These 40+ awesome craft ideas for teens and tweens will keep your kids busy, creative, and entertained all year long! Summer break is looming upon us, and my kids are already starting to pepper their sentences with those inevitable declarations of “I’m bored!” We’ve shared our favorite 15-Minute Kids Craft that Anyone Can Make (perfect for children ages 3-10), and today we’re sharing 40+ cool crafts for the older kids.
These creative boredom busters are sure to appeal to your favorite tweens and teens, and with over 40 project ideas, there’s enough here to keep them crafting all summer long!
Bonus: lots of these creative craft ideas can be created using only items that you already have on-hand! No special tools or materials needed! Crystal Geode Eggsfrom Sweet Paul: Grow gorgeous crystal geodes in your own home!
This is a perfect craft to do with your kids! Show your true colors by customizing a pair of sunglasses in six simple steps with this DIY Striped Shades tutorial fromBestsunglasses2u! If you’re on the lookout for fun projects that help kids explore their creativity, theseGeometric Stamped Shoesfrom Happiness Is Homemade is a great idea for your teen or tweens!
I’m always on the hunt for easy and fun crafts for teens and tweens! This Paracord Bracelets craft from Happiness Is Homemade is tons of fun for both boys and girls!
God’s Eye Techniquesfrom Persia Lou:Your teen or tween will love this colorful wall hanging!
All you need is yarn and sticks to make this beautiful traditional craft! DIY Donut Scented Soapfrom Happiness Is Homemade: These DIY donut shaped soaps are quick and easy to make, and they smell just like fresh baked donuts, too!
They make great gifts for your friends & family! Neon Geometric Umbrellafrom Happiness Is Homemade: Embellish your boring umbrella with some bright pops of neon color that will chase away the blahs on a grey day!
Folded Paper Braceletsfrom Picklebums: Making a folded paper bracelet is a fun way to keep the kids busy and to use up old paintings or upcycled junk mail!
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Mosaic Flower Pot Birdbathfrom Happiness Is Homemade: Looking for a fun and easy DIY project? Check out this Mosaic birdbath you can make easily that will look great in your yard!
If you’re looking for a quick, easy and inexpensive handmade gifts for your friends or family, these Candy Button Dot Earringsfrom Happiness Is Homemade are just the thing for you!
Can you guess what they’re made from?
15. Marbled Milk Paper
I bet you probably have a whole bunch on-hand already! Here is a fun project that help kids explore their creativity! Simple Woven Wall Hangingsfrom Art Bar is a cool craft for kids, teens, and tweens!
12. Easy Paper Roses
I love all the different colors and combinations! Magnetic Slimefrom Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls: Did you know that it’s possible to make slime that is magnetic?
Who knew slime could be this much fun? This Safety Pin Bracelet & Necklace tutorial from Brit Co is taking the beaded safety pin to a seriously stylish level!
DIY Arts and Crafts Ideas Perfect for Teens
For this easy craft, all you need are safety pins, beads, and elastic string! 10-Minute Lip Balm (in any flavor!from Happiness Is Homemade: Make your own lip balm or lip gloss in just ten minutes!
Crafts for Tweens & Teens
Homemade lip balm is a fantastic DIY gift idea with unlimited flavor and color options! Origami Lucky Starsfrom The Spruce Crafts: Origami lucky stars are a traditional design that can be made into a lovely handmade gift!
2. Rolled Magazine Boxes
These paper crafts are often used to fill glass jars to be used as home décor – perfect for teen bedrooms! Cascarones (Confetti Eggs)from Happiness Is Homemade: Everyone from little kids through teen girls and boys will love with these “confetti eggs,” and we like to make them to celebrate all sorts of holidays!
Heat Sensitive Color Changing Slimefrom Left Brain Craft Brain: Color-changing slime?
9. 3D Paper Bookcovers
This slime is extra fun and there’s some pretty cool science behind it, too! Rock Candyfrom Happiness Is Homemade: Learn how to make rock candy at home with this easy rock candy recipe and tutorial!
19. Cracked Nail Polish Stones
A delicious and fun science experiment for kids that combines science and sweets! Kids love this yummy activity! Easy String Artfrom Sugar Bee Crafts: String art is an inexpensive and cool craft for teens and tweens!
26. Ice Queen Mask
You might even have everything on-hand to make one for yourself on a whim! Tie Dyed Garden Flagfrom Happiness Is Homemade: If you’re fanatical about tie dyeing and reusing materials, this craft is for you! For this craft, we upcycled one of our old shirts into a colorful new garden flag! Giant Paper Pinwheelsfrom Kids Activities: Use this printable pinwheel template with some simple supplies like colored paper, pins, and pencils, to make adorable homemade pinwheels!
20. EOS Crayon
No-Sew Zipper Pouchfrom Happiness Is Homemade: This craft so simple that your kids will want to make dozens of them!
It makes a great pencil pouch, makeup bag, or tablet case (and SO much more!) with easy to customize sizing! Heart Button Canvasfrom Crafts By Courtney: Grab a canvas, some glue, and a bunch of buttons to create customized room décor like this cute heart canvas!
11. 3 D Flowers
If you’re on the lookout for fun projects that help kids explore their creativity, this Easy DIY Journalfrom Organized 31 is definitely a quick and easy project.
Painting and Drawing Ideas for Teens and Tweens:
Star Spangled Shoesfrom Happiness Is Homemade: These bright and cheerful shoes utilize acrylic paint and a star shaped stencil to create a wearable work of art!
Duct Tape Walletfrom Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls: Follow this easy tutorial to make customized and unique wallets!
Marshmallow Shootersfrom Happiness Is Homemade: The construction is simple and straightforward: It’s all made from 1/2″ PVC pipe and connectors!
Add some paint for personalization, and you’re ready to play!
- No-Sew T-Shirt Tote Bagfrom Craftaholics Anonymous: It’s so easy to turn old t-shirts into a tote bag, and the best part is, there’s no sewing required!
- All you need is scissors and an old t-shirt, you can make a super awesome tote bag! Perler Bead Bowlsfrom Happiness Is Homemade: These bright and cheery bowls are perfect for storing all of your small trinkets and treasures, and they make a special gift for friends and grandparents!
- Do you love to make homemade yard ornaments using found or recycled materials?
- These Water Bottle Win Spiralsfrom CBC Parents are a great way to make homemade art!
- Personalized School Suppliesfrom Happiness Is Homemade: Send your kids back to school in style with personalized school supplies using Duck Tape!
Jewelry Crafts for Teens and Tweens:
Yarn Crafts for Teens and Tweens:
Colorful Votive Holderfrom Makezine: This project is quick and easy, and a great way to whip up custom party décor on the cheap!
27. CD Weaving
Washi Tape Pencils & Desk Cupfrom Happiness Is Homemade: Dress up and personalize your back-to-school supplies with this quick washi tape craft that can be completed in under 15 minutes!
4. Pattern Tape Wall Art
DIY Flower Pensfrom Living Well Mom: It’s so quick and easy to make your own, you can have a pile in no time! They’re easy enough for kids to make too! Doily and Lace Dream Catcherfrom Happiness Is Homemade: This lovely dream catcher is made from an embroidery hoop, vintage sheets, a doily and lots of pretty lace.
23. Arizona Tea Cuff Bracelet
It’s a gorgeous project that’s super easy to make! Glass Photo Magnetsfrom Mod Podge Rocks: These easy photo magnets are so simple and easy to make! Give these glass magnets as gifts, use them as party favors, or just enjoy them for yourself!
DIY Flower Monogramfrom Decoist: With some basic supplies, you can create diy wall art that is sure to impress! Fizzy Bath Bombsfrom Happiness Is Homemade: These quick & easy DIY Citrus Fizz Bath Bombs are super simple to make, and they’re a fantastic homemade gift idea for Mother’s Day, birthdays and more!
These Wish Braceletsfrom Happy Hour Projects make great gifts for your friends, or are a fun craft to do for groups!
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This cute diy project is a creative take on friendship bracelets! Pony Bead Lizards from Sugar Bee Crafts: These cool beaded lizard DIY crafts are super fun for kids of all ages!
Paper Crafts for Teens and Tweens:
Gel Dish Soap Resist Painting from Create Art with Me: Create your own designs and make one of a kind art projects with this easy tutorial!
28. Marbled Nail Polish Pot
There are so many cool diy projects in this collection! Your favorite tweens and teens are going to have a super creative time with these awesome crafts!
13. Drawing Art Pillows
Looking for cool arts and crafts ideas for teens, kids, and anyone who loves creative art projects? Making your own artwork is a favorite DIY for teens for a reason, you can make cool room decor tailored to your style, you can learn new crafting skills, and you get to express yourself with color, paint, glue, string, and tons of other cool art and craft supplies.
This is my idea of weekend fun, so I picked out the most awesome art projects I could find.
Many are inexpensive, some are super quick, almost all make ultra cool DIY gift ideas for friends and family.
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16. Rubber Band Duck
Mesmerizing, and you need no special art supplies to make this artistic masterpiece.
Slime and Soap Making for Teens and Tweens:
Just time and patience will surely net you something worthy of using as wall art. Zentangles can be done in black and white or color. Check out the tutorial to see other cool examples and get the instructions for making this craft at home.
14. Sharpie T Shirt
I had seen DIY picture frames and bowls made out of rolled magazines, but when I saw these fabulously crafty DYI ideas for homemade boxes made only from recycled magazines, I knew I had found my next project.
10. Crayon Art
Sure enough, this is what I am giving for DIY Christmas gifts this year. I made 6 and they all turned out amazingly well.
6. 3D Paper Hearts
Worried about the edges lining up perfectly? Not difficult at all to make these look just like the photo tutorial.
Easy Arts And Crafts For Teen Girls And Boys
One the of best crafts to make and sell, too, as your cost of DIY supplies is zero!
3. DIY Crystals
Here is a cool teen craft idea to make at home. It should not cost much, either. Learn how to make crystal geodes from borax. If you’ve been making DIY slime, I bet you already have everything you need in terms of supplies for this DIY.
Old bike tubes laying around? Check out this cool crafts idea for a clever pouch sewn from an old tube.
Awesome DIY project for school supplies and making waterproof gear that looks awesome.
Follow the step by step tutorial to learn how to make this neat arts and crafts idea for teens. Turn a phone case into a work of art instantly with this easy and quick DIY idea.
You will be amazed with the way these turn out!
25. Batik Fabric Crayons
No artistic talent required, either. Image: Shutterstock. “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”― Pablo Picasso. Teenagers would love that message. They are suffocated with the rules at home and school, they want to break free of them but are constrained by the consequences.
17. Pencil Parabolic Curves
As a parent, you want them to stick to the right path, but find it difficult to rein them in. Allow them to unleash their creativity. Let them express their happiness, love, tastes, and frustrations through art.
Garland & Paper Chain Crafts for Teens and Tweens:
They can write, draw, or make beautiful things out of nothing. Keep reading to discover some of the coolest arts and crafts for teens that MomJunction has put together for you to share with your teen.
8. Galaxy Shoes
Lanterns made out of wine bottles, planters out of tires, painting made by thumb impressions, flowers from paper. Your options are limitless. These creations of art tell us that even the seemingly useless stuff can be transformed into objects of affection if you get creative.
22. Tin Can Robot Dog
So, here we are with a few art and craft ideas for teenagers to better that creative genius inside. Who would’ve thought that you could use something as ordinary as a string for something creative?
42 craft ideas for teens
Here are simple steps to use string, glue, and color to create an ethnic-looking bowl. Take a bowl and wrap it up with the cling wrap tightly. Use the paintbrush to coat the outer layer of the cling wrap with glue.
21. Candy Wrapper Purse
Cover it completely with glue. Take one end of the string roll and wrap it around the open end of the bowl. Continue wrapping the string, creating a single layer below another, as shown in the image.
18. Nail and String Signs
Carefully wrap until the entire dish is covered. You can paint the base in any color you want. Let it dry and remove the bowl used as the mold. A wreath is usually made of flowers, leaves, or twigs.
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If you are creative, it can be made of anything, such as fruits, wool, or even paper. Here is our version of a colorful wreath made entirely of paper pinwheels.
DIY Phone Case With Nail Polish
Styrofoam Brand Foam. Round Face Wreath, 12″ x 2-1/2″ x 1″. Red acrylic paint. Double-sided scrapbook paper in different colors and prints. One card stock paper. Blue Ribbon, 1″ x 8″. Metal-edged ruler. Medium flat paintbrush. Craft knife with a sharp blade.
5. Bike Tube Pouch
Glue gun and glue sticks. Paint the foam wreath in red. Leave it to dry. Cut ten five inch squares from the scrap paper. Mark the two and a half inches line from the corner of paper square towards the center.
7. Washi Tape Cereal Box Organizers
Use the ruler and knife to cut the paper square along these lines. Now bring the left corner of the sides to the center and secure with the glue gun. Punch ten half-inch circles from the cardstock paper.
Glue the pinwheels to the wreath side by side. Glue the ribbon ends to make the loop and then glue the loop to the back of the wreath.
This is an easy, fun craft for teens to make. Image: Shutterstock. Compact Discs or CDs are almost obsolete now. Very few use them, and your teen is certainly not among them.
24 . 3 D Enamel Dots
So what do you do with all the old, unwanted CDs? We think ‘a fish’ is a good idea! Thick sheets of paper (should be able to fold). Start by drawing fish scales on the blank or unprinted side of the CD. On the thick sheet of paper, draw fish tails, and fins.
Use scissors to cut them into shape and set aside. Accordion-fold the craft paper, in the form of a fan. Glue the fins, fish tail to the CD as shown in the image.
Glue the folded craft paper to the center of the CD and cover it with a small round, cut from the same craft paper. Spread the folded craft paper like in the image. Add an eye made of white paper, and your fish is ready.
DIY Flower Monogram
Notepads and sticky notes are very handy. So here is a cool craft of organizing the sticky notepads in one place. Sticky note pads, any color, and shape. Polka dot wrapping paper. Picture frame or plain cardboard. White satin ribbon.
Stick the polka-dotted sheet to the cardboard.
Cross stitch clips
Place it vertically on the table and tie a white satin ribbon around it, in the middle. You can deck the ribbon with tiny stickers. Below the ribbon, place the sticky note pads, any way you like.
3. CD Fish
Decorate the top end with stickers and your sticky notepad holder is ready! You can punch a hole at the top of the pad and tie a string or ribbon to hang it.
Folded Paper Bracelets
Image: Shutterstock. Mason jar candles are easy to make and also look perfect on the center table.
Gel Dish Soap Resist Painting
Here is how you can make decorative mason jar candles in different colors. Colored wax flakes.
Cascarones (Confetti Eggs)
Personalized School Supplies
Candle pouring pot. Wick holder sticks and stickums. Long candle wick (should be as long as the height of the jar. Scent or aromatic oil (optional). Clean the inside of the mason jars dry.
Make your own lipstick
Take the wicks, straighten them out, and stick ’em to the stickums. Place the wicks in the center of the jar, (stickum-side down) such that they stand straight as a stick.
Colorful Votive Holder
Use two wick holder sticks to keep the wick in place when you pour the melted wax. The sticks will be above the jar. Melt the wax in the candle pouring pot: you can melt one color at a time.
Use the wooden spoon to stir the wax as it melts. Add a drop of scent or oil and stir it again. Once it is properly melted, take it off heat and let it stay for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the temperature comes to between 120 and 140Fahrenheit.
Pour the melted wax into the jars carefully, without pouring it on the wick.
Pom pom keyrings
Let it cool, and your candles are ready. Can you get your teen to share all the secrets she puts down in her journal with you?
But you can get them to decorate their special book.
A journal or a notepad. Words, phrases, stickers.
Crystal Geode Eggs
Cut your choice of words and phrases from magazines or newspapers using the scissors. Apply glue over the notepad. Use a paintbrush to ensure the glue is evenly applied.
Stick the pictures, phrases, and words as you like. Alternatively, you can stick animal shapes, pieces of cloth, and beads on the notebook cover.
2. Pinwheel Wreath
Let it dry, and your Mod Podge journal is ready. Colorful buttons can do more than just hold a piece of cloth together. If you have a lot of old buttons or buttons from old clothes that you do not need, you can use them to create art.
8. Flower Crown
8×10 canvas or cardboard. If you are using a canvas, paint it white. Otherwise, use a white cardboard sheet. Decorate each vertical end of the canvas with the green tape – stick three lines of tape on each side, leaving enough space to make the heart in the center.
Draw the outline of a heart in the center. Glue the outline with buttons, as seen in the picture. Fill the heart by gluing the remaining buttons.
Cross stitch necklace
Hand-made flower crowns are great accessories one can wear to a wedding, prom, or for summer parties. This can be a fun project to do at home for teenagers. Here is How to make them in simple steps. Selection of colorful artificial flowers.
First, create a crown to fit your head. Use a ribbon to measure it: ideally, it should be around seven to nine inches in length.
Cut the stem, leaving just an inch of the faux flowers and attach the flowers using a thin wire. Alternatively, you can also knot the stems of the flowers to attach them together.
- Arrange the flowers such that the bloom is to one side. Use the tape to secure the knots.
- You are ready to be the flower princess! Image: Shutterstock.
This wreath is for the holidays and made from sweet, reddish berries. Around 40 winterberry branches, each ten to 16 inches long. Green florist’s wire, 16 to 18 inches long. Start by creating a wreath frame using the florist’s wire. Join the longer winter berry branches with the florist’s wire one at a time, and overlap them as you make a circular wreath.
Use the glue gun to secure the wire and the branches together. You can also use tape for this. Once the base is ready, attach the shorter branches to make the wreath look full.
Image: Shutterstock. This can be a cute Valentine’s Day gift that your boy or girl can make at home. A ball of yarn and a little time is all you need to make this gift.
DIY Striped Shades
Ball of red yarn. Use a pencil to draw the outline of heart. You can make as big a heart as you want. Just make sure you have enough yarn for it. Start by wrapping the heart with the yarn.
Glass Photo Magnets
Cover it completely until you get the desired size or the wool is completely used. Tie the loose end of the yarn to the other strings in the heart.
Easy String Art
You can also leave some yarn to make a handle or string for hanging the heart in your vehicle. Making bracelets is an engaging art and craft for teen girls. So, this year, let your teenager make friendship bracelets instead of buying them.
After all, a hand-made gift is more valuable than a store-bought one!
Neon Geometric Umbrella
Colorful pony beads. String, thin enough to go through the beads. Cut the string to the desired length. It should fit the person’s wrist, but should not slip away either.
Giant Paper Pinwheels
Start threading beads of different colors to form a single line bracelet. Knot the ends together to prevent the beads from falling. One end of the knot should be longer than the other.
Start with the second row by starting at the ending point of the first row. Intertwine the thread through the first circle and place each bead between two beads of the first row. Once done, secure the beads with a knot.
Make another row in the same manner, and the bracelet is ready.
Art need not be expensive. When you take everyday things and make them pretty – that’s art too. Here is one such arts and crafts project for teenagers we have lined up for you.
Color paper (yellow and blue). Use a craft paper punch to create petals as shown in the figure. You can also draw an outline of the petal and cut it out. In any case, the petals should be of the same size. Fold one third of the petal from the pointy or sharp side to give it a slight curve.
The petals should look as shown in the image. Glue five petals together, by joining the pointy edges with glue. Make as many such flowers as you need. Stick the flowers to the sides of the mirror, and let it dry. Image: Shutterstock. Add a little more color and taste to your Christmas tree this year.
Make the ornaments yourself! Here is How to use fallen pine cones to make colorful Christmas decorations. Water paints – maroon and white. Iridescent micro beads. Paint the tips of the pine cone with maroon or red color water paint.
You can paint some in white as well.
Paint one side of the cone and let it dry before painting the other side.
Use glue to attach the beads to a few edges of the cone. Tie the white satin ribbon to the top of the pine cone.