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12 Pinterest-Inspired Crafts to Make and Sell This Holiday Season

November 14, 2015
by Susan Shain
Contributor

Raise your hand if you’ve ever logged on to Pinterest to find a recipe . . . only to look up an hour later without realizing where the time went. {Raises hand.}

With the holiday season here, it’s time to put that Pinterest addiction to good use! How? Find festive crafts to make and sell at holiday fairs.

People love to decorate their homes for the holidays, so this time of year is a golden opportunity for you to earn some extra cash. Many of the handmade crafts you see at holiday craft fairs are inexpensive to make, which means you can turn a big profit on them.

Not that you’re going to make millions selling holiday crafts — but you could earn enough to throw a few extra presents under the tree. Plus, if you enjoy crafting, it’s an easy way to fund your hobby.

Since Pinterest can be overwhelming, I rounded up 12 holiday crafts that are cheap and easy to make, as well as attractive and unique enough to sell. In other words: These are the perfect crafts to make and sell as a holiday side-gig.

Even if you’re not interested in selling crafts, keep reading. Because these projects require inexpensive materials, they would also make affordable handmade gifts. Find your favorites and get crafting!

1. Snowy Mason Jar

*Image from decoart.com

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! DecoArt Blog’s cute take on the versatile mason jar would make a nice wintery addition to any table or mantel.

Materials needed: Decoupage glue, epsom salts, mason jars, brush, twine, Christmas picks

Skill level: Easy

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2. Candle Wicks & Cinnamon Sticks

*image from celebrate-creativity

*image from celebrate-creativity

Who doesn’t love the warm scent of cinnamon? These Pottery-Barn-inspired candles from celebrate CREATIVITY in all its forms are a natural (and inexpensive!) way to make any home smell festive.

Materials needed: Cinnamon sticks, white paint, medium-weight jute, rubber bands, burlap

Skill level: Easy

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3. Snow Globe Picture

*Image from thealteredpast.com

*Image from thealteredpast.com

Instead of a traditional snow globe, this unique craft involves decorating the inside of a shadow box frame. There’s lots of room for creativity with this project from Spain Hill Farm — as long as you don’t forget the snow!

Materials needed: Shadow box frame with glass, a few small decorative objects, scrapbook paper for the background, glue, loose plastic snow, tape

Skill level: Intermediate

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4. 10-Minute Pumpkin Spice Soap

*Image from Happiness is Homemade

*Image from Happiness is Homemade

Who knew it was so easy to make soap? Happiness is Homemade’s recipe promises you can make a deliciously scented pumpkin soap in just 10 minutes, with an end result that’s sure to impress your customers and friends.

Materials needed: Shea butter soap base, red and yellow soap colorant, soap mold, pumpkin pie spice, microwave safe measuring cup

Skill level: Intermediate

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5. Snowman Family

Snowman Family

Image from LovelyLittleSnippets.com

The nice thing about these wooden snowmen from Lovely Little Snippets is that you probably already have everything you need to make them: wood, paint and scrap fabric. The result? A cute snowman family you can customize to your liking.

Materials needed: Scrap fabric, scrap wood, glue gun, twine, colored paint

Skill level: Intermediate

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6. Reindeer Hot Chocolate Mix

Reindeer Hot Chocolate Mix

Image from savingslifestyle.com

These reindeer hot chocolate mixes from Savings Lifestyle are the cutest! And though they’re super simple (you could even make them with kids), printing up a nice label automatically makes them fancy enough to sell at any holiday fair.

Materials needed: Piping bags, hot chocolate, mini chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, pom poms, googly eyes, rubber bands, pipe cleaners, glue, ribbon

Skill level: Easy

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7. Mini Snow Globe Ornament

snow globe ornament

Image from NoBiggie.net

A tiny Christmas tree in a lightbulb? Everyone is going to want one of NoBiggie’s glittery ornaments for their tree!

Materials needed: Clear plastic light bulb ornaments, white glitter, mini bottle brush trees, red and white striped twine, hot glue gun

Skill level: Easy

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8. Peppermint Foot Soak

Peppermint Foot Soak

Image from 4hatsandfrugal.com

Mmm, talk about DIY luxury. This peppermint foot treatment from 4 Hats And Frugal only takes three ingredients and five minutes to make. Put it into a pretty jar with a ribbon, and you’re in business.

Materials needed: Mason jar, peppermint tea bags, baking soda, epsom salt

Skill level: Easy

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9. Cinnamon Stick Tree Ornament

Cinnamon Stick Tree Ornament

Image from blog.consumercrafts.com

These mini tree ornaments from Crafts Unleashed are (literally) as cute as a button. And they smell good, too! Sell them in sets of three, using lots of colorful buttons as decorations.

Materials needed: Cinnamon sticks, pine garland, buttons, glue gun, wire cutters, twine, hemp cord

Skill level: Easy

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10. Sock Snowmen

Image from darkroomanddearly.com

Image from darkroomanddearly.com

Finally, thanks to Darkroom & Dearly, a use for all those partner-less socks! With a bit of pizzazz and creativity, you’ve got a cute family of snowmen to sell individually or as a set.

Materials needed: White socks, rice, rubber bands, buttons, scrap fabric, needle & thread

Skill level: Easy

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11. Festive JOY Standing Letters

Joy letters

Image from CraftCuts.com

Take the opportunity to get creative with these festive letters from Craft Cuts. Buy whatever wooden letters you want (perhaps “noel,” “cheer” or “family”), then decorate them to your heart’s content.

Materials needed: Standing wooden letters, decorating items, hot glue gun, scissors, pencil, paint, brushes

Skill level: Intermediate

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12. Scrap Wood Stocking Hanger

Stocking Hanger

Image from Beyond The Picket Fence

What if someone has stockings they want to hang with care — but they don’t have a fireplace? With the help of Beyond The Picket Fence, all you need are a few materials to create a stocking hanger that solves all their woes.

Materials needed: Scrap wood, paint, hooks, stencils

Skill level: Intermediate

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Tips for Selling at a Holiday Craft Fair

Are you feeling inspired? Ready to get crafting?

Use one of the many online directories to help you find a craft fair in your area. Some popular ones include FestivalNet, Art & Craft Show Yellow Pages and Arts and Crafts Shows – USA. You can also check your local school, church and chamber of commerce for smaller events that may not be listed.

If it’s your first time selling at a craft fair, here are some tips from the pros to make it a smashing success:

  • Know the audience (what items would they be interested in?)
  • Make your booth visually inviting
  • Display your items at eye level
  • Fill your booth; if you don’t have enough items on your own, share with a friend
  • Create pretty labels (and include prices)
  • Maintain a positive and welcoming attitude
  • Give people space to browse
  • Accept credit cards (try using a tool like Square to accept payments on your smartphone)
  • Hand out business cards

For more tips, check out the full articles from The Etsy Blog, One Dog Woof, FaveCrafts and Stumbles & Stitches.

Your Turn: Have you ever sold your crafts before? Which of these options is your favorite?

Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.

by Susan Shain
Contributor for The Penny Hoarder

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