Crafting can be a fun and rewarding hobby that allows you to create a wide variety of projects and decorative items for your home. Here are a few tips to get you started:
Choose a craft that interests you
There are many different types of crafts to choose from, so take some time to explore different options and see what interests you the most.
Particularly consider any personal interests or hobbies you may have that you could integrate into crafts or home DIY. For example, if you love nature, you could do external crafts catering them towards nature such as birdhouses or custom-built flower beds. If you’re more of a cooking guru, you could try your hand at some food crafts such as cake decorating or artistic cookies. If you love simple but rewarding tasks, try your hand at a niche market such as knitting or badge making. Knitting can be a peaceful activity that can be done anywhere, sitting outdoors enjoying the wonderful weather or remaining indoors avoiding the terrible weather. It’s a win, win situation, much like badge making. The sheer number of badges that can be produced using such a small sized machine is extraordinary, with certain machines creating up to 300 badges per hour, user dependent.
To see the top reviewed badge machines, please see the link provided 10 Best Badge Makers of 2023
Gather your supplies
Once you have chosen a craft, make a list of the supplies you will need and gather everything before you begin. This will make it easier to focus on your project and avoid interruptions.
When gathering your materials there are a few things to consider:
- Make a List of everything you need, do some research into similar projects users have undertaken and "borrow" ideas.
- Material Quality is imperative to longevity and resistance of the project you’re undertaking. If you are trying to make badges, make sure the items you are purchasing have excellent reviews as the finished product will be determined by the product quality. Here at ebadges we only provide the best quality components supported by our vast customer base with 100s of positive reviews.
- Consider the tools you are likely to need for your project. For examples, if you are undertaking carpentry/woodwork you may require specific tools such as a chisel or saw.
- Shop around and make sure the items you are buying will be worthwhile. You don’t want to settle for mediocre parts if you are going to put a lot of time and care into the project. There could be discounts in crafts stores, online retailers or through major outlets.
- Finally, make sure you reuse and recycle. The benefit of using products a second time round (if possible) is the cost. For example, if you have only used half of a plank of wood, reuse the next piece for another project.
Quick Note – If you are looking to sell the project or use this as a side hustle, it is imperative to do research into the crafts you are partaking in to ensure the profitability and feasibility of the project. If the market is heavily saturated, make sure you create your own identity.
If you are working with a kit or following a pattern, make sure to read the instructions carefully and follow them step by step. This will help ensure that your project turns out as intended.
Instructions are included for a reason!
It’s to help you get to grips with the equipment, then once you have the craft perfected start tinkering with the build and use your knowledge to improve efficiency.
For example, we have had many badge makers/crafters in the past contact regarding difficulties, however, if the instructions are followed there should be no issues that arise. It may be a slow process at the beginning but once more time and effort are spent of efficiency you can create vastly more badges than your first couple of attempts.
Take your time
Crafting can be relaxing and enjoyable, so don't feel rushed. Take your time and enjoy the process.
The benefit of home crafting is as it states, it can be done at home. No pressure of the clock or managers breathing down your neck. This is you time and main goal is that you enjoy doing the craft. Yes, down the line it may become more of a simple hobby and could become very profitable but never lose that feeling of joy and self-actualisation (The desire to become the most that one can be), Maslow, A.H. (1943).
Don't be afraid to make mistakes
It's normal to make mistakes when you are learning a new craft. Just try your best and remember that it's all part of the learning process. If you think you cannot do anymore to improve your skills, give yourself a break and do something different then come back with a fresh mind. Finally, instead of dwelling on your mistakes, which can be easily done (I still do this!), learn from them. Use it as motivation for your next project, whether that's something small to get yourself back into the swing of things or whether it's returning in the deep end and fighting your way through an extreme new project.
Share your projects
Consider sharing your finished projects with friends and family, or even displaying them in your home. This can be a great way to show off your skills and inspire others to try crafting as well.
This can also be a prime opportunity to expand yourself and show the world your newfound talent. Maybe making badges is difficult for you but creating the art comes as second nature. Use your strength to create unique designs no one else could do and simply progress your badge making skills to a level that increases efficiency.
As this is the ultimate guide to crafting, it only seemed fair to include a list of the many platforms you could potentially sell your arts and crafts on. Some popular options include:
- Etsy - If you would like some more information on Etsy, please see tips on selling within Etsy
- eBay - For an indepth guide on selling within eBay, see our Complete Guide to Selling Your Crafts on eBay
- Your own website - We have some tips to avoid when selling your crafts online
- Local markets and fairs - ebagdes has a host of different blogs regarding information on selling your arts and crafts at an event or fair. These include; Do I Need Insurance to Sell at Craft Fairs? ; Top Mistakes To Avoid When Selling At Craft Fairs
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Maslow, A. H. (1943). A theory of human motivation. Psychological Review, 50(4), 370–396.