12 Funky Crafts for Kids Aged 8-12 yrs

Looking for activities that will unplug your tweens? Fed up hearing “I’m bored” from your older kids?  Here are 12 funky crafts for kids aged 8 to 12 yrs, who are ready to move onto bigger and more complicated crafts.

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1. Winter Terrariums

These terrariums are a great winter activity, made with salt, animals, pebbles and moss. You could also equally create a summer version, with sand instead of salt.



2. Craft Stick Crows

How cute are these little craft stick crows?!


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3. Fall Egg Carton Wreath

Egg carton wreaths are a great way of recycling egg cartons that normally end up in the bin, and would be a fun craft for older kids.

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4. Silhouette Lanterns

Silhouette lanterns can be easily made with jars, spray paint, and a paint marker, and can look very effective.


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5. Parachute Cord (Paracord) Bracelets

Paracord bracelets look great, and will appeal to kids, as they can be unravelled to provide a usable length of parachute cord if ever needed!



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6. Make a Mini Minion

Minions will always be popular and these cute little guys will also allow your kids to get some sewing experience.


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7. Cosmic Suncatchers

Your tweens will love the look of these cosmic suncatchers, which are made from recycled materials, and super quick to make.

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8. Folded Paper Bracelets

These folded paper bracelets are a neat way to upcycle your artwork.

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9. Glue Batik T-Shirt

Let your tween discover their inner designer with these glue batik t-shirt designs.



10. Make a Vehicle

This rubber band powered car will appeal to your young engineers, and apart from the rubberbands, you will probably have most of the materials lying about the house already.


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11. Flip Your Lid Upcycle Lockets

Another project which makes use of materials lying about the house, these upcycle lockets would make lovely gifts.


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12. Star Wars Tin Can Lanterns

These Star Wars tin can lanterns would be simple for older kids to make, and look great. Any pattern can be created – just draw what you want, and then use hammer and nails to create the pattern.


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Over to you – any projects your older kids enjoy doing? Let us know in the comments below.

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Jennifer, our Editor, has 1 son and admits to munching a Cadbury’s Turkish Delight now and again.