30 Cool DIY Projects for Teens and Tweens
Crafts for Teens and Tweens That Aren’t Lame
Let’s be honest for a second: crafts for teens and tweens can seem a bit, well, lame…at first. The truth is, there are just a lot of crafts for kids and other crafts that are more on the boring side that you need to search through before you find the cool stuff.
So before you shun crafting from your life as a teenager for good, check out the DIY projects for teens and tweens below and see if anything sparks your interest. You might even be inspired to come up with some of your own ideas.
Oh yeah and if you’re still not interested yet, did you know that a lot of people make money selling their crafts? It can be an amazing way to make money as a teen and there are some ideas below on things you could make and sell.
DIY Projects for Teenagers
1. Toilet Roll Bird Feeders
If you’re someone who loves nature and you want to make a quick and affordable bird feeder, all you need is a toilet roll, some birdseed, and peanut butter! After you’re finished you can hang your feeder up and wait for some birds to come. Learn how to make your own here.
If you enjoy this craft and you want to make some other things with your spare toilet rolls, check out all of these other toilet roll crafts! You’ll be surprised at all the cool things you can make with an empty toilet roll.
2. Homemade Body Scrubs
If you’ve ever used a body scrub before I’m sure you know how AMAZING they make you feel afterward. They usually freshen you up, help you relax, and they exfoliate your skin until it’s super soft and healthy.
The only problem is that the nice ones are so expensive! If you’re a teen you’re probably trying to save money which is why making your own body scrubs from home is a great idea. Check out all of these homemade body scrubs.
3. Homemade Bath Bombs
Just like how body scrubs can be expensive at the stores, the same goes for bath bombs. You can save a ton of money by making your own bath bombs from home! Plus, it’s a lot more fun (and cool) to make your own and see it come to life in the bath.
Another awesome benefit to making your own bath bombs is that you can put whatever you want in them! Make them crazy colors, add your favorite scents, it’s all under your control. Check out these homemade bath bombs.
4. DIY Bookmarks
If you love to read, you just HAVE to check out these DIY bookmark ideas. Once you see them you’ll want to get rid of your old boring bookmarks right away!
Seriously though, having a custom-crafted bookmark just makes reading a lot more enjoyable. When you see that bookmark you made poking out of your book you’ll want to crack it open and start reading right away!
5. DIY Flip Flops
Ready to out-style all your friends this summer? Show up in a pair of custom DIY flip flops and there’s no way you won’t be the most stylish at the beach.
For most of our favorite DIY flip flop crafts, you don’t even need to know how to sew either, you just need a bit of creativity! You could even get together with your friends to spice up your old flip flops together.
6. Crayon Art
In my opinion, crayons are one of the best art supplies ever but most of us only use them when we’re kids. Once we get older we start using things like watercolors, pencil crayons, paint, and other art supplies, but crayons can still be really fun!
You can also make a lot of cool things with crayons that you might have never even thought of when you were younger. So, dig up the old crayons you had from elementary school, check out these crayon art projects, and start making your next masterpiece!
7. Upcycle an Old Sweater
As a teen, you’re most likely going to grow out of your clothes eventually. If you have some old sweaters lying around that you’ve been reluctant to get rid of, why not extend their life a bit by repurposing them?
There are a lot of neat ways to upcycle old sweaters and each thing you make will be completely unique! This is also a great way to be able to keep a sweater that you’ve grown out of but that still means a lot to you.
8. DIY Tech Accessories
Want to spruce up your electronics a bit? Well, there are several different things you can do to personalize and improve your tech gadgets. You could make a custom phone case, a DIY laptop sleeve, a phone stand, or something else!
9. DIY Bracelets
Making DIY bracelets has been a tradition for teenage girls since forever ago! Friendship bracelets, beaded bracelets, braided bracelets (say that 10x fast), there are so many different DIY bracelets you can make.
Now that the internet is around there’s a new thing you can do with your DIY bracelets too… you can sell them! If you get really good you could make a lot of money simply selling the bracelets that you craft.
10. DIY Chokers
Chokers have been a popular accessory lately and although you can find them at a ton of different stores, making them yourself is not only more unique, but it’s a lot cheaper too. Sometimes you won’t even need to buy anything, you can just find materials at home!
To see what kind of DIY choker you might like to make and to get some inspiration, check out these DIY choker ideas. Try to come up with some of your own ideas too!
11. String Art
String art is a wonderful pastime. It’s relaxing, there are so many different ways to do it, and the end result is never short of amazing. So, if you want to make something really cool for your room or you want to make a gift for a friend, check out these string art project ideas.
12. DIY Composition Book Cover
If you’re a teenage you most likely go to school and you most likely have one (or a dozen) notebooks and journals. You might even have some personal notebooks at home if you’re into journaling!
One of the most fun things you can do with your notebooks is design custom covers for them. You can incorporate your personality into them and just make them way better! See how to make your own DIY composition book cover.
13. DIY Crystal Lip Gloss
If you want to carry around something stylish while keeping your lips sparkly and shimmering, this DIY crystal lip gloss is perfect! It’s easy to make too so you could even make some for your friends!
14. DIY Scrunchies
Making your own DIY scrunchies has to be about the coolest thing ever. Just think about all the different looks you can create! You could even potentially sell them if you got really good at it.
Once you learn how to make a DIY scrunchie you can really create as many as you want too. You will need a sewing machine though so either borrow one from someone you know or start saving up!
15. DIY Galaxy Shoes
These are so cute! All you need to make these DIY galaxy shoes is some sharpie skills and a few other supplies, so it’s easy to get started. I guarantee everyone will ask you where you got these shoes too.
Also, think about all the other shoe customizations you could make as well. Maybe don’t use expensive shoes but try adding some custom designs to old shoes just for fun!
16. Rock Photo Holders
Having mini photo collages in your room can really add to the atmosphere, especially with these DIY rock photo holders! You can make your own, paint the rocks however you like, and then display pictures of your favorite places, family trips, pets, your friends, and whatever else!
17. Homemade Lava Lamp
Lava lamps are undeniably awesome and probably one of the coolest pieces of room decor you can have as a teen. However, if you’re not in a position to buy a real one yet, you can make a homemade lava lamp right at home!
Your homemade lava lamp won’t be quite as spiffy as the real thing but it works almost the same and making it is part of the fun!
18. Crystal Ball
If you’re into mystical room decor, this DIY crystal ball idea will fit in perfectly. You can even customize your crystal ball to be different colors! It’s surprisingly easy to make too!
19. DIY Letter Board
If you’ve been around any decor store recently you’ve probably seen things similar to this DIY felt letter board. They usually cost quite a bit but you can actually make your own for a lot cheaper! Making your own also gives you the freedom to decide how big you want it to be.
20. DIY Skateboard Shelf
This is one of the best DIY projects for teenage guys who want to make their room skateboard themed. You could make this DIY skateboard shelf out of any deck you want too so there are a ton of design possibilities!
21. Mason Bee Habitat
This is a cool DIY project you can do that will end up helping the environment in a big way! Mason Bees are bees that don’t sting but they pollinate plants so there’s really no reason to not like them! Build them this home and you can help provide them with a safe place to live.
22. Handmade Paper Gift Boxes
If you want to give someone a gift that is completely unique, putting it inside a handmade gift box makes it so much more special. Make sure to check out our favorite homemade gift ideas as well if you want to go 100% homemade.
23. DIY Terrarium
Terrariums are definitely a trendy piece of home decor these days, and for good reason. They look great! If you want your own unique terrarium in your room, making one homemade is the best route to take!
24. Beach Terrarium
While we’re on the subject of terrariums, if you’re more of a summer beach type of person this DIY beach terrarium is probably more your style. Just looking at it makes me feel more relaxed!
25. T-Shirt Rag Rug
I love this idea! It’s cute, affordable, and fun. If you’ve never made a t-shirt rug before, all you need are some old t-shirts and some other supplies to get started. Anyone can make one of these and they definitely add some nice color and good vibes to any room.
26. Felt Piggy Bank
Need somewhere to keep loose change or want to start saving up for something? Making a DIY felt piggy bank could help you do both of those things! Plus, just look at how adorable they are. They would make great gifts too.
27. Pom Pom Pillow
If you’re going for an elegant and clean look in your room making a couple of these DIY pom pom pillows for your bed is a great idea! You will need a sewing machine though so keep that in mind.
28. DIY 3 Tier Stand
Although this DIY 3-tier tray project was originally made for carrying baked goods, you could also use it in your room as a jewelry holder or accessory holder! The best part about it is that you can customize it however you want.
29. Moon Phase Wall Decor
This DIY moon phase wall decor is absolutely beautiful. If you’re someone who feels a connection to the moon this will go great in your room and will brighten your day every time you see it.
30. DIY Giant Backyard Games
I saved my favorite crafts for last… giant DIY games! You can make a massive version of Jenga, Yahtzee, and Dominoes which make for awesome summer games. You may need a bit of help with some of them though since they require a saw.
Although you may feel overwhelmed by all of these ideas at first, we’re really only scratching the surface here! There are so many different types of crafts you can do and I’m sure you can come up with some of your own as well.
If you really want to make your DIY times even more fun, get together with your family and friends to do them as a group. There’s nothing much better than a group crafting session.
What’s your favorite DIY project from this list? Do you have any of your own DIY ideas for teens?
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