Keep pre-teens occupied with a variety of interesting craft projects.

Handmade Crafts for Pre-Teens

by Cheryl Stephenson-Hearns

Crafts give pre-teens an opportunity to be creative and imaginative. Making something by hand gives them a sense of pride and accomplishment. When deciding on a craft for your pre-teens, look for items they can use, give as gifts or put on display.

1. Lip Gloss

In a small bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil shortening and 1 teaspoon of honey. Measure 1/4 cup of hot water into a measuring cup and add 1 package of unsweetened flavored drink crystals, mixing with a spoon until the drink crystals have dissolved. Finally, add the drink mixture to the solid mixture a drop or two at a time, stirring until the lip gloss is the desired color and consistency. Make several colors and flavors by using different flavors of drink crystals. Store any unused lip gloss in the fridge for up to three days.

2. No-Sew Fleece Blanket

If you can tie a knot, you can make this blanket. Cut two pieces of fleece fabric into rectangles approximately 58 inches by 70 inches. Lay the fabric on the floor with the wrong sides together and smooth the layers with your hands. Measure a 6 inch by 6 inch square at each corner and cut out. Make fringe by cutting into your fabric 6 inches. Continue making cuts along each side of your blanket, approximately 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart. Once you have completed the cuts, take a pair of fringe pieces in your hand (one piece from the top fabric and the same piece from the bottom fabric.) Ties the pieces into a knot and continue this process around the edges of the entire blanket to complete the project. If you like, add embellishments such as ribbons, buttons or fabric paint to your blanket.

3. Scrapbooks

Scrapbooking is a fun activity for tweens where they can highlight their favorite memories. For this craft, you will need to purchase a scrapbook at your local craft store. You will also need scrapbooking paper, stickers, rhinestones and other small and relatively flat craft supplies that you can glue onto the pages of your book. Print off some of your favorite photos. Glue the photos onto scrapbooking paper and fill the page with decals and quotes.

4. Bookmarks

Save your page with cute handmade bookmarks. Cut a piece of card stock approximately 6 inches by 2 inches. Fold it in half lengthwise. You can round off the corners using scissors if you like. Reopen the paper and draw a shape such as a heart or star in the center of the left half of the paper. Cut out the shape. On the right half of the paper, glue a piece of coordinating card stock, large enough so that when you fold the paper in half, it fills the shape opening you cut out. Glue the two halves of the paper together. Make a hole at the top of the bookmark using a hole punch. Thread a piece of ribbon through the hole and knot it. To finish, use a write a cute caption underneath the cut-out using a glitter or gel pen.

Photo Credits

  • Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images