What will be the most popular crafts that sell well in 2022?
Check out these 15 top design trends to discover the hottest crafts to make and sell for the upcoming year.
You can integrate any of these key trends into the design of your handmade products or your brand images and marketing.
Let's look at each of these trends in more detail, so you can use the information to design crafts that sell well in 2022.
In their 2022 trend reports, Etsy and Pinterest forecast several overall design trends that will be popular in the upcoming year including:
Overall, these trends reflect a nostalgic mood and a desire for simplicity and connection to nature.
Memphis style is the definitive playful, bold look that dominated design in the 80s. Think bold patterns, random geometric shapes and squiggles, a clash of vivid colors mixed with pastels, and graphic black and white elements, and you have the essentials of Memphis design.
Elements of Memphis style have been trending for several years now. Remember when terrazzo was everywhere? That's another element of Memphis style that was featured in the Crafts That Sell Well report in 2019.
This '80s inspired style continues to be popular into 2022 in both fashion and home decor. And the popularity is reflected in search trends on both Pinterest and Etsy.
Pinterest searches for vibrant outfits have increased 16 times compared with the previous year. On Etsy, searches for squiggles — a classic element of Memphis pattern design — are up 177% compared with the previous year.
Danish pastel style, also known as Denmark pastel, has seen a huge jump in Etsy searches in 2022.
Beyond pastel colors, this interior decor style also includes: seashell motifs, candles, gold accents, organic curved lines, checkerboard patterns, and gingham patterns.
Some of Danish pastel search terms trending on Etsy include:
According to Etsy, items that reflect elements of '70s and '80s punk fashion are trending and will be among the top selling handmade items in demand for 2022.
Compared with the previous year, Etsy reports:
Key features of goth style include: a dark and elegant aesthetic, black sometimes combined with with deep reds or purples, Victorian and Elizabethan period style clothing, velvet, silver jewelry, and fishnet stockings.
Pinterest reports strong year-over-year growth in searches for goth style including:
Over on Etsy, there has been a 365% increase in searches for velvet chokers.
Cottagecore got its start around 2018 and grew in popularity in response to people spending so much time at home in 2020. It features nostalgic and cozy elements of romanticized, peaceful rural life.
This trend reflects a desire to connect with nature, embrace simple living, disconnect from technology, and escape from the pressures of fast-paced life.
Cottagecore style centers around natural colors, natural light, and natural materials. Common motifs include fields, forests, wildflowers, gardens, mushrooms, and strawberries. Cottagecore style can also embrace elements of fantasy, including fairies, gnomes and crystals.
In fashion, you'll see long, flowy, and layered dresses, puff sleeves, ruffles, lace trim, and handmade accessories. In interior design, this trend features natural materials including wood and stone, embroidery, vintage pottery, plants, flowers (fresh or dried), and handmade items.
The growing popularity of the cottagecore aesthetic will make items featuring natural textures, natural light, dried flowers, and fantasy-related themes among the crafts that sell well on Etsy in 2022.
Some cottagecore-related searches seeing growth on Etsy include:
Biophilic design seeks to create buildings that enable people to easily connect with the natural environment to enhance health and productivity.
Pinterest searches related to biophilic design have grown in 2022 including:
The Pantone Color of the Year for 2022 is Veri Peri PANTONE 17-3938. Check out some color palettes using this shade of periwinkle to see how well it works with Memphis style designs.
Emerald green is Etsy's color of the year for 2022. This leafy green shade fits perfectly with the growing cottagecore design trend.
Etsy search trends show the popularity of this natural color:
Pastels are trending on Etsy for 2022.
These soft shades are used along with bright colors in Memphis style designs.
The growing popularity of Danish pastel interior decor is also driving the interest in pastel decor items. In this style, pastels are used on their own, sometimes accented with gold.
Here are some pastel-related searches that are trending on Etsy:
Bright, colorful design is trending on both Pinterest and Etsy.
Etsy trends include:
On Pinterest trending searches for colorful design include:
Bold patterns featuring squiggles are a classic element of Memphis style. On Etsy, searches for squiggles have increased 177% compared with the previous year.
Checkerboard patterns are hot in 2022. Part of the popularity can be attributed to the growth in interest in Danish pastel style.
Here's how this style is trending on Pinterest:
Say goodbye to boring rectangular rugs. In 2022 handmade shoppers want abstract shapes — another key component of Memphis design.
On Etsy, searches for abstract shape rugs have increased by 71% compared with last year.
In 2022, people are looking to bring luxury into every part of their lives — including some unexpected spaces.
Luxury sleep and loungewear
Luxury in the home
People are ready to party in 2022! That is, they are looking for ways to celebrate life moments that usually pass by unremarked.
Check out some of Pinterest's trending party-related searches:
You don't have to completely overhaul your products and marketing materials to reflect the most popular handmade items in 2022.
There are plenty of design styles with varied looks trending this year.
Choose one trending style that suits your brand's overall image and existing products. Find ways your products, merchandising, and brand images already reflect that trend, and draw attention to those features. Then use simple, low commitment tactics to add trending design to your products or marketing.
There are a few ways you can use handmade trends to sell more crafts this year:
This approach to selling the trend requires that biggest commitment for people who sell handmade items.
If you're going to change the design of your product to suit a trend, you'll need to be fairly certain you'll be able to sell those items while a trend is still hot. Or, you'll need to know the trend will work for your brand over the long term.
If a trend is a good fit with your existing products, it may be worth working that trend into your product design.
If you sell handmade lavender bath products, you may want to embrace Pantone's color of the year, Veri Peri. Adding that color to some of your items could work over the long term because it fits perfectly with the nature of your products.
If a trend is a good fit with your brand image, consider using that trend in your product packaging.
Changing up your product packaging to reflect handmade trends is still a bit of a commitment. However, for many products, it's fairly simple to change out the packaging, making this strategy less risky than completely redesigning your products.
Imagine you sell the same lavender bath products from the previous example.
You think Pantone's color of the year, Veri Peri, is a great fit for your brand. However, your customers love your products for being clean and simple without unnecessary additives, so you don't want to add color to your actual products.
Instead, you could use that color in your product packaging. Your products keep the clean, simple quality your customers love while you use a popular color trend to market your crafts.
As you research trending crafts that sell well, you may discover that items similar to the crafts you make to sell are popular with a group of shoppers who are different from your existing customer base.
Use that knowledge to reach out to new customers.
Imagine you are a clothing designer. Your customers love your dark, elegant style which reflects the goth aesthetic.
You see that "goth business casual" is trending on Pinterest. Your own designs are an excellent fit for goth business casual, but you realize you've never promoted your clothing to people who love the goth aesthetic and are looking for work-appropriate items.
You can use product photography styling, keywords, and product descriptions to promote your clothing that's suitable for business casual and use this trend to reach out to a new group of customers.
If you sell your handmade items at craft shows, updating your booth is a low cost — possibly free — and low commitment way to reach out to customers who are shopping for trending, popular craft fair items.
Refreshing your craft show booth to reflect handmade trends for 2022 can be as simple as featuring or grouping key products together, or changing your signs or display props.
Choose a trend that's a good fit with your brand's style, and add an element of that look to your booth.
If your products feature pastel colors and organic, curved lines, the trending Danish pastel style works with your brand's existing style.
You could take a cue from the visual merchandising techniques retailers use and add some props to create a lifestyle display that reflects this trend.
A new pastel checkerboard table covering, perhaps some seashells scattered amid your display, and some gold accents would place your display clearly in the Danish pastel style. You can sell the trend without changing a thing about your products.
Using trending styles in your brand images is a fairly low commitment way to connect your product with a trending style.
Simply choose product photography styling props and backdrops to reflect a trend that works with your brand. Take a few new product photos using those props, and add them to your website, Etsy shop or use them in social media marketing. Be sure to feature those new images on your site/shop.
If the cottagecore aesthetic is appealing to your customers, take some lifestyle product photos using natural light photography.
Use wood or stone background mats for tabletop photography, or photograph larger items in a forest or among wildflowers. Consider adding styling props that feature common cottagecore motifs like dried flowers or strawberries.
If you have existing products that already fit any of the most most profitable crafts to sell for 2022, be sure to use those search terms in your online marketing.
Emerald green items are trending on Etsy for 2022.
The handmade pillows made with beautiful rich green fabric in your Etsy shop may get views from shoppers if you add the trending term "emerald green" to the product's title and description.
Do you want to take a deeper dive into the handmade items in demand and learn more about the crafts that sell well in 2022?
Check out the trend reports from Etsy and Pinterest.
I haven't described all of the upcoming design trends predicted for this year. I've focused on ones that were a good fit for many handmade business.
You might find other trends that fit your brand and ideas to promote your crafts within those reports.
Find what crafts are trending on Etsy here:
Check out the Pinterest search trend report here: