Sizzling Summer Crafts

Like it or not, summer’s almost here.  And that’s something to keep in mind as you plan your crafting inventory.  So what’s more likely to sell this time of year?

Think Beachy

What says summer more than sea shells? You see them everywhere these days, from Pottery Barn’s home accessories to Anthropologie’s jewelry.  Shells are easily crafted onto many items such as mirrors, candleholders and picture frames.  Just use your imagination.  Both shell and nautical-themed jewelry are always hot-selling summer items.  I make nautical-themed charm bracelets every summer and I’m always glad I did.

 

pottery barn shell hurricane craft boom post

We’ve all seen those recycled wood pallet signs with various trendy/seasonal/pinnable sayings on them.  So why not sell beach and lake house-themed signs?  The more rustic, the better.  Turns out I’m going to be spending a bit of time on Lake Michigan this summer, so I already went ahead and painted my own sign:  “Go Jump in the Lake!”  I mean, how cute is that?  Another popular saying (and one of my personal favorites) is “Life is Better at the Lake.”  Have fun with it.

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Think Garden

Always remember the beauty of the garden, and those garden-themed items that sell like hotcakes in the summer!  Garden-themed booths at craft shows are filled with everything from actual gardening supplies like wellies, shovels and flower pots to more ethereal garden-themed items like tchotchkes, accessories and home decor.  Think outside the box with decorated pots and watering cans, painted plant stands and handmade bird feeders.

painted watering can craft boom

 Flower arrangements and summery wreaths are popular, too.

lemon wreath craft boom post

Anything garden-related is fair game!

Think Patriotic

patriotic necklace craft boom post

4th of July-themed items also sell well.  Even jewelry can be Old-Glorified with some red, white and blue!

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Patriotic T’s are popular items, as well other patriotic textiles including aprons, tablecloths, placemats and napkins.  How about a picnic basket filled with red, white and blue picnic supplies?

patriotic picnic basket craft boom post

The sky’s the limit when it comes to selling summer crafts.  Using beachy, garden and patriotic-themed creations, your summer sales will soar.

What’s your best selling summer craft?

About 

Kathleen Ashton is a vintage jewelry artist and thrifty home decor DIY-er. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and three kids.

Comments

  1. says

    Great post, there are so many ways you can go with summer crafts, and the best part is that you can let your little ones craft different projects while you are crafting to make money.

    Keeping them busy and keeping your pockets full:)

  2. Debora Humphries says

    I really love your gardening ideas, we have some old silver watering pots and I think I’m going to do some hand painting.

    Great ideas here, thanks for sharing.

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