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How to Make Your Hobby Profitable and Where to Sell Your Crafts

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Once you have figured out what crafts you would like to start selling, the next step is to find a place where you can sell them. Before you find your location, you need to remember that there will be costs or fees for most places to sell the crafts.

The Most Effective Ways to Sell Your Crafts

Selling crafts on the internet is very popular. The costs for selling items online can be very expensive. If your business is not well-known or new, finding people to buy your crafts to make an income can be difficult at first if you are selling from your own website. Selling your products online through another website, such as a third party website, may be an option for you. If you chose to sell from a third party site, you will not have to worry about the costs of setting up a website, or finding your own customers. The website your crafts are listed on may not have very many customers, so bringing new customers to the site will help increase sales.

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Another way to sell your items could include selling from your home and selling to friends and family. Your friends and family can also help you advertise by telling others how great your products are. Also, selling at a craft fair may be another option for you. Before you decide if a craft fair is right for you, asking other craft sales people about their experience may be helpful.

Some find that setting up displays work well. They do have up-front fees, but they can help advertise and promote your business. If you set up displays, you can leave a brochure or a catalog of your crafts, and the prices and customers can special order from you.

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Conclusion

Not all of these options work for everyone. Some may work well for you and some may cost more than the income you will make. You should try and test which ones work for you best. And remember, people have been where you are when deciding where to start selling, so asking for advice and tips from others in the same business can be very rewarding. If you know put these tips into practice as we see with this free bet website you can become profitable. If you have done so with your hobby we would like to share your ideas with our readers, feel free to post your comment below. We will be glad to hear from you!

 

Creative Ideas for Spring Crafts

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Spring is when all the baby birds leave the nest to look for food. As a basic craft, one should create a unique bird feeder. To do this, find a large pine cone and tie a three to four foot piece of twine or yarn around the end. Mix two tablespoons of peanut butter and two tablespoons of butter, then spread the mixture onto the pine cone. Pour some birdseed into a shallow bowl and roll the pine cone in birdseed. Place the pine cone bird feeder in the freezer for an hour or until mixture is firm. Then hang it out on a tree limb close to a window and enjoy the live entertainment.

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For more observation enjoyment build your own “bird spa.” Start with a clay planter for your base. Put a layer of small stones for the birds to stand on at the bottom, and fill it with water. Bury the clay planter up to the edge in the ground or in a window planter. You can plant flowers around the outside of the bird bath spa as a fragrant and a colorful addition.

Since Mother’s Day is a spring holiday, you should make a Valentine heart votive candle, which can be used for both holidays. First, choose an old cookie tin and spray it with nonstick cooking spray. Heat your pillar wax in a double boiler and add fragrance and color. Pour onto the cookie tin until about one half inch thick.

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Allow time to cool the cookie dough consistency, then press a heart shaped cookie cutter into the wax. Be sure to allow each heart to harden. Heat one side of your square votive holder and place one wax heart on the inside of the holder. Hold in place until adhering, then repeat the process on all four sides. Secure your wick and heat your container wax in the double boiler. When the wax is 160 degrees, pour the container wax into the holder. Allow it to cool and cut your wick to 1/4 inch.

4 Ideas For Small DIY Crafts

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A truly one of a kind small craft idea is making snowflakes for Christmas tree ornaments or hanging winter decorations for a winter celebration. Cut a 3-inch diameter circle out of white construction paper. Fold the circle in half and then in half again. This time fold it in half and you’ll have a one eighth triangle. With a pen or pencil draw a jagged line down one side of the triangle starting one half inch from the pointed end through to the curved end. Then go back up to the same starting point and draw another jagged line down the other side ending again at the curved end. Cut with scissors only the jagged lines. Open the folded paper circle and you will have your own original snowflake to display.

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Another easy small craft idea is creating cachets of potpourri. Cut a six-inch diameter circle out of any color of netting material. Put a small handful potpourri in the center. Cut off six inches of quarter inch wide ribbon of matching or contrasting color to the netting. Gather the outside circle of the netting making a pouch of potpourri and tie the ribbon around to secure it. This can be used to freshen clothing drawers and they can also make practical gifts.

Your kids can make a cute turtle out of CDs that you no longer use. Just trace the CD onto green craft foam and cut it out. Then glue the foam to the CD. Cut out octagons from the rest of the green felt and glue it together to make the shell. Cut out four legs from the felt and glue them to the underside of the CD. Glue googly eyes to the head, and your kid has a great turtle.

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Small gift baskets can be made to fit any occasion. You could purchase small baskets at a craft store and fill them with candy to use as place favors at a child’s birthday. These same baskets can be filled with tea bags or flavored coffee packets for a ladies luncheon. Another idea would be to fill them with small items that would match each person’s likes at a dinner party. One could be filled with fishing lures and another with the person’s favorite cookies. Wrap the baskets with cellophane and secure it with a ribbon or bow.

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