11 Best DIY Project Ideas to Make and Sell Now
Below you will find 11 DIY project ideas to make and sell now for extra income. All of these project ideas can be sold online at Etsy and/or eBay, or even your local Facebook Yard Sale group page. They can also be sold offline at craft fairs. Including a nice photo of your finished project on Pinterest can help you drive traffic to your sales page on Etsy, eBay, or your own blog or website.
Easy Weekly Wipe-Off Menu Board
This is a great idea with so many variations you can make to sell. You can find all sorts of different picture frames at thrift stores, Goodwill, on sale at retail stores, home consignment stores, eBay, freecycle.org or your local Facebook Yard Sale Group. There are also tons of different ways to decorate the background and lettering. In addition to a menu board, you can use this idea to make chore charts, activity lists, daily to-do lists…so many different ideas!
Easy Wipe-Off Weekly Menu Board via Makes and Takes
Hanging Bottle Opener
With a little bit of customization, this hanging bottle opener idea from Shanty2Chic could be an excellent product to resell on eBay or Etsy. Check out the different hanging bottle openers on Etsy to get some ideas now!
DIY Bottle Opener via Shanty2Chic
There’s a huge market for miniature items on Etsy! You can make items for dollhouses, creative gift giving (think all sorts of gift boxes), jewelry (check out this mini notebook pendant), terrariums, fairy gardens and more!
Matchbox Suitcases by Kimble via Craftster
Sheet Music Wall Art
My family is made up of a bunch of musicians so I really like this idea. I’ve actually done something similar with my great-aunt’s flute music inserted into an old wooden window frame. If you make and sell this type of wall art for sale, you can also offer to insert your buyer’s favorite music if they send it to you (such as the music from a couple’s wedding song). You can find old music books at thrift stores, garage sales, freecycle.org, and Craigslist.
Sheet Music Wall Art via Raggedy-Bits
Hand-Painted Slates and Signs
I love hand-painted slates and signs for my garden and walkway. I switch them out every season. We get a lot of wind where our house sits and I’ve had slates fall and break on the ground. That being said, I purchase a lot of decorative slates to replace the damaged ones. Painters of garden slates and signs can do quite well selling their wares on Etsy and/or eBay.
Hand-Painted Slates and Signs via The Garden Glove
Do you know how to build or craft something that others could then make for their own use? Sell your crafty design plans! There are over 400,000 results on Etsy for the word “tutorial.” Sellers are offering tutorials for jewelry making, baking fancy cupcakes, wreath making, sewing items and so much more!
DIY Beach Wreath Video Tutorial for Sale via Beautiful Mesh on Etsy
It’s not difficult to learn how to decoupage birdhouses and sell them on Etsy or eBay. You can purchase unfinished birdhouses at large craft stores like Michaels (Don’t forget to use a coupon!), or Amazon then decoupage them with paper from old books, wrapping paper, wallpaper, napkins or posters. Give them a couple of coats of outdoor sealant and you’re ready to make some money! What I love about this idea is that there are so many different designs that can be used to decorate the birdhouses. Your creations can always look unique. I particularly love the vintage look. You can head over to Garden-Art-Projects.com to follow a tutorial on how to decoupage.
Decoupage Birdhouse via Garden-Art-Projects
Baby or Wedding Shower Decorations
There are so many baby and wedding shower decoration tutorials online. You could learn something new, or maybe you already have baby or wedding shower DIY project ideas to make and sell. I love the diaper wreath tutorial from Home Made Gifts Made Easy…and yes, people are selling their own version of these wreaths on Etsy! Add your own spin on it to make it your own. You don’t want to copy someone else’s project exactly.
If you sew or own a Cricut Explore Air wireless cutting machine, you can make all sorts of things for a baby or wedding shower. The ideas are endless! Get some ideas on Pinterest at this Cricut Baby Shower Decorations Board or this Cricut Wedding Shower Decorations Board. You can get some other Cricut money-making project ideas here.
Baby Shower DIY Decorations via Woohome
Hand-Painted Home Decor
People are attracted to the uniqueness of hand-painted home decor accent pieces. I know I am! I love to have items in my home that are one-of-a-kind. You can make and sell these types of pieces too — even if you can’t paint. There are so many items that can be painted with simple designs that the possibilities are endless. Just look at Pinterest and Etsy to get some ideas of what you can paint. If you need some help brushing up (no pun intended) on your painting skills, check out Donna Dewberry’s One-Stroke Painting Reference Guide. You’ll be a master decorative painter in no time!
Hand-Painted Home Decor via My Mocha Money
Mason Jar Dog Treat & Leash Holder
There are so many things you can make with mason jars. I really like the idea of a mason jar dog treat & leash holder depicted in the photo below. There are so many variations of this DIY project idea to make and sell. You can find different types of wood to paint, choose a different hook, personalize the item, paint the mason jar, etc. Other mason jar projects you can make and sell include mason jar lights, tissue holders, mason jar candles, bathroom sets and so much more!
Mason Jar Dog Treat & Leash Holder via Our Hand Crafted Life
Key holders are another great DIY project idea you can make and sell for extra income. The design possibilities for this project are endless; just check Pinterest and Etsy. You should have no problem making your product unique!
Key Holder via Pretty Handy Girl
The above are just some DIY project ideas to make and sell for extra income. There are so many different projects you can make that will attract buyers. Just be sure to do your research once you come up with an idea. At least check to see if similar products are selling on Etsy. If they are, make sure you competitively price your item. Take into consideration how much time it will take to make it. Know what your supplies will cost, and how you’ll charge for shipping. Provide great customer service, and keep at it. You’ll be making that extra income in no time!
If you want to learn how to start a blog for your craft business, check out my post, How to Start a WordPress Blog That Makes You Money. A blog is a great way to promote your items for sale, and talk about your crafts!
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