A round-up of DIY gift ideas for teens and tweens that you can make and they will love.Lots of great DIY gift ideas to make for teen gifts or tween gifts

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Now that my kids are getting older, the things they want for Christmas are getting smaller and more expensive. While Christmas shopping is harder, making Christmas gifts for them sometimes feels impossible. I don’t want to spend my time making something they won’t absolutely love.

I’ve found the easiest way to figure out gift ideas for my girls is to start with what they like. Their favorite movie, book, sport, hobby, or latest interest. If I make a gift that goes with something they already love, they usually love the gift too.

I’ve put together a list of ideas that teens or tweens (preteens) would like. I hope that these posts spark a gift idea for your favorite teen or tween. Just click on the picture or the link to read how to make each one.

Water Bottle HolderUse this free printable pattern to sew a water bottle holder, then personalize it with stamps and stencils. I great Holiday gift idea!

Everyone needs to drink water and stay hydrated. And the fun personalization and decorations made this water bottle holder perfect for teens and tweens.

Steampunk Nerf GunA Nerf dart costume made into a steampunk blaster. Perfect for any steampunk costume.

A Nerf dart gun would make a cool present, but a Nerf gun that’s been refinished to look steampunk is awesome.

Art EaselBuild a portable DIY artist easel with space to store paints out of an old wood suitcase

Make a portable easel for your favorite budding artists. Use an old wood case, and add a few modifications to make it into an easel that stores art supplies. You could even add a few art supplies to the easel and create an artist gift set.

Moana NecklaceHow to make Moana's necklace with hemp, and how to make a charm that looks like Moana's locket. DIY jewelry and a gift idea.

Does she love Disney’s newest animated movie? Then use hemp to make a replica of Moana’s necklace.

Jewelry Frame

push-pins holding necklaces

If she already has some nice necklaces, make a frame for her to store and display them. This DIY Jewelry Gallery post shows how to make a whole wall of frames, but you could easily upcycle one picture frame to make as a gift.

Jewelry Making KitA Hemp Jewelry-making kit is the perfect gift idea to give to any teen or tween girl

Or if your teen likes jewelry and making things, give them a gift to encourage their creativity: a kits with supplies and instructions on how to make hemp jewelry.

Sorting HatHow to make a Sorting Hat

Make something from their favorite movie or book series. If your teen likes Harry Potter, upcycle an old leather jacket into a Sorting Hat.

Music StandsHow to refinish a music stand. With some paint and a little creativity, any musician can do this DIY project.

Every musician needs a music stand, so why not refinish a music stand with some spray paint or accessories to give as a gift for your favorite musician.

Fairy Garden FenceMake a simple DIY fairy garden fence with popsicle sticks and wire.

If your tween or teen has gotten into the recent trend of making fairy gardens, there are endless options of things to make for them. Anything miniature and nature-like would be a perfect addition to a fairy garden. Like this fairy garden fence made from popsicle sticks.

TerrariumMoss in the terrarium

A terrarium is a great gift to teach a future gardener how to take care plants, especially since a terrarium needs very little care. Plus, a terrarium would look beautiful in any bedroom. Or just give them the supplies as a gift and let them make their own

SucculentsHow to plant succulents in tea cups

Succulents are also a low-maintenance gift that would add life and beauty to any teens bedroom. Plant one in a tea-cup pot to make it adorable.

PVC Soccer Goala DIY soccer goal made with PVC pipes

Make a soccer goal for your favorite athlete to practice kicking around a soccer ball in her own backyard.

Lego Friends OutfitHow to make Lego Friends outfits as a gift for the girl or tween who loves Legos

Lego Friends might be a better gift for younger tweens than teens, but my girls love having outfits that match their favorite toys. And these Lego Friends outfits are simple to make with just a little hand sewing.