When it comes to DIY projects, it seems like little kids and grownups have all the fun—but that doesn’t have to be the case. Even though these days it feels like teenagers can’t tear themselves away from social media for a hot second, DIY crafts for teens present an easy way to engage teens (sans cellphone!) and allow them to flex their creative muscles.
Plus, if they end up loving their work they can post it on Instagram for their friends to fave. Need more incentive? They can make some extra money by selling these cute items, and what teen isn’t eager to put some extra money in their pocket?
The following 16 crafts for teens are total upgrades from those grade-school projects your kids used to bring home from school (meaning, no popsicle sticks and Elmer’s glue required). So the next time you’d like to entice your teen to put away her smartphone for a few hours, use one of these cool DIY crafts for teens to inspire her.
Lexy Ward is the founder and editor of Proper, a DIY & lifestyle site that promotes creative living in a properly improper fashion. From recipes, to DIY home decor projects, to fashion & beauty, there's an abundance of inspiration! Her work has been featured in print and online by brands including Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Country Living Magazine, Style Me Pretty, Daily Candy, Buzzfeed, Apartment Therapy, Fox News, and more. She is also the founder of the creative event series #EATDRINKCREATE, a series of workshops for anyone interested in channeling their creative side. Usually found with a Diet Coke in hand, Lexy currently lives in Arizona with her husband, Logan, and their two-year-old daughter, Vita.