Whether you’re giving handmade gifts or starting a small business, upgrading your skills and adding a sense of refinement to your work are great goals to set. There are many ways to give your crafts a polished look without taking away from their homemade charm. Here are a few tips for taking your craft to the next level.
Practice Makes Professional
Perfection is rarely the goal in creative endeavors. Art, even handmade crafting, is subjective, and there is always room to grow. If you want to learn how to make your crafts seem more professional, start with practice.
Whether card making or 3D printing, creating a routine is the best way to see steady improvement in your skills. Creativity might not always strike you on schedule, but it is important to keep at it and practice your techniques frequently. Doing so won’t just make your product look better; it will make your process faster!
Focus on Packaging
A significant contributor to the crafts we consider professional is how the creator packaged them. This may not be incredibly important (though certainly appreciated) for gift-giving but prioritize the packaging as much as the product if you’re selling your crafts.
There is still plenty of room for hand-written “thank you” notes and personal touches, but high-quality seals, sleek invoices, and a business card or sticker can go a long way toward making your craft look like a pro made it.
Add Finishing Touches
When crafting, complexity and technique aren’t the only factors that tell your viewers that you professionally made your art. You can take even simple crafts up a notch by adding finishing touches.
Sculpture, 3D printing, and woodwork all benefit from sanding or sealing. For crafts like needlework, sealing the back with another piece of fabric can hide the never-gorgeous knots and crossing threads. Hiding glue spots when card making can even set your card above the rest.
It’s important to note that you should wash any craft with fabric before it leaves your hands so that it looks, feels, and even smells its best. This is especially true for quilts, which look stunning when given the proper laundering and care.
Discovering ways to make your crafts seem more professional is a process. If you have been crafting one way for a long time, implement these changes gradually to avoid stress. Celebrate your accomplishments and, as always, take pride in your work! If you want to give your crafts a more refined look, do so because you want to improve before you do it to compete.