arts and crafts for teenagers

6 Fun Craft Ideas For Tweens And Teenagers

By Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at FurnitureChoice.co.uk

When your kids have grown out of painting egg boxes and recycling milk cartons into elephants, it’s hard to know what to do with them arts and crafts wise so we’ve put together five fun craft ideas for tweens and teenagers.

They’ll need minimal input from you; with older teens you can simply provide them with the required tools and periodically stick your head into their room to make sure they don’t need any help.

Tweens and those in their early to mid teens might need you to do any cutting/hammering and use the sharper tools. We don’t want any trips to A&E!

Then sit back and feel like parent of the week when they emerge from their room with their new creation.

5 Fun Craft Ideas For Tweens And Teenagers

1. Tassel wall hanging

Tapping into the art of mindful living during difficult times is a positive step towards leading a more fulfilling life and helps inspire moments of peace and calm.

how to make a Tassel wall hanging

Taking cues from the carefree and natural elements of boho design, this crafty DIY project encourages these aspects of mindfulness by bringing a carefree and relaxing atmosphere into the home.

Tassel wall hangings have been making a comeback over the last few years with a more modern look while still keeping to its bohemian roots.

This step by step guide will put creative skills to the test and teaches teens to improvise with a ball of yarn and a wood dowel.

How To make a Wall Hanging

DIY Wall Hanging

Inspired by the carefree and natural elements of boho design, this crafty DIY project encourages you to practise your creative skills.

Materials

  • Wood dowel (1.3cm diameter, 61cm in length)
  • 9 large wood beads
  • 9 small wood beads
  • A ball of yarn

Tools

  • Hardcover notebook
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Wrap the yarn over the spine of the notebook. Cut a piece of yarn and hold it against the spine of your notebook. This will form the foundation of the tassel. Follow up by wrapping the yarn over this piece 30 times and cut off the excess.
  2. Take the first piece of yarn from the spine of the notebook and double knot it around the wrapped yarn.
  3. Cut the yarn down the side of the notebook.
  4. Double knot the yarn to form a tassel head. Place the tassel on a piece of yarn, then double knot it to form the tassel head. Make your tassel look neater by cutting off any scraggly pieces at the bottom. For this wall hanging, you have the choice of creating up to 10 tassels to hang on the wood dowel.
  5. Tie each end of the dowel with a piece of yarn. This will become the part that will be hung against the wall.
  6. Double knot it with the knot facing down. Next, tie on a piece of yarn at the end of the dowel and double knot it with the knot facing down. To keep the double knot in place,
    reinforce it with a dab of super glue.
  7. Divide the dowel into nine sections to attach the other six pieces of yarn and repeat step 3.
  8. Slide 1 large wood bead then thread the yarn around the bead to keep it in place. Then slide 1 small bead on the yarn then tie a triple knot underneath it to keep it in place.
  9. Attach a tassel by tying it to the end of the yarn and through the top loop of the tassel. Proceed to double knot it before cutting
    off the excess yarn. Repeat this step with the other tassels.
  10. If you have extra tassels, why not add a second tassel in between the bead and tassel hanging for the three middle hanging pieces? Use the top strands of the tassel in step 3 and double knot it. Cut off the excess yarn when you’re done.
  11. Tie an extra piece of yarn around the bottom of the head of the tassel and the yarn it’s hanging from to keep everything in place. Admire your handiwork!

2. Staghorn fern living wall display

With more time indoors, a burst of lush greenery is essential in boosting overall wellbeing.

With that in mind, creating a staghorn fern living wall display in the living room or kitchen gives the space a much-needed oxygen boost while lending an eco-friendly decorative touch.

A staghorn fern living wall display is a stylish and adaptable feature at home that is made with natural materials such as wooden boards, sphagnum moss and hessian fabric.

Once nailed into position on the wall, it’s important to water your plants by spraying them weekly.

how to make a staghorn-fern-living display

Staghorn Fern Living Wall

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Difficulty: Medium

Indoor plants spruce up the home by giving your space a fresh, lively appeal and add a sunny vibe to the bedroom.

Materials

  • 4 square wood boards
  • 4 staghorn ferns
  • sphagnum moss
  • fishing wire
  • hessian fabric
  • picture hooks and wire
  • pencil

Tools

  • hammer
  • nails
  • upholstery nails

Instructions

  1. Start by sealing your wooden boards with wax. This is to protect the surface of the wood and to maintain an even finish.
  2. Prep the wooden boards for hanging by attaching the wire to the back of the wood.
  3. Next, trace the outline of the plant pot on the front part of the wooden boards with a pencil. The outline should be about 2.5cm wider than the circumference of your plant.
  4. To secure your plants, hammer in 8 nails along the pencilled outline of the wooden boards. Leave about 1cm space between each nail.
  5. Decant the plant from its pot to prepare it for mounting.
  6. Dunk the fern in water before you assemble it on the wooden board. You’ve got to keep it fresh!
  7. With potting soil already at the bottom, place the staghorn fern on the wooden board within the circle of nails. Then encase wet sphagnum moss around the base of the plant while making sure it stays in the circle.
  8. Use fishing wire to protect the moss by attaching it to the wood board and wrapping it around the nails. If it’s possible, you can try wrapping it diagonally across the staghorn fern leaves.
  9. Keep your moss and soil from spilling out of the frame with the help of hessian fabric. Next, cut the hessian fabric to fit the size of the plant and wrap it around the soil. Fasten your fabric in place with the help of upholstery nails. Repeat the steps with the rest of the staghorn ferns and wooden boards. You’re almost done!
  10. Nail the boards into position on the wall. You will need about 2 nails to secure each wooden board to the wall. It’s up to you how you want to arrange the boards - what’s great about this display is that you can put your own spin to it.

Notes

Care for your plants by spraying them weekly. Give some extra TLC and dunk each plant in water for 24 hours once a month.

3. Comic book chair

For comic book fans, a decoupage superhero chair injects a fun dose of nostalgia to a teen’s bedroom.

how to make a Comic book chair

Using old comics, PVA glue, scissors and a wooden or metal chair of choice, this DIY can be easily personalised to suit different styles and taste.

This DIY is a simple and enjoyable way to refresh your old furniture and brighten up your space.

Once you’re done pasting the comic pieces together, make sure to coat your chair with a thin coat of glue and clear varnish to protect your handiwork.

DIY Comic Book Chair How To

DIY Marvel Chair

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Additional Time: 1 days
Total Time: 1 days 1 hour 45 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

With great power, comes great responsibility – Uncle Ben’s words ring true whether you’re a teenager bitten by a radioactive spider, or an avid arts and crafts fan determined to revamp a chair.

Materials

  • An old chair
  • PVA glue
  • Old comics
  • A plate to pour the glue in

Tools

  • Brushes
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Cut out the comic panels of your choice – they can be in any shape or size as each piece will be overlaid over each other.
  2. Apply glue to the surface of the chair that you’re planning to cover with comic panels. This can be done on both metal or wooden surfaces, so you’ll be able to repeat this DIY with a different chair if you wish.
  3. Start arranging the comic pieces onto the surface coated with glue. Repeat steps 3 and 4 as you work your way around the chair – remember to be careful when working with uneven surfaces – it’s okay to go slow!
  4. Once all areas are fully covered with the comics, apply a thin coating of glue over the surface to seal your handiwork in place.
  5. Finally, to protect your new chair from any surface damage, coat the chair in a clear varnish.

4. Shibori tie-dye napkins

Give home accessories a nautical-inspired update by evoking the breezy coastal blues of the sea.

how to make Shibori tie-dye napkins

Known as Shibori, this Japanese tie-dye technique involves folding, twist or bunching cloth together then dyeing it indigo.

Experimentation is key here and the tie-dye effect brings a summery feel to the home when matched with other natural elements like wood or rattan.

Doing Shibori at home allows you to choose what patterns you want to make depending on how you fold your napkins.

Choose napkins made from natural fibres such as cotton as they will easily soak up the dye compared to synthetic materials.

DIY Shibori Napkins

Shibori Tie-Dye Napkins

Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy

Bring a bit of the beach into the home keep the holiday vibes strong long after summer with these asy to make napkins.

Materials

  • Fabric dyes
  • White cotton napkins
  • Bucket
  • Empty squeeze bottle
  • Rubber gloves
  • Salt

Tools

  • Rubber bands

Instructions

  1. First, machine wash the napkins and make sure to avoid using fabric softener - it may repel the ink later.
  2. While waiting for the napkins to be washed, prepare the dye per instructions on the packet. Some dyes suggest using salt to help the fabric absorb the dye easier. Mix well in a bucket.
  3. You want to work with damp napkins, so go ahead and use them right out of the machine. Use the rubber bands to tie up the fabric and create your preferred pattern.
  4. Pour the dye into a squeezy bottle for easy application. Then, take the tied napkins and squeeze ink onto the tied areas where the rubber bands are. Leave them tied up for 24 hours.
  5. Rinse the napkins with cold water until the water runs clear. This is important to help reduce any dye bleeds later. Then, remove the rubber bands and rinse with warm water until the water runs clear. 
  6. Machine wash the dyed napkins again. Make sure there are no other items of clothing with the napkins, in case the dye still bleeds. Dry and iron them and voila.

5. Art Deco Feature Wall

Bring a glamorous twist to the living room with an Art Deco-inspired feature wall.

how to make an Art Deco Feature Wall

A chic way to showcase artwork, this DIY project adds texture and interest to the room with its sophisticated yet subtle lines.

Make your artwork stand out by choosing contrasting wall colours. This gives you the opportunity to decide whether you want to create a bold or neutral aesthetic based on the colours you choose.

For example, light grey or white walls will let blue patterned-artwork shine as the focal point of the room while highlighting the gilded frames of the feature wall.

DIY Art Deco Feature Wall

Art Deco Feature Wall

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Difficulty: Medium

Whether you’re playing with a pop of colour and pattern, or experimenting with geometric lines, a feature wall is a great way to add a touch of character to a room.

Materials

  • Masking tape
  • 3 paint options of your choice. (Dulux Trade 10YY 54/034 (wall), Dulux 10YY 72/021 (Inner Panels) and Dulux 00NN 83/000 (beading) are shown here)
  • Pine decorative beading
  • Framed artwork or photograph
  • Picture light

Tools

  • Painting equipment: roller, brush and tray
  • Fixings, nails or wall glue
  • Junior hacksaw
  • Tape measure

Instructions

  1. Paint the wall with the base colour of your choice. For a nice contrast, we recommend that you choose the darkest colour out of the three paints that you have selected.
  2. Once the wall is dry, measure the space that you’d like to work with as the ‘frames’ for your walls - it can take the form of squares or rectangles - or really anything you’d like. For a classic look, we’ve gone with rectangles here.
  3. If you are planning to hang artwork for the final step, make sure you leave enough space around the borders and enough height above to hang a picture light. Once you’ve measured and marked everything, create the borders with masking tape.
  4. Paint the rectangles within the masking tape frames using the middle shade of paint.
  5. Paint the lengths of your decorative beading in the lightest shade of paint.
  6. Once the beading is dry, carefully cut it down to the same measurements as the masking tape frame, cutting the edges on the diagonal using a junior hacksaw, or another suitable woodcutter tool.
  7. Carefully peel off the masking tape and fix your pine beadings to the outer edges of the painted frame, using nails or strong wall glue.
  8. Hang your framed artwork and picture light within the frame.

6. DIY Air Freshener

Essential oils and dried fruit or flowers are great options for natural scents.

Combining the health benefits of natural scents and detoxification ability of baking soda, this DIY is a 2-in-1 craft that’s both practical and environmentally-friendly.

DIY natural Air Freshener
Yield: One

DIY Natural Air Freshener

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Materials

  • Baking soda
  • Natural scent of your choice (lavender, eucalyptus, orange, lemon)
  • Essential oils of your choice

Tools

  • Glass jar or Mason jar
  • Bowl and spoon
  • Paper or fabric
  • Twine or string to decorate (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Needle or pin

Instructions

  1. Pour some baking soda into the bowl - enough to fill your jar to a depth of about 1.5 inches. Add your essential oil of choice.
  2. Mix thoroughly with a spoon and transfer the mixture into the jar.
  3. If you’re using a Mason jar, poke holes in the lid or replace the flat inner lid with a layer of paper - simply trace a circle around the jar lid onto the paper and cut it out. Poke holes in the paper using a pin, then stick or place the paper between the rim of the jar, then screw the outer lid on.
  4. For regular glass jars with no lids, cut a circle out of fabric that’s 2-3 inches larger than the jar. Poke holes in the fabric using a pin. Then, secure over the jar mouth with string.
  5. Decorate by tying a sprig of dried flowers with some twine.

Notes

You could also put the mixture into a cloth pouch and leave in drawers or cupboards to keep them smelling fresh.

What are your favourite arts and crafts for tweens and teenagers?

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