Our Summer Activities for Teenagers Series is the perfect place to find things to do in the summer! In this installment, we have lots of ideas for ‘The Crafter’ in your family!
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For the one who always has a craft project going, has a box of random items that they might use to make something someday, and provides you with the most unique handmade decor for you to display in your home…
Carry on the timeless craft of quilting…
- Make a t-shirt quilt from keepsake t-shirts
- Experiment with coordinating fabrics by making quilt blocks
- Watch YouTube videos on how to quilt
- Make a quilt for your bed
- Make drink coasters
- Make an oven mitt
Use needle and thread to create something beautiful…
- Monogram towels
- Monogram bathrobes
- Monogram pillowcases
- Do a traditional embroidered wall hanging (available in kits)
Make something cozy…
- Knit or crochet winter hats and scarves to donate to homeless people
- Create a macrame wall hanging
- Crochet an afghan
Sell your handcrafted items on
Make something unique from leather…
- key rings
- luggage tags
- drink coasters
- a wallet
- a belt
String it out…
- Watch string art tutorials on YouTube
- Create string art to hang in your room
- Create string art to give as gifts
Sew it up…
- decorative pillows or pillowcases
- hanging kitchen towels
- a pin cushion
- curtains for your room
- a dress
- an apron
Make your mark…
- Etch on wood using a wood-burning kit
- Etch on glass or mirror
- Etch on metal
Use paper and glue to make something new…
- Create a scrapbook
- Practice Origami
- Make greeting cards
- Make book art
- Make bookmarks
Interested in starting a blog about your love of crafting?
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Disclaimer: All activities in this series may not be suitable for every teenager. It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to determine whether their teens are of appropriate age, maturity, and ability to participate in any given activity. It’s a Joyous Journey LLC takes no responsibility for any accident, injury, behavior, damage, etc. resulting from any person’s involvement in any activity listed in this series. Please note that many activities involve the internet/social media. We take no responsibility for any content on any website other than our own. Please monitor your teen according to your own family’s internet/social media guidelines.
Those are great ideas! They sound like a great group activity…once we can do those again.
Crafting as a group would be so much fun! Maybe a virtual version would be fun for now.
Great post!!! Fabulous ideas for all to do!!! Thanks for sharing!
This is a great list for a crafty teenager! One day I may venture into crafting myself!
It’s a great hobby…so many different things to try!
Great ideas! Very interesting list!
I am a runner and I have always wanted to make blankets out of my running t-shirts. Maybe this will make me finally do that! Thanks for sharing these awesome craft ideas!
That would be such a great keepsake! I hope you get to do it!
I can’t wait to share this with my daughter!! This is perfect for her!! Thank you for the great ideas, and the gorgeous website!
Thanks, Erin! I hope she finds some things she enjoys!
I love these ideas. I have always wanted to make my own jewelry, so this post is giving me some inspiration to look into that!
Go for it!
Great ideas! I’m sure a crafty kid would love any of these activities.
Great list! We aren’t quite to the teenage years yet, but we have done some of these already on the list
Thanks! Yes, most of these could be done at any age. Crafting is good for everybody!
Rachel Da silva
Wow there are a lot of nice ideas in here! Thank you for sharing
Thanks for reading!
These are all great ideas! I love making jewlery on the side! It is nice and relaxing!
I love getting in the zone while crafting! My biggest problem is just giving myself permission to take the time to do it. I need to get better at that!
You may have just inspired me to move forward with my thoughts on making bracelets.
Another idea…my son loved to tie-dye, even after becoming an adult. He has done t-shirts, socks and even made tapestries out of sheets for a festival. Those “sheets” are in our permanent festival arsenal of supplies.
Tie-dye is a good one! I included it in the section of my post Summer Activities for Teenagers Series: The Fashionista for clothing, but I hadn’t thought about tye-dying other items. Thanks for the idea!
I used to do cross stitch and this post reminds me of that. I’m not a teenager but I find your ideas do not have an age limit and I can always learn a new craft. For me it’s gonna have to be sewing so I don’t have to pay an arm and leg hemming my pants (short people problems lol). And btw, your pictures look awesome 😎
Thanks, Wella! Yes, there are a lot of things on here I’d like to try, too! Good luck with your sewing!