Here are some of our favorite creative gifts that your artsy tween will love. These kits are rated for ages 7 or 8+ but I know that kids even older than 12 enjoy these projects. Many of these projects require cutting, sewing, gluing or working with fine art wires, beads and marbles. Project ideas are given but these are open-ended activities that will let tweens explore their creativity.
Kids can create a tote bag that is decorated with decoupage pictures or artwork of favorite people, pets, activities, or more. A fun project that lets kids create something that is truly personal. Even my 13-year old loved it! Kit includes tote, stencil, accent ribbons, brush, decoupage glue, two sided pattern circles and a design planning mat. Ages 8 + $24.99
We love Arttero Kits! They’ve done all the legwork of collecting beautiful, quality materials for your arts and crafts projects. No trips to multiple stores only to sort through cheap plastic beads or fabrics that will bleed. No cheesy-plastic kits that you see everywhere. These are truly unique.
Arttero materials are sourced from around the world: handmade recycled paper from India and Thailand, wool felt from Nepal, wires, needles and glass marbles are made in USA. Arttero also has a strong social and environmental mission: the cardboard packaging is made from 100% post-consumer waste paper and the inks are vegetable based inks. The kits are assembled by Goodwill Industries in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Even the kit boxes turn into a frame for finished artwork!
This isn’t just a lovely spiral-bound book of blank pages. Arttero has teamed up with Strathmore Artist Papers to create a unique book with beautiful art paper and inspiration to begin your journalling. The kit includes a spiral-bound (6.5 x 8) journal with a solid book board cover to personalize, 14 inspiring project pages, 5 pages of beautiful handmade decorative papers, 6 solid colored papers, artist-quality drawing paper, and pocket folder to store pictures, scraps and found images. Great for drawing, doodling, collaging and whatever you can think of! Great for all ages. Made in the USA. $12.95. You provide: Pens, pencils, markers, scissors and glue
Make bookmarks, decorations or add these dolls to your scrapbook or art journal! Requires cutting, sewing and gluing. Ages 7+ $19.95
Kit Includes: 100% recycled, gorgeous handmade papers, 100% wool felt dresses, glass beads, wooden beads, sequins, craft thread, needles and ideas sheet. You provide: scissors and glue.
Sew together gorgeous handmade paper and decorate with beads and thread to make four small books. Use as journals, portfolios, scrapbooks, or write and illustrate an original story! Use leftover paper for fancy custom greeting cards. Ages 8 + $19.95 Made in the USA.
Kit Includes: Solid colored and decorative handmade papers (100% PCW), small wood and seed beads, sequins, craft thread, needles, instructions and ideas sheet. You provide: Scissors and glue.
Arttero has gathered handmade papers, wool felt shapes and glass and wooden beads and more for your tween to create with. Cut, glue and sew greeting cards, bookmarks, ornaments, gift tags, small sculptures and collages. With enough materials for 7 projects, this eco-art kit provides hours of fun with friends & family. What a great party activity! Ages 7+ $19.95
Kit Includes: 100% recycled beautiful handmade paper, natural 100% wool felt shapes, glass beads, wooden beads, sequins, craft thread, copper wire, needles and ideas sheet. You provide: Scissors and glue.
Honestly, this might be my favorite Arttero kit. Shape colorful wire and beads into small creatures, a large mobile adorned with beads, jewelry, a beautiful crown, or anything you can think of. The kit includes enough materials for up to 20 projects – what a great party activity or family art project! Ages 7+ $19.95
Kit includes: Artist-quality colorful copper wire in 3 gauges, glass beads, wooden beads and rings, shell beads, glass marbles and ideas sheet. You provide: Pliers or tweezers, nail clippers.
Design a fashionable necklace, bracelet, earrings, pin, or barrette all with this one great kit! Wool felt is really popular right not and it’s fun to work with and easy to use, only simple sewing required. Ages 7+ $19.95
Kit Includes: Natural 100% wool felt shapes, glass beads, wooden beads, sequins, craft thread, jewelry findings, needles and ideas sheet. You provide: Scissors and glue.
Our friends at Mindware have developed a fun 6-piece Paint Marker Set that’s great for creating posters, craft projects and more. These would be great for your art journal! The markers let you quickly cover large areas and the heavy-duty fleece applicators apply the paint evenly and stand up to repeated use. Just press down to paint – eliminates potential for spills – great for use with groups of kids. Washable, non toxic and acid free paint colors include red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. $12.99 For ages 5 +
I’m pretty sure that you’re tween will love any of these kits and possibly several of them! Maybe they’ll even let you join them!