Cricut Crafts to Do With or For Your Teen/Tween
Do you have a teen or tween that likes to do crafts, or do you need a gift for a special teen in your life? Here are some DIY ideas for crafts to do with them. They may even be able to do some of them on their own. Several of these use the Cricut Joy, which I think would be perfect for a teen. I even included a few projects that don't require a Cricut, just because they are cute and simple. What are some things teens like? Cell phones and accessories, hats, hair bands, stuffed animals, jewelry, totes and personalized stickers. I have included projects for each of these here. Click on the image or title to view the project post.
HOW TO MAKE A CELL PHONE DECAL WITH CRICUT JOY
This is a great project for a teen, or anyone for that matter. In fact, I think I would like one of these decals for my phone. Using removable vinyl would be a great way to allow variety and change things up when you're ready for something new. If I was making this for someone, I might make several different designs at once, so they could be switched out on a whim. The directions for this are in a video, so you can watch it being made.
HOW TO HEAT PRESS HTV TO A HAT
Here is a project you can do that does not require any special equipment aside from your die cutting machine and the HTV (heat transfer vinyl). Hats are fun to wear, especially if you have one with a cute design that you made yourself. You can put any design you want on your hat to go with a theme or event. This one was made with a Silhouette and includes the owl design, but you could easily use a Cricut machine instead with a different design.
DIY FAUX LEATHER BOWS WITH A CRICUT
These are so simple to make and could not be cuter! Since you use faux leather paper, you don't need a special Cricut blade to cut them out. Although they are shown as a hair accessory, you could use them for anything you want. I think they would be cute on a gift to make it look extra special.
9 STEPS TO A SIMPLE KNAPSACK TOTE BAG
I totally want to make some of these. One would not be enough. Since the tote can be opened and laid flat, I think it would work perfectly for a makeup bag, especially for use when traveling. When you're not using it, you could fold it up flat, and it would not take up much space. Bigger ones would be fun, too. There are no sizes given because the tote can be made in any size you want. All you need are two squares of fabric and some cord. I don't know about you, but I love versatile projects like this.
HOW TO MAKE STICKERS WITH CRICUT JOY
Here's another craft to make with the Cricut Joy with video instructions. It uses adhesive paper or sticker paper. How fun to create your very own stickers in whatever shapes and sizes you want. I could see a teen or tween making some to personalize their school notebooks or folders.
DIY CUSTOM PHONE CASE USING CRICUT LEATHER
I don't know of any teen or tween that doesn't have (or want) a cell phone. Help them protect their phone with a cute leather case like this. The vinyl embellishment can be anything they like. You could even put their name on it. Perhaps having their phone in a case during school hours will help them focus on the task at hand. We can only hope.
PERSONALIZING STUFFED ANIMALS WITH HTV (Using a Heat Press or Iron)
Such a cute idea for autographs. A shirt can become too small over time, but that won't happen with a stuffed animal. I would not recommend allowing a tween to do this project on their own due to the danger of burning themselves while adhering the HTV with the heat press or iron, but they could certainly help choose a design. The design for this little dog was cut out using a Silhouette, but a Cricut would work just as well.
THE EASIEST DIY GIFT EVER! RECYCLED PACKAGING NECKLACE TUTORIAL
Don't have a Cricut yet? You won't need one for this project, and it's easy enough for any teen or tween to do. You can use any small scraps of paper, parts of catalogs or even product packaging for the design, making it so convenient. You will need the Epiphany Crafts Metal Charms Setting and bubble caps, which you can find on Amazon and at some craft stores. I checked to make sure they are still available, although I did have a hard time finding the square bubble caps. Maybe a round necklace instead?
CRICUT VINYL PROJECT - EARBUDS CASE
Does the teen in your life have an earbuds case or some other type of container to keep their essentials in? Why not decorate it for them with vinyl in a design they would love? This is a really simple project that you could do in minutes, using any type of container. Personalizing anything just makes it more special, in my opinion.
I hope you find something here to make for the special teen or tween in your life. What a great way to spend some quality time together creating something unique. Or, if you make one of these projects as a gift, you can pretty much guarantee they won't get anything else quite like it.
Christmas Tic Tac Toe Bags with Cricut and Easy Press
Cricut Infusible Ink Kid's T-Shirt