When it comes to leisure time, most teenagers focus on playing games and chatting on their phones. But if they don’t have internet access, they can get bored quickly. Bored teens can be a problem since they can get into trouble because of that.
To avoid that problem, here are some arts and crafts projects that you can teach them:
If there is anything that can teach teen patience, it is embroidery. It doesn’t have to be complex at the beginning. All you need to teach your teen is usually simple decorations and how to embroider their names on their towels and personal items. You’ll need some equipment like threads and needles. These should be easy enough to find.
If you want your teen to make something useful, consider having them make a survival bracelet out of parachute cord. These are popular items for those who like to go camping and trekking in the outdoors. Making them is simple. All you need is a starting shackle and a length of paracord. First, you’ll have to tie the cord to the shackle. This will be the spine of the bracelet. You then make a Cobra Weave, an S-shaped sequence of cording, around the core with the end of the cord going into the upper part of the S.
Repeat this until the bracelet is complete. You can use other weave patterns though but the essential thing is that the cord can be unwoven so that you can use the cord as rope or cordage. Browse online to know where you can buy paracord items easily.
Another useful craft item would be to learn how tomake soap. It is pretty easy to make soap. You’ll need some soap bases like glycerine, dyes, and essential oils. Tools like bowls, knives, and a stove will be necessary. The process is simple. Start by melting down the glycerine. This will be the main part of the soap.
When it is liquid, quickly pour it into bowls and mix in the dyes and the oils, the mix is depending on you and your. They should quickly harden but they won’t be useful yet. If you are creative, you can layer applications of the base so that you can have layered soap. Leave it overnight and you can then crave the soap into various shapes.
If your teen has taken a liking to soap making, then candle making should interest them. Start by looking for clear jars to fill. You can decorate these but make sure they are clean before the project. Mainly look for wax and wicks, though getting some of those fragrant oils can also help. The procedure is also pretty similar to soap making.
Place the wicks in the jars, with sticks, supporting them in the center. You then melt some wax and mix in the oils. Once mixed, you can then let the wax cool a bit but you have to start pouring into the jars before the mixture goes below 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Teens don’t often have a way to express their creativity. Showing them how to do some arts and crafts can allow them to show it off a few times. It can also burn off some of their excess energy. The next time they can’t go online, consider introducing them to some artsy projects to keep them busy.