Looking for a creative side hustle? Learn how I made simple DIY art, sold it on Facebook Marketplace, and earned $300 in less than two weeks – as a non-artist! Affiliate links in post.
Guys. Guys. I am so excited to share my latest creative endeavor with you all today – and hopefully help you to earn some extra cash! This is the first in my crafty side hustles series, which is exactly what it says on the tin.
At the beginning of the year, I sold my old website and quit my job to dedicate myself to building this new site up! Well. Life has a way of laughing at your plans, am I right?
I‘ve mentioned it before on the blog, but I am rather unexpectedly moving from Australia to Canada in less than two weeks now! So the three months I’d planned to spend on this site . . . well, they were mainly spent wrapping up the last of my life here, organizing visas and – I’ll admit it – crying on my sofa hugging my cat. Because I’m literally never going to see her again and she is my baby.
What I did not do was:
a. Get another job (who wants to spend their last few months in a country getting yelled at in a call center? Not me.)
b. Consistently build up my site.
So I had to make money in other ways . . . namely, selling the past four years of my existence on Facebook Marketplace. And, once I realized how profitable FB Marketplace was, I decided to try my hand at selling things I’ve made on there.
And it worked.
I’ve successfully managed to sell thrift flips, crafts and wall art for a tidy profit. However, for today, let’s focus on selling DIY art on FB Marketplace!
Let’s tackle the art pieces that I made – and then I’ll share some of my top tips with you all!
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Check out the Youtube video I made for this post to follow along with the art more easily. (And subscribe to me over on there too!)
1. Easy Boho DIY Wall Art
The first art style I created was this simple boho wall art. As you can see, it follows a very basic and easy to recreate pattern in a few trendy colours – and the artwork can be scaled up and down easily!
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Base colour acrylic paint in complimentary tones (I chose black and rust orange)
- Paint pens in for detailing (I used black, white and gold pens)
- Thrifted photo frames (that large frame was stunning – and only set me back $6!)
- Thick paintbrush
HOW TO MAKE:
- Use a thick paintbrush to create long vertical swipes in black and rust. Paint these in even rows throughout your page.
- Once the paint has dried, use your paint markers to add simple background detailing (like circles, dashes, dots, etc.)
- Then draw simple floral elements on top. You can use the below reference sheet for easy ideas!
Feel free to download that reference sheet for easy use! It’s definitely handy to have some inspo to hand for the floral elements – there’s only so many times your brain can think of ideas without repeating them.
To be honest, I love the finished look of this art style! I’ll definitely experiment more with it in different tones for artwork in my own house when I get to Canada. Would you recreate this yourselves?
(If you would, why not save it to Pinterest for inspiration at a later date?)
Enjoying this post? You’ll love these!
2. Simple DIY Floral Artwork (2 Ways)
Our next wall art idea is something I designed more with kids/playrooms in mind. You may remember from my DIY dollhouse refurbish, but one of my friends is having a baby girl – so I thought I’d create something I could easily gift to her if it didn’t sell.
There are two takes I did with this one; the simple flowers in a square (catchy, huh?) and the large piece with the doodled detailing.
METHOD 1 – Basic Floral Squares
WHAT YOU NEED
How To Make:
Again, I’ll direct you to my Youtube video as it may be a little easier to understand visually!
- Create a rectangle in the middle of your paper using washi tape, however large you want your painted area to be.
- Using a fineline paint brush, layer very simple painted flowers into the box in pastel tones
- Once the flowers have dried, optionally add centres and a few small green leaves
Method 2 – Illustrative Flowers
What You Need:
How To Make:
- Paint large circles of pastel acrylic paint in layers until the background is covered. Leave to dry.
- Use a paint pen to draw simple flowers on each of the circles.
And that’s it! These aren’t necessarily art pieces I’d have dotted around my own home – but I think they turned out super cute.
3. Easy Illustrative DIY Wall Art
Lastly, we have my favourite art style: illustrative doodles! If you remember my office makeover reveal, you may be familiar with the above artwork. To be honest, I still love it. (And sold it for $60 within a day of posting it to FB!)
I did list this one last because it does need a little more drawing ability unless you have a reference image you’re outright copying. That being said, feel free to outright copy these.
What You Need:
- Fineliners in varying widths
- Thrifted frame
How To Make:
If you want a quick video tutorial for this art style, check out the one I made for my TikTok!
- Draw a loose sketch on scrap paper. You can always play around with sizing and ideas here.
- Once you have a set-up you like, draw it out onto your larger paper and add detailing.
- Go over the illustration in fineline pen, with thicker widths for outlines and finer widths for details.
- Erase the pencil marks.
- Optionally, add gold paint pen detailing and frame.
Checking out artists like Ryn Frank on Pinterest is fab for inspiration with these drawings!
Tips For Selling Art On FB Marketplace & Pricing
And so we reach the last section of this post: my takeaway from doing this for a few weeks.
- Don’t bother with small artwork; go big or go home. People tend to be looking for statement items more than small pieces, so not only do you earn more money on the big stuff – it also sells way quicker.
- Nice frames sell! It’s definitely worth getting a cute frame because they make the overall art look way more polished – and they sell quickly.
- Take good photographs. This is a general tip for Facebook Marketplace overall, but spend extra time to make sure your photos look good! Good lighting and a little styling never hurt anyone.
- Create multiple listings. While you don’t want to create duplicate listings, definitely take advantage of multiples. I listed each art piece individually, then created a listing for a “gallery wall art set” in each style and one big “art clear out” listing.
Marketplace is a wild one – sometimes your listings will have 2,000 clicks and sometimes they’ll have 20. So make sure you’re giving yourself as many chances to get seen!
- Be detailed in your descriptions. Any blogger knows keywords are the way to go! Make sure you include any details you think people might be searching for – eg: ornate gold frame, floral artwork, boho gallery wall. It’s also worth including nods to your commerce profile like “having a moving sale, check out my other listings for more art!”.
Okay, friends, this post is already longer than my usual – so I won’t take up any more of your day! I really enjoyed creating artwork and selling it on Facebook; not only was it a fun way to spend a few days, but it was also pretty easy.
All in all, this is a crafty side hustle I cannot recommend highly enough! I’ll definitely stick with this when I get to Canada – and I’ll share my newer designs and earnings with you then too. Would you attempt this yourselves? Let me know in the comments down below!
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