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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Summer Activities for Teenagers

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 pot holders

Click here to find quilting supplies

Summer Activities for Teenagers

Use needle and thread to create something beautiful…

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

Click here to find embroidery supplies

Summer Activities for Teenagers

Are you the next big jewelry designer?…

  • Make necklaces
  • Make bracelets
  • Make earrings
  • Design your own jewelry line to sell

Click here to find jewelry making supplies

Summer Activities for Teenagers

Make something cozy…

  • Knit or crochet winter hats and scarves to donate to homeless people
  • Create a macrame wall hanging
  • Crochet an afghan

Click here to find yarn supplies

Summer Activities for Teenagers

Make something unique from leather…


  • key rings
  • luggage tags
  • drink coasters
  • a wallet
  • a belt

Click here to find leather working supplies

Summer Activities for Teenagers

String it out…

  • Watch string art tutorials on YouTube
  • Create string art to hang in your room
  • Create string art to give as gifts

Click here to find string art supplies

Summer Activities for Teenagers

Sew it up…


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

Click here to find sewing supplies

Summer Activities for Teenagers

Make your mark…

Click here to find etching supplies

Summer Activities for Teenagers

Use paper and glue to make something new…

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

Click here to find paper crafting supplies

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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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Summer Activities for Teenagers

I love to share my passion for family, faith, learning, and adventure! I am a worship pastor's wife, a homeschool mom to three teens (well, one has graduated), a former public school teacher and counselor, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology. At our church, I serve on the worship team and as the Fine Arts coordinator, helping students to discover, develop, and deploy their God-given gifts. I'm so excited for you to follow along on this joyous journey!


  1. Cindy MailhotReply

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

    • Melissa FReply

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

  2. AnnetteReply

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

  3. LaToyaReply

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

    • Melissa FReply

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

  4. BarbaraReply

    Great ideas! Very interesting list!

  5. JudeanReply

    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 FReply

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

  6. ErinReply

    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 FReply

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

  7. JordanReply

    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 KellerReply

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

  9. Emily AckermanReply

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

    • Melissa FReply

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

  10. Rachel Da silvaReply

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

  11. KayReply

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

    • Melissa FReply

      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 DeWaltReply

    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. WellaReply

    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 FReply

      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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