These cool crafts for teens are fun and easy to make! Today, it’s time to put away all cellphones for a fun filled afternoon of DIY projects!
Crafts For Teens | Fun, Easy, & Useful DIYs
Most days, it seems teens can’t get enough of their cellphones and social media. They’re constantly scrolling through their newsfeed looking for the next trend and the latest Buzzfeed video. Today, why not dare them to ditch the cellphones and create these cool crafts for teens? Plus points if they end up loving their work and post it on their social media for their friends to hit “Like”.
1. Pompom Keychain
You’ll want to grab some pliers for this pompom keychain. You’ll be needing it 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 protect and seal it in place. Once dry, spritz on a sealer and apply felt pads to the bottom of the coasters.
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
I recommend using slightly bigger frames to display your wall art. Somehow, they look so much chicer that way! Place your wall art in the middle of the frame, making sure there are equal spaces on all sides.
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 center piece to the bow.
8. Knot Pillow
The secret to nailing this knot pillow is to think of it as 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 message 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 on this one.
12. DIY Elbow Patches
13. DIY Drone
Find drones too expensive? Make one from scratch! This tutorial even shows you how to use your handy dandy GoPro to include in 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, stick a magnet at the back, place a pinch of dirt in the hollowed-out cork, and fit a succulent inside. That’s all it takes!
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. Duct Tape Flowers
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.
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 space, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 a 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.
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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 adhesive as well.
29. Studded Chucks
Give Chucks a whole new look with this DIY. By the way, be extra careful when piercing the shoe with a pair of sharp scissors.
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.
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.
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.
Don’t forget to freeze your tin can before making this tin lantern DIY. Trust me, it will make it so much easier when it comes to poking holes through the can.
35. Stamped Hangers
This project is so easy to make. Simply get your stamps and gently press them onto a stamp pad. Then, carefully stamp your stamp letters onto the hanger. Finish off your DIY 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 on felt squares at the back. Don’t forget to throw in a pack of chalk for your gift as well.
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 a 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 options are practically endless.
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 strong glue, and let it sit overnight.
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I sure hope these cool crafts for teens help you and your kids spend time together sans mobile phones. Remember, if you teach them the value of DIYing this early, they’re bound to save a few dollars in the long run.
Which cool DIY crafts for teens are you and your kids excited about? Let us know in the comments below!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in August 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.