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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.

For more posts on how to make money, check out these!

Creative Ways to Make Money with Doodles

How to Make $20+ an Hour Online

10 Real Ways to Make Extra Cash Quick

 

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!

How to Make a Watercolor Background

How to Make a Beautiful Background on your phone

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

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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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

3 Easy Steps to a Modern Hoop Wreath

3 Easy Steps to a Modern Hoop Wreath

It seems like every spring and fall bring a flood of gorgeous wreaths into my Pinterest feed.  Nothing shouts “It’s a new season!” like beautiful new decor around your house and front door. If you’ve ever searched for wreaths at the store or online, you probably suffered sticker shock when you first realized how expensive they are! My natural inclination in response to that is to figure out how to make one myself.

A Gorgeous Modern Hoop Wreath

In today’s tutorial, I will show you how to make a lovely, modern floral hoop wreath and I will give you a price breakdown of materials. A floral wreath is also an excellent addition to your Etsy shop and it looks stunning in craft booths, so I will also offer pricing suggestions to help you get started on selling your own wreaths.

A Gorgeous Modern Hoop Wreath

Now for materials! I purchased all of my materials in store at Michaels.

• 14 inch wire hoop

• Assorted flower bunches

• Greenery

• Floral tape

• Glue gun

• Glue sticks

I purchased one bunch of mums and one small, pre-made bouquet that I then took apart. I suggest purchasing flowers when they are on sale, so make sure to keep an eye on that before you purchase! I went when there was a 40% off on fall flowers sale.

A Gorgeous Modern Hoop Wreath

 

Instructions:

  1. Heat your glue gun up so it is ready when you are. Loosely lay your greenery and flowers around and decide on a rough arrangement of what you want.
  2. Start taping down your greenery. I cut the largest branches off of my bunch and taped them down. Make sure to hide the tape under other leaves if it will not be covered by flowers later on.
  3. Once you have the leaves to your liking, move on to the flowers! Cut the flower heads off of their stems. Apply them to the wreath with the glue gun. If the flower was going in a tricky place, I put a small dot of glue just to secure the flower and then flipped the wreath over so I could see better where to add more glue. I worked from the center of my flower bunch outward. I also spaced my flowers very close together to make my wreath more lush.

 

A Gorgeous Modern Hoop Wreath

When you have enough flowers on the wreath, you’re done! I decided to add a ribbon from my stash to the top, but it’s not at all necessary. Hang your wreath and marvel at its beauty!

A Gorgeous Modern Hoop Wreath

If you love arranging flowers and matching unique color schemes together, then perhaps wreath making would be a great source of side income for you. Wreaths of this style sell for $45-55 on Etsy, and at Michaels I saw wreaths selling for $60-80. With tax, my total for this project was $21.21 (I did not count the glue gun and glue stick as those are reusable, general craft items). I also have enough flowers left over for another wreath, which would lower my cost per wreath. The wreath took very little time to put together, so you could potentially net $24-34 per wreath.

Another place to find great wreath materials is Afloral. They have hoops in gold, which I love! Their flowers are more costly but are beautiful and very high quality.

A Gorgeous Modern Hoop Wreath

And that’s the end of this tutorial! I’d love to see your creations—tag @hannah_lynne on instagram! Follow me on Pinterest for plenty of inspiration and don’t forget to subscribe below for the latest content!

3 Easy Steps to a Modern Hoop Wreath

3 Easy Steps to a Modern Hoop Wreath

Make an Easy Watercolor Background on Your iPad or iPhone

Make an Easy Watercolor Background on Your iPad or iPhone

Watercolor backgrounds are a great design element, but you have to have a bit of time and equipment to make them. I found myself wanting some backgrounds in new colors but never having time to get around to creating some. Then, I discovered a way to quickly produce already digitized, transparent watercolor backgrounds! This is a huge timesaver and I will show you exactly how to do it.

In my previous posts, I shared how to make a watercolor background and remove the background in photoshop. To make these quick digital backgrounds, all you’ll need is the free app Adobe Sketch. Then, follow along with the video to create your background!

I also included a quick tutorial to show you how to use this background in Procreate or Photoshop. By using blending modes, you can put your watercolor background in almost anything. This is a great way to make printables and digital downloads that you could sell on Etsy or your website.

Instructions: Download the app “Adobe Sketch” on your iPhone or iPad. You will need to login or create a free Adobe ID. Choose your canvas size and then choose the “watercolor flat brush.” Make your brush pretty big and select your color. Start laying down strokes of your color. You can adjust how saturated the color is by adjusting the “flow.” You’ll notice that the strokes mix and blend as you paint.

Choose different shades and variations of the color you’ve chosen for your background. Blend these shades together by adding small strokes of different shades. When in doubt, keep blending! When you are happy with how the background looks, click the share button. You can send it in layers to your Adobe creative suite if you are a subscriber, or you can share or save your image.

If you want to put your watercolor background into lettering, import the photo into Procreate or Photoshop. Set the blend mode to “Lighten.” Add a layer beneath your watercolor background layer. Anything that you draw or type on this layer in black will reveal the watercolor texture beneath!

How to Make a Watercolor Background on your iPad or iPhone

So there you have it! I promise I won’t always talk about watercolors, but this one is so easy and produces lovely results. Now, you can experiment with different colors and make backgrounds to your heart’s content. These will not look quite as organic as the real thing, but you can still get really beautiful results without photoshop, a scanner, or any actual paint. Plus, since it’s an app on your phone or tablet, you can make backgrounds anywhere and anytime!

Even if you don’t have an iPhone or iPad, you can STILL grab four free backgrounds that I’ve made. Just sign up below and you’ll be able to download the backgrounds instantly.

I’d love to see your creations. Tag me on instagram @hannah_lynne and follow me on Pinterest for more design tutorials!

how to make a watercolor background using your phone

How to Make a Watercolor background using your phone

Pursuing Art: An Interview with Emily Williams

Pursuing Art: An Interview with Emily Williams

Today, I have for you an interview with Emily Williams of EmmaWill! You can find her on instagram @emmawill or online at www.emmawill.com.

Emily creates beautiful floral pieces and has been such a source of encouragement and wisdom to me. She is married and has 2 sweet boys. Read on to learn how she got started in painting and glean wisdom about how to juggle motherhood with pursuing an artistic career!

An Interview with Emily Williams

How did you get to where you are today with your art?

I began to paint with direction towards making it into a career when I was a senior in college. I had found a lot of online classes by women who were teaching different painting skills and I flew through the videos and loved it! Ever since then, I’ve been painting. A year or two later, I set up an Etsy shop with some big dreams surrounding it. Every year since then, I’ve zeroed in more on what I really want to do. I started doing craft shows in 2014, but have mainly focused on selling online. I feel like I started really late [in life] and I feel behind, so I’ve worked more on a portfolio and less on trying to get sales quickly. I have some big goals for this year that feel like I’m stepping forward into selling at a profit and for more than just a season or two during the year.

So you said that you learned by watching videos as a senior in college. When you were growing up, what was your artistic ability like?

Growing up, I loved basically any art you could hand me, so I painted a lot! My mom would check out a video from the library for me where they would lead you through a painting, and I’d do it over and over again. There wasn’t a focus where I’d tell my mom, “I love to paint!” I just loved crafts. So I’d sew, do macrame, and things like that. So I was always making something, and I’d say I was pretty proficient at those things. It’s surprising to me that it never occurred to me or my parents that of COURSE I would want to do something creative! But now, looking back, it makes all the sense in the world to me. I love to write and do anything creative.

So, the videos that you watched in college—what are some you’d recommend?

Yeah! So the woman that I found was Jeanne Oliver, and she gets a lot of other women and make painting or creative workshops. She and a woman named Christy Tomlinson had a lot of art journaling videos on youtube for free and I went through all of those first and then decided to ask for one of the workshops for my birthday. I got the one called “Studying the Masters” and I loved it. They’re more geared toward women who want to do art as a hobby, but I learned a lot of basic skills that I did not know because I had never gone to school for it.

Ok, so your timeline has been that you were always interested in art but didn’t try to make a career out of it until after college. But more recently, you’ve scaled back in your attempts to sell pieces to focus more on just painting, right?

My style has changed a lot because at first, I didn’t even know what I wanted to paint. If you’re always changing and not giving people something consistent in your art, they won’t want to come to you. Brands are consistent, and as some sense as an artist you become a brand. There’s obviously room for changing, but I don’t want to always be questioning myself.

An Interview with Emily Williams

Do you feel like you have found yourself as an artist?

I think I am definitely closer than I was! I feel a lot more confident in what inspires me to paint, what I want to paint, why, and how I will present myself online and with other people. I think that’s just due to time. Some people see social media as a bad thing, but I have learned so much through teachers on instagram. You can learn a lot from following them. It’s great to follow someone who you think, “In 10 years, I’d like to be like you or doing something similar to what you’re doing.”

Where would you recommend someone who is just starting out in art to go learn more?

I would recommend something like Skillshare if they didn’t have access to a community class. It is so valuable to meet with someone face to face and have them put eyes on your work. Many communities have something like that, but if you don’t, something like Skillshare is great because there’s a wide variety of classes and options. Creativebug is another online community. What I like about Skillshare is that you can submit your work and let the artist and others see it.

If a frazzled mom with a desire to have an art career asks for advice and you had 2 minutes to give her your best tip, what would that be?

I would say, “Don’t despise the time.” Don’t despise even 30 minutes of time. As a mom pursuing an art career, 30 minutes is plenty of time to do something. I used to think, “I don’t have 2 hours of time to finish this so I can’t do anything.” Because we have little time, that time becomes very valuable and we have to use it wisely. So really, use your time wisely! Don’t write off even 10 minutes of time. Lately, I’ve been using colored pencils because they require no clean up. Use your time wisely and you can get a lot done!

Thank you so much, Emily! Check out Emily’s instagram and website, and don’t forget to subscribe for the latest content below.

Pursuing an art business as a busy mom

Pursuing Art as a Busy Mom

Creative Ways to Make Money with Doodles

Creative Ways to Make Money with Doodles

Have you ever wondered how you might monetize your creative pursuits? The internet has provided endless ways to connect, share, sell, and buy. This is great news for budding creatives! Sure, you could just sell original pieces, but technology and the web have provided dozens of fun ways to produce and sell your artwork. Read on for some ways you can use digital versions of your art to make some cash!

Creative ways to make money with doodles

Digitizing your art really opens up your possibilities. With a digital copy, you can produce an endless supply of your artwork and put it on a variety of products or prints. This is a good blog post on the subject, or here is a Skillshare class with a few different methods.

  • Create vectors with your literal doodles! These can be packaged into a collection and sold on your website or a website like Etsy. Here is one class to explain the process to you. Here’s another one.
  • Love to make cute little watercolor animals, fruits, flowers, or other illustrations? Try creating downloadable sticker packs or clip art with a collection or your work!

Creative ways to make money with doodles

  • If you love doing line art, try your hand at making some intricate adult coloring pages for download. Mandalas and botanical scenes seem to be pretty popular!
  • Use a service like RedBubble, Printful, or Society 6 to add your artwork to shirts, phone cases, pillows, hats, and more. With RedBubble and Society 6, your items can be found by users on these sites. With Printful, you list the products in your own shop and connect to Printful. RedBubble also allows you to add their products into your personal shop.
  • Are you great at arranging repeating patterns? Put your artwork onto fabric using Spoonflower.
  • Are you a whiz at creating interesting textures and backgrounds in Procreate, Photoshop, or Illustrator? Package some backgrounds together and sell them as stock images or digital scrapbook papers.
  • Do you love to create hand-lettered phrases? Try putting your witty sayings on mugs, shirts, or wall art using Printful! Watch this Skillshare class for some in depth info on using this process with Etsy.

None of these are get rich quick schemes, but they can add some extra money each month and give you reasons to make something that you love!

I would love to know if you’ve tried any of these ways to make some money with your art. Comment below!