Redecorating your room, making your own clothes, creating a garden, or cooking a meal may not seem like exciting projects. However, plenty of adults get excited about doing these activities things, and there's no reason why teens can't, either.
Start with what you enjoy the most. If you enjoy beautiful flowers, try gardening, and think about incorporating your favourite colours or textures into your garden. If you love cakes, learn about cake recipes. Search the library for books on the interested subject and look online for blogs and sites that feature inspiring projects.
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Make your room more comfortable, and practice craft skills in the process. Take an old nightstand, and paint it a bold colour, or cover a side table in fabric scraps using fabric glue. Take up crocheting or knitting, and make yourself some chic doilies or appliques for throw pillows. Take your favourite album cover, and try to create your own version on your wall using fabric scraps, paper, magazine clippings, decals and paint. Teach yourself to sew with a simple project like pillow shams or a duvet cover, or use iron-ons to add a new touch to the ones you already have.
You don't have to wear what the magazines are telling you to you wear. Create your own fashions that have a personal touch. Experiment with turning an old T-shirt into a slouchy tank top or a make book bag by sewing the T-shirt bottom shut and cutting the neck out to form two handles. Transform an outdated thrift store dress into a cute summer dress by taking in the sides, snipping off the sleeves, and adding embellishments or smock pockets. Go to your local library for books on cheap and eco-friendly fashion crafts you can do with things you already have.
Grow something that creates beauty and perhaps some food in return. Plant tiny flower seeds in pots along your window sill, or start a small herb, flower or vegetable garden in your yard. Do research on plants for your area and planting a first garden. Use your vegetables, fruits or herbs to cook, and snip the flowers to keep your room cheerful, or leave them outside next to your favourite reading chair and side table for a quite place to relax.
If you don't already cook some items, delve into the culinary arts. Start with trying to make your favourite recipe, or use books like "Teen Cuisine" or "Cooking Up a Storm" to guide you through your first efforts. Start with one dish and work toward making an entire meal with several courses. Explore recipes by country or cooking method, or experiment with your available ingredients.
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