Crafts Ideas for Kids?

What crafts would a 12 year old girl like?

By Leah


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June 18, 20090 found this helpful

How about beading? You can buy starter kits to see if she likes it.


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June 22, 20090 found this helpful

-Beading is tops! The easiest way to start is to use a clear stretch elastic. This way she won't need clasps. I sell hair adornments for kids & I've found that a 12 year olds favorite color is usually dk blue (because it matches blue jeans).


- Also try a rug hook kit kit!
- Beginning crochet (or knit) free kids classes at any yarn store.
- Scrap booking and stamping
- jewelry making
- Hair adornments: hair clips, combs & barrettes, Just buy thin wire (24 gauge) & beads & she can put the beads on to the wire then wrap the wire around the hair comps etc.

- Ribbon scrunchies: A fun thing to make is ribbon hair ties, you buy a pack of elastic hair ties at the dollar store & several rolls of ribbon. She will cut the ribbon at angles in about 4 inch long pieces then tie each one on to the hair elastic with a knot, alternate every other ribbon all the way around.
- Button & Friendship Bracelets: Buy embroidery thread in 5 or 10 colors & let her braid or macrame bracelets.
- Embroidery- Start with easy "how-to" embroidery stitches on line & let her decorate a pair of old jeans or shorts.


- Baking (what kid doesn't love making chocolate chip cookies!) & COOKING MEALS (let her pick the recipes!)
- Bread dough clay: She could make a mobile or even Christmas ornaments for next Christmas.

- Sewing: I learned to sew at that age. You can buy a brand new sewing machine at Walmart for only $49 for kids (or adults)! She can start by sewing simple tote bags, pillow cases or doll clothes from old clothes. Sewing is a technique that has saved me big bucks all through my life!

June 23, 20090 found this helpful

Hi there.
There are so many carfty things 12 year old girls love.

-Card making
-Beading/ making jewelery
-decorating t-shirts and bags and stuff with beads sequins and craft puff paint


-stationary, personalise stationay, decorate and make your own pencil cases etc.
-make dolls from paper mache and then clothes out of material and felt or paint.
-canvas art - paintings or get stickers and wooden letters or symbols and stick them on

Let your imagiantion go wild!!
Hope my idea's helped!


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June 25, 20090 found this helpful

Painting t-shirts, or if you are brave tie-dying them. She also can crochet or embroider. How about a sewing project that's not too hard?

June 25, 20090 found this helpful

I agree with all the ideas. She can also be taught to knit. If England can teach 5 year olds to knit, the we should be able to show 12 year olds. The key is patiences!

June 25, 20090 found this helpful

What Leahh could probably use and I would like to know also, is some free sites on the computer for good free directions for a variety of great but not costly or too hard crafts for this age group. For girls and also boys, maybe even as young as 7 -8 years old. Then maybe we can pry them away from all the other electronics and cell phone kind of stuff for an occasional hour or two of "quality time" shared with Grammy and Gramps.


Please post any info on this to this site, It will be a big help. Moony

June 25, 20090 found this helpful

There is a site that tells how to make Chocolate Lip Balm that is very easy to do. Google this and you'll be surprised at the various sites. At Craft Stores, there are kits with materials and instructions for making those friendship bracelets that are still so popular. Also small kits ( for $1) that have the beads, instructions, and findings for making key rings in many different animal shapes. Both boys and girls like to put these on their back packs.

If they enjoy working with the beads, you can invest in packages of pony-beads and the elastic to string them on at Walmart. They can make their own necklaces and bracelets in school colors or favorite colors.


I purchased a multi-color pkg, separated the colors, and put the colors in small food-storage containers with lids (This was good for rainy days too). Also there are kits to make bar soaps with all the ingredients needed. Find an old coffee perculator at a flea market to melt the soap in. Can be used over and over.

Oh! and don't forget the old elmer's glue and craft sticks! Kids like to make things from them. Add some paint, and brushes. Keeps both boys and girls busy. Hope these ideas are helpful. You can also Google crafts for Vacation Bible School. Lots of ideas there, and by various ages too.

June 25, 20090 found this helpful

Hi Leah,
Many girls her age are using the knitting frames to make scarves, bags, etc. I meet moms and daughters all the time when I purchase yarn. If you knit or crochet it is a good age to teach her. If you don't and she is interested, yarn shops or friends or family that do would probably love to teach her.

Other ideas:

Yarn dog on this web site. or send me an email and I will send you the site for it also for a cat that are out of yarn, but not knit or crocheted but wound "puffs" or pompoms. harrietschipper AT

Pom pom animals: many sites on line showing numerous variations you can make. Tie dying her own T-shirt (have a friend come and do it with the two of them).

Cooking: making fancy yeast breads, cookies or desserts...teach her to measure etc if she doesn't know. Bread dough or that plastic baking dough that comes in all colors to make little people, animals, etc.

Bead work. Go to Michaels and Joanns for ideas:) Brainstorm who she gives Christmas presents to and have her work on making some of those this summer:) Have lots of fun. Doing things with them makes them closer to you.


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