Teenagers are notoriously moody and difficult to please, so what do you do with them when you have a weekend at home or a snow day? DIY projects are a dime a dozen, but teenagers won’t be satisfied with homemade playdough or paper mache. If you’re looking for a project to keep your teenager entertained, give these a try.
1. Photo Coasters
If your teen has an Instagram account with hundreds of photos on it, this project is perfect. All you need is a set of small square tiles and print outs of your teen’s favorite photos. Lay the tiles out flat and cut the photos to just smaller than the size of the tile. Using a paintbrush or foam brush, apply a thin layer of decoupage medium to the tile and lay the Photo over top. Cover the photo with a layer of decoupage medium then let dry and that’s it!
2. Elbow Patches
For trendy teens who are interested in fashion, this project is sure to be a hit. Have your teen pick out a sweater or two from their closet and pick out some felt fabric to match or contrast with the colors. Cut an oval shape or heart shape (this option is popular with girls) from the felt and use fabric glue to attach them at the elbows. This project is also great if your teen complains about getting hand-me-downs – it’s an easy way to make the clothes their own.
3. Wine Cork Succulents
Your teen doesn’t have to have a green thumb for this project, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt. Gather up a few wine corks and use a small, sharp knife to hollow them out. Add a pinch of dirt to the hollowed-out area and root a small succulent in it. Finish it off with a magnet glued to the back and you can hang your Wine Cork Succulents on the fridge!
4. Word Art
If your teen has a favorite word or phrase, turn it into a piece of art with this simple craft. Start with a piece of foam board and cut out the desired word or phrase – try to use cursive or calligraphy, if you can. Next, paint the foam board and then cover it with thumb tacks. Choose silver thumbtacks or go with a bright color for effect – they’ll also give the art an appealing texture to help it stand out.
5. Galaxy T-Shirt
For teens who love glitter, this craft is a must-try. Start out with a plain black t-shirt (you could also use a tank top or dress, if you’re feeling creative) and a bottle of bleach. Spritz the bleach onto the shirt to give it a star-studded effect and let it dry. Next, mix two parts water with 1 part metallic paint (your choice of colors) and spray it over top. Let the shirt dry or use undiluted metallic paint to paint on some stars or planets.
6. Studded Shoes
If your teen likes designer shoes but you don’t like the designer price tag, give this craft a try. Start with a pair of plain white or black shoes and buy some glue-on studs. Then, simply affix the studs to the shoes in the desired pattern and you’re done!