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Easy Summer Craft Ideas for Teenagers
Fun Teenage Crafts For Summer
Summer vacation is almost upon us, and I've collected a bunch of great summer craft ideas for teenagers to fill up some of that free time. Whether it's fashionable beach accessories, recycled windchimes, or organic bug repellent, there are crafts for teens of any age, gender, or skill level, so if you're looking for easy, fun crafts to do this summer, you're sure to find an idea here!
Summer Crafts For Teenage Girls
With these craft tutorials, it's easy to make your own accessories and jewelry for summer. Refurbish your wardrobe, and make extras for friends and family. (If you're not a girly girl, read on for more easy summer crafts you might enjoy!)
- Beaded Chain Earrings
Make elegant, lightweight earrings from jump rings and beads. This is a fun project you can do in 15 minutes, and looks great.
- Flower Hoop Earrings
Craft cute and simple earrings with a tropical look.
- Pepsi Can Earrings
Declare your allegiance with these cute DIY earrings made from soda cans.
- Hemp Jewelry
Hemp knotting is a perfect summer craft for teens to make beach-friendly jewelry.
- Friendship Bracelets
These colorful floss bracelets are a fun craft to do while traveling, waiting, or just lazing around.
- Braided Headband
Make a fashionable headband with ribbon, chain, and a hair elastic in this no-sew craft project.
- Boho Sandals
A great way to spruce up some old flip flops with twine and fabric scraps for a bohemian look.
- Braided Flip Flops
Easily customize your flipflops with DIY braided straps.
- Beaded Barefoot Sandals
Dress up your feet! A fun fashion project for teenage girls who reject shoes.
You'll need all the hemp you can get. (Ha ha.)
More Fun Crafts For Teen Girls
Take it to the next level by creating your own summer clothes! Here are a bunch of easy summer craft ideas to get you started.
- T-Shirt Skirt
Make a cute, easy skirt from thrifted men's tees.
- No-Sew Tie Back Halter
Transform an old T-shirt with this easy craft tutorial.
- Bandana Halter
Make a cool wrap-style halter tank from two bandanas and some ribbon.
- T-Shirt Bikini
Create your own swimsuit out of old shirts.
- Beach Cover-Up
Learn how to make a jersey wrap for the beach or pool in this super-simple project.
Easy Summer Crafts For Guys
There's no law that stops you teenage guys from making hemp bracelets or cute sandals. But if you're looking for something extra macho, here are some simple craft ideas. Conversely, if you're a girl looking for some less girly crafts, you've come to the right place.
- Tire Sandals
Make your own sandals from old tires -- eco-friendly and foot-friendly.
- Paracord Bracelet
Braid a cool wristband out of heavy-duty cord -- unravel in case of emergency.
- Duct Tape Wallet
A tried and true craft project. Keep your cash safe, dry, and nifty-looking with a duct-tape wallet.
- Electrical Wire Ring
Make a colorful ring for yourself or a friend out of upcycled electrical wire.
- Braided Leather Belt
Make a stylish leather belt without spending all your lawnmowing money on materials.
- Pop Tab Belt
Another awesome belt you can make out of the tabs of drink cans.
- Chainmail Bracelet
Learn how to make chainmail, and end up with a cool bracelet. (Be sure to make one for your girlfriend too.)
- Bicycle Handlebar Bag
This handmade reflective bike bag is upcycled from a water bottle and a sock.
Silver is not your only choice for duct tape wallets anymore.
More Teenage Craft Ideas
Personal adornment not your thing, or do you reject the gender binary? Try these fun craft projects for teenagers, from the ridiculously easy to the truly impressive.
Make a DIY postcard kit and share your summer vacation by mail.
- Water Bottle Strap
Keep your drink handy with this five-minute craft project.
- Water Bottle Sling
A more complicated water bottle holder project that will keep your reusable bottle safe.
- Bandana Tote
Two bandanas. One pair of scissors. That's all you need to make a fun tote bag for the beach or the mall.
- Waterproof Beach Bag
Make your own beach tote from duct tape and trash bags.
- Seashell Wall Hanging
Use up your beach treasures to make cool wall art.
- Recycled Windchime
Craft your own unique windchime out of household junk.
Sew your own hammock and laze the summer away with this step-by-step tutorial.
- Duct Tape Lawn Chair
Revamp a folding chair with your trusty duck tape.
- Sharpie Tie-Dye Tee
Use permanent markers and alcohol to tie-dye a T-shirt for summer.
- Towel Tote
Sew a compact beach bag that unrolls into a sunbathing towel complete with pillow.
Sharpies come in a rainbow of colors for all your summer craft needs.
DIY Projects For Summer
Ready to get your hands dirty? You can make these summer essentials yourself with a quick trip to the supermarket and a little elbow grease.
Share your favorite teenage craft ideas here, and let me know what you think!