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50 Trending Crafts to Make and Sell

Updated on December 2, 2016
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I love arts and crafts. I used to volunteer teach an elementary art class and love sharing tutorials for fun crafts to make with kids.

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craft show crafts, crafts for craft show

Make Craft Items to Sell

Making items to sell at a craft show can be rewarding, and profitable, if the items you choose prove to be what buyers want. So, the big question is, "What crafts are the ones most wanted?" The perfect answer is, "The ones I've just spent hours making and invested money in buying supplies for."

This article, written after viewing thousands of crafts on Google, lists items which I think would sell at craft shows. All the craft projects listed in this article include a photo of the craft and the clickable site name where you'll find the tutorial for making the item.

I don't know which crafts will sell the best, but I think its important to make items that you enjoy constructing. And, if you are hoping to make money at it, be sensible in your pricing. Be sure you cover the cost of your supplies and know what similar items are selling for. Try to sell for a little less than the competition.

One of the things that disappoint me the most, when I attend a craft show, is if the same items are shown year after year. I really like to see new items, especially when I'm looking to buy gifts.

Although some little items are great and will always sell well at shows, remember that only by trying some new items will you find out what sells best and keeps your booth the one most sought.

Basket liners like the no-sew ones shown above are a great craft show idea. Find the tutorial for making these attractive basket liners at Confessions of a Plate Addict.

1. Freezer Pop Cover

Use up all your polar fleece scraps to make these useful freezer pop covers to sell. Find the tutorial for making the pop covers at BY STEPHANIE LYNN.


2. Swiffer Duster Re-fill

You'll be able to make a nice profit with this item at your craft show. The duster re-fill is made using t-shrt yarn that you can easily make yourself. See how easy this project is by going to Verdigris Knits for the tutorial.

3. Flying Cups

You'll find the tutorial, and other examples of the flying cups, at DIY Enthusiasts. Imagine adding pearls or rhinestones for a flowing effect.

4. Infinity Scarf

There are so many possibilities with this item. Use different fabrics, colors, textures, prints and each becomes a new, stylish look. Find the easy tutorial for making infinity scarves like the one shown at SHRIMP SALAD CIRCUS.

5. Patio Place Mats

Patio place mats would be a great gift to give to someone that you know who likes to entertain with outdoor patio parties. The place mats can be sold as individual mats or as multi-print mats or matching mat sets. Find the tutorial for making this outstanding item at fabric mutt.

6. CD Tealight Holder

You won't believe how really beautiful this holder is until you see one made up. Most everyone has old CD discs that they no longer need, so it will be easy to find enough of them to make many, many tea light holders. For the instructions to make them, go to Make a CD Tealight Holder.

7. Garden Dish Art

There are soooo many ways to customize this craft idea, that it wouldn't matter how many other crafters were offering this garden art. Yours could be the ones that sell the best. I have one with a large red painted plate as the background, a center, white plate with the edge trimmed with black symbols, and then a black small plate with the Nebraska "N" logo in the center. The tutorial for this item is found at Infarrantly CREATIVE.

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9. Denim Christmas Stocking

Christmas stockings are a great craft show item, especially for the late summer and fall craft shows. You'll find the instructions for making this stocking, and other denim craft items, at Denim Crafts: Old Jeans Crafts .

10. Domino Pendants

Jewelry, especially if it is a little out of the ordinary, is also an item that draws interest at craft shows. These domino pendants are very nice, and for a craft show I would make sure to have chains of a couple lengths to choose from. The tutorial for this item is found at The Enchanted Gallery .

11. Fringed Fleece Blanket

Notice how much nicer this fleece blanket looks just with the added fringe. This fringe is so easy to add and will add value to the throw. Well worth the little extra time it takes. For the easy no-sew directions for making this project, go to Make:

12. Jell Scent

You'll want to make your own special labels for these jars and also add a circle of colorful fabric to the lid. Or maybe glue a cluster of pearls or beads to the center of the lids and tie a satin ribbon around the screw cap. The instructions for making this jell scent is found at one ripe peach.

13. Baby Caps

One of the secrets of making money selling crafts is to keep the cost of supplies low. When you can make something by recycling, you improve your profits considerably. The baby caps shown above are just one idea of many that you'll find at Things to Make Using Old Sweaters.

14. Metallic Candle Holders

I love these candle holders. You'll find this project and a bunch of other candle craft projects at Best Candle Crafts. Candles are a great selling item at craft shows and a variety of styles is always a good idea. Be sure to display the candles at different heights and use an elegant fabric draped under them.

15. Crocheted Dish Cloths

If you can crochet, dishcloths are a get little item to draw customers to your craft table. Have a few beautifully tied together as a gift item. Then suggest giving them as holiday gifts, bridal shower gifts and new home gifts. Find the instructions for crocheting dish cloths at Petals to Picots.

16. Or Knitted Dish Cloths

Or, maybe you knit and can make these attractive dish cloths. Have a variety of colors, so your buyer will want one of each color. Find the knitting instructions at Little House in the Suburbs.

17. Painted Holiday Plates

You don't have to be an artist to paint holiday plates. Find out how easy it is to make these Halloween plates by checking the tutorial at Painting a Halloween Plate. Make plates for other occasions or holidays by using coloring page images for a pattern.

18. Leather Bow Belt

Belts can be a good craft show item also. Be sure to have sizes or adjustable belts included. Find the tutorial for making this attractive leather bow belt at I heart nap.

19. Retro Vintage Apron

Aprons, especially during the holidays, make a great gift, and they are becoming more and more popular with the young marrieds. Be prepared to sell a bunch of these.....fabrics of different colors and prints make this an exciting item. For the tutorial to make this vintage apron, go to sew4home.

20. Glass Tile Pendants

Think of all the different items that you could make using these little glass tiles. Pendants, like this one with a tutorial at SUGAR BEE Crafts. is just one idea for their use. Make magnets, cork board pins, rings, bracelets, etc. Come up with an new, unique idea and the market will be yours.

21. Travel Jewelry Case

Overnights, weekends, vacations. Having a nice travel case for jewelry is a necessity when packing for a trip, and most gals like to have more than just one of them. The tutorial for making the travel case shown above is found at Positively Splendid.

22. Glass Gem Grape Wine Bottle Vase

I love the way the glass gems were used to make the grapes to decorate this wine bottle. You'll find this craft idea, and others using glass jars, when you visit Crafts Using Glass Jars. Check out the scrubby Jar Votives shown on this site also, they would be another great craft item to sell.

23. Shower Turbans

I've made these shower turbans for all the gals in my family and they all love them. I haven't been to any craft show that has these. I made three of the turbans from one of the extra large beach towels. You'll find the pattern and instructions at Simple Shower Turban to Sew.

24. Chapstick Holder Keychain

You'll want to make a lot of these from different colors of felt so everyone can find one they love. Suggest them as stocking stuffers as well as for having small gifts ready for last minute gift needs. Go to Crafts Unleashed for the tutorial to make this keychain.

25. Baby Quilt

Baby quilts are a great craft show item. The site address for making this outstanding baby quilt, and other baby items, can be found at All Baby Gifts Crafts Ideas. Be sure to check out the portable high chair, the diaper changer pad and the boo boo bears. Those items would also be good craft show items.

26. Owl Candy Jar

This cute owl candy jar is just one of a whole bunch of filled jar gift ideas that you'll find at Making Gifts in a Jar. Be sure to check these ideas out because I'm sure you'll find a couple that you'll want to add to your craft show items.

27. Foot Jewelry

Imagine going to a beach party and having beautiful, beaded footwear to wear. When you go to How to Make Foot Jewelry for the tutorial, you'll also notice that the same method can be used to make hand jewelry. Be the first to offer foot jewelry as a craft choice.

28. Garden Treasure Jars

Here's another project that uses glass gems, this time in an attractive garden item. Folks love to put bling in their gardens or flower beds and this is a perfect item. Find the information to make these garden treasure jars at EMPRESS OF DIRT.NET.

29. Christmas Stockings

Christmas stockings are always a great selling item at fall craft shows. Use a great pattern like the one included in this project at Positively Splendid tutorial, and make stockings like those shown or use other fabrics or Christmas prints. Consider making some using burlap fabric, velvet fabric or satin and lace. A Christmas stocking that has a cuff like this can be made in a solid color. Then offer to personalize the stocking by printing on a name with a colored or gold painter pen.

30. Burlap and Denim Ornaments

Folks are always looking for new and unique tree ornaments to give to friends and family members. Be willing to write the year or names on the ornaments, with a gold or black painter pen, to give your customers a little extra for their money. Go to Burlap Angel Ornaments for the tutorial.

31. Burlap Halloween Door Hangers

At this site, How to Make a Ghost Door Hanger, you'll find the pattern and tutorial for making the ghost door hanger. At the bottom of the article you'll find the site names for the witch, cat and pumpkin, and owl projects.

32. Tissue Box Cover

Most ladies don't like the looks of a tissue box sitting on their desk or counter, so this makes a great gift for a teacher or office worker. There are patterns for three sizes of tissue boxes at Free Tissue Box Cover Patterns.

33. Sashay Crochet Ruffle Scarf

Isn't this an attractive and stylish scarf? You'll have to scroll down on the page at Tip Junkie to find the tutorial, but it looks very simple to make.

34. Citrus Holiday Apron

Here is another apron pattern that will catch the eye of every lady that passes your craft table. Find the pattern and instructions at sew4home to make aprons like this.

35. Reversible Headbands

Imagine all the holiday and special occasion fabrics that can be used to make headbands. Make one side a holiday print and the reverse side a universal print. Or make the headband in animal prints, polka dots, stripes, or one of the shiny jewel prints. The tutorial and pattern for making the headbands is found at the long thread.

36. Critter Pillows

There is no age that you couldn't give a fleece pillow to, who wouldn't love it. Think about the little kids and all the way to college aged and you know they'll grab the pillow and cuddle with it. I dare you to make a table full of these and then manage to keep folks from picking them up and hugging them. The site to find this, and other pillows, can be found at Free and Fun Pillow Patterns.

37. Loopy Surround Bow

Hair accessories are also good items for craft shows and this loopy surround bow is a great example. You'll find this item and many others to choose from at Making Hair Accessories. Be sure to include hair accessories for all the ages, and especially for baby and little girls.

38. Sea Glass and Pearl Necklace

Jewelry is another item that sells well at craft shows. Sea glass and pearls are a beautiful combination that makes outstanding jewelry. Find the tutorial for this necklace at eCrafty.com.

39. Reusable Lunch Bags

An item like this, the reusable lunch bag, sells best when folks can see photos of the bags in use. Find the tutorial for making the lunch bags at i heart nap time.

40. Marvelous Marble Magnets

It's always good to have some less expensive items for sale that will draw customers to your table or booth. These magnets can be made for the different holidays, with sports logos, cartoon characters, etc. A variety of choices makes it possible to please everyone. Find the tutorial for making these magnets at Eyeballs By Day Crafts By Night.

41. Bar-b-que Apron

When there are craft items that make good gifts for men, usually you can be assured of selling them. The bbq apron makes a great gift and is even a better seller if you can include a jar of homemade seasoning. Find the tutorial for making this apron at sew4home.

42. Soap Saver Massage

I love this idea and think it would make a great gift for anyone on your list, and for any occasion. The bumps on one side of this soap pouch makes it a massage soap saver. This crocheted soap on a rope is another of the items that could be gifted to a boy or man, as well as to a gal. I believe this would be an outstanding craft show item. The instructions for crocheting this soap saver is found at moogly.


43. Craft Booth Display Ideas

44. Tooth Fairy Pillow

Little kids love the excitement of "selling" their newly lost tooth to the tooth fairy. This little tooth fairy pillow is a nice gift for a child about to lose a tooth. The instructions for making this pillow is found at gen X quilters. It would be nice is this little pillow could be used to "save" all the little teeth and tucked in the child's baby book.

45. Crystal Pendant

You'll find the tutorial for making this beautiful crystal pendant at The Cwafty Blog. Consider all the possibilities with the huge choices in crystal colors.

46. 15 Tips to Increase Your Craft Show Sales

Find interesting and timely information at Indie Fixx

47. Terry Soap Pouch

If you aren't someone who crochets, but you would like to add a soap pouch to your craft supplies, this terry cloth soap pouch will do the trick. I'd add a cord to the corner of this pouch to make it a soap on a rope. The tutorial is found at whimsy love.

48. Necklace Display Stand

If you are selling custom jewelry, you'll love how easy it is to make your own necklace display stands. The tutorial for making the necklace display stand is found at STELLA + HODGE. Jewelry, as well as all craft items sell so much better when displayed in a professional manner.

49. Presentation, Presentation, Presentation

The presentation of your craft items is as crucial to good sales as the item itself. For important information and tips, go to Craft Fair Vendor Tips and Booth Ideas.

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50. Mistakes to Avoid

Although some of the mistakes mentioned seem very obvious, it's always a good idea to be reminded of them. Be sure to read carefully through this list, there may be some that you haven't considered before. The more prepared you are for your craft show debut, or your continued appearances, is most important to having successful sales. This important list is found at CREATIVE INCOME.

Check Out More Crafts to Make

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© 2014 Loraine Brummer

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    • Margaret Schindel profile image

      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      I make jewelry to sell, although not usually at craft shows. These are terrific suggestions - well done, Loraine!

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      Jean DAndrea 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Think my favourite item is the CD tea light holder - Might even make some of those. :-) Lots of great ideas here.

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