The Top 16 Handmade Items Sold on Etsy

Etsy is the worldwide shop for everything handmade, vintage, and custom-made. It’s the place to be if you want to start a business making and selling special gifts and home decor items. For creative sellers, Etsy is the perfect spot to show off and sell your crafts to a huge audience, with over 60 million unique items just a click away for shoppers.

You’ll find that the bestsellers on this list are all about what’s hot and what shoppers are looking for right now. I’ll show you a wide variety of items, including one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, stylish accessories, distinctive home decor, and personalized clothing items. This variety really shows how small businesses like yours can stand out and find your own special spot in the busy world of online selling, especially on platforms like Etsy.

Custom Name Necklaces

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Etsy has become a go-to platform for unique and handcrafted jewelry pieces. Customized name necklaces are at the top of their list, offering a personal touch. They come in various materials, such as precious metals, wood, beads, leather, and more.

If you were wondering, these cute metal name necklaces are cut with a laser cutter! Anyone can do it if they have the equipment.

Handmade Earrings

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Handmade earrings on Etsy are a celebration of creativity and individuality. Popular styles include studs, hoops, dangles, and clip-ons. Earrings can also be made of wood, leather, embroidery thread, clay, fabric, beads, metal, and any other material you can craft.

Special equipment for making earrings can include a craft cutter, laser cutter, embroidery machine, or just your hands!

Boho Chic Bracelets

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Boho chic bracelets are trending! Shoppers love their earthy tones and eclectic mix of beads and charms. They are usually made with beads, leather, and precious metals.

No special equipment is usually needed.

Custom Tee Shirts

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Custom T-shirts can be personalized with creative designs, logos, messages, or artwork. T-shirts that commemorate special events like weddings, cruises, and vacations are especially popular. Etsy buyers love T-shirts that express their unique style, interests, and personality.

T-shirts and custom apparel can be made with a craft cutter, heat press, sublimation equipment, or an embroidery machine.

Wedding Items

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Planning a wedding without using Etsy is never done anymore. People love to shop Etsy for wedding invitations, custom dresses, decorations, and gifts. The most popular items include bridesmaid dresses, bachelorette shirts, handmade invitations, jewelry, and accessories.

Decorative Pillows

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Decorative pillows are a popular choice for consumers looking to add a touch of personal flair and comfort to their living spaces. Makers create them in various designs, colors, and textures, allowing buyers to find the perfect match for their existing decor.

Personalized pillows with unique designs, names, or quotes are also a big hit. They often find their place on sofas and beds, offering a quick, stylish makeover. All you need to get started sewing pillows is a sewing machine or a sewing machine with embroidery.

Handmade Pottery

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Do you make pottery? Consumers love to adorn their shelves and tables with one-of-a-kind pottery pieces. Each item brings a dash of artistry to the room, from ceramic vases to earthenware mugs. Pottery can be made with or without a pottery wheel. Sign up for a pottery class to get started!

Wall Art

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Handmade wall art that people love on Etsy includes macrame hangings, wood signs, and mosaics, native art pieces, custom illustrations, and intricate metal items.

Be unique! Buyers love having lots of options to reflect their personal style in their homes.

Restored or Upcycled Vintage Finds

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The market for retro and vintage decor never fades. These baby burp cloths were made from vintage hankies. Shoppers also seek out old-school clocks, frames, and lamps, feeling nostalgic about bringing a piece of history into their contemporary spaces.

Macrame Plant Hangers

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Macrame is an easy technique that only requires inexpensive rope and practice. With indoor plants being all the rage, macrame hangers provide a chic and bohemian option for displaying greenery. This craft is very easy to get started in with just rope.

Holiday Decorations

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Etsy is a go-to for those looking to decorate their homes for the holidays. Handcrafted ornaments, wreaths, and garlands are particularly popular during Christmas, but don’t forget the other holidays. Keep your shop stocked well in advance for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, and especially Halloween!

Handmade Candles

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Handcrafted candles are one of the top-selling items on Etsy. Buyers especially love soy, beeswax, and vegan candles. Make your shop stand out by offering unique aromatherapy blends or customization with messages, names, or dates.

Expensive machines are unnecessary, just the materials and household appliances like a stove, slow cooker, or microwave.

Specialty Soaps and Body Scrubs

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Crafters who make specialty candles often make soaps and body scrubs, too. Once your customers love your unique blends of oils and scents, they will want more products to match!

Machine Embroidered Items for Kids

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Etsy makers with an embroidery machine can have lots of success selling cute kids’ items. Kids ‘peeker towels’ and fleece ‘peeker hats’ are popular gifts and allow you to stay current with up-and-coming trends.

Patterns and Tutorials

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If you are a maker, expand your Etsy offerings by sharing what you know in a downloadable pattern. Don’t worry that offering patterns will limit the sales of your handmade items. The audience of people who buy patterns is separate from those looking to buy something already made.

Popular patterns on Etsy include knitting and crochet patterns, sewing patterns, machine embroidery patterns, hand embroidery patterns, jewelry-making tutorials, and printable planners.

Craft Kits

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Etsy shoppers express lots of enthusiasm for craft kits, which cater to a broad range of creative interests. Top-selling craft kit categories include sewing kits, embroidery kits, jewelry-making kits, and soap-making kits.

Secret tip: Makers usually charge the same amount for a kit as for a finished item, which is a win-win for everyone!

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