If you’ve always loved crafting and making things, you might have started thinking about whether or not you can turn your passion into a business idea – particularly during these uncertain times. And it’s true, the internet is full of success stories from people who have taken their talents for painting or crochet and turned them into a profitable commercial venture. So if you’re looking to do the same, why not try your hand at some of these crafts – set to take e-commerce by storm in 2021.

Vintage upcycling

Got the fashion bug but don’t have the time or the skills to make garments from scratch? Why not get in on the upcycling trend? Using discarded and damaged items of clothing, you can create new and trendy items – with the only limit your imagination. Try making bags from old t-shirts, for example, or reimagining a maxi dress as a cropped mini skirt.

Macrame

These days, you can’t move for macrame plant holders, and the trend is showing no sign of slowing down. The great thing about this craft is how easy it is to get started – all you need is some yarn and a bit of patience. You can easily teach yourself a variety of techniques by watching YouTube tutorials, and the results are always impressive. As well as the ubiquitous plant holders, you can also make jewellery, wall hangings… the list goes on!

Face masks

Whatever direction the pandemic takes, it seems likely that face masks will be with us in one form or another for a long time to come. So why not jump on the bandwagon and get creating fun, stylish masks to sell online? There’s a big market for PPE products that allow the wearer to express their style and individuality, and anyone with basic sewing skills can easily master the technique.

Plant pots

With most of us spending more time at home, plants have become a big trend – and again, this looks set to continue throughout 2021 and beyond. But of course, as people collect more and more plant babies, they’re increasingly in need of stylish, convenient pots to store them in. So why not take advantage of this popularity and use your crafty side to get making ceramic or clay pots?

Candles

If you’re good at marketing and design, candle-making could be the perfect creative business for you. Relatively simple to make, beautiful candles are all about getting the packaging, fragrance and all-over appearance right – and edgy, modern designs are selling really well at the moment. If you feel like putting your own twist on a classic craft, this could be an excellent choice.

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