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Crafts To Make And Sell
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Crafts to Make And Sell

Another way to make money is by making crafts for you to sell at the senior living facilities. Sometimes as you are doing classes for the senior residents the activity director will ask you for more craft projects for him/her to do with the residents on the days you are not scheduled to come in. The crafts that you will make or assemble will be craft kits. Therefore, I will talk on how to create and distribute the crafts kit.

How Many Projects to Make

So, the first thing to do is to figure out what three projects you want to assemble for your craft kit. There should be enough crafts for 10 to 12 people and each of the three projects should only cost you 3 to $4 dollars. In other words, you will spend about $12 dollars to make the kit, and because you are offering enough crafts for three projects which are enough for 10 to 12 residents you may charge the facility $45 dollars for three craft projects or kit. Again, I want to specify what I have said in my other articles that the senior facilities have funds or an activities account to pay for these services.

Wood Projects

I would also like to mention wood projects as being a good idea for some of your projects since and I don’t mean to sound redundant but most cabinet makers are throwing out scraps and pieces of wood, usually nice sizes that are smooth and different types of wood such as oak, maple and pine. Of course, some companies may only have plywood but, this too is easy to paint when you are using acrylic paints.

Selling Craft Kits Not Classes

For those of you who do not really find the idea of doing arts and crafts classes with seniors that fascinating, that’s okay. You may simply start a craft business, where you only offer the kits you have for sale. Still, make no mistake the facilities would rather have you do the arts and crafts once or twice a month with the residents as well as, buy the craft kits from you. Also, call around to the different senior living facilities and ask to speak with the activity director and describe that you offer craft kits for the senior residents. At the same time, you want the activity director to understand that you have enough projects in each of your three kits for three classes of 10 to 12 people and how much you charge for this service.

So, I hope this information helps you get started and gives you some ideas for projects to make and sell.


Street Talk

Gee those crafts kits sound like a neat idea thank you

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  about 1 decade ago

Hello Sharon you are welcome:)

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  about 1 decade ago

Stephanie, I am so happy you wrote this. I also work in nursing homes playing music, as they have a budget for it and I love working with seniors. I am so happy people like you are around to help make the last years of some peoples lives a bit more pleasant.

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  about 1 decade ago

Oh you do :) it is cool to work with the elderly. I don't do it right now, I am trying to put the information out there so more people will know that it is an option for them to make money and make someone happy at the same time :)

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  about 1 decade ago
C4rmen  

Good ideas and its the act of doing these things that can really help connect with people. Nicely shared.

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  about 1 decade ago

Hey! Thank you so much :)

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  about 1 decade ago
Barbara9  

nice article

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  about 1 decade ago

Thank you!

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  about 1 decade ago

Thank you Kevin!

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  about 1 decade ago

Good info and ideas Stephanie

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  about 1 decade ago
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