How to become a Handmade Toy Maker

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: October 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Handmade toy makers create traditional toys including wooden blocks, push-and-pull toys, rocking horses, stuffed animals, teddy bears, puppets, puzzles, educational toys and dolls' houses. Some also make items such as toy boxes, outdoor swings, children's furniture and door signs, or accept commissions for bespoke toys.

Toys are typically crafted using traditional or 'eco-friendly' materials such as wool, felt, cotton and wood, and must meet the requirements of the Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011, which implement the EU Toy Safety Directive. The Regulations require toys to display a CE mark to indicate that they meet safety requirements and have been manufactured in accordance with the required standards.

Some toy makers supply their products on a wholesale basis to retailers such as toy and gift shops, although many retail directly to consumers via online marketplaces such as Etsy, Folksy, eBay or Amazon, at craft fairs or from their own workshop or website.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a toy maker. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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