11 Creative & Artistic Skills that Make Money
Updated: Jan 7
Hobbies that make money.
Are you a creative-type looking to earn some extra cash or maybe even a full income? Learn a new skill or use the artistic talents you already possess to dive into a fun hobby that can pay for itself and your bills as well!
Have you ever had your caricature drawn? It's fun and you get to walk away with a souvenir you can't wait to show co-workers the next day. When people come into your home they see it and get a nice little chuckle over how much that weird thing with the giant head and little body looks like you. Before starting caricatures, it's very important that you're already a good sketch artist who can work fast and efficiently. You can set up to do caricature drawing almost anywhere, in the park, at festivals, tourist hot-spots and you can also take custom orders online if getting out and about ain't your bag. Get started HERE
There are many different dyeing methods and techniques out there and almost no end to what you can tie-dye. Customize clothing, bedding, and bulk fabric in your own unique way. Once you've mastered the art of dyeing, you can take in custom orders or sell your original works online or at craft shows. Get started HERE.
Are you good with a brush? Good with kids? Take a shot at face painting. Get hired on at an amusement park, local theater, family fun center, or work independently at festivals, school carnivals, fairs, and more. Get started HERE.
I can't think of a more impressive skill to have than glassblowing. It's such a rare hobby yet it produces such wonderfully handy creations like vases, drinking vessels and... paper weights. Even though I know very little about glassblowing, I think it'd probably best to take some classes first before buying your own set-up to avoid serious injury. If you feel you're ready to get your hands on some molten glass (on a smaller scale) check out this glass bead making kit.
Hair braiding is a great service to offer at summer festivals, beachy tourist hot-spots, and especially renaissance faires. A hair braider at a renaissance faire is almost as vital as turkey legs. This is a skill anyone can learn; in fact just few years ago the hair braider at the renaissance faire I used to direct was a middle-aged man who learned from his girlfriend without knowing a thing about styling hair. Click HERE for great examples and tutorials of intricate hair braiding.
HENNA TATTOOING If you've got a steady hand and natural artistic ability, then this is something you'll love to do! The henna paste used for "tattooing" can also be used to permanently stain and decorate leather and other animal skin goods like boots, purses, tambourines and drums. You can also use paint to "henna" all sorts of objects like dishes, clothing, and furniture. Offer your henna service at festivals, for brides-to-be, or sell your decorated goods on Etsy or craft shows. Get started HERE.
Learn old classics or create your own tricks - magicians are few and far between... er, or good ones anyway. There's so much more to magic than just pulling rabbits from hats or sawing ladies in half. There's escape, illusions, card tricks, and mentalism to name a few and the style can be all your own. You can be silly, mysterious, scary or sexy - whatever you want! Sign up to perform at carnivals and fairs, hire yourself out for parties and corporate events. Whether you study alone or take classes, it's always a good idea to be mentored by a competent magician who can make sure you know what you're doing before you try to go big. No one likes a bad magician! It's one of the cringiest things on the planet! Get started HERE.
RECYCLED ART You know those muffler robot thingies outside service stations? Yeah, something like that. Seriously though, there's really no end to what you can make and what you can make it with. Some popular materials are old license plates, computer parts, wire, and paper. Try your hand at making small sculptures, wall art, steampunk goodies and jewelry and work your way up from there. Sell your creations online and at craft shows. Submit your art to be displayed at museums and you just might land a gig creating some sweet corporate art. Get started HERE.
Revamp old furniture to sell or make repairs for customers - upholstering is a handy skill to have! But remember Pinterest fans, there's more to reupholstering than just covering your dining room chair cushions in chevron print fabric. We're talking whole couches and loveseats! Get started HERE.
SCREEN-PRINTING Whether you're printing your own designs or taking custom orders, screen printing is a unique hobby that is fun and super profitable. You can do small projects using the embroidery hoop method, the traditional squeegee & frame way or even invest in machines that do most of the work for you. Print on clothing, bags, aprons, hats, etc. Get started HERE.
TAXIDERMY I'm personally not a fan of taxidermy - I think it's quite yucky but I acknowledge that it is indeed a hobby that requires a lot of creativity. If working with dead animals is your thing... aaaaaalrighty then... but making money from it can make it seem a little less creepy than it really is. Not sure where to get started? Contact your local taxidermy shop to see if you can apprentice there or check out these resources HERE.