Arts & Crafts Ideas for Teens Ages 13 & Up

Updated February 21, 2017

Arts and crafts projects can be fun for children of all ages. The secret to finding age-appropriate crafts for teenagers is to choose more complex projects that require more thought and effort to complete. As you look for a project, consider items that relate to the teens' normal activities to make them more fun and interesting.


For teenagers, jewellery crafts offer an opportunity to make something unique that can be tailored to the their tastes and styles. To prepare for the craft-making session, gather a variety of materials that can be used to make different types of jewellery: Buttons, beans, embroidery thread, small charms, ribbons, and brightly coloured fabrics. Then, find items that can be used as bases and finishing pieces: Safety pins, beading wire, leather cords, earring backs and a variety of closure options. By allowing your teenagers a variety of options, you encourage their creativity and resourcefulness.

Repurposed clothing

If your teen is interested in clothing, you can encourage her sense of personal style by hosting a T-shirt making session. Start with plain white or black T-shirts, or use old shirts. Using fabric paint, markers, needle and thread, patches, glue and even tie-die materials, your teenager can customise a shirt that suits his personality. For a funkier look, teens can use scissors to cut up and sew together multiple shirts to produce an entirely new style. If your teen prefers to customise another item of clothing, like jeans, you can supply rivets, studs, brightly coloured thread or sandpaper for custom shredding and wear.

Custom wall hangings

For teenagers who are in need of something to hang on their bedroom walls, a custom wall-hanging project is fun and productive. Start with a wooden canvas-stretching frame, which are inexpensive and found at any craft store. Gather several blank canvases, paint, glue, various fabric bits, beads, patches and any other small items you have. Teenagers can customise their canvas to reflect their personality; even a large piece of interesting fabric can be used. Once the canvas is complete, stretch it over the frame and use a heavy-duty stapler to secure it to the inside of the frame.

Fleece blankets

Fleece blankets can be a great craft project for teenagers who have a good eye for colour and design but do not have the skills for sewing or the patience for detail-oriented projects. To make a simple blanket, lay two pieces of fleece on the ground or table, one on top of the other and trim off the excess edges so that each piece is the same size. Starting at one corner, cut slits of 3 to 5 inches into the two pieces of fleece at about 1.5 inches apart. Repeat this process until you have completed all four sides. Tie the corner strips of the top and bottom pieces together to anchor the fleece, and then tie each pair of strips down each side. The result is a warm, fun blanket that can be customised to colour and size preferences.

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