The official definition of a craft is an activity involving skill in making things by hand.

The Internet is a wonderful thing. It makes everything so much more accessible. It is possible to learn new crafts, and there are hundreds of different platforms on which you can sell what you have made.

I am a great believer in if you put your mind to it, you can do it.

I taught myself how to make jewellery in 2010, and, 4 years ago, I taught myself how to use a sewing machine. I have had my own successful Creative Business for the past 7 years. When I made my first necklace, I never for a second thought it would lead to me having my own creative business!

More and more people are turning to ‘crafts’ (to be honest, I really don’t like that word as it doesn’t sound professional enough! I prefer Artisan) as a way of either earning an extra income, or, doing what I did and make a successful business out of it.

Every single Artisan out there, no matter how successful they are, has started from scratch. Many people turn their hobby into their business. When I taught myself to make jewellery, it was due to me being signed off work for 4 months with Post Natal Depression. It was like therapy for me. I thing we all have a creative side in us, we just need to work out what it is.

I had a conversation with my 8 year old this very morning about my work. We were talking about how it’s mostly thanks to the Internet that I am able to work from home, doing what I love. 15 years ago, or even less, this would have been impossible.

Having gone to many different Artisan events over the years (I have learnt A LOT from this-the type of events to go to and the events not to even touch with a shitty stick), it’s clear to see that the Makers that ‘stay the distance’ tend to focus on one genre or style. It better to be amazing at one or two things than be ok at seven or eight different things. When focusing on fewer things, you can brand yourself around it. You also need to fully research it, look at past, present and future trends and look at the local and international competition.

If you would love to explore your creative side, but don’t know what to have a go at, I have collated a list of 107 different types of crafts.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Jewellery:

 

  • Children’s Jewellery
  • Leather Jewellery
  • Polymer Jewellery
  • Tassel Jewellery
  • ¬†Quirky Jewellery, eg, made with Lego or Scrabble pieces
  • ¬†Wine Glass Charms

Fabric:

  • Bags
  • Children’s Clothes
  • Hats
  • Bibs (not just for babies-this can be niched down to medical bibs)
  • Bunting
  • Cushions
  • Dog Accessories. Click here to see my dog accessories website.
  • Aprons/Oven Gloves
  • Baby Items
  • Quilting
  • Hairbands and Bobbles
  • Cup Cosies
  • Soft Toys (these need to meet safety standards)
  • Dolls Clothes
  • Children’s Dress Up Clothes (capes, tutus etc)
  • Tablet/iPhone Covers
  • Fabric Dummy Clips
  • Fabric Art
  • Coasters and Mats
  • Pompom Items
  • Printed Tshirts
  • Shopping Bags

Food:

  • Chocolates
  • Truffles
  • Cupcakes
  • Cookies
  • Chutneys and Pickles
  • Craft Beer
  • Cakes
  • Pies and Pastries
  • Cheeses
  • Brownies

Art:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Photographic Prints
  • Art using Unconventional Materials
  • Mosaic Art
  • Recycled/Upcycled Artwork
  • Mixed Media
  • Etching

Around The House:

  • Crockery
  • Candles
  • Soaps
  • Photo Frames
  • Skincare
  • Wax Melts
  • Decorated Diaries/Notebooks
  • Magnets
  • Lightshades
  • Glasswork
  • Signs/Notices
  • Bathbombs
  • Organisers
  • Trinket Boxes
  • Floral Arrangements
  • Badges
  • Memory Jars
  • Mugs
  • Dreamcatchers
  • Fairy Doors
  • Painted Jute Bags
  • Bottle Lights

Needle Crafts:

  • Crochet Accessories
  • Knitted Accessories
  • Knitted Toys
  • Cross Stitch
  • Needle Felt
  • Leather Goods

Embellishing Items:

  • Embellished Clothing
  • Embellished Caps & Hats
  • Embellished Shoes & Trainers
  • Embellished Photo Frames & Mirrors
  • Glitter Glasses & Bottles

Wood:

  • Items made from Wooden Pallets-Planters, organisers etc
  • Wood Turning
  • Wood Carving
  • Upcycling Wooden Items

Other Ideas:

  • Upcycled Furniture
  • Wine Racks
  • Garden Accessories
  • Clocks
  • Making Lamps out of Unconventional Materials
  • Greetings Cards
  • Book Folding
  • Decoupage
  • Pet Feeding Stations
  • Dog Beds
  • Paper Crafts
  • Xmas Decorations
  • Xmas Garlands
  • Dog Treats
  • Location Specific Items
  • Animal Specific Items
  • Cultural Specific Items (eg, Steampunk, Day of the Dead etc)
  • Selling Craft Supplies to the Craft World

So there you have it! Over 100 types of crafts that anyone can do. Some of them do require a lot of practise to master, but that’s half of the fun, isn’t it?

Can you add to the list? Let me know in the comments below.

Love and Hugs,

Allison x

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