How to use your crafting skills to make extra money in your retirement

The global arts and crafts market size was £29.95 billion in 2017 according to the Arts and Crafts Market report in 2018. It is forecast to continue growing from 2018 to reach £40.63 billion by 2025. For people over the age of 55 who love creating arts and crafts this should be great news. Imagine spending your retirement making money by doing a craft you love – wouldn’t that be fantastic? Here’s how you can get started on a craft business straight away…

UPCYCLE, UPCYCLE, UPCYLE

Either use the craft skills you already have to make something saleable, or try your hand at upcycling. Upcycling is so on trend so why not buy some second-hand ceramic plates and jazz them up into works of art? A circular plate has enough space for elaborate artworks or simple designs. You can either turn them into wall hangings with paint, or use brand-new crockery to create personalised designs that people can still use for food and drink. You’ll need crockery that is plain white, ceramic paint colours of your choice (that can be cured after painting so that they can be safely used) and paint brushes.

WHERE TO SELL

You can sell your art creation online on platforms like Etsy, Folksy or Misi. The internet is the best thing that ever happened to people who want to continue their creativity after retirement. On the internet nobody cares what age you are just how good your work is and platforms like these make it so easy to create an online outlet for your creations.

HOW TO MARKET YOUR CRAFTS

Take clear photos of your work on a white background, or beautifully styled in your home, post the item online and wait for buyers! On the product description make it clear that the crockery was hand painted and let them know if the item can still be used for food. Get yourself on Facebook and Instagram and share photos of your creations to reach another audience.

What do you think of this easy idea for making extra money in your retirement? Do you already have a craft skill that you could use to create something saleable? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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