DIY Ideas — 10 Crafts for Teenagers

Posted by on Jun 07, 2012

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Natala Uzkova,


Crafts for teenagers range from wearables and accessories to bedroom decor. Need a little handmade inspiration to get started? The projects here are crafts that teens can make with basic supplies from around the house like duct tape and old T-shirts! For teens that know their way around a sewing machine, there is an advanced project in the zippered earbuds case. But don't fret, because most of these teen crafts are beginner friendly with step-by-step instructions. 
Don't miss our other round-up of 12 great crafts for teenagers, including a mustache journal cover and DIY hacky sack.

Zippered Headphone Earbud Case
Headphone Earbuds Case

You'll need some sewing skills to tackle this project, but it's a perfect gift idea for teens who love their MP3 player. This zippered case for earbud headphones is keychain- and pocket-friendly, and a great way to make sure you never have to untangle your earbuds again.
Dog Under My Desk shows how to make the circle earbud pouch in this great how to.

Homemade Batman Soap Marvel
Batman Soap

Learn how to make your own soap, with a twist. The Batman bar bears the symbol of mystery in this comic-book inspired handmade bar of soap. Soap-making is a craft that requires few supplies and is fun for teens.
Get the Batman soap tutorial at The Pink Toque.
T-shirt Pillow craft for teenagers
T-shirt Pillow

A favorite T-shirt doesn't have to be retired just because of some stains or holes. Teens can make T-shirt pillows from their old rags and toss them on the bed, couch or bean bag chair for a cozy reading spot.
Learn how to transform your T-shirts into pillows from Maureen Cracknell Handmade.
Free People-inspired wrapped ear buds
Wrapped Ear Buds

Inspired by Free People's design, this project uses embroidery floss in any array of colors to customize your teen's need to stand apart. You might want to buy a few colors for yourself.

Get the how to at Made in Pretoria.

Starburst Wrapper Bracelet
Starburst Wrapper Bracelet

Candy wrappers are underrated. Good for their bright, tropical colors and waxey consistency, Starburst wrappers are folded and linked in this cool candy wrapper bracelet. Keep collecting wrappers, and you might end up with a necklace or even a dress.
Learn how to fold Starburst wrappers into jewelry at Fluffyland.

Photo credits from top:, The Pink Toque, Maureen Cracknell, Made in Pretoria,, Stars for Streetlights, Leisure Arts, That's So Cuegly, The Art Girl Jackie, The Pink Peony of Le Jardin.

DIY Record Bowls
Record Bowls

Did you know that vinyl records are made of highly craft-able material? Teenagers may not own any vintage LPs, but they can pick up some at the thrift store for cheap and melt records in the oven to make these crafty bowls. Let the inexpensive craft project be music to your ears.
Stars for Streetlights gives a great vinyl record bowls how to.
Duct Tape Bracelets
Duct Tape Bracelets

Not only do they make lime green, pink and purple duct tape, but it's perfect for making jewelry. You'll just need some colorful duct tape squares plus assorted beads and drinking straws to make these bracelets. Teenagers can make these crafts to wear or trade with friends.
Get the duct tape bracelets how to at CraftFoxes, courtesy of Leisure Arts.
Zipper Rings Flowers
Zipper Rings

Wearable crafts rank high among teenagers who like to express their own personal style. These coiled zipper rings are easy and inexpensive crafts for teens, and are a great way to look at common craft supplies in a new way. Sometimes, it's all about repurposing what you have on hand, so look around for seldom-worn clothing to rescue unused zippers before heading to the craft store.
Get the instructions at That's So Cuegly.


Sharpie tie-dye t-shirt
Tie Dying with Sharpie Markers

It's just cooler than regular tie dye, and that's why teenagers love it. Gather your supplies, including rubbing alcohol, a liquid dropper and a rainbow of Sharpies, and go to town on your T-shirt. It's a fascinating look that costs very little to make.
Learn how to tie dye a shirt with Sharpie Markers from The Art Girl Jackie.
T-shirt frilly scarf
No Sew Scarf

If you don't have a sewing machine, this no-sew fabric scarf is the perfect project to dress up your wardrobe. The frilly scarf is cut from an upcycled T-shirt, which gives it the gentle waves. Make one or more to give as gifts, or keep them for yourself.
Learn how to make the frilly scarf at The Pink Peony of Le Jardin.



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