Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Your Décor Water Bottle by Horizon Group USA at Amazon
"This kit lets them create a water bottle that’s all theirs."
"Boys like to get crafty too, and this kit is designed just for them."
Best for the Family: 3D Wooden Marble Run Puzzle at etsy.com
"The entire family can enjoy this puzzle that’s like a piece of art."
Best Decor: Wall Collage Kit at etsy.com
"This kit contains 30 photos that can arranged in a variety of ways to brighten up any room."
Best Educational: Light-up Terrarium Kit at Amazon
"Will teach them a thing or two while they create a light-up terrarium."
"Stitch up a crew of adorable plush woodland animals."
Best for Groups: DIY Journals Craft Kit at orientaltrading.com
"Encourage kids to put down the screen and jot down any ideas or thoughts with this journal kit."
Best Creative: Kid Made Modern® Art Kit at Amazon
"There are no rules, just supplies galore."
Best Building: IQ Builder 3D Art Coloring Puzzles at Amazon
"These 3D art coloring puzzles are hit all around."
Best Headphones: GoldieBlox DIY Unicorn Headphones at Amazon
"The stickers, gems, and unicorn horn turn a boring set of headphones into a fun craft."
All tweens aren't solely consumed with technology. Some of them love getting crafty and whipping up a fun project. For the tween in your life who appreciates a good DIY, they'll absolutely love a gift that encourages creativity, adventure, and curiosity.
Here are the best craft kits for tweens.
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Best Overall: Your Décor Water Bottle by Horizon Group USA
While some crafts are more fun in the making, this one is both fun to make and will get a ton of use too. Every tween needs a water bottle for school, sports and other on-the-go activities, and this kit lets them create one that’s all theirs. The BPA-free bottle is printed with a fun design that includes everything from a pretzel to a rainbow. It’s up to the kid how they’re going to complete it. Ultra bright colored markers, gemstones and glitter are included to bling it out (or not) as they like. A carabiner clip is included as well, so it can be attached to a backpack or other bag.
The vast majority of customers who purchased the bottle said their kids loved it, though a few reported the bottle getting banged up and the color washing off, so handwashing is advised.
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Best for Boys: SentoSphere Creative DIY Bracelets Arts and Crafts Kit
Boys like to get crafty too, and this kit is designed just for them. It comes with everything they need to make some super cool bracelets to wear and share with friends. Included are imitation leather cords, cotton waxed cords, a silver chain, aged silver beads and fastener buttons. There’s also an instruction leaflet included, but they can freestyle on their own too.
In all, there are enough materials to make eight bracelets, but more can be made using the instructions with extra materials you have on hand or those you purchase. Once he gets started, he may not want to stop.
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Best for the Family: 3D Wooden Marble Run Puzzle
Puzzles are a great way to pass the time, but this isn’t your average puzzle. This 3D project takes on average six hours to complete and is comprised of laser cut wood material. Once completed, the marble run truly looks like a work of art that anyone would be proud to display on their desk, dresser, or in the family room. Your tween can assemble this on their own or let the family join in on the fun.
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Best Decor: Wall Collage Kit
For any tween who wants to make their room feel all their own, this collage kit is sure to spark creativity. The set comes with 30 photos, measuring 8.5x11, that can be taped or tacked to the wall. Your tween can use all of the photos in the kit, which measures close to 20 feet, or add in their own pics to make a truly unique gallery wall.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Best Educational: Light-up Terrarium Kit
Here’s a kit that will teach them a thing or two while they create a really cool light-up terrarium. Their miniature garden simulates a natural environment they can observe close up, even at night as the lighted lid (which turns on and off with a small switch), lets them see what’s happening in the dark.
The kit includes a jar which measures 4 x 6 inches, and a charging cable to charge the light, as well as step-by-step instructions. To fill their jar, there’s soil, blue sand, rocks wheatgrass, seeds, a wooden stick to help with planting and a spray bottle to keep it all hydrated. There are also removable stickers and bunny and mushroom miniatures included for extra creative fun. Once it’s done, they can watch it grow and learn all about water and life cycles. It’s a great hands-on craft that makes science fun.
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Best Sewing: Craftster's Sewing Kits Woodland Animals Sewing Kit
Sew what if they aren’t quite ready for a sewing machine. This craft kit lets them stitch up a crew of adorable plush woodland animals. It comes with five pre-cut animal sewing projects (a fox, owl, bear, rabbit and chickadee), as well embroidery thread, sewing needles, straight pins, a pin cushion, scissors, glue and stuffing. Also included are instructions and a handy carry case, so you can take it on the go. Recommended for ages 7 to 12, it’s great for girls and boys alike and lets them create fun gifts to give to friends and relatives.
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Best for Groups: DIY Journals Craft Kit
You could just buy a journal or gift this kit that allows a tween to make their own. The set actually comes with enough material to make a dozen journals. The faux leather cover and 25 pages are easily assembled with the included cord lacing. The cover is stylish enough to be left as is or jazzed up with some color and stickers. In a digital world, this is a fun way to encourage writing down any thoughts or sparking creativity.
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Best Creative: Kid Made Modern® Art Kit
Unleash their inner creative spirit with the Kid Made Modern® Art Kit. With more than 1,000 pieces, the only limit to what they can do with it is their own imagination. There are no rules, just supplies galore. From pipe cleaners to googly eyes, pom poms to jewels, this kit is full of inspiration. There are also practical tools like craft sticks, glue, and scissors to get the work done.
Cleanup time is easy too, as all the supplies fit in the box, which comes complete with a handle so you can take it on the go to playdates, parties and anywhere else they want to create great things.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Best Building: IQ Builder 3D Art Coloring Puzzles
For boys, girls, kids and adults alike, this is one craft kit that will pull everyone into the fun. Both mentally challenging and creatively satisfying, these 3D art coloring puzzles are hit all around.
There are nine puzzles in this pack, including the Eiffel Tower, three vehicles, three animals and two houses. You simply pop the pieces out from their cardboard card, then use the enclosed instructions to the build the puzzles. Once they’re finished, you can color them in with markers (four packages of 10 markers are included) to bring them to life. Customers give these puzzles high marks, though some say it’s better suited to older children than the manufacturer's recommended age (5 and up) as putting it together can be a more intricate process.
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Best Headphones: GoldieBlox DIY Unicorn Headphones
Most tweens have headphones, but this is a way to distinguish their set from anyone else’s. The GoldieBlox set includes plain white headphones and sequins, beads, glitter, and a unicorn horn to truly make a one-of-a-kind creation. The box even includes some educational facts about how sound works. Also, the headphones have volume limitations to protect their ears.
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Best Jewelry Making Kit: Pinwheel Crafts Girls Jewelry Making Kit
For budding fashionistas and those who like to sport their own personal style, this craft kit will be a hit. It allows kids to create their own super cute necklaces. In all, there are eight pendants with glass covers in four different shapes (heart, oval, square or circle) and accompanying chains. To fill the pendants, kids select from one of the included 200 images, which feature everything from emojis to flags and animals. Glue and instructions to put them all together are included as well.
It’s a great project for slumber parties and playdates, and everyone gets a fun and fashionable takeaway. It’s also a fun way for kids to make unique, handmade gifts for their family and friends.