Keep the tweens entertained all summer long with the BEST summer crafts for tweens…grab the craft supplies and have some fun. We share fun tween crafts all year round, but this collection is perfect for those long summer days.
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A bucket filled with water and a few sandbox toys. That used to be enough to entertain my girls all summer long.
Seriously. A bucket filled with water, sitting on the back deck. They would joyfully splash in that bucket for hours.
Summer vacation is a few weeks away and I am staring straight into two months with 2 tween-aged girls at home…two months. I have a feeling the bucket isn’t going to cut it this summer.
“What do you want to do this summer?” I asked my eldest daughter, expecting a shrug and a brush-off response. Instead, my daughter sat down and wrote a list. A list of activities that she would like to do this summer.
The truth is we have been sitting down and making a “things to do this summer” list on the first day of summer vacation for years now. I didn’t realize that she had been paying attention. I didn’t realize that my list-making was rubbing off on her.
Let me throw in a little parenting * high five *
So, this list, my friends, is the list that I was handed from my tween. If you are looking for awesome summer projects for tweens (and teens too) check out this tween-made list.
Fun Summer Crafts for Tweens and Teens
Egg Carton Flower Sun
Celebrate the summer sunshine with an amazing egg carton flower sun wreath. This is kicking your egg carton flower wreath a notch or two!
Candy Wrapper Jewelry and Crafts
What is more fun than making a trip to the candy store? Make cool candy wrapper jewelry. Yes, there are so many awesome pieces of jewelry and crafts that can be made from all those wrappers. Check out this round-up of candy wrapper craft projects and get busy eating that candy.
Tape Resist Art Project
If you are unfamiliar with tape resist art, all you need is a surface to paint on (canvas, paper, whatever), painter’s tape (low tack tape) and paint supplies. A simple painting technique that kids of all ages and abilities can enjoy. Check out our awesome art project for tweens – tape resist step-by-step tutorial for a little inspiration.
Make a Harry Potter Wand
So, you might not be able to make the trip to Olivander’s wand shop, but did you know that you can make your own Harry Potter-inspired wand? Yep. Check out our colourful and totally creative wands and our printable spell sheet. Brush up on your wand skills this summer.
Bake and Decorate a Cool Cake
My eldest daughter is a big fan of the YouTube channel How to Cake It with Yolanda Gampp. We have watched most of the How to Cake it videos and they have inspired us to want to make some seriously crazy cakes this summer. Check out this spectacular watermelon cake.
Make A Bouncy Ball
Did you know it is possible to make your own bouncy ball? Yep, it’s a fun, kitchen science project. Check out this simple recipe and tutorial from the 36th Avenue. This one is a super cool tween summer activity.
Experiment with Tye Dye
There are so many great tie dye tutorials over on the Tie Dye Your Summer website. I know we will find one or two to experiment with this summer. Hot Tip: We made tie-dye shirts this summer and we learned that tie-dyed legs are also in fashion. Not to worry the dye washed off after a couple of showers.
Make Our Own Lip Balm
Who doesn’t love soft and sparkly lips? It is so easy to make your own lip balm. Check out this tutorial from Happiness is Homemade to make lip balm in 10 minutes – with natural ingredients.
Share a Friendship Bracelet
Remember making friendship bracelets in the summertime? Teach the kids how to make friendship bracelets with letter beads with their friends. What message with you share?
Sew a Pencil Case
We always come up with a few summer sewing projects and this year it looks like we will be making pencil cases. This pencil case sewing tutorial from Crazy Little Projects looks like a great place to start.
Create a Zentangle
If your crafty tween likes art projects and doodling, then they will love to make a zentangle. The tangle of lines and creative shapes is a very engaging summer art project for tweens. We share the step-by-step directions for making a zentangle and all of our inspiring zentangle designs for beginners.
Make Cool Friendship Pins
Grab the safety pins and beads to make a retro 80’s craft – friendship pins. Whether you hang them on your jean jacket or you clip them to your shoelaces, making and sharing safety pin friendship pins is totally radical.
Get Crafty with a Cool Craft Kid
We love craft kits! We love them so much we’ve gathered together all of our favourite craft kits for tweens. There’s something awesome about having everything you need for a project in one box.
Get Crafty with Summer Fruit
Yep, it’s time to head to the farmers’ market for this summer craft project. What will your summer fruit tray look like? We made ours in the shape of a bursting sun and we’ve shared all kinds of tips for making an awesome summer fruit platter…and a recipe for a delish fruit dip too. We love playing with our food.
Make an Egg Carton Flower Wreath
Yes, those flowers are made from egg cartons! Let the tween get creative and crafty with the recycling bin. You would be surprised how beautiful an egg carton flower wreath can be. Take inspiration from the flowers in your garden.
Create Puffy Paint Art Piece
Paint By Numbers Art
Yep, the classic is back. We rediscovered the joy (and beauty) of paint by numbers paintings…how cool is this owl?! Simple enough for kids of all skill levels and challenging enough to keep the kids busy. The end artwork is totally frame-worthy.
Make a Planet Earth Necklace
Do you have an eco-conscious tween in your house? With a few simple ingredients, your kid can make their own salt dough Earth necklace. Let your creativity loose and make an entire solar system necklace!
Make Bath Bombs
I love this bath bomb tutorial from Everything Etsy because it doesn’t require any specialized equipment or ingredients. Perfect for a quick summer activity.
Make Friendship Pins With Fun Messages
Update the 80’s inspired friendship pins with letter beads. Share a funny or sweet message on these safety pin friendship pins with your BFF and everyone in your SQUAD!
Hang Out With Friends
I love this item on the list. It’s always fun to craft with friends, especially in the summertime. This one is pretty straightforward. Don’t forget to get everyone’s contact numbers before school lets out. Hanging out with friends IRL (in real life) and crafting is one of our all-time favourite summer activities.
What summer craft project will your tween tackle first?!
Still not sure what to do with your tween this summer? Print off our inspiring I’m Bored Jar ideas for tweens. We have a whole pile of summer ideas for tweens your kids are going to love. A super fun way to spend time this summer.
Other fun summer activities for tweens and teens…
Be sure to check out our Summer STEM activities to keep up the kids entertained and learning all summer long.
If your tween is looking for something a little more artistic – check out our collection of summer art projects for tweens – packed with fun summer art activities for kids.
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