Quick and Easy Crafts for Teens

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Quick and Easy Crafts for Teens
Homemade soap is a fun and easy craft for teens to make. (handmade soap image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.com)

Finding a craft for your teen can be difficult, especially if you want a quick and easy one. Teenagers enjoy making things they can give as gifts to friends and family. They also like to make things that will be useful in the room or at school. A quick trip to the craft supply store--and maybe even the hardware store--for a few supplies will provide your teen with hours of artistic crafting opportunities.

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Soap Making

The new melt-and-pour soaps available at craft stores make soap making a simple craft for teens. Ask your parents' permission before you melt the soap beads in a glass container in the microwave or in an old pan on the hob. Add fragrance, colours or small decorations after your soap beads are melted. Pour the soap into moulds and let it harden. Wrap it in clear cling film and give to friends as gifts.

Picture Frames

Duct tape picture frames are easy to make and will be a unique gift for family or friends. You can make this project in approximately 10 minutes, although it will take longer if you spend time decorating it. You will need a ruler, magnetic strips, duct tape and scissors. Cut four strips of duct tape 3 3/4 inches long. Lay two of them down on the table, sticky side up, and cover them with the other two pieces so they are no longer sticky. These are the sides of your frame. Cut four strips of duct tape to 9 1/2 inches long and repeat what you did before to cover up the sticky part. These are the top and bottom parts of your frame. Lay them in the shape of a rectangle on the table, leaving an opening for your picture. Cut four 1-inch long strips of duct tape and tape the pieces together. Flip the frame over and tape it together on the back. Decorate the frame with additional colours of duct tape, stickers or markers.

Bookmarker

Make a bookmark out of duct tape for a quick and easy craft that you can complete in less than five minutes. If you want to personalise it, or make it for a special friend, spend time decorating it with puffy paints, stickers, glitter, or gems. You will need various colours of duct tape, a hole punch, string or ribbon, permanent marker and decorative items. Cut two pieces of duct tape 5 inches in length. Put them sticky sides together. Trim off the two corner at the top to make it into the shape of a bookmark. Punch a hole in the centre of the top. Thread and tie a ribbon or string through the top. Decorate the bookmark with stickers, other colours of duct tape and markers as desired.

Glow-in-the-Dark Alien Babies

This craft is very easy, kind of crazy and fun for teens. Glow-in-the-dark alien babies make fun gifts for friends, especially around Halloween. Mold small heads, approximately ¾ inch in diameter, from glow-in-the-dark polymer clay, which you can find at craft supply stores. When the clay is still wet, push small beads in the head for eyes.

Roll out some more glow-in-the-dark clay and make a thin blanket to wrap around your baby. Polymer clay needs to be baked to harden, so follow the directions on the package of clay carefully, and get permission to use the oven from your parents first. Use an old pan to bake the clay on. When working with polymer clay, be cautious, open your windows for good ventilation and wash your hands after use.

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