Cool Arts And Crafts To Do At Home

Additional Craft Information:

You can sell handmade crafts either through a third party site (that's owned by someone else, such as eBay) or through your own website.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

Third Party Websites:

Though eBay is a very good site, many people feel they have to struggle a lot with the “garage sale” mindset of buyers who buy on eBay. It is because most people log on to eBay with the intention of getting a bargain.

This website is solely for the sale of handmade crafts. Etsy is popular because it has very nominal selling fees, a very supportive community of artists and a simple and easy to set up online store. Though there might be some sellers who put their crafts at low prices at Etsy, generally you will not find underpriced crafts or sellers with slim profit margins. People buy from Etsy for the originality and quality of the handmade products. That's why they don't mind paying extra for the handmade crafts.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

Ruby Lane is a website where you can sell handmade jewellery. Though the selling fee at is higher than Etsy, you will find high-end buyers who do not come with the intention of bargaining. Sellers who price their products at lower value are actually discouraged to put their items on sale at Rubylane. There is a note for sellers saying that they cannot price their products below a certain value.

Your Own Site
The biggest advantage of your own website is that you will control and own site. Therefore, you won't be subjected to the changes and regulations of a 3rd party website which might significantly impact your business. You would have full control of the policies on the website, and unlike selling your products on a 3rd party website, once you have buyers coming to your website, you won't be competing with other sellers on the 3rd party websites.

Getting Traffic
One of the major reasons people opt to sell handmade crafts through a 3rd party website instead of their own site is that they think they will automatically have buyers for their products because 3rd party websites, such as eBay, already has plenty of customers. There are a lot of good strategies to promote a handmade craft website. But it will require an investment of your energy and time.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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