Halloween Crafts to Make & Sell

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Halloween is a popular holiday, and people love to decorate their homes for the occasion. If you've ever wandered around malls, party stores or fall festivals, you've probably noticed the huge market for Halloween items. Avid crafters can take advantage of this time of year and turn a tidy profit by selling Halloween crafts.

Jack-O-Lanterns

  • Get some synthetic, carve-able pumpkins, available at many craft stores during the fall season. You can make jack-o-lanterns out of synthetic pumpkins using the same tools and techniques for carving real pumpkins. By using synthetic pumpkins, you don't have to worry about working with perishable produce, and you can use the fact that they don't rot and are reusable year after year as a selling point. The closer it gets to Halloween, the better a bargain you will find. If you like to think ahead, purchase them the week after Halloween and save them for the following year.

    Collect some patterns from books or the Internet (see resources). Look for popular characters, classic Halloween motifs or even sports logos. Be sure you are using patterns that are not trademark or copyright protected. Carve and sell them at craft fairs, online or to friends and family in your neighborhood.

Candles

  • Make specialty candles for Halloween. You can purchase some fun Halloween theme candle molds to offer a great selection.

    Make some bleeding tapers to sell for a creepy Halloween item. These look like ordinary white tapers until they are lit, when drips of red wax begin to run down them, as though they are bleeding. Achieve this effect by taking a regular red taper and dipping it into a vat of pillar wax mixed with stearic acid until the red coloring is concealed.

    Use ready-made candles, if you don't make your own, to create some nice Halloween displays. Paint ghosts, bats, webs or any Halloween designs onto pillar candles. Alternately, you can use wood carving tools to carve tapers and pillar candles with Halloween designs.

Magnets and Pins

  • Create your own small Halloween pins and magnets to sell. These are easy to carry around to show people, or you may find a store willing to purchase them in bulk.

    Get some small wooden Halloween die cuts, available at craft stores in September and October. You can find little pumpkins, bats or scarecrow faces. Paint them with wood craft paint. Add glitter, ribbons, raffia or other embellishments. Affix a magnet or pin to the back.

    Use your sewing skills, if you prefer. Make small cross-stitch patterns in Halloween themes.

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