7 great Christmas crafts your 14-year-old will think are cool

The holiday season doesn’t have to be all about shopping. These Christmas crafts for teens will keep young people in the spirit of the season using items you may already have on hand at home or can acquire without much trouble or expense. Some of them make lovely, homemade gifts for family, friends, or teachers.

Christmas activities for teens

Doing a craft together is an effective way to bond with your teen. You may be surprised at how much they open up and what they are willing to talk about while their hands are busy. Try out one or more of the following Christmas activities for teens to add some quality, creative time to your family holiday traditions. 

Dried orange slices

This simple, fragrant German tradition makes for lovely tree ornaments. Orange slices can also be used to decorate candles, wreaths, or other holiday items. And all you need is one or more oranges, a knife, some ribbon, and an oven! 

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Slice oranges into 1 centimeter-thick slices
  • Arrange orange slices directly on a wire rack (use a pan on a rack below to catch any drippings)
  • Keep slices in the oven for 2 to 3 hours, turning them several times, especially at the beginning, to prevent them from sticking to the rack
  • Add ribbon to hang from the tree, or attach to other holiday decor

DIY Birdfeeder

To make these simple, cute birdfeeders, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 4 cups of birdseed
  • 2 1/4 ounce packets of unflavored gelatin, or 5 teaspoons
  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • Cooking spray
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Skewer
  • Thick-sided cookie cutter (star or other holiday shape)

Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Then add the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly, using your hands if necessary. 

Spray the thick-sided cookie cutter with cooking spray and press the birdseed mixture into the cookie cutter. Use a skewer to make a hole in the birdseed for your ribbon.

Gently remove the cookie cutter and allow birdfeeders to dry overnight. String a ribbon through the hole in order to hang the birdfeeders outdoors. 

Peppermint bath bombs

These fragrant bath bombs make another handmade and inexpensive holiday gift. You will need:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup citric acid
  • ½ cup corn starch
  • 3 tablespoons Epsom salts
  • 2 teaspoons sweet almond oil
  • ¾ teaspoon water
  • 15-20 drops peppermint oil
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Baking molds or empty plastic ornament balls

In a large bowl mix together the dry ingredients: baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, and Epsom salts. 

In a small bowl, mix wet ingredients: almond and peppermint oils, water, and food coloring (if using.) 

Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, then pack the bath bomb mixture into the empty ornament balls (for round bath bombs) or baking molds of whatever shape you like. Let ornament balls set for two hours, then remove and place on a towel to dry overnight. If you’re using baking molds, simply let the bath bombs dry overnight. Drying times will vary based on the humidity in your area. 

Rope tree basket

Want to cover up your Christmas tree stand with something a little more sleek-looking? Grab an empty cardboard box big enough to contain the tree stand, wrap it neatly in coils of rope, and use a hot glue gun to stick the rope in place. Voilá: Your Christmas tree stand disappears.

Paint chip wreath

There are hundreds of creative wreath ideas, but here’s one to appeal to a young artist interested in the study of color. Grab 40 or so sample paint chips, usually available for free at paint stores, and cut them all into leaf shapes. Fold the leaves in half and use a hot glue gun to attach to a wire wreath frame. This is a great opportunity for a teen to experiment with shades and color combinations. 

Holiday card tree

Are the holiday cards starting to pile up on the mantle or the refrigerator? Here’s a minimalist way to organize all those cheerful missives from friends and family. Arrange the cards on the wall, using tape or blue tacky, in the shape of a Christmas tree. Start with one card at the top, two in the next row, working your way down the wall. For a twist, find some vintage holiday cards to add to the mix. 

Twig ornaments

What is the holiday season without some ornament-making? To bring a little bit of the outdoors to your tree, collect small twigs and hot glue gun them into creative shapes. Add some artistic blocks or stripes of color by wrapping embroidery thread around portions of the twigs for a final result that is both rustic and cheery.

Engaging in crafts is a way to share some holiday spirit with your teen, and you’re never too old for the feeling of satisfaction that comes from making something with your own two hands. 

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