3 Useful DIY Craft Items You Can Make and Sell as a Stay-at-Home Mom
The current state of the world has moms all over wondering what else they can do with their time now that everyone is at home all the time. Mothers are crafty, and what better way to spend their time now than to get creative with DIY crafts that not only help curb the boredom but also help with expenses.
Some of these items can easily be done with stuff that is already in your own home. The great thing about handmade crafts is that there is always a market for them! You can sell them online by telling friends on social media or use online platforms to reach a wider audience. Some platforms are better than others because they have flexible pricing. For that amount, users will have all the tools and support at their disposal to expand their budding online business.
Read on for ideas.
DIY Body Soaps
To start, gather up these items for use: soap mold, clear soap, goat’s milk soap or shea butter, colorant, and essential oils of choice.
Heat the clear soap and goat’s milk separately in 30-second intervals inside a microwave. These generally harden quite quickly, so heat them up again inside the microwave for 15-second intervals when they do harden. Mix them with the essential oils and color of choice into the molds, and let them set for 24 hours.
To make it even more fun for the kids, moms can make soaps into different kinds of everyday objects like watermelon, which also helps amp up the sellability factor. The cuter the shape of these soaps, the better they will sell!
There are different kinds of pouches that one can make. These can be done with pure zippers, used cloth, crochet, and more. Fun designs can be made with everyday items such as candy wrappers & Tetra Paks.
Candy-wrapper zipper pouches can easily be made during this time too since a lot of the used candy packs can be kept instead of discarded. To start making one, gather the following items:
- Candy wrappers: two regular-size candy wrappers will do, but the smaller kinds of candy will need more
- Iron-on vinyl
- Zipper (seven inches to nine inches long)
- Two pieces of fabric for lining (each should be the size of your candy wrapper).
Empty the candy wrappers, and clean them out. Cut two pieces of vinyl such that they are slightly larger than the wrapper, and iron on the front side of the wrapper. Don’t forget to place a cloth or rag on top of the vinyl before placing the iron on top. Keep on for 8 to 10 minutes on medium heat.
Stitch both wrappers to either side of the zipper with the front of the wrapper facing down. Don’t forget to stitch the two pieces of fabric lining after, and then voilà, you have adorable candy wrapper pouches. You could also personalise with sublimation – add your own print to the pouches to make them exactly to your requirements!
DIY Wood Plaque Photo
Transferring a photo to wood sounds complicated but can be easily done by anyone! Only a handful of things are needed to complete this:
- Wood plaques: they come in different shapes and sizes. Choose one that best fits the size of the photo.
- Mod Podge
- Heat tool: if it’s not available, then the process may take 24 hours.
- Printed photo
Generously paint the wood plaque with Mod Podge, and then place the photo facedown on it. Make sure no creases and bubbles are on the photo. Heat up the full area of the photo for three to four minutes. Once done, saturate the photo with water using a paintbrush, and coat evenly. Once it soaks through, gently peel away the paper with your fingers. Tada, you have a fancy wood plaque.
There are many other fun things to make and sell, so don’t forget to explore what you have at home and experiment, stay-at-home moms.