Crafts for teens are excellent ways to keep teens busy, especially when they complain of boredom. It also brings out the inner artists in them by helping to sharpen their creative side.
The ideas listed below are perfect for older kids who love making crafts as a hobby or they want to sell. Kids 8 years old & above can make these crafts easily.
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Fun And Easy Crafts For Teens
1. Duct tape jewelry
It might surprise you to know that you can make almost any kind of jewelry with duct tape. These include necklaces, bracelets, earrings, armlets, etc.
- Duct tape
- A small round object
- Earring hooks
- Pull out a piece of duct tape. Take double of the size you need.
- Then fold it over on itself. Put the sticky sides together.
- Use a round object to trace 2 circles on the duct tape
- Use a scissors and cut along the circle line. This should give you 2 circles
- Use a needle to poke a hole on the top of the circle. This creates a place to attach the earring hook.
- Open up the earring hook base using pliers. Slide it into the hole in the earrings and close it up.
- Your duct tape earring is ready.
2. Duct tape phone case
Teens will love to make this craft. With this, they can make their phones look new every week.
- Your cell phone or iPad you wish to make a case for
- Duct tape
- Start by lining up the bottom with duct tape. Or start from any side that is okay with you. Make sure you cut the extra pieces of duct tape on the phone.
- Carefully work your way to the top of the phone. Gently cut out the camera, speaker, power button, volume button, etc.
- Trim and clean off uneven edges when done. Also, add a piece of tape to the front of your phone if you have space.
- Make sure your screen is on when working on the front so you won’t scratch it with a scissors
- Smooth down the tape. Your phone case is ready.
3. Duct tape shoes
This is both a funny and amazing craft teens will love. You will need the following materials:
- Shoes that fit you or flip flops
- A pen
- Duct tape
- Trace your shoes or flip flop on cardboard. Trace both legs so that you don’t have two shapes of the same feet
- Cut out the shape from the cupboard and cover it with duct tape. Make sure every part of the cardboard is covered and trim the edges to make it look better.
- Make straps for your duct tape shoes. This should be on top of your shoes.
- Attach more straps until it gets to your toes.
- Attach the heel. Do this by cutting a piece of cardboard and cover it with duct tape.
- Add straps to the side of the heel and connect them to the other straps.
- Repeat the procedures for the other leg
- Add more duct tape to the bottom of the shoes to make them less sticky. Your duct tape shoe is ready.
4. Duct tape wallet
Even adults love making this duct tape project talk less of teens. This is an amazing way to keep teens busy and also improve their creativity.
We will show you 2 different methods of making a duct tape wallet. The first method is for wallets with only one compartment for money only while the second wallet has many pockets.
- A ruler
- A roll of duct tape (pick any color or design you love)
- Make a sheet of duct tape, 7 inches long, and use 4 strips. There are premade sheets are craft stores. Buy 2 and stick them together. Tape both sides so that the duct tape doesn’t adhere to anything. This will make it look like a duct tape panel.
- Fold your sheets of duct tape in half to form a rectangle.
- Add a thin strip of duct tape to both ends to create a pocket and make it look like a wallet.
- Your simple duct tape is ready.
This is quite extensive as it makes provision for other things like ID cards, credit cards, and even house keys. So, if you want a few more pockets, try this one instead.
1. Cut 4 strips of duct tape, they should be 10 inches long. Lay the strips, the non-sticky surface should face down while the adhesive part faces up. Connect all the strips together overlapping them slightly. This will give you a sheet of duct tape when done.
2. Cut another strip, 10 inches long and put it on the bottom strip so that both sticky surfaces adhere to each other. Do the same with the other three strips until you have a complete sheet of duct tape.
3. Fold the panel in half and create a rectangle/wallet shape. Fold it in half to have a bi-fold wallet.
4. Cut another strip, 18 inches long and put it on a flat surface. The sticky sides should face upwards.
5. Cut another strip the same length and put the sticky sides together thereby creating a solid panel of 18 inches long.
6. Create another 18-inch piece but cut it into 2 equal parts. Place one half aside and stick the other half to the top half of the 18-inch panel that you just made (steps 4 & 5).
Seal the two edges of the panel to make a smooth seam with the half strip of tape.
7. Do the same with the bottom half of the panel and the other half strip that you had cut.
8. Use a credit card or a gift card to measure the pockets. Lay the cards at the end of the 18-inch panel that you just created and cut at the end of the card.
This will leave you with a sheet of duct tape that suits the size of your card.
9. Continue this until the panel is cut into a total of 4 complete pieces.
10. go back to your wallet and cut another piece of tape but this should be longer than the length of the wallet, it should be about 1 ½ inch longer on both ends.
11. Smooth your seams to the rough edges of your wallet and cut the strip in half. Place the top half on top of your wallet, fold the same piece over both sides.
12. Place the 4 panels that you made in the shape of a card into both sides of the wallet with your wallet laid open. Position them well like the credit card section of a wallet.
13. Cut a 4-inch strip and cut the strip in half. Use one piece, place the strip into the center to cover part of the 4 panels. Tap the ends over the sides of the wallets and remember to tuck one side into the wallet so you don’t tape your wallet shut.
14. Use another 4-inch strip cut in half, tape the other sides of the panels down on the outside of the wallet. This makes both sides of the panels secure in the middle of your wallet.
15. Trim the excess tape from where you folded it over at the ends using a scissors
16. Cut another strip, long enough for the bottom of your wallet, and tape the bottom of the card panels in.
17. Ensure all the edges are taped and snip any excess you find. Hurray, your duct tape wallet is ready.
5. Flower Pot craft with Sharpie
Every teen will love this fun and cool craft for teens. get the following supplies ready:
- Paper towels
- Cotton swabs
- Rubbing alcohol
- Oil-based sharpies
- Letter stickers
- Ceramic flower pots
- Start by cleaning the pot with rubbing alcohol and a paper towel. This will ensure that all of the residues and oils from your fingers are gone. Leave it to dry.
- Put the letter stickers in the pot to spell your name or a word. Smooth down the stickers.
- Make dots all around the letters using the sharpie.
- Add dots close together around the stickers and move out as you get further away. You can use one or multiple colors.
- Leave it to dry then you peel off the stickers.
- Wipe off any spots or spill with a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol.
Cool Crafts For Teens
1. Rolled magazine boxes
Teens whose parents hoard old magazines will love this cool craft. You need the following supplies:
- Old magazine
- Start by tearing a page from an old magazine
- Start folding the page at about a quarter-inch thickness until it takes up the thickness you need. Don’t use the whole page so that it doesn’t get too thick.
- Glue the edge and cut off the remaining page to have your first strip. Roll the strip into a circle to make the base of a coil pot.
- Continue making strips and rolling them until you get the desired diameter for your box.
- Clip the strip so they don’t get away. This will help the glue dry without the strip unrolling.
- Roll a strip that is 1 inch thick or whatever you think is best for your box. Glue it to your roll to have what looks like a lid. Make thinner strips and glue them to the outside of the thicker strips to give them more support.
- Make another roll for the bottom and make it slightly smaller so that the lid can fit on the bottom.
- Do the same with the bottom as you did with the top by making thicker strips to glue thinner strips on the outside. Ensure that your big strip makes a circle that will fit inside your lid.
- Don’t put the thinner strip all the way to the top so that it won’t create a little ledge for the lid to rest on.
- Your box is ready.
2. DIY Washi tape cereal box organizers
This craft for teens will teach them how to create beautiful storage for pennies, pens, and even books. Teens will learn how to turn ordinary cereal boxes into beautiful organizers.
- 2 cereals boxes of the same size or use 1 if you want a single organizer
- Washi tapes of different colors and design
- X-ACTO knife
- Get 2 cereal boxes of the same size. This will hold more stuff and make the organizer more stable.
- Cut the boxes on an angle from side-to-side it should be short on one end and taller on the other end.
- Use measurements of 11 inches for the back of the organizer and 6 inches for the front of the organizer. You can adjust these measurements based on the size of your boxes.
- Use the knife to cut the boxes. Scissors can also do the work but this needs care. If you are using a knife, first score the boxes with the knife to make the cuts easier.
- Once you’ve cut your boxes, tape them together side by side with some glue or double-sided tape. This will keep the boxes in position until you get several rows of washi tapes around them.
- You can now start wrapping your boxes with tape. Start at the bottom and work your way up to the top. Mix colors or designs as you please. You can even vary the widths. This project has endless possibilities and teens will love it.
- The trickiest thing about this project is finishing the edges. Leave an extra length of tape hanging over the diagonal edges until you’ve finished covering the box. Then trim all of them evenly at the same time.
- Take a contrasting piece of washi tape and fold it lengthwise along all the edges.
- Your organizer is ready.
DIY Crafts For Teens
1. DIY copper wire inspiration board
This amazing craft for teens can separate them from their glued phones. Also, they will be inspired to take up more craft projects when they have an inspiration board in their bedroom.
- 18 gauge copper jewelry wire
- Copper nails
- ¾ inch thick plywood
- Tape measure
- Mark off the edges of the plywood using a tape measure to create where you will place the nails.
- Hammer in the nails on each of the marking you’ve made
- Wind and twist the copper wires around the head of each nail using pliers. Extend the wire straight across the board where you will wind and twist the wire around the nail head again.
- Once your wire gird is done, you can use it like that but it would be nice to finish off the raw edge of the wood using a little copper metallic accent.
- You can use Scor-tape, Heidi swap minc foil in copper and ModPodge.
- Apply Scor-Tape directly to the ¾ edge of the wood board
- Remove the backing of the double-sided tape and put the minc foil. Place the metallic side up onto the adhesive. Rub the surface repeatedly with a bone folder.
- Peel the back of the foil and it will adhere to the tape. This will leave behind a metallic finish on the wood.
- Brush ModPodge onto the foiled surface and leave it to dry. This will seal the edge and avoid tackiness.
- Now, your inspiration board is fully ready to hang your printed photos and other printed items.
This can also be an excellent gift for mother’s day.
2. Make A DIY makeup brush holder from an old candle jar
Teenage girls will love this fun craft. To make this, you need the following:
- Poly pellets
- Glitter (use any color of your choice)
- Paint brush
- Mod podge
- Old candle jar
How to remove wax from old jars
It is very easy to remove wax. All you have to do is to pour boiled water into the candle jar. The hot water will even clean off burn marks and other smudges inside the jar.
When the hot water melts the wax, it will float on top of the water. If the water cools, the wax will re-harden and form a nice layer on top of the water.
All you have to do is lift the hardened wax off the water. If all of it doesn’t come out on the first try, you will have to repeat the process until everything comes out.
After you’ve removed all the wax, use a knife or fork to open or widen up the wick holders. Add more boiling water to loosen the adhesive if they don’t come up easily.
If you want a clean look, you can peel off the labels. Use a dish soap or goo gone to remove leftover stickiness.
Once your candle jar or jars are cleaned, run them through the dishwasher to get rid of the remaining junk and to make them sparkle. Now, your candle jar is ready for use.
- Mix up your mod podge by stirring it gently with your brush. Be careful not to shake it so you don’t get air bubbles. Use the same brush and add thin and even layers to the inside of your candle jar.
- Doing it on the inside will give the outside of the jar a glassy finish and the glitters won’t shed anytime you move it.
- Pour in a generous amount of glitter, you can use chunkier glitter if you want a different look.
- Coat the entire jar with glitter before the modpodge dries. Hasten the process by placing the candle jar lid back on and shake it so that the glitter goes round and adheres to the whole surface evenly.
- Once dry, check for any spotty areas and add more modpodge and glitter. Don’t use a hairdryer to hasten the process, the glitters will fly away, lol.
- Your jar is ready but to make your makeup brushes stand straight, you need to fill it with poly pellets. They are used to add weight to things like stuffed animals.
- Pour enough poly pellets until it is almost close to the top lid of the jar. And hurray! Your makeup brush holder is ready for use.
3. Felt ball necklace
Teens who love making jewelries will love this 10 minutes craft.
- Needle nose pliers
- Wire cutters
- Needle and heavy-duty thread
- Jump rings
- Jewelry chain
- Wool felt balls
- Sort your felt balls according to their colors so you can get a perfect idea for your necklaces.
- After you’ve decided on your color palette, line up the felt balls. You can use 12 balls of one color mixed with 3 balls of another color to get a color-blocked look.
- Feel free to mix and match colors as you like.
- Use your needles and heavy-duty thread and string the balls together. This should leave a lot of thread at the start and finish.
- Sew one jump ring to the end of the string of the felt balls before you cut the thread. Tie a knot and hide your thread in the felt balls by pulling your threaded needle through the bottom balls and cut it flush with the ball.
- Repeat this for the other end of the string of felt balls.
- Use your wire cutters and cut the jewelry chain to the length you want. Try the necklace in the mirror to get an idea of the finished length.
- Use your needle nose pliers to open up the jump ring and feed the chain through, then close.
- Tie your ribbon in a bow and sew it to one of the jump rings.
- Your jewelry is ready.
These are amazing ideas you can try whenever you need something to keep your teens busy. It would also help unleash their inner creativity and they can sell the crafts afterward for money.