Does your tween want to invite some friends over for a birthday celebration- possibly even a sleepover party (most of our kids birthday parties end up being sleepovers!)- and you are wondering how you are going to entertain all of these kids? Here are 10 awesome birthday party crafts for tweens!
Birthday Party Crafts: Glass Art Necklaces
These beautiful 25mm glass cabochon pieces can be glued to a blank pendant and strung onto a colorful wax cord with a clasp to create stunning necklaces easily! The pieces can also be attached to a keyring which kids love to hang from backpack zippers!
One of my favorite birthday craft ideas is to create personalized pillows! You can do this directly on the pillow itself, or you can buy pillowcases that the guests can place over their existing pillows. Just be sure to place a piece of cardboard inside of the pillowcase before using the tie-dye spray paint over your stick on letters so it won't bleed through with backward letting on the other side!
The “Cali Girl” pillow above can be found over on Brit+Co for full step-by-step instructions!
Tweens will love making these paracord bracelets as much as they love wearing them! And it's so easy to create birthday party crafts when everything you need comes in a kit !
Once tweens hit the middle school years- chances are they have lockers. Lockers they like to decorate! Here's a fun craft for bottlecap locker magnets- check out the step-by-step instructions over at fizzypops! Etsy has an amazing selection of bottle cap images that you can download for just a few dollars each!
We threw a Spa Party for our daughter a few years back where we had guests make their own lip gloss and foot scrub! For the lip gloss, use craft sticks to place a dollop of Vaseline into a small cup ( disposable bathroom cups work great for this), add a 1/2 teaspoon of a sugar-free Kool-Aid mix (allow them to choose from cherry, grape, strawberry, etc.). Mix well and apply to lips. It tastes yummy and provides a light color. You can use small acrylic jars for the girls to take home their lip gloss as a party favor.
Birthday Crafts: Decoupage Picture Frames
We also held a Tea and Crafts Party one year where we created these sweet decoupage picture frames! I had pre-cut squares of patterned scrapbook paper , and the kids glued them using Mod Podg e onto wooden picture frames , wrapping the paper around the edges of the frame. We then gave a final coat of ModPodge to the entire covered frame, allowing it to dry before adding a picture of the party guests that I took when they party began and printed on my home printer as we worked on the frames. It served as the perfect craft and party favor!
Tie Dye Tees
Another awesome birthday party craft idea is to make tie-dye t-shirts, which we did at one of our Tie-Dye Birthday Parties! I know the idea of tie-dye can be intimidating- but it truly is easy- and this video can show you exactly how to create a heart tie-dye tee!
Birthday Party Craft Ideas: Soap Scrub Bars
Soap making is another one of our fun birthday craft ideas! And this bar soap contains just a hint of an exfoliating pumice stone powder- making it a unique party craft and favor! Inspired by the adorable donut scented soap from Happiness is Homemade!
Be careful when melting your goat's milk soap base – I do it in the microwave in 30-second intervals- stirring in between until it melts. Then I simply add a few drops of fragrance oil , a 1/2 teaspoon of ground pumice stone , and stir until well mixed. Pour it into the individual soap molds and allow to cool before removing from the molds.
Perler Bead Bowls
Okay- I might be saving the best idea for last here…. I think these melty bead bowls are just so awesome! This idea also comes from Happiness is Homemade. It's as easy as spraying a pyrex bowl with cooking spray, adding the Perler beads , and melting them in the oven! Kids will love watching the beads transform through the oven door!
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