Here’s one for the teens – you’ll just love these 14 cool crafts for teens from some of my favorite bloggers out there! These teen crafts totally rock and are also quite simple to make. These make great crafts for tweens too (which basically means young teenagers) so enjoy! Disclosure: this post contains commissioned links.
It’s difficult to be a teen and be so misunderstood by the world. Whatever it is that’s frustrating at the moment, having a creative outlet can help. I started crafting in my teens. I first began scrapbooking and then went on to jewelry making, which I still do today. These crafts gave me a positive feeling about myself that boosted my confidence.
From a parenting perspective, crafts for teens are a great way to keep teens from being bored. Boredom leads to trouble. And positive entertainment can help occupy your children in a beneficial way (for them).
As a “tribute” to the crafts that so benefited me then, I’ve put together a list of crafts from different bloggers that I feel are appropriate for teens and tweens. You can find more ideas in my teen crafts category, but here are a few to get you started. I hope you enjoy! If you’re looking for something even more educational, check out my list of crafts for teens to make and sell – with some tips for doing so!
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Paper Crafts for Teens
As a teen, I collected papers. Okay, who am I kidding? I still do today. I have a nice envelope of scrapbook paper. I used to collect wrapping papers as well. Cardstock, magazine pages, and Kraft paper are all great for crafting as well. Check out the following crafts that use paper.
This frame will brighten your teen’s room. It’s made from pages of an Elle magazine, and can be done on a cheap mirror, making it a low-cost craft.
Oil and Water Droplet Painting from Stay at Home Educator
While this craft was originally made with young children, I think it’s great for teens as well. Match with solid color paper and make greeting cards or scrapbook pages. Click the link above for the technique.
Paper Mache Pots from Childhood 101
These are so fun for collecting accessories on a dresser! It’s a great use for pieces of scrapbook paper left from projects, or wrapping paper.
Folded Paper Bracelets from Pickle Bums
These are more for fun than function but your teen will probably want to make loads of them, using the creative folding technique.
Coloring for grown-ups is perfect for teens too!
This unique paper flower craft can be colored and then crafted and is a really fun craft for teens! When it comes to crafts for teens, keeping it open-ended is a great way to go!
Fashion Crafts for Teens
What could possibly be more satisfying than a craft that she can wear and show off? These teen crafts can also be given as gifts for friends. I loved jewelry making as a teen, and still love it today – so much so, that I even published a special book dedicated to jewelry making for teens! It is therapeutic, allowing me time to think while giving me a tangible positive outcome from my work. The best feeling is when someone compliments me on a piece and I surprise them with a “Thanks, I made it….”
Want to learn how to make jewelry out of anything? Get the book!
Check out these crafts for teen boys too!
This bracelet requires only three basic supplies, and two inexpensive tools. The result is so professional. It can be mixed and matched to fit any personality, by swapping out the textures or colors of the cord, or by using a different chain.
DIY Dotty Jeans from CraftWhack
These jeans are amazing! And they’re a great way to re-purpose jeans that got a small stain.
Easy Fabric Flowers from Red Ted Art
Fabric flowers are so versatile and can be used anywhere – to spruce up a handbag, as a hair clip, as a shoe clip, or anywhere…. Different fabrics will lend different personalities, all using the same technique linked to above.
Nail Polish Crafts for Teens
Which teenage girl doesn’t love fun, colored enamels? But sometimes they get old and sticky, the quality doesn’t meet her needs, or the color simply isn’t a favorite. Using these for crafts for teens is a great way to salvage them. Make sure you make these in a well-ventilated area.
Your teen might not have what to do with these spoons, but they’re such fun to make, she’ll definitely be happy to do some for you. And she’ll glow when the guests compliment you on the spoons… that she made!
Washer Necklaces – Sunhats and Wellie Boots
These washer necklaces require super cheap supplies and are great for distributing to friends. They make perfect friendship necklaces!
Your teen can use this technique on any glass bowl to adorn the dresser and collect trinkets.
Update: see the full list of nail polish crafts here!
Just Plain Cool Crafts for Teens
Some crafts don’t fit into any special category but they’re too cool to leave out!
Superhero mason jar banks – Fireflies & Mudpies
All of the above are clearly targeted toward the girls in your life, but this one is geared toward guys. Although, to be honest I would love these too! Try it with a re-purposed marinara jar! Read the tutorial for the how-to.
Pebble Art from Blue Bear Wood
This pebble art is so adorable – I’d definitely hang it in my house!
Easy DIY Washi Tape from Kids Steam Lab
Riddle: What’s cooler than Washi tape? Washi tape that you designed!
How to Make a String Bowl from Laughing Kids Learn
This natural looking string bowl is so beautiful, I’d definitely display it in my home! Or it can also serve as a dresser-top trinket bowl.
Bonus! Try making your own macrame rainbow – a cool skill-building craft for teens!
Which one are you going to make? Do you have any cool crafts for teens you’d like to share? Tell us in the comments below!
Update: Since you all loved this roundup so much, I’ve made another – check out 23 more cool crafts for teens here!
Zillions more teen crafts to try!
(Click on the image to be taken to that list. Ctrl+click to open it in a new tab.)