These craft projects are especially for kids from age 11 to age 14, those kids sometimes referred to as 'Tweens' or preteens. This is a tough age and here are some fun crafts to hopefully bring smiles to their faces. The best judge as to whether your child can handle these crafts or not is you. For this age group, you might also want to check out craft projects for elementary-aged kids or craft projects for teens.
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Tie-Dye Shirts or Towels
Tweens are at the right age to have fun with tie-dye. Besides the typical choice of a tye-die shirt, how about a tie-dyed beach towel? That's a fun project if wearing a tie-dyed shirt isn't their fashion choice.
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Cell Phone Pouch
Have you just given your tween her own phone? Use duct tape or felt and a needle and thread to whip up a handy case you can carry your phone around in. As our phones change sizes seemingly every year, who doesn't need a new case?
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Needing very little sewing, this fleece hat is easy to make. It can be sewn by hand or by machine. Add to the fun by making a matching no-sew fleece scarf or even a no-sew fleece tied blanket or pajama bag for sleep-overs. Your tween can choose fleece fabric to match their team or school colors, or even upcycle an inexpensive fleece blanket.
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Gather together all your friends and you can all make a bracelet for each other. From simple friendship bracelets to turning plain chains, bangles, or duct tape into something unique, it's a fun way to spend an afternoon with your besties.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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Scrapbook of Accomplishments
This is a fun and easy scrapbook craft, Decorate a 3-ring binder that you can use to hold mementos from school. It's a great way to upcycle and personalize those 3-ring binders that have the clear plastic pockets on the front, back, and spine. Let your tween make it their own, and then use top-loading page protectors to add photos, certificates, clippings, ticket stubs, and other items.
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All you need are colored seed bead and safety pins to make these safety pin jewelry items. You can make them from free patterns or encourage the tweens to design their own. You might give them graph paper to lay out their own designs, coloring each square in a grid to use when placing the beads onto the pins. You might suggest starting with their initials or a holiday design.
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CD Case Photo Book
This miniature photo album is a great way to carry around photos and it would also make a fun gift for someone special. You need only cardstock, ribbon, glue, scissors, and a stapler. It can be a lovely gift for a grandparent or friend.
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Is your tween ready to keep a journal or start a creative writing project? Making a fabric-covered notebook or a duct tape-covered notebook is a great way to have a personalized place for her writing. It's an easy project that your tween can make her own.Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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This is a great way to recycle junk mail and catalogs. Your tween can make beads and then use them to make jewelry. The colorful beads are easily made with glue and the help of a toothpick or wooden dowel. Then they can be added to chains and used in any beading project.
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This tutorial will teach you just how easy it is to personalize a store-bought tote bag. All you need is some fabric, fusible web, and an iron.
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Message in the Bottle Cap Magnet
You can make fun magnets out of bottle caps, glitter glue, and fancy beads. Whether you're using the refrigerator to tack up memories or messages, or your tween wants to use them his locker, it's a nifty way to have personalized magnets. You can also suggest making flat marble photo magnets suitable as gifts for grandparents.
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You can dress up some old frames using paint, buttons, sea shells, and many other items. It's a great way to make a gift for the grandparents or for photos for the tween's room.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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Duct Tape Wallet Craft
Your tween has reached the age where a wallet becomes a necessity. Use these instructions to design your own wallet. You can use one color, two colors, and a rainbow of colors.
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If you've got a button jar full of stray buttons and some elastic thread or dental floss, you can unleash your tween to create a bracelet, necklace, or rings. These can be fun to make for gifts.