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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
You can use brown bags or white bags. Read this tutorial on how to turn ordinary paper lunch bags into these beautiful stars.
SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR PAPER BAG STARS:
~ Brown lunch bags or white lunch bags
~ Glue sticks
~ Fluorescent tempera cakes
~ White chalk markers
~ Hole punch
GARLAND & PAPER CHAIN CRAFTS 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.