Craft Ideas for Older Children

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Many feel that crafts are just for young kids, but this isn’t the case. There are many teenagers and “tweens” who still enjoy crafts. The difference is the skill level involved in the types of crafts these kids do. Below are a few craft ideas for older children that your kids might like doing.

Creating a Flower Vase

Items Needed:

  • – Clear glass bottle (should be slender)
  • – Enamel glass paints
  • – Glue
  • -Decorative items to glue to the bottles (if you can’t find the enamel glass paint at your local craft store)

The first thing that needs to be done is the washing and drying the bottle. Then, your teen can create interesting designs on the glass with the various colors of paint and different sizes of brushes. Once the bottle is painted and your teen is happy with it, bake it according to the instructions on the paint bottles.

If you weren’t able to find the enamel glass paint, your teen can use white glue to attach the decorative items found. Your teen can also get more creative by cutting out images found in magazines and attaching them to the bottle using decoupage too.

Trinket Box

Items Needed:

  • Cardboard box w/lid (can use a shoe box or find a box at the craft store)
  • Decoupage Medium
  • Paint Brush
  • Various magazines that can be cut up
  • Scissors

This is a fun craft as your teen or tween can take the magazines and cut out the pictures and images she likes and use the decoupage medium to attach them to the box. The decoupage medium will need to be applied to both the underside of the images and the top of the images too.

Jewelry

 Items Needed:

  • Upholstery thread
  • Sewing needle (small)
  • Various styles of beads
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Necklace clasps

The first thing your child will need to do is play with the beads by laying them out on the table to decide on the pattern she wants. The key to creating a nice necklace is to try and make it look even on both sides. For instance, if there is a specific pattern your teen is using, it should be mirrored on both sides. However, if your teen is working on a more artistic design, the pieces on each side should be similar. This is why it’s best to lay it all out on the table first.

Once the design has been determined, your teen should take the upholstery thread, thread it through the needle and string it out to the size she wants. Then begin poking the needle through the beads in the pattern laid out on the table. Once finished, use the pliers to attach the necklace clasp.

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