Rural business Diversification Ideas - Kitchen Table and Craft Businesses

Are you handy in the kitchen? Would you like to have a go at starting your own craft business from home? These ideas should get you thinking about where and how you could start...


The determination to source sustainable British leather and create beautiful accessories and furniture ‘off the farm’ was the main driving force behind Hayley Hanson starting her business.

Having grown up among a farming family and married a beef farmer, it was the process of wanting to use the hide of the heifer they had killed for their wedding breakfast that made Hayley realise there was a gap in the market for ‘home-grown’ British cattle hide and leather.

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  • Cake making
  • Biscuit maker
  • Leather worker
  • Preserve and jam making
  • Cooking and baking
  • Painting
  • Modelling (clay)

Arts and crafts

  • Christmas decoration
  • Handmade gifts
  • Felting
  • Crochet
  • Toy maker
  • Art and design
  • Sculptor
  • Pottery
  • Artist
  • Quilter
  • Craft workshops
  • Online craft courses
  • Interior design

Outdoor crafts

  • Floristry
  • Wreath making
  • Growing
  • Basket weaving
  • Weaving
  • Furniture up-cycling
  • Upholstery
  • Furniture restoration
  • Ironmonger
  • Blacksmith or forgery
  • Woodwork or carpentry
  • Welder


  • Sewing or knitting
  • Patchwork
  • Tailoring
  • Clothing alterations
  • Fashion and clothes e.g. hats, belts, scarves, jewellery, accessories
  • Crafting
  • Soap making
  • Candle making
  • Glass blowers
  • Cross stitch

A story of heritage inspired wool business

The inspiration of a Great-Great Grandmother who had a clear passion for livestock farming has seen Paula Steer and her son Lewis build on this heritage to create their own successful rural business ‘from the land.’

Having come to a cross road in her life, Paula wanted to pursue something she loved, and what better way than to retrace the steps of past family members. “Our family has been rooted in Dartmoor for hundreds of years..."

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Crafts for occasions

  • Wedding stationery
  • Dressmaker
  • Jewellery designer
  • Greetings card maker
  • Embroidery
  • Costume designer
  • Calligrapher
  • Homeware designer
  • Fabric designer
  • Wallpaper designer
  • Illustrator

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