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Projects For Teenagers | 39 Cool DIY Crafts For Teens

Looking for DIY projects for teenagers? Here are 39 cool DIY crafts you and your teen will enjoy, for sure!

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In this article:

  1. Pompom Keychain
  2. Instagram Coasters
  3. Marbled Clay Ring Dish
  4. Duct Tape Purse
  5. Convertible Necklace Headband
  6. Pinterest Framed Wall Art
  7. Faux Leather Bow Keychains
  8. Knot Pillow
  9. Crescent Moon Dreamcatcher
  10. Faux Crystals
  11. Emoji Pouches
  12. DIY Elbow Patches
  13. DIY Drone
  14. Cork Succulents
  15. Duct Tape Sheets
  16. DIY Duct Tape Flower Pens
  17. Tape Nail Art
  18. Baseball String Bracelet
  19. Sharpie Tie Dye Tee
  20. Anthropologie Inspired Mugs
  21. Segway Clone
  22. Thumb Tack Word Art
  23. Galaxy Print Tee
  24. Ship in a Bottle
  25. Phone Cases
  26. Flower Crowns
  27. Custom Book Covers
  28. Peony Headband
  29. Studded Chuck's
  30. Rings
  31. Friendship Bracelets
  32. Unicorn Horn Earrings
  33. DIY Bowl
  34. Tin Lantern
  35. Stamped Hangers
  36. Chalkboard Coasters
  37. Marble Nail Art
  38. Sharpie Rocks
  39. Glass Magnets

Craft Projects for Teenagers They'll Actually Like

1. Pompom Keychain

You might want to grab some pliers for this pompom keychain. You’ll be needing them to cut the chain as well as to close the jump ring.

2. Instagram Coasters

Begin by placing Mod Podge on your ceramic tiles and putting your printed Instagram photo on top. Add a thin layer of Mod Podge on the photos to help seal it in and protect the surface. Once dry, spritz on a sealer and apply felt pads to the bottom of the coasters.

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3. Marbled Clay Ring Dish

Start by rolling out small bits of oven bake clay into one big piece. Once all the colors are mixed, roll the clay flat, and cut out a circle using a round item as a template. Then, place it in a bowl, allowing the middle to sink into the deep part of the dish.

Once you’re happy with the shape, bake the clay in the oven for 15 minutes. Let the bowl cool, and paint the rim of the bowl with a metallic gold color.

4. Duct Tape Purse

The trick to making this duct tape purse is to cut out equal lengths of duct tape strips before starting the project. That way, all your materials are ready, and you won’t have to keep cutting strips every single time.

5. Convertible Necklace Headband

All my friends know how crazy I am for dual-purpose items, so this necklace headband is a complete gem in my book. To start, simply bend the jump ring with a pair of needle nose pliers.

Once it’s open, insert your hair tie, then close it to ensure the hair tie doesn’t slip. Finally, take the other end of the necklace, open the lobster clasp, and insert the hair tie-in.

6. Pinterest Framed Wall Art

Place your wall art in the middle of the frame, making sure there are equal spaces on all sides. I recommend using slightly bigger frames to display your wall art.

Somehow, they look so much chicer that way! They also make great DIY crafts for girls.

7. Faux Leather Bow Keychains

Don’t forget to use strong glue for these leather bow keychains. You’ll need it to hold the bow together and to attach the centerpiece to the bow.

8. Knot Pillow

The secret to nailing this knot pillow is to think of it like a pretzel. Take note of the weaves and the knots of a pretzel for you to be able to make this DIY easily.

9. Crescent Moon Dreamcatcher

Remember to cut a long piece of string for this crescent moon dreamcatcher. After all, it’s much easier to snip off the excess string, as opposed to unwinding and redoing the outline of the dreamcatcher.

10. Faux Crystals

These faux crystals are so gorgeous, you might even want to make a few for yourself! Start by looking for jagged rocks. The more obscure the shape, the better.

11. Emoji Pouches

Do your kids messages in full emoji sometimes? Then, I bet they'll like this DIY.

This tutorial only features one emoji, but feel free to create the other emoji faces as well. You can get your kids to help you out with this one.

12. DIY Elbow Patches

Elbow patches are one way to look preppy and chic! If you're able to cut the patches into a heart shape, then your teens will have a super cute sweater they can't help but show off in their Instagram OOTDs.

13. DIY Drone

Find drones too expensive? Make one from scratch! This tutorial even shows you how to use your handy dandy GoPro as part of the drone!

14. Cork Succulents

This is my little DIY project for all the wine corks I have lying around. Simply hollow out the cork, then stick a magnet on the back.

Finally, place a pinch of dirt in the hollowed-out cork, and fit a succulent inside. That’s all it takes!

15. Duct Tape Sheets

One of the useful hacks I’ve found when making duct tape sheets is to use wide rolls of duct tape. That way, you get to work with a larger surface area and you won’t have to overlap too much duct tape.

16. DIY Duct Tape Flower Pens

Start by cutting strips of duct tape longer than the width of the tape. Then, fold the corners to make a triangle on one end.

Once you’re done, attach the remaining sticky part of the duct tape onto a pencil. Keep repeating this until you’re happy with your duct tape blossom.

17. Tape Nail Art

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Tape Nail Art Photo by DIY Projects

The spacing of the tape strips is important in figuring out how big or small your nail art fishnets will be. Remember, the smaller the fishnet, the smaller the spaces, and vice versa.

18. Baseball String Bracelet

This is a great idea for those wondering what to do with a ruined baseball. By the way, don’t forget to be careful with the X-Acto knife when cutting on the traced line to get the stitching out.

19. Sharpie Tie Dye Tee

Place a tee on top of a Mason jar and secure it in place with a rubber band or two. Then, put different colored dots made from Sharpie markers, making sure not to let the dots touch.

Once you’re done, grab a Q-tip, dip it in alcohol, and repeatedly dab the Q-tip on the dots you’ve just made. Repeat as necessary. This should make perfect DIY crafts for tweens, indeed!

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20. Anthropologie Inspired Mugs

Decorate your dollar store mugs with some Sharpies. When you’re happy with the design, simply bake the mugs in the oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes to make the design permanent. This should make for some great art projects for teenage students, indeed!

21. Segway Clone

One of the tricks I love about this Segway clone is how it uses a strip of iron-on tape as the edging for the Segway. It definitely beats any steps that require drilling and nailing.

This Segway clone is also one of the badass arts and crafts ideas for young adults at home.

22. Thumb Tack Word Art

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Thumb Tack Word Art Photo by DIY Projects

Don't be afraid to take your time when cutting out the word art from the foam board. If you rush, you might end up with messy lines and harsh edges.

23. Galaxy Print Tee

Begin by spraying your black tee with some bleach. Then, spray a mixture of 1 part metallic paint and 2 parts water.

You could leave the shirt at that, but if you’d like, you could also paint on a few stars or planets. This DIY project can also be one of the coolest homemade crafts for adults.

24. Ship in a Bottle

Give your ship’s sails an old textured look by soaking typing paper in coffee and letting them dry overnight. Once it’s dry, you can place light pencil marks of parallel lines. This can also be one of the coolest crafts for teens to sell.

25. Phone Cases

Give your phone cases some bling by attaching bits of jewelry at the back of the case. Just remember to use a strong glue for this DIY to prevent the jewelry pieces from popping out.

26. Flower Crowns

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Flower Crowns Photo by DIY Projects

Be luau-ready with a set of gorgeous flower crowns. Don’t worry too much if you can’t find florist’s tape. Simply swap the florist's tape for any type of tape in a black, brown, or dark green shade.

27. Custom Book Covers

Give your books a new cover by sticking on sheets of patterned paper with some Mod Podge. Just be sure to remove all air bubbles trapped inside. If you’d prefer, you can also sand some of the edges and surfaces for a more vintage look.

Replace the period with the ampersand and never quit doing what you love!

28. Peony Headband

The secret to getting the floral arrangement to stay on is to have it stick onto a piece of cardboard. Don’t be shy when putting on a lot of floral adhesives as well.

What Is a Peony? These are perennial plants that usually bloom during spring and summer. They are popular because of their bright colors ranging from pink to red, white, and yellow.

29. Studded Chuck's

Give Chucks a whole new look with this DIY studded chucks. By the way, be extra careful when piercing the shoe with a pair of sharp scissors!

30. Rings

Take your old buttons and turn them into unique rings. All you have to do is attach the buttons to the rings using a hot glue gun. Let them dry for at least 5 minutes before trying them on.

31. Friendship Bracelets

Personally, I’m still not over the ombre trend, so this bracelet is one of my favorites. If you want to add more strands and colors, simply look for an end with an extra clasp.

32. Unicorn Horn Earrings

These unicorn horn earrings are perfect for those who can't get enough of the mythical creature. Don't forget to attach the eye pins before baking the earrings inside the oven. Another awesome craft idea for girls!

33. DIY Bowl

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DIY Bowl Photo by DIY Projects

The sides of your DIY bowl can be a little uneven once you’ve popped the balloon. To remedy this, simply cut along the edges until you’re happy with the sides.

34. Tin Lantern

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Tin Lantern Photo by DIY Projects

Don’t forget to freeze your tin can before making this DIY tin lantern. Trust me, it will make it so much easier when it comes to poking holes through the can.

35. Stamped Hangers

This is one of the DIY projects for teenagers that are easy to make. In fact, it starts as simple as getting your stamps and gently pressing them onto a stamp pad.

Then, carefully stamp your letters onto the hanger. Finish off your DIY stamped hanger with a coat of clear acrylic spray and you’re done!

36. Chalkboard Coasters

These chalkboard coasters will make for a much-loved housewarming gift. Simply spray a few coats of chalkboard paint on the tiles and glue felt squares on the back. Don’t forget to throw in a pack of chalk to complete your gift as well.

37. Marble Nail Art

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Marble Nail Art Photo by DIY Projects

Don’t throw out your Chinese takeout containers just yet! You can use them as bowls for your marble nail art. Simply drop in different colors of your nail polish and use a toothpick to swirl design in the water.

38. Sharpie Rocks

These sharpie rocks will make great paperweights. Simply clean the rocks and get to doodling using a black Sharpie. The design possibilities are practically endless, indeed.

39. Glass Magnets

Punch out your designs and stick them to your glass gems using Mod Podge. Once it’s dry, go over it with another layer of Mod Podge to seal it in place. Finally, attach a magnet using a strong glue, and let it sit overnight.

Watch this video from Jessie Paege for easy DIY projects to sell and perfect for teenagers:

Whether you're a teen itching for crafts or a mom wanting a bonding activity with the kid, these craft projects for teenagers are fantastic, indeed.

So what are you waiting for? Choose DIY projects for teenagers you and your kids can enjoy this weekend!

Which cool DIY projects for teenagers are you and your kids most excited about? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on May 22, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

Comments

  1. AvatarNikki says

    August 3, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Christ, when I searched for teen craft ideas, I didn’t mean Stereotypical white girl things to make that you must buy ridiculous amounts of materials for.

  2. AvatarPat says

    March 2, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Really? What color are you? So I guess teens that have your skin color don’t eat bananas?… don’t eat cake pops?… don’t like to decorate rocks?… Oh, and I guess they should have known that only white girls want to build a drone! What a whiner!

    • Rynna MachateRynna Machate says

      March 13, 2015 at 3:03 am

      So sorry to hear that Danesha. What project are you looking for? I’m sure you’ll find something browsing our site. 🙂

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