11 DOLLAR STORE DECOR HACKS TO SPRUCE UP YOUR HOME

 

Maybe you want something a little more bright? Or something a little more retro (whichever form of retro you like most).

Check out this list of teen crafts that don’t suck. You can add your own twist and style to any of them so they fit who you are.

Leather Earrings for Teens

Leather earrings are the “thing” right now. And they are super simple to make. You don’t even need a Cricut machine to make the blanks. You can get them on Etsy, pre-made!

Once you start making these super simple earrings, you might not want to stop. And that is okay! You can give them as gifts. Make enough to go with all your favorite outfits. Sell them at craft fairs.

leather earrings for fun teen crafts that don't suck
Leather earrings and a tutorial from Making Lemonade

Faux Leather for Cricut Crafts

THE PERFECT THICKNESS, EASY TO WORK WITH – Not too thick, not too thin, our faux leather fabric is just right at approx. 1 mm thick! Cut quickly and accurately through the pebbled faux leather without fraying. Create intricate designs with a machine or by hand.

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Bullet Journaling for Teens

You probably already make lists. And doodle all over them. There isn’t much difference between that and a bullet journal. (If you aren’t sure what a bullet journal is, you can read this post here.)

Add a cute cover with some fabric or stickers and you are halfway there. Make a few checklists with the things you need to get done, doodle some inspirational quotes, and add a tracker or two and you will be a professional.

Bullet journals are an easy way to accomplish your goals, stay focused, and be creative. All at the same time!

Start a bullet journal. It is a great craft for a teen.
A bullet journal “how to” written for teens, by a teen on The Intentional Mom
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Get great bullet journal ideas like this unicorn doodle for June.

Multi-Colored Bullet Journals

LAY-FLAT, STAY OPEN DESIGN… get a bird’s-eye view of your notes as this dotted journal lies completely flat to make bullet-journaling faster; designed with a perfectly aligned continuous grid across both sides of the page, ideal for sketching and organizing

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DIY Your Own Personalized Mug

Do you have one of those names that you can never find a personalized bauble for? I have NEVER found my name on anything personalized. Not once. There are a ton of Rhonda keychains and mugs. Forget about Rhoda.

The best I can get is my initial. That is okay too. But what if you want your full name on there? Well, now you just make your own!

You can customize your favorite coffee cup, your tumblers, and all your bedroom decor. But, let’s start with the dishes.

Make a monogrammed mug for fun teen crafts.
Learn all the steps for a curved text on a mug from How to Heat Press
blank mugs for crafts

Blank Coffee Cups for Crafts

A set of 12 mugs to use for crafts. Personalize using vinyl or a sharpie marker.

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Pillows for Teen Crafts

Do you have to dig under all the pillows to find your bed? Or spend 5 minutes taking them off every night and then spend 5 minutes every morning putting them back on?

You are probably going to love this next teen craft then. You can personalize your own throw pillows. It is even possible to personalize your own pillowcases for regular pillows!

Hello, custom bedroom decor!!

Custom pillow covers for teen crafts
Custom pillow cover tutorial from A Fresh Squeezed Life.

Blank Pillow Covers

  • Material: Made of high quality cotton.soft ,comfortable and durability.Size: 18 x 18inch/ 45 x 45cm(1-2cm deviation because of hand-cutting and sewing).
  • Craftsmanship: Zipper is hidden closure for an elegant look, easy to remove. Both the front and the back of the pillow cover are the same color, add a touch of graceful color to your bedroom or living room, made your home more full of vitality.

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Flowers For Decor

I’ve seen some pretty cute bedroom decor with paper flowers. One of my favorites was a paper flower swag around a dressing mirror. That is a must-try!

Have you seen the flower garlands that are super popular? A whole wall of flowers by your bed or along your headboard. Super cute!

There are a number of ways to decorate your room with flowers. They are super easy to make and only require a few templates, some paper, and maybe a Cricut machine if you don’t like fussy cutting.

Bedroom decor with paper flowers. Crafts for teens.
Flower wall decor from Pecansthome Decor

Paper for Cricut Flowers

  • High-quality, extra fine crepe paper from DIY designer Lia Griffith
  • Made in Germany by Werola
  • Designed specifically for handcrafting; perfect for large projects
  • Includes ten 10.7-square foot rolls
  • Colors include: Vanilla, Chiffon, Blush, Coral, Honeysuckle, Cranberry, Sangria, Aubergine, Green Tea, and Cypress.

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Nail Polish Decorations

These beautiful nail polished ornaments do not need to be seasonal. You can make them match the colors of your bedroom, your bathroom, or all the colors of the rainbow!

If you do decide to make them for Christmas, they would make great gifts for friends and relatives! And they are really easy to make. Just grab a few jars of nail polish in your favorite colors and some clear glass ornaments.

You can also grab them on Etsy if you don’t want to take the time to make them!!

Nail polish swirled ornaments for teen decor.
Step by step directions on Lifestyle for Real Life

Blank Christmas Ornaments

Design your own decorations with nail polish or vinyl.

  • 10 ROUND GLASS ORNAMENTS – The pack of 10 heavy duty glass ball ornaments measures 60mm each. They have a silver decorative ornament cap with space to add a hook (hooks sold separately).
  • EASY TO CUSTOMIZE – Customize these ornaments to match holiday and Christmas décor! Fill with artificial snow, glitter, or small beads. Coat the inside with paint. Embellish the outside with paint, etching cream, ceramic or glass markers, airbrush, and more. Makes a great personalized gift!

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Bow Scrunchies for Teens

Learning to sew can be a little frustrating. It is best to start with something that is smaller in size (and difficulty).

These scrunchies are the perfect craft for teens who are learning to sew. You don’t need to have a huge stash of fabric. Scrunchies don’t take long to sew, so if you make 5 or 6 and get board, that is okay!

You can make enough of these for the whole volleyball team in your school colors. It will only take a few episodes of Bachelor in Paradise to whip them out!

Bow scrunchies for a quick and easy teen craft.
Learn to make scrunchies from start to finish at Sew Very Crafty

Fat Quarter Fabrics

A selection of fabrics that you can use to make a number of scrunchies. All you need is some elastic and a little craft time!

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Did you know that you can use your Cricut Maker to cut fabric? Not sure how to use Design Space to set up your cut lines? Check out this Cricut Guidebook that will teach you all the basics!

Get your Cricut out of its box and start learning how to use it!

DIY Leather Monogram Keychains

If you are going to monogram your coffee mugs and personalize all your pillows, you may as well have a custom keychain!

And you can make these from the leftover leather that you used to make earrings. Or the other way around.

Doesn’t matter.

The point is you will have some creative projects to make and you will be using up the craft stash!

Use your Cricut to make monogram keychains with help from Damask Love

Keychain Supplies

  • Comes with 50 pieces Swivel hooks and 50 pcs keychain rings are a necessary combination for DIY clip lanyard and fashionable jewelry making
  • Swivel clasp length: 3.1cm/ 1-1/4″; D ring width: 1cm / 3/8”; Split ring diameter: 2.6cm/ 1”. Sizes will easily match with your regular needs
  • Both clasp snaps and key chain rings are durable and robust, they are made of alloy metal hardware and lead-free which guarantee longer use of the works
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