When my kids were younger – even into their teen years, they loved to do arts & crafts –
even now they each still have a creative side.
Now, my two young nieces love to sew and create their own unique projects.
It is fun choosing projects and supplies to help them be creative –
they usually even allow me to help them with their creating!
Here is a gift guide for crafty kids that includes the arts & craft supplies that have been favorites
of both the young kids and the older teens in our family.
Melissa & Doug Craft Kits:
We have really enjoyed Melissa & Doug toys – they are well built and require kids to use their imagination. Recently, we discovered the Melissa & Doug craft kits. They are perfect for beginning crafters and they do not disappoint!
Our favorites have been some of the sewing kits.
- Owl Pillow Lacing Craft Kit
- Quilting Made Easy – Butterfly
- Stitch by Color – Cupcake
- Stitch by Color – Puppy & Kitten
Latch Hook Kits:
Latch hooking is pretty easy for a budding crafter to learn and there are so many fun latch hook kits out there to choose from. Choose one based on your young crafter’s personality and current loves.
Leather Working Kits:
All three of my kids did leather working when they were teens. They made belts, moccasins, coasters, and wallets in the beginning. As they gained more experience they were even able to make halters for their animals, a backpack, and a carved book cover. Get your crafty kid started with a leather kit and they can work up to a piece of leather and a leather working supplies set.
- Tandy Leather Basic Stamping Set – Comes with supplies to create stamped belt, money clip, coasters, and wallet.
- Explore Leathercraft Kit – This kit comes with leather working tools and pre cut leather pieces so beginners can easily stamp and carve several different projects.
Plastic Canvas Needlepoint Kits:
Plastic canvas is really making a comeback with some super cute designs on pre-printed plastic canvas. You will find lots of themed plastic canvas kits to choose from.
Monthly Craft Clubs:
A monthly subscription to a craft kit club is the gift that keeps on giving all year long! Check out Annie’s Creative Girls Club and Young Woodworkers Kit Club. Your crafty teen might enjoy Annie’s Christmas Ornament Club. Use the code SHARE50 to get 50% off the first month’s kit!
Embroidery & Cross Stitch Kits:
Embroidery and cross stitch are a little bit harder than the above crafts so they are perfect for an older creative child. You can choose from among the many embroidery kits or cross stitch kits available or design and put together a unique kit.
Make your own Craft Kit:
When my kids were young, my sister gave them a craft supply kit. It was a plastic parts storage cabinet filled with various crafting supplies such as pom poms, popsicle sticks, beads, sequins, and many other fun craft supplies. This really fueled their creativity and allowed them to create whatever they wanted.
If you like this idea, but want to avoid choosing all of those supplies, this Arts & Crafts Vault looks like fun.
My kids received several all inclusive art supplies kits through the years, which they always enjoyed using. But I think they enjoyed getting a specific type of art supply along with the other necessary supplies even more. This really gave them a chance to thoroughly explore that specific type of art.
- Watercolor paints, brushes, and watercolor paper
- Watercolor pencils, paintbrush, and watercolor paper
- Oil pastels kit
- Colored pencils and sketch pad or coloring book
- Drawing kit with a sketch pad
Woodburning is another good craft for older craft loving kids. Get them creating their own fun projects with a wood burning kit.
How to Draw Books:
I am amazed at how well anyone can draw by following the various I can Draw books. A fun gift idea would be to choose a how to draw book based on your creative child’s interests and add a sketch pad and nice pencil set.
Other Fun Crafting Tools:
There are several other artistic tools that are a perfect addition to a household with crafting kids.
- Spirograph – Kids enjoy creating their own unique designs and coloring them.
- Light up Tracing Pad – This allows kids to trace pictures onto paper. (If you are into punch needle or embroidery they are also great for tracing patterns onto fabric!)
- Fashion Plates – Let your fashionista create their very own clothing designs with fun fashion plates. I had these as a kid and loved to design and color fun outfits.