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What are Some Crafts for Teens?

By N. Phipps
Updated Feb 25, 2024
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There are numerous craft projects for teens. Whether they’re found through online sources, books, or are traditionally handed down, crafts for teens are a great way to encourage creativity. Depending on the individual teenager, these teen crafts can be as easy or as difficult as is necessary. All crafts for teenagers, however, should be age-appropriate.

Different teens have different tastes and interests. Therefore, teen craft ideas will vary. When choosing appropriate projects or crafts for teens, try to consider their hobbies and talents. Parents should also take into consideration the fact that some crafts for teens are specifically tailored to boys or girls.

For instance, teenage boys might enjoy designing their own colorful wallets using various colors of duct tape. Patterns for these do-it-yourself teen craft projects can easily be found online. Boys may also enjoy crafts that are centered around a specific sport or activity, such as hunting. For example, teenage boys could be given instructions for creating their own bows for hunting or archery.

Girls, on the other hand, might prefer making their own flavored lip gloss using Kool-aid. Simply mix the desired flavor of Kool-aid with some melted petroleum jelly and place in small containers with lids. Many teenage girls enjoy cooking projects as well. In addition, girls may be more likely to enjoy knitting or sewing projects, although boys can enjoy these things too! There are literally thousands of sewing crafts for teens available both online and off.

Nowadays, nearly everyone has access to computers and digital cameras. Most teens, both male and female, enjoy taking pictures and storing photos. With this in mind, there are a number of crafts for teens that can be created using pictures. One of the most popular includes scrapbooking. Scrapbooks can be centered around a theme, such as sports or special events, and catered to suit either girls or boys.

Photo crafts for teens can also include making picture frames, posters, collages, and magnets. In addition to photos, teens typically enjoy the opportunity to make a statement with their clothing. Allow them to create interesting designs on old clothes or shoes with fabric paint. Likewise, they might enjoy adding pieces of fabric and other embellishments onto their jeans or t-shirts. Tie-dye shirts are another popular teen craft project that never seems to go out of style.

Teenagers thrive on privacy, so why not let them create their own secret hideaway for journals, notes, money, and other mementos? Simply have them glue small wooden strips onto the inside of a drawer or box. Add a thin, fitted piece of plywood or sturdy cardboard on top. Conceal with clothing, books, etc. Now they have their own dummy drawer for personal effects.

Ideas for projects and crafts for teens are as varied as one’s imagination. With a little research or creativity, the possibilities are endless.

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Discussion Comments
By momothree — On Aug 19, 2010

I’m not sure that this is really considered a craft, but my daughter loves to collect old cookbooks and try out the recipes. She buys a lot of them at flea markets and thrift stores. She wants to go to culinary school and this has really been great for her.

In our kitchen, she has her own separate pantry for her cooking. She keeps it stocked (with my help) full of all of the basic cooking essentials. She tries out her recipes on us and it works out great because it is less cooking for me!

By dill1971 — On Aug 19, 2010

Believe it or not, my 17 year old daughters’ favorite thing to do on the weekends is to shop at thrift stores. The first time I asked her to go a thrift store with me, she was appalled. After we got there, she was amazed at all of the different things that were there.

She and her friends enjoy going and buying vintage clothing and jewelry and creating new looks for next to nothing. They have really had a ball and have come up with some great looks!

By alex94 — On Aug 19, 2010

I have a sixteen year old niece who is very mature for her age. She gets bored easily but doesn’t really like the typical “teenage” things. I thought it would be fun to teach her to crochet since she is the only girl in the family.

After weeks of yarn and needles, she finally caught on. Now, on weekends, she will come over and we will work on crochet projects. Right now, we are crocheting different granny squares to put together for a blanket to give her mom for Christmas.

She really enjoys doing it and I (nor her mom) have to worry about what she’s doing on the weekends!

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