Feeling crafty this holiday season? 5 artsy ideas that can bring in cash


The most wonderful time of the year could be a wonderful time for your wallet as well. 

If you're a pro at arts and crafts, the Christmas season opens up opportunities to showcase your talents and develop a lucrative holiday business.

RELATED: 7 temp holiday jobs to flip into full-time fun

"Christmas is one of the busiest times for me as a graphic designer," said Tonya Wright, an award-winning, Georgia-based creative consultant and owner of Wright Touch Designs. "Creatives who don't capitalize on this time of year are missing out on a lot of freelance projects that make money. I've been in this industry for more than 15 years, and people still appreciate original gifts. In December, I rake in around $1,500-plus from designing and selling digital holiday cards and promotional merchandising."

The following jobs can produce real money and crafty workers can use them to jump start creative careers during the holiday season:

Graphic design

Merging art and technology, seasoned graphic designers can take an idea and bring it to print or digital life for editorial, marketing and advertising projects.

  • Holiday How-To: During the holidays, exercise this design skill by creating custom-made Christmas cards and letters that families and friends can use for e-blasts, social media posts and printed keepsakes.

Cake decorating

With steady hands to apply confetti, icing and, at times, out-the-box embellishments onto cakes, pies and pastries, cake decorators give personality to their sweet masterpieces. 

  • Holiday How-To: Before the holiday season begins, start baking breath-taking winter wonderland-themed desserts worth sharing on social media like Pinterest and Instagram. Not only will you attract followers, but you'll start collecting orders for your extravagant baked goods in time for Christmas and the new year. 

Window painting

These artists know how to dress up a storefront by telling a visually engaging window story using paint. 

  • Holiday How-ToVisit local businesses to see if they have any cool holiday promos or campaigns going on. Then pitch them on how you can artfully illustrate their theme or project to woo Christmas shoppers and passersby. 

Lifestyle photographing

Creatives in this category know how to capture ordinary people in natural settings to create memorable images. 

  • Holiday How-ToBuild a relationship with venues and area companies in need of original, festive stock photography. Then contract with them annually to capture local images of scenic events and holiday shoppers.

Seasonal copywriting

If you're skilled at effectively stringing words together that make people want to ring in the new year, consider copywriting throughout the Christmas season.

  • Holiday How-To:Collaborate with skilled graphic designers and illustrators to develop authentic, punchy postcards and party fliers that individuals and companies can use to promote events or thank partners, sponsors and colleagues. 


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Business

Should you talk about your pay? Career experts weigh in
Should you talk about your pay? Career experts weigh in

Even with nearly every cultural taboo thrown to the wind− from discussing sexual orientation to politics; one last conversational taboo still exist among Americans − how much we get paid. "These days, it's okay to talk about the troubles we're having with our children or even our marriages," noted one blogger from PayScale...
BB&T recovering after 'technical issue' left customers without access to accounts, cash
BB&T recovering after 'technical issue' left customers without access to accounts, cash

Millions of BB&T customers were locked out of their accounts Thursday night and Friday morning due to an outage that bank officials said was caused by a "technical issue." The interruption of services was first reported Thursday night and appeared to last until just before noon Friday. “At this time, many of our services...
Krog Street Market developer plans redo of aging Atlanta hotel
Krog Street Market developer plans redo of aging Atlanta hotel

The developer of Atlanta’s Krog Street Market plans to convert an aging extended stay hotel in the Piedmont Heights neighborhood of the city into an eclectic boutique hotel. Atlanta-based Paces Properties said it has signed a deal with Texas hotelier Liz Lambert and her Austin-based hospitality company Bunkhouse to retrofit the...
UPS to add new electric delivery trucks to fleet
UPS to add new electric delivery trucks to fleet

UPS plans to deploy 50 electric delivery trucks as part of its fleet of brown vehicles, a move it expects could give a boost to adoption of electric vehicles across the industry. Sandy Springs-based UPS in its Thursday announcement said the trucks – which it is partnering with electric vehicle manufacturer Workhorse Group Inc....
Kempner: Big Delta squeezes Georgia and metro Atlanta’s poorest county
Kempner: Big Delta squeezes Georgia and metro Atlanta’s poorest county

Here’s what we should never forget about Delta: it is fabulously good for Georgia’s economy, and it never tires of squeezing fellow Georgians for more profits. Picture more than 500 local high school students showing up at the headquarters of mighty Delta Air Lines to protest. They were there — at the urging of Clayton County...
More Stories