For Tweens DIY Crafts- 40+ Images Ideas

14 Crafts for Teens and Tweens

There are so many crafts for teens and tweens out there on the internet. One could get lost on Pinterest for days. I want to make it easy for you. These fifteen ideas are simple, use few supplies, and use mostly recycled materials. Cheap and easy!

15 crafts for teens a tweens, including yarn crafts, garlands, painting, and drawing.

This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support!

When I first started my blog, I had one tween and the other two were still little. I geared my art projects more towards the little ones. A lot of process art and very few crafts. But now that they are 17, 15, and 11, I have found that they really do love to make something. They still love process art (my 11-year old son would love to splatter paint on a daily basis), but they really get into crafts now, too. Especially with their friends.

Teens are very social, so all of these ideas are really fun to do with a friend or with a group of friends. Teens also love to decorate their rooms, so most of these arts and crafts are things you could hang on your wall or prop op on a shelf.

Yarn Crafts for Teens and Tweens:

Wrap yarn around cardboard letters to make a colorful, decorative piece of art. A perfect craft for kindergartners through to teens and tweens.

1. Yarn Wrapped Cardboard Letters

Although this yarn craft is really quite good for all ages, teens and tweens will love to make these letters to decorate their rooms. Make three and turn it into an artsy monogram!

Make a God's Eye from twigs and yarn. Old-school craft great for kindergartners through to teens and tweens, and even adults!

2. God’s Eyes

This is such an old-school craft, I remember making these with popsicle sticks when I was little. Here we use real twigs to make them more authentic. Older kids can make pom-poms for the ends. This craft can be made by kids as young as five, all the way up through adults. The most fun part is picking out the color combos!

Here is a link to my favorite neon pink yarn. Sometimes they sell out so check back if it’s out of stock.

Paper Crafts for Teens and Tweens:

Melt shaved crayons onto paper to create beautiful butterflies. Craft for teens and tweens.

3. Melted Crayon Butterflies

Save old crayons for this craft. Make lot of butterflies and hang on the wall as an art installation. I include butterfly printables in this post. As always, adult supervision recommended with a hot iron.

Make paper pinwheels and paint with watercolors. Great art activity for teens and tweens.

4. Painted Paper Pinwheels

This has been one of my most popular paper crafts. I make them for birthday parties where the tweens carefully paint each fold, then embellish with gold paint. Collect lots and hang them on a wall.

Make giant stars from paper lunch bags, then paint with tempera cakes. Perfect craft for teens and tweens.

5. Paper Bag Stars

These paper bag stars are SO easy and fun to make. We make them all the time, and have embellished them several different ways. We have painted them, we have used chalk markers, and sometimes we’ve used a hole punch do add a luminary quality.

Make giant stars from paper lunch bags, then paint with tempera cakes. Perfect craft for teens and tweens.

You can use brown bags or white bags. Read this tutorial on how to turn ordinary paper lunch bags into these beautiful stars.

Make giant stars from paper lunch bags, then paint with tempera cakes. Perfect craft for teens and tweens.

Supplies needed for Paper Bag Stars:

~ Brown lunch bags or white lunch bags

~ Glue sticks

~ Scissors

~ Fluorescent tempera cakes

~ White chalk markers

~ Hole punch

Garland & Paper Chain Crafts for Teens and Tweens:

Make a name garland from paint chips. Perfect craft for teens and tweens.

6. Paint Chip Name Garland

Paint chips have to be one of the best free materials around. My daughter made this years ago and it’s still hanging in her room.

Fold paper into hearts and make a paper chain. Perfect craft for teens and tweens.

7. Hearts Paper Chain

Making these heart paper chains is addictive. Once the kids figure out the system, they don’t want to ever stop! Here we painted the paper first, but you can also use colored paper.

Painting and Drawing Ideas for Teens and Tweens:

XOXO painting with watercolors.

8. XOXO Watercolor Painting

This painting project is such a great color study idea. It also is really cute to frame and hang on your wall.

Use cereal box cardboard and acrylic paint to make little works of heart art.

9. Cereal Box Heart Paintings

Get your teens and tweens to start mixing acrylics and making their own colors. These hearts turn the humble cereal box into rich, beautiful little pieces of art.

Draw on leaves with chalk markers. Quick and easy and dries in seconds!

10. Chalk Marker Leaves

There as many ways to embellish leaves as there are leaves to collect! Here we used one simple material, a white chalk pen.

Kandinsky inspired circle painting art prompt for kids.

11. Kandinsky Inspired Circle Paintings

Each painting is more beautiful than the next, it’s a lesson in both abstract art and working with watercolors.

Slime and Soap Making for Teens and Tweens:

Make this smooth and fluffy slime with shaving cream and glue.

12. Fluffy Bubblegum Slime

My teen daughter’s favorite slime recipe using a special “fluffy” ingredient.

Make scented rainbow soap from glycerin and dye. Awesome craft for teens and tweens.

13. Make Scented Rainbow Soap


I made these soaps with my art camp students who were in kindergarten. Then my teen daughters made them with their friends. They were a huge hit!! So much fun to make, and even more fun to slice

Jewelry Crafts for Teens and Tweens:

Make necklaces from steel washers from the hardware store. Great craft for teens and tweens.

14. Washer Necklaces

Inexpensive hardware store washers are the main material in these “boho chic” necklaces. Painted with nail polish, they are a huge hit with teens and tweens.

Make friendship bracelets with embroidery floss. Old school craft for teens and tweens.

15. Friendship Bracelets

My girls and their friends make friendship bracelets all the time. You can tie the ends to cardboard and take them anywhere!  I love this old-time classic craft because there are so many different patterns and color combos to choose from. It literally never gets old.