Summer Activities for Teenagers Series: The Crafter

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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The Crafter

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…

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Carry on the timeless craft of quilting…

Use needle and thread to create something beautiful…

  • Monogram towels
  • Monogram bathrobes
  • Monogram pillowcases
  • Do a traditional embroidered wall hanging (available in kits)

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Are you the next big jewelry designer?…

Make something cozy…

Sell your handcrafted items on

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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

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Sew it up…


  • decorative pillows or pillowcases
  • hanging kitchen towels
  • a pin cushion
  • curtains for your room
  • a dress
  • an apron
  • costumes

Make your mark…

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Use paper and glue to make something new…

  • Create a scrapbook
  • Practice Origami
  • Make greeting cards
  • Make book art
  • Make bookmarks

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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.

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  1. Cindy Mailhot Reply

    Those are great ideas! They sound like a great group activity…once we can do those again.

    • Melissa F Reply

      Crafting as a group would be so much fun! Maybe a virtual version would be fun for now.

  2. Annette Reply

    Great post!!! Fabulous ideas for all to do!!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. LaToya Reply

    This is a great list for a crafty teenager! One day I may venture into crafting myself!

    • Melissa F Reply

      It’s a great hobby…so many different things to try!

  4. Barbara Reply

    Great ideas! Very interesting list!

  5. Judean Reply

    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!

    • Melissa F Reply

      That would be such a great keepsake! I hope you get to do it!

  6. Erin Reply

    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!

    • Melissa F Reply

      Thanks, Erin! I hope she finds some things she enjoys!

  7. Jordan Reply

    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!

  8. Eva Keller Reply

    Great ideas! I’m sure a crafty kid would love any of these activities.

  9. Emily Ackerman Reply

    Great list! We aren’t quite to the teenage years yet, but we have done some of these already on the list

    • Melissa F Reply

      Thanks! Yes, most of these could be done at any age. Crafting is good for everybody!

  10. Rachel Da silva Reply

    Wow there are a lot of nice ideas in here! Thank you for sharing

  11. Kay Reply

    These are all great ideas! I love making jewlery on the side! It is nice and relaxing!

    • Melissa F Reply

      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!

  12. Sabrina DeWalt Reply

    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.

  13. Wella Reply

    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 😎

    • Melissa F Reply

      Thanks, Wella! Yes, there are a lot of things on here I’d like to try, too! Good luck with your sewing!

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