Is plywood yard art a big seller and are there many people doing it?
Hi there; here in Nova Scotia, yard art is a very big seller; from cartoon characters, to xmas themes, to animals (wildlife), it is very popular. I do a great many different crafts, the one downfall about the plywood is that you will need to cut it out with a jig-saw. This means strong wrists, lots of room to work, and good aim; this takes practice.
Large wreaths (just a circle really with the form of a simple bow, painted green and drill holes, put a small set of large old fashioned lights in the color of the bow,all around, are so popular, many homes have several in the towns, and fetch 40.00 each; so the answer is yes, and good luck to you! Your best times are xmas, and springtime! Happy New Year!
Makeup a few that you are willing to keep and advertise them on Craig's list and even put For sale signs on them in your front yard, and even the swap meet, that would be 1 way to find out if there is a market for them in your area. If they don't sell at least it is something you like.
I have been making plywood yard art for a little over 5 years. There are not a lot of people in my area who do this craft. I have been doing craft shows for over 30 years, and the yard art also does well at craft shows, but it only does well if the show is outside where you can actually display it in the grass. I also put up a website in August and did very well during the Christmas buying season. My website is hosted for free. The only thing it costs me is for my domain name, and for my shopping cart setup.
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Years ago I made a Charlie Brown Christmas plywood scene and I had a lot of fun doing it. Well times are getting tougher as I am getting older and supplementing our income is getting to be an important issue. Is anyone out there doing this type of work and is it remotely lucrative?I would really love to get with people on this forum and get advice and a little guidance on the business end of things. Right now I will have to work off a couple saw horses, but I know it will be enough. Thanks for your time and hope to hear from you.
Times are tough for all of us, Tearick, but I absolutely understand wanting to supplement income. My first reaction isn't very helpful, I'm afraid. If I (for instance) am limiting my spending to essentials, why would I want to buy more Christmas decor? I'll make do with what I have. Do you think other people are of the same mind? My second thought isn't very cheery, either. What are you going to have to spend in materials, supplies and tools? I would suggest finding a corporate client before doing anything and once you have a firm committment (in writing, with an advance to cover costs), that would be a great time to proceed.
When I think of other ways to earn money, I tend to shy away from "inventory," the stuff I have to buy and keep on hand until customers buy it from me.
Do you have saleable skills? Are you interested in working on a part time basis for any of your local businesses?
Or do you have access to inexpensive supplies, such as crab-apples, which you could turn into jelly (for example) for a very low cost. Consumers do love sweets, and home-made consumables. Look around at what your friends and neighbours purchase, even in these economic times, and see what you could make that would be better than store-bought?
Wishing you every success!
People do buy yard art and decorations where I live, including welcome signs, personalized last name signs and depictions of wildlife that live near here, such as deer, elk and bear.