There are so many crafts for teens and tweens out there on the internet. One could get lost on Pinterest for days. I want to make it easy for you. These fifteen ideas are simple, use few supplies, and use mostly recycled materials. Cheap and easy!
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When I first started my blog, I had one tween and the other two were still little. I geared my art projects more towards the little ones. A lot of process art and very few crafts. But now that they are 17, 15, and 11, I have found that they really do love to make something. They still love process art (my 11-year old son would love to splatter paint on a daily basis), but they really get into crafts now, too. Especially with their friends.
Teens are very social, so all of these ideas are really fun to do with a friend or with a group of friends. Teens also love to decorate their rooms, so most of these arts and crafts are things you could hang on your wall or prop op on a shelf.
Yarn Crafts for Teens and Tweens:
Although this yarn craft is really quite good for all ages, teens and tweens will love to make these letters to decorate their rooms. Make three and turn it into an artsy monogram!
2. God’s Eyes
This is such an old-school craft, I remember making these with popsicle sticks when I was little. Here we use real twigs to make them more authentic. Older kids can make pom-poms for the ends. This craft can be made by kids as young as five, all the way up through adults. The most fun part is picking out the color combos!
Here is a link to my favorite neon pink yarn. Sometimes they sell out so check back if it’s out of stock.
Paper Crafts for Teens and Tweens:
Save old crayons for this craft. Make lot of butterflies and hang on the wall as an art installation. I include butterfly printables in this post. As always, adult supervision recommended with a hot iron.
This has been one of my most popular paper crafts. I make them for birthday parties where the tweens carefully paint each fold, then embellish with gold paint. Collect lots and hang them on a wall.
5. Paper Bag Stars
These paper bag stars are SO easy and fun to make. We make them all the time, and have embellished them several different ways. We have painted them, we have used chalk markers, and sometimes we’ve used a hole punch do add a luminary quality.
You can use brown bags or white bags. Read this tutorial on how to turn ordinary paper lunch bags into these beautiful stars.
Supplies needed for Paper Bag Stars:
Garland & Paper Chain Crafts for Teens and Tweens:
Paint chips have to be one of the best free materials around. My daughter made this years ago and it’s still hanging in her room.
Making these heart paper chains is addictive. Once the kids figure out the system, they don’t want to ever stop! Here we painted the paper first, but you can also use colored paper.
Painting and Drawing Ideas for Teens and Tweens:
This painting project is such a great color study idea. It also is really cute to frame and hang on your wall.
Get your teens and tweens to start mixing acrylics and making their own colors. These hearts turn the humble cereal box into rich, beautiful little pieces of art.
There as many ways to embellish leaves as there are leaves to collect! Here we used one simple material, a white chalk pen.
Each painting is more beautiful than the next, it’s a lesson in both abstract art and working with watercolors.
Slime and Soap Making for Teens and Tweens:
My teen daughter’s favorite slime recipe using a special “fluffy” ingredient.
I made these soaps with my art camp students who were in kindergarten. Then my teen daughters made them with their friends. They were a huge hit!! So much fun to make, and even more fun to slice 🙂
Jewelry Crafts for Teens and Tweens:
14. Washer Necklaces
Inexpensive hardware store washers are the main material in these “boho chic” necklaces. Painted with nail polish, they are a huge hit with teens and tweens.
15. Friendship Bracelets
My girls and their friends make friendship bracelets all the time. You can tie the ends to cardboard and take them anywhere! I love this old-time classic craft because there are so many different patterns and color combos to choose from. It literally never gets old.
Supplies needed for friendship bracelets:
~ A safety pin or tape
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I think this is a good list to get your teens and tweens started with some crafts. You can try one a month! The supply lists are short and many use mostly recycled materials.
I know many teens and tweens are also into selling their crafts and art, so I am going to work on a free, downloadable business card idea next.