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Complete Guide On How To Sell Your DIY Projects – 5+ Ideas

Let’s be honest, almost everyone these days has a side hustle to make some extra cash, I know I do. So today I am going to share some ideas on how you can make some extra money by deciding to sell your DIY projects!

Whether you are just looking for some extra cash or looking to create your own small business it has never been easier to get started building and selling your projects.

Below I outline where you can find Ideas for projects to sell, where you can sell your DIY projects, and how much you should charge. 

So let’s get started! 

 

Where can you find Ideas for DIY Projects to sell?

One huge mistake I see many people make when they first get started selling DIY projects is that they find something that they like, they build it, and then try to sell it. This can work but you could also get stuck with a bunch of projects that no one wanted to buy. 

Instead I suggest you do a little bit of research first and try to see what people are currently buying. This way if you create something similar the odds of you being able to sell it are much higher. 

There are a few ways you can do this, but I am just going to outline a couple of them. 

#1. Etsy - How To Find DIY Projects To Sell On Etsy

This can be a little confusing because Etsy does not really publicly show how many of something has sold, but you can look for listings that have the “Best Seller Badge” this usually means that the product is selling really well and might be a good Idea to consider a similar product.

You can also look for sellers that have ton’s of reviews and browse through their products to see which ones are selling best for them.

Note: Etsy groups all of that sellers product reviews together, so just because a listing has lots of reviews does not mean it sells really well. Be sure to check out their reviews and see which products people are reviewing most.

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#2. Pinterest - How To Find DIY Projects To Sell On Pinterest

Finding things on Pinterest is actually pretty easyyou can just look for projects that have ton’s of re-pins, if lot’s of people are re-pinning it that must mean that they like it right? Personally I like the Etsy method better because you know people are actually buying on Etsy vs people just browsing and sharing on Pinterest. 

There are plenty of other ways you can find DIY projects to sell but Honestly just by browsing through Etsy and Pinterest you should be able to find more than enough projects that people are willing to buy. 

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You also will need to consider time of year, you probably don’t want to be selling raised garden beds or outdoor patio furniture in November, Obviously if you have order requests from people that is different, but if you are just building stuff and then trying to sell it I would avoid building any outdoor products in the winter. The only exception being if you live somewhere where it is always warm, I live in Minnesota and trust me no one is relaxing outside in the winter here. 

How Much Can You Sell Your DIY Projects For?

The next problem that many people have is pricing the products, you need to make sure that you are reasonably priced and are compare able to what you have seen similar products sell for. Don’t get emotionally attached and think your projects are worth their weight in gold, You will end up spending a lot more time trying to sell your projects than actually building them. 

You should already be thinking about how much you can sell the product for before you ever even considering building it, mostly because you need to figure out how much the material cost is going to be and if you can even make any money on it. If you are building something that you can sell for $100 make sure you material costs are no more than $50. Otherwise you are going to be doing a lot of work and not making much money. 

Where can you sell your DIY projects?

Nowadays this step is much easier, you use to have to take out an ad in a newspaper or go to flea markets to try and sell anything. I am going to list a few of my favorite methods below. 

#1. FACEBOOK: Sell Your DIY Projects On the Facebook Marketplace

I don’t care what anybody says, for someone just getting started making money with DIY projects this is by far the easiest place to sell just about anything, You can snap a couple of pictures, upload it to the marketplace and it is Free. I know people who have created entire businesses around selling things on the Facebook marketplace, it is incredibily powerful especially if you live somewhere with a decent sized population, there are about 200,000 people where I live and this works great. 

You can also tell people that you make custom sizes & can do custom colors and you can get a lot of custom orders from people so you don’t have to build everything before you sell it. 

#2. CRAIGSLIST: Sell Your DIY Projects On Craigslist

Believe it or not Craigslist is still relevant, and yes people still use it. Make sure you are always publishing all of your new projects on craiglist and it might surprise you how much business you will get from uploading your DIY projects to Craigslist.

#3. ETSY: Sell Your DIY Projects On Etsy

The good thing about Etsy is that it does not limit you by location, the bad part about it is that it does limit you in terms of how big you can make things, You really have to be careful and build things you can optimize for great shipping rates. No one is going to buy something for $50 from you if it costs $75 to ship. I personally don’t do a lot on Etsy because I tend to focus on larger projects like tables and furniture. But it is a great place to sell small to medium sized projects and the ability to scale is huge.

#4. Flea Markets: Sell Your DIY Projects at Flea Markets

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I know I said above that this was an old way of doing things but it still works, It is a great place to take any unsold projects you have to try to get rid of them or you can even build your most popular pieces and take them to the flea market, You can get many custom orders and leads from the flea market as well so don’t ever count them out. 

Obviously there are many more ways for you to sell your DIY projects so always keep an open mind and explore other options to grow your business as you go. But these 4 should be more than enough for you to get started. 

Final Words: 

You should never start a DIY business just wanting to make money, you need to actually enjoy the projects, it will reflect in your quality of work. And at the end of the day whenever starting any business you need to have the end customer in mind and figure out a way you can serve them best. 

So if you enjoy doing DIY Projects like I do, Maybe you should consider selling some of your DIY projects for some extra money! 

I hope this short guide gave you some ideas! I look forward to hearing from you in the comments.

DIY Modern Outdoor Chair & Loveseat

If you are looking for some really simple but yet sturdy outdoor seating you won’t go wrong here! 

You can build these for around $20 each

Note: Depending on what you decide to do with paint/stain/finish the price might be a bit higher. 

I originally found the plans for the chair on Ana-white’s website you can see her plans here: https://www.ana-white.com/woodworking-projects/modern-outdoor-chair-2x4s-and-2x6s

But I also wanted to make a loveseat, which she had not made yet (Now they have added a loveseat to their plans) 

Also after building the first chair I decided I did not like the sizing it felt like the arms were to low and the back cushion really did not have any support so I modified the chairs a bit and rebuilt the chair and also made a matching loveseat. 

I also decided to reverse the arms so the 2×6’s are on the outside instead of the inside, Originally I did this by mistake but I decided to keep it that way because it helped hold my cushion in place and I like it better that way. But most people I have asked say they prefer the arms the original way that Ana-white had them though, so the choice is yours!

Let’s dive into my DIY modern outdoor chair and loveseat plans! 

Material List:

10 - 2x6x8 Pine boards
10 - 2x4x8 Pine boards
1 - 2x2x8 Pine Board
Stain/Paint (Optional)

2lbs - T25 2"3/4 Screws
220 Grit Sandpaper
80 Grit Sandpaper

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Please Note: My material list includes enough material to build 1 chair & 1 love seat. It also helps If you have a truck because the boards are 8 foot long, but if not you you can usually get local lumber yards to deliver. 

Sand The Boards

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Before I made any cuts I sanded down all of the boards, Yes this is time consuming but it is well worth it, it will make your boards much smoother and it does not matter if you decide to paint or stain it will make a world of difference in the final product. 

I first sanded down all of the boards with an 80 Grit sand paper using a random orbit sander to remove all of the ink from the boards as well as remove all the rough edges and smooth out the boards. I recommend using a random orbit sander if you are looking for speed but if you don’t have one you can use any sander. 

After I finished sanding with the 80 grit I then went back over all the boards with a 220 grit, this is what makes your boards feel soft and smooth!

Prime & Stain/Paint (Optional)

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Stain-Primer-Before&After-Diy-Modern-Chair

I recommend if you are going to wan’t your seats stained or painted you do it before you cut and assemble, it will go 10x faster and you will have a better finished product and only need to do some minor touch up once assembled.

IMPORTANT: If you are going to stain your boards I highly recommend using a stain primer on your boards before staining, Pine boards naturally don’t stain as well as most other lumber, using a primer first will make a huge difference, if you don’t your boards may look blotchy.

When looking for a primer to buy try to buy one that matches the brand of stain you are getting, for example if you are buying minwax stain make sure to buy minwax primer. I apply the stain and primer with stain sponges that you can get almost anywhere I get my at my local Lowes. 

After applying the primer you only need to wait for 10 – 15 minutes before staining the boards. But don’t wait too long, if you wait more than a couple of hours the primer won’t be as effective. 

Make Cuts

I used a 10″ Miter saw to make all of my cuts because it allows me to be accurate and make the cuts quickly, but if you don’t have one you can get by with a circular saw or a hand saw if you really had too.

The chair and Loveseat are designed to fit with 25×25″ cushions so adjust accordingly if you plan to use different sized cushions.  

Cut List: Chair

4 - 2x4 @ 25-1/4" - Legs
6 - 2x6 @ 25 -1/2" - Side Slats
2 - 2x4 @ 28 - 1/2" - Arm Rests
5 - 2x4 @ 25" Seat Slats

4 - 2x6 @ 25" - Front & Back Slats
2 - 2x4 @ 25" - Front Top Slat And Back Top
2 - 2x2 @ 25- 1/2" - Inside cleats

Cut List: Loveseat

4 - 2x4 @ 25-1/4" - Legs
6 - 2x6 @ 25 -1/2" - Side Slats
2 - 2x4 @ 28 - 1/2" - Arm Rests
5 - 2x4 @ 48" Seat Slats

4 - 2x6 @ 48" - Front & Back Slats
2 - 2x4 @ 48" - Front Top Slat And Back Top
2 - 2x2 @ 25- 1/2" - Inside cleats

The difference between mine and Ana-White’s is that I made the legs 3″ taller and made the side slats and the arm rests 3″ shorter, This makes the chair taller and not as deep, I found this to be much more comfortable, but if you prefer it the other way you can cut the legs 3″ inches shorter and cut the side slats & the arm rest 3″ longer.

The only difference in the love seat and the chair is the front and back slats are 48″ inches and the seat slats are 48″ as well, you can adjust this to your choosing.

Assemble The Sides

Attach The legs to the 25-1/2″ 2×6’s using 2-3/4″ screws, I used a scrap 2×4 for a spacer in-between the slats , Ana-White used a  1×4 so I had larger spaces, I did this because I made the legs 3″ longer and wanted the seat to sit lower.

You can see what the sides should look like below Please Note: the image below is not my image it belongs to Ana-White I was a bonehead and did not take any pictures while I was assembling, Sorry!

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Image Source: https://www.ana-white.com/woodworking-projects/modern-outdoor-chair-2x4s-and-2x6s

Attach Front & Back Slats

If you have anyone that can give you a hand with this it will greatly help, but if not you can see how Ana-White threaded a board in between the slats to support the boards while she fastened them.

You can see what this looks like below Please Note: the image below is not my image it belongs to Ana-White as well!

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Image Source: https://www.ana-white.com/woodworking-projects/modern-outdoor-chair-2x4s-and-2x6s

Attach Seat Slats

 

You will need to attach the two seat cleats, I set mine 1-5/8″ from the top of the 1st 2×6 from the bottom. 

Once you have attached the cleats you will be able to attach the seat slats and your finished!

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 I originally only bought 1 set of cushions to check to make sure I liked them on the chair before I wen’t back and bought the rest, I just bought cheap cushions from Walmart but I will probably upgrade them at some point. For now they are comfortable and we love our Modern Chair & Loveseat!

I hope you found some value from my DIY Modern outdoor chair and loveseat plans! I look forward to hearing from you in the comments! 

You can also check out: 5 easy DIY raised garden bed plans

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Genesis GMSDR1015LC 15-Amp 10-Inch Sliding Compound Miter Saw

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10 Best Places To Find Free Woodworking Plans

One of the biggest struggles when trying to start a new project whether it be a planter box or an end table is finding some high-quality free woodworking plans that you can follow, let’s be honest if you are anything like me, you are probably not very good at shooting from the hip and it makes your life 10 times easier when you have some good plans to work with.

If you have been to my blog before you probably already know that I am always posting new woodworking plans that I find from around the web on my blog, so obviously you can use any of those, But if you can’t find what you are looking for here than there are plenty of other options that I outline below.

Most are free options but there are some paid options as well, And that is because you get what you pay for and at some point, you may decide you want to take your skills to the next level and that may require you to purchase some high-quality plans. But honestly even the paid options are very affordable and well worth the extra expense!

The list below is in no particular order, They are all great! as I find new resources I just keep adding them in!

Ana-White

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Ana-White is a full-time blogger that specializes in woodworking, she is always creating awesome projects and has detailed step by step instructions for every project on her website. In fact, I have built quite a few of her projects myself! I highly recommend checking out her blog and seeing what you can find!

Woodsmith Shop

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If you are looking for some really good free woodworking plans they got you covered, the only downfall is that they focus primarily on fine woodworking and furniture, So beginner woodworkers might struggle a little bit here, but it is still an excellent resource for woodworking plans, They also have a magazine and T.v show!

Ted's Woodworking Plans

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Ted’s Woodworking Plans Isn’t free, but it is very affordable and you get access to 16,000+ high-quality woodworking plans, I would say probably 50% of the projects I have built this past year have come from his plans. He has a HUGE selection and everything is organized fairly well so no matter what you are looking to build you can most likely find a great set of plans in his collection. I highly recommend signing up for his plans!

Popular Woodworking

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Popluar Woodworking has a large selection of free woodworking plans and projects that a beginner can tackle! They have amazing tutorials that will make your next project a breeze. Most of the projects are indoor furniture but they do have some outdoor woodworking projects as well! 

Start Woodworking

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This site has a pretty large selection of Free woodworking plans and is great for anyone who is into DIY, they also have tutorials on tool maintenance and a lot of other cool stuff! 

Ryans Shed Plans

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Ok here is another paid one. But honestly if you plan to build any kind of shed, now or in the near future you need to pick this up. They have over 12,000 shed plans to choose from with great and easy to follow instructions. You will not regret this one. 

Final Notes:

You can’t go wrong with any of the sites I listed above, Obviously the paid sites have a much larger selection and more detailed woodworking plans, but if you are a beginner you should probably pick a free plan to start with to make sure you enjoy the hobby before buying any plans. 

You may also like my post : 5 easy DIY raised planter beds for beginners

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Genesis GMSDR1015LC 15-Amp 10-Inch Sliding Compound Miter Saw

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5 Easy DIY Raised Garden Bed Plans

Why build a DIY raised garden bed? first of all, they look great! But have you priced these things lately?? In case you haven’t, Just look on Amazon… But trust me you don’t want to buy them, especially if you own a few tools and have a couple of hours you can build your own DIY Raised Garden Bed. And save yourself a fortune!

Benefits of Raised Garden Bed

You are able to use your own soil mixture. You are not going to be planting directly in the ground, So you can create your own mixture and choose the type of soil and the quality of the soil you would like. This can be very important especially depending on where if you live.

I compiled a short list ( I may add to it in the future ) of some easy DIY raised garden bed plans and even if you are a beginner you should have no problem building these, and they won’t cost much either!

Note: all of these plans are fairly simple and you should have no problem adjusting the sizes to fit any space.

1. DIY RAISED VEGETABLE GARDEN BED

Difficulty: Easy

These are simple raised garden bed boxes that do not have a bottom, and you can make them for less than $18 a piece, even if you are a beginning woodworker you should not have a problem building these in a couple of hours or so. I found these plans over at rockyhedgefarm.com

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Image source: https://rockyhedgefarm.com/blog/how-to-build-raised-garden-beds-chemical-free-and-long-lasting

2. Simple DIY Raised Garden Bed With 4×4 Posts

Difficulty: Easy

These garden beds are simple, they look great and the plans don’t even require screws! (Although screws may make the job a little easier) these are a great option for anyone looking to build some simple DIY raised garden beds! (if you don’t want to buy 4×4’s you can simply screw 2 2×4’s together to make a 4×4) These plans were found at vegetablegardener.com

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Image Source: http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/2606/build-your-own-raised-beds/page/all

3. DIY Raised garden bed with top cap

Difficulty: Easy-ish

This one is a bit more complicated than the previous two just because you have to make some angled cuts for the top cap, these are pretty easy cuts to make if you own a miter saw and I think the cap gives it a great look! Definitely, a great set of plans for an easy DIY raised garden bed. Found at: www.chrislovesjulia.com

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Image Source: https://www.chrislovesjulia.com/our-diy-raised-garden-beds/

4. Simple DIY Raised Garden Bed

Difficulty: Very Easy

If you are looking for the easiest option I would probably go with this one. These are very simple to build, you can use cheap lumber and very limited tool’s are required. They mention you need a miter saw but honestly these are very easy cuts and you could easily get away with just having a circular saw, or even a hand saw if you have no other choice. Excellent set of DIY plans I found over at: sageandshepherd.com

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Image source: https://sageandshepherd.com/how-to-build-raised-garden-beds-easy-diy/

Corrugated Metal DIY Raised Garden Bed

Difficulty: Medium

Now this one is a bit more difficult, but I love these! I have yet to build any myself but I am definitely adding these to my list, I really like the look of the Corrugated metal and after reviewing the plans they provided it looks like this could be a fairly easy project (Depending on your experience) If you have never built anything before I recommend you try one of the other sets of plans above first! I found this plans at: mycrazygoodlife.com

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Image Source: https://mycrazygoodlife.com/diy-raised-garden-beds-with-corrugated-metal/

Pro Tips:

Try to use cedar wherever you can, it is naturally weather resistant and will last much longer, I personally buy cedar fence pickets and build all kinds of things out of them and you can usually find them on sale at your local Home Depot or Lowes for less than $2.00 each.

If you are working on a budget instead of buying 4×4’s which are usually pretty expensive you can screw two 2×4’s together. They don’t look nearly as good but I usually do this when I am working on something not many people will see or it will be hidden.

Final Notes:

Remember, you don’t always have to follow DIY plans step by step and make everything exactly the same, It can be fun to make your own version! I find myself doing this a lot when I don’t have the exact materials they use in the plans and I am forced to improvise.

Like I said before I may add to this list in the future depending on popular demand! But if you are a beginner just getting started you can’t go wrong with any of the DIY raised garden bed plans I listed above, All of them are fairly easy and you can get them done on a budget!

Be sure to let me know if you want to see more! And don’t forget to send pictures of your built raised garden beds!

Looking for more DIY plans? Check out my article: Best Places To Find Free Woodworking Plans

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