25 simple and creative things kids can make and sell

25 simple and creative things kids can make and sell

Our latest Youth Economy Report shows four in ten kids (41%) feel they aren’t earning enough, but they’re not expecting the bank of mum and dad to help out. In fact, more than seven out of ten kids (71%) feel it’s essential to earn their own money, with many choosing to make money from home. If this sounds like your child, why not inspire them to try their hand at a business with our list of 25 simple and creative things they can make and sell?


How to pick the best things for your kids to make and sell

How to find the best things for your kids to make and sell depends on your child. Before they choose something, consider what your child is good at, who they will sell to and how much the initial outlay will be for them. For instance, do they like cooking? Are they arty or more practical? Do they have good attention to detail, or are they better at organisation? And most importantly, what do they want to make and sell? Choosing something they are keen to do will help keep their attention focused and teach them some good lessons on how to make money as a kid.


Creative things most kids can make and sell


  • Greeting Cards - handmade cards are an excellent year-round venture. Plus, all you need is paper, envelopes, and some good creative ideas. Sell to friends and family and even online.
  • Keyrings - super easy to make and good for party favours. Cheap keyring-making kits can be bought on Amazon and Baker Ross. For ideas, look on Pinterest.
  • Cookie mix in a jar. A homemade cookie mix that can be prepped in minutes makes a great gift (be sure to label ingredients on the jar).
  • Sweets - homemade fudge, chocolate and boiled sweets are easy to make. Sell in small gift bags.
  • Brownies are always a favourite when it comes to selling cakes. Easy to make, brownies can easily be cut into small chunks and sold in a small bag.


Clothing and accessories to make and sell


  • T-shirts - you can bulk buy plain t-shirts for as little as 90p each. Get creative with sequins, paint and more. Shopify has print-on-demand resources if you want to go big.
  • Jewellery. From seed-beaded necklaces to friendship bracelets. Look at what’s trending, then buy cheap kits on Amazon or Hobbycraft and create away.
  • Tote bags - plain tote bags can be bought for 47p in bulk and designed any way you want.
  • Scarves - unless you’re a fast knitter, stick to fabric scarves. You can use any material you like to create an infinity scarf (a scarf in a circle) or a straight scarf.
  • Hair accessories - headbands, decorative pins, scrunchies, and hair bows can all be made cheaply and sold at markets and online. For ideas, go to DIY Candy.


Inventive things to make and sell


  • Bath bombs - great for presents and easy to make with a simple kit for under £10 (makes eight bath bombs) - check out Smyths Toys.
  • Slime - always a winner with kids, make up small pots of slime (Argos have kits) and sell them as party favours or to friends.
  • Dog treats - if you have a dog, the chances are you know plenty of dog owners, so why not make and sell dog treats? Ensure all ingredients are dog-safe (the PDSA has excellent recipes).
  • Candles - the essential ingredients for any candle are wax, wick, and oil (so kids need an adult’s help). Kits can be bought from Amazon and Hobbycraft.
  • Homemade subscription boxes - are a brilliant idea to do locally once a month. Create well-being boxes (tea, candles and healthy snacks), Gardening boxes (seeds and plant pots) or even a Netflix treat box (popcorn, sweets and crisps).


Home accessories to make and sell


  • Painted rocks - are ideal for gardens and are cheap to make. Use outdoor acrylic paint and sell stones in small bundles.
  • Mugs - plain mugs can be bought for 39p each online and are easily decorated with acrylic paint (make sure that it is suitable for glass and ceramic).
  • Coasters - you can buy 30 plain coasters for £15 at Baker Ross and then decorate them with acrylic paint or sharpie pens.
  • Painted plant pots can be a big seller depending on your creative skills. Terracotta pots start from as little as 50p. Then decorate with acrylic paint.  Take a look here for ideas.
  • Mini succulent painted planters - all you need is soil, plastic plant pots (approx 30p), acrylic paint and succulents (10 mixed colours at 50p each).


Things to make and sell online


  • Stock photos - if your child is good at taking pictures of flowers, your dog or even something more creative, you could sell them to stock agencies and make a fair bit of cash.
  • Printable planners. Planners are easy to create in Canva. Get your kids to create several templates that can easily be made bespoke and sold.
  • Digital artwork - use social media to showcase your work and drum up commissions. Creative Market is a brilliant place to sell your designs online.
  • Pet accessories - this is a huge market online, from hats to outfits, to dog and cat collars. Kids can also make a range of pet toys and sell them to pet parents online.
  • Decorations. Think Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Easter and even general birthday decorations. These can all be made for next to nothing. Check out Pinterest for sellable ideas.


What’s the best way for your kid to get paid?


Once your kid starts making money, they will need to know how to handle the money they earn. This includes knowing how people can pay them, how to save. While a lot of people pay in cash, your child could see a lot of benefits if they get paid via a transfer to their kids prepaid debit card account.


This is because cash is easy to lose track of, but the GoHenry app will allow them to track income and outgoings. Plus it’s easier to make purchases online to expand their business. As an added bonus, you can use the parent features to keep an eye on who has paid and who hasn’t, and help them set saving goals.



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Written by Anita Naik Published Nov 25, 2022 ● 2 min. read