the shapes that were mirrored. Again, you can import in a photo to trace over and delete if wanted.

Save your image as a jpeg and import to your phone.

If you wanted to add a new image to one of the collections I’ve provided, simply import in the blank photo in the desired color and use that as your background in your selected program.

I know this is a brief tutorial. If you have any questions or would like more in depth info, let me know! I am also planning an upcoming post on using the pen tool in Illustrator and Photoshop.

To make your cover, first upload the images to your story. Then, from your profile, select the + by story highlights. Select your image as the cover. You can edit the cover to make sure the art is in the center.

Enjoy how pulled together your Instagram profile looks now with minimal effort!

I would love to have you follow me on Instagram. Drop a comment with your user name and I am happy to follow back!

Get your free story highlights collections below! They are organized by color and you will receive instant access after you complete the form.

Free Instagram Story Covers

Free Instagram Story Covers

5 Big Mistakes You’re Making on Pinterest

5 Big Mistakes You’re Making on Pinterest

Are you harnessing the power of Pinterest for your blog or business? Maybe you’ve heard that you need to be using Pinterest to boost your website traffic, but you’re just not getting results. See if you’re making one of these 5 common mistakes that hurt your Pinterest stats!

I remember discovering Pinterest many years ago and pinning all kinds of random pictures, posts, and crafts. I created silly board names and crafted a Pinterest account that was totally me. However, once I started learning about blogging, I discovered that Pinterest is a powerful tool to get blog posts out in the wild. But, I needed to increase my follower count and profile views to effectively get my pins out. With my disorganized and very specific to me account, there was no way that I would attract any more followers! I’ve now incorporated a few simple strategies that have been steadily gaining me followers and page views. I will share the mistakes I was making with my account and how I fixed them to achieve this!

  1. Having boards and pins that are specific to only you – My boards were very personalized to me, and because I had given them silly names, they weren’t going to turn up in searches accurately. The first step to an attractive Pinterest profile is to curate your boards and pins to appeal to and attract your desired audience. I chose to make all of my personal boards secret, so I can still access them. Then, I brainstormed and came up with boards that related to my blog. I also thought about who I wanted my blog readers to be and tailored my boards and choices to them. I created new boards that I thought would appeal to my audience. I then began filling those boards up with relevant pins.
5 Mistakes You're Making on Pinterest

See all of the silly board names in the bottom example? These boards would not show up in a search because people aren’t searching for “dipstick.” The example on the top is organized, much cleaner, and more likely to show up in a search.

  1. Not pinning consistently – For years as a casual Pinterest user, I would hop on Pinterest when I wanted to find a recipe or craft, save several pins at a time, and then not get back on for days. If you are wanting to increase viewers and followers, this is a poor strategy. You want to show Pinterest that you are an engaged and active user! 30 pins per day is the hallmark for many bloggers. Tailwind, a helpful Pinterest scheduler, has found that pinning more than 50 times every day can be detrimental, so you don’t have to wear yourself thin with pinning! Using a scheduler like Tailwind can also help you keep pinning consistently.
  1. Not having great Pinterest images on your blog – If you only have regular photos on your blog, visitors will be less inclined to pin them and Pinterest users won’t know what the photo is about. In each of your blog posts, make sure to include a long Pinterest image that you and visitors to your site can pin. Pinterest recommends 600x900 as the ideal size. This will create a long, vertical pin that will stand out on Pinterest. Include information about your post and your blog name so that pinners can grow to recognize your blog!
5 Mistakes You're Making on Pinterest

Which image would you be more likely to pin? The one that just shows a picture, or the one that promises to show you exactly how to make what is pictured? Casual scrollers can quickly and easily identify that this is a tutorial with the pin on the left.

  1. Not including multiple pinnable images – This is one I still struggle with! Different people will be attracted to different designs, so creating a couple of different Pinterest images for one blog post can help your post receive more interest. And, you can keep track of any pin styles that work better for your blog and continue to use that design. Canva is a great place to start for great Pinterest images.
  1. Not including keyword rich descriptions – After looking at many different pins, I can tell you that this is one that a lot of people struggle with! You can have the most eye-catching, beautiful image ever, but no one will be able to find it if you don’t include a description with plenty of keywords. Provide a detailed description of your pin with appropriate keywords sprinkled in. And don’t forget to add hashtags! Pinterest very recently began allowing hashtag use in pins.

There is so much to learn in the realm of good Pinterest profile etiquette, and these tips only scratch the surface. However, these are things that you can fix RIGHT NOW that will start giving you results! My pageview and follower count have been climbing up since I’ve implemented these changes. If you have any questions, comment below and I would be happy to help! And I’d be honored to have you check out and follow my boards. I’m happy to follow back if you let me know in the comments!

5 Mistakes You're Making on Pinterest

5 Mistakes You’re Making on Pinterest