Turn Your Hobby Into a Side Hustle
Easy Wood crafts To Make and Sell
Hi, and welcome to The Little Church Woodworking site. I have written a post on how to create easy wood crafts to make and sell to turn your hobby into a side hustle, even if you haven’t started woodworking yet!
The Little Church Woodworking teaches people ways how to craft wood crafts such as decor ideas and also teaches people how to make money from making things out of wood. In fact buying handmade things has never been more popular and neither has wooden crafts! This gives you a unique opportunity to create bespoke items that you can’t even get in a shop, then all you have to do is find a customer, but don’t worry about how to market and find a customer for now, that is for another day. Making wood crafts is a good way to turn a hobby into a side hustle and you are in the right place for project ideas!
When I first began making projects at home I had to use a spare room as a make do wood shop, I had very little woodworking tools or supplies (a palm sander, a jigsaw and a circular saw) and I had even less knowledge! I had to get comfortable with using power tools and even do the odd online search to be sure I was using them the right way! That is how I know that it’s possible for anyone to learn making wood crafts as a skill and even make money from it. Some of my first projects included a wooden wall sign, some home decor pieces and up cycling a store bought box I already had with some little craft hearts that someone asked me to customise after seeing something similar in a shop. As you will see, you won’t need much to get started either,
All you will need is:
- project ideas
- supplies (paint etc)
- A wood shop (or a place to make your project)
Starting out making basic wood crafts taught me so much in the beginning, making simple things like home decor projects or a wall sign/art, anything I could craft out of wood I did. I would search online for hours to get ideas, clicking on any site or online store hoping to get some inspiration. It was from those basic projects that I learned so much, once people started to see what I was making I actually started making money and started turning my hobby into a side hustle.
What kind of wood is used for crafts? The short answer is any kind of wood you like!
- Pallet wood
- Scrap wood
- Offcuts of wood
- And of course all soft or hard woods
I suggest you use the cheapest wood you can find in the shop for your first few woodcrafts as this is probably where you will make most of your mistakes. Pine is probably the most common and one of the cheapest and looks great painted. Plywood is also a great versatile wood and can be used for wood craft and home decor. MDF is also a cheap option but I find is not to everyones taste, I personally only use it on a project that is personalised with someones name or numbers. But it is great for use on small projects and paints like a dream I find. You should be able to find all of these alternatives in the same shop which should make choosing a bit easier. If the store you choose doesn’t have many options then another alternative could be pallet wood
How do you make wood crafts? You simply pick a project and make sure you have all the supplies you need including tools, follow the instructions till you are done! The easier the project you choose to begin with then the more confidence you get as you progress. From then you try to choose a slightly harder project each time until you are confident in what you are doing and making quality custom pieces that you can’t find in just any old shop! Putting your pieces in front of the right customer will also be key to making your side hustle profitable
Easy Wood Crafts Ideas
I have made a short list of easy wood craft project ideas for beginners to sell:
- Home decor sign
- Bird House
- DIY floating shelves
- Bathtub caddy tray
- Door mat
- Wooden planters
- Wine rack
- Lazy susan
- Candle holder
- Door sign with name
The list is endless and you can find a more extensive list here, simply search our categories.
Here you will see different ideas such as:
- How to make a vanity mirror with lights
- DIY floating shelves
- Wood projects for kids
- How to get into woodworking and more!
If you don’t have any tools or access to a wood shop then don’t be discouraged, there are maker spaces all over and a quick Google search should show up plenty in your area. There are places all over that rent out space in their shop, all you will need to do is reach out, a simple email will do. Or even better, maybe a friend or relative might have their own little work shop!
Feel free to search the site for other plans in the relevant categories, or to email me with any ideas you would like to see me do a how-to on.
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Find all my DIY Plans and ideas here in the Blog section