Wondering what some of the top trends for 2017 might be? These top trends are doing well both in shows and online. Get some inspiration for your 2017 craft season with these great examples. Click the images to view the actual product as you go through this list.
While my research is not highly scientific, it is based on my years of experience as a craft fair vendor and writer/researcher. While putting together this post, I set out to research several different factors, including handmade items that are selling well online, the craft items that other sellers I know reported to me as being their best sellers, and the “chatter” from other crafter groups.
Here are my educated guesses/predictions about what is likely to be popular this year. Keep in mind, anything can be made more successful when it’s done in a unique way, marketed well, packaged well etc. So even if your item(s) aren’t on this list, you may want to consider different ways you can tweak your current products.
PLEASE – Never, ever just steal another crafter/artists idea and copy it. Take inspirations yes, steal ideas? no. Ask yourself, would I want someone to do this to me? Inspiration is good, theft is terrible. Creative people don’t have to steal!
So, here they are in no particular order…..
- Lockets and pocket watches. What’s old is new again. These timeless pieces of jewelry have really made a comeback and feature everything from aromatherapy, to glowing stones, and pictures. I see lockets all over the place and have spotted several pocket watches on gorgeous, beaded chains. The watches often feature various themes and many are on necklaces and not just a long pocket chain.
Here’s an amazing example from Zibbet’s Pinterest board where they share a lot of great steampunk handmade items.
2. Wall Prints.
A lot of quotes, mainly in great decorative fonts and strong, vivid colors. Typography is a great art-form that is very versatile. I’ve seen a lot of quote prints, custom prints and more with amazing use of text. I also see this trending online and it would appear that pops of bright color with bold statements are an emerging trend. Perhaps move this trend to other items as well?
3. Altered Books.
I’ve seen 3D altered books with folded pages that spell words and I’ve also seen laser cut books that create images. All of them sell like hotcakes because they are unique, new and really cool! Here’s an Etsy example: Folded Book Art
4. Sensory toys.
Water bead bottles are a good example of a handmade sensory toy. These are used to aid in child development and they are simply lovely to look at. I’ve seen a few variations of this. A particularly nice example comes from ryanandmarsha.com
5. Faux Stained Glass / Window Catchers.
These tutorials were popular online this year. In addition, I’ve seen several variations at craft shows including nightlights behind the stained glass, led candles, etc. If you have a knack for painting or doing stained glass, this could be a great year. The dazzling colors and timeless beauty of stained glass never really go out of style, and there are many interesting twists with LED’s battery operated lights becoming more affordable.
Here’s a fantastic lantern on Etsy done with stained glass paint and an LED light.
6. Terrariums & Fairy Gardens
People love the simple gardens in a jar or nature scenes in a pot. I’ve seen beautiful terrariums and fairy gardens starting to emerge and people are very drawn to them. Terrariums in the traditional sense can be quite expensive, but they don’t have to be. Be creative and perhaps upcycle various items into your projects. Simple succulents are a great way to get people to buy plants that they probably won’t kill :).
Here is a simple, pretty hanging small terrarium with a succulent. Again, possibilities are endless… get creative.
7. Citrus Scents
So, doing a bit of research with several of my favorite essential and fragrance oil providers, I’ve found that citrus scents and oils are doing very well since last year. This honestly surprises me a bit as lemon, lime and orange essential oils tend to fade and are often better when blended with other essential oils. I do have to admit though I had citrus and sage soaps last year that were wildly popular with both men and women.
If you are doing soaps, lotions or other smelly good items, use some citrus essential oils in your blends. They are naturally uplifting too – bonus.
8. Pet Beds and Toys
I saw a variety of pet beds and supplies that all seemed to sell well. One lady made chew toys from the fabric scraps from her beds which was an amazing way to reduce waste and make her business more profitable. Customize these with fabrics from local teams or other popular local themes. People love their dogs and while dog treats are getting a bit overdone, dog toys and beds are a great way to sew something easy and profitable.
You can be a simple or fancy as you like. Some even come in frames.
Check out this neat example with a built in toy bin. Too cute.
The more creative the better. I’ve seen the most beautiful scarves at all sorts of price points and they really draw people in. You can create decorative scarves with fringes from beautiful fabrics, or functional, heavy knit scarves in cool patterns and vivid colors. Scarves are always a hit and a great when they are displayed hanging.
Infinity scarves are easy to make, very versatile and quite trendy. You can make them light or super heavy and they are both functional and pretty. I love the example below, great use of color, line, and texture.
10. Personalized Items
Whatever you can quickly customize for a person the better. If you can do it on-site while people shop, that can lead a lot of sales. One woman last year brought her sewing machine and customized Santa bags while people shopped.
You can do custom vinyl wall stickers, engrave items, do metal stamping on objects – so many ways to customize and people love that extra personal touch.