Cool DIY Projects for Teen Boys

We all know that teenagers can be complicated sometimes, especially teen boys. This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t interact with them or that we shouldn’t show them new and cool things to do. They also tend to get bored of certain activities and spend most of their time in front of the computer.

If you want to avoid seeing your teen at the PC all day, you might want to try a DIY craft with him. Working together on a cool and fun project will create a stronger bond between the two of you and will also enable his creative side to kick in. We’ve listed below a few DIY crafts that you can easily try with your boy. For more interesting suggestions on this topic, check out https://diyexperience.com/!

1. Splash Bomb Catapult

All teen boys need a catapult, especially in the summer to fight with water balloons. They can also use it in the winter to throw snowballs. While you might think that a catapult is very hard to make, especially for a boy, you are wrong. This is an easy and cool project for a teen boy.

For this craft, you are going to need 12 dowel rods, rubber bands, low temp glue gun, and a lid from a bottle of juice. Instead of the dowel rods, you can also use pencils but the pre-cut rods are better and stronger.

First step is to make a T shape using 2 dowel rods and rubber band. Then you need to make a square base for the catapult using one of the 2 dowel rods you previously tied. The T shape is

part of the shooting arm. Add a vertical dowel rod for every corner of the base and add another horizontal rod for the top of the shooting arm.

Connect all of the vertical rods just like you make a tent by using horizontal rods. Also, tie another rod to the shooting arm you make in the first step to make it longer. Glue the lid as an ammunition basket and the catapult is done.

2. Baseball String Bracelet

While some might think that bracelets are just for girls, this baseball string bracelet is great for boys. Plus, you only need 2 things for this craft: a baseball and a Xacto knife. For the part of the cutting, you might want to help your teenager to avoid any problems.

All you have to do is to cut near the stitches and ripe the leather material off the ball. Don’t cut on the stitches because you are going to use them later. After you got the material out, you need to keep only the part with the stitches. Cut the remaining part in 2 so that you can make 2 bracelets out of one ball. Usually half of the material is enough for the risk of a teen. Make sure to measure his wrist to see if it will fit.

The next step can be made by him without your supervision. All he has to do is to pull on both ends of the strings and tie them together. At the end, he will get a super bool bracelet made out of a baseball ball.

3. Duck Call

Also known as the neighbor annoyer, the duck call is an interesting craft that your teen can do in just a minute. This is by far the easiest DIY craft for teens. Another important thing is that he will only need a regular straw and a scissor. You might hate this DIY craft because it can be very noisy, but your son will definitely love it.

All he has to do is to flatten the straw at one end. He can also rub the straw on the edge of the table. After the straw is flat at one end, he needs to cut a point in the end of the straw. Cut both of the edges and at the end, he will have a sharp end and a regular end of the straw. Use the sharp end to blow. He will need to blow pretty hard to make it sound.

Hope we enjoyed the crafts we prepared for this article. Show them to your teen and ask him if he wants to try them out with you one day. This way, you will make sure that he loses interest in computer games and that he uses these crafts outside, in the yard to enjoy a bit of sun. If you

both enjoy doing these crafts, you might want to check out the internet for more projects you can do together.

A Stitch at a Time: Perfect Beginner Sewing Projects

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Sewing as a pastime has grown a lot in recent years. People have always done it, but now people of all ages are starting to take an interest. If you want to start sewing, you might not know where to start. There might be something in particular that you want to make, such as clothes or home accessories. But if you’ve never sewn or only vaguely remember learning at school, getting started can be a bit daunting. Ideally, you need to know how to use a sewing machine and have some hand-sewing skills too. Choosing a couple of easy projects can help you to feel more confident and learn some of the basics.

Choosing Your Sewing Machine

Not every sewing project will require a machine. In fact, you could do everything by hand, if you wanted to, but everything would take longer. A machine makes your sewing quicker, easier, and more secure. First, you need to select the right machine for you. There are different types that can do all sorts of things, from basic stitches to embroidery. The best thing to do is start browsing online and reading reviews. Look at http://sewingmachinejudge.com/brother-cs6000i-sewing-machine-review/ for an example of a review that could help you make a decision. You probably don’t want anything too hardcore when you first start sewing, so don’t spend too much.

 

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Tote Bag

When you’re ready to start sewing, a tote bag is an excellent first project. In fact, there are few things that are easier. You only need a couple of rectangles of fabric, plus some long strips for the handles. It’s also a great project to do with recycled material if you have anything you’re thinking of using. You can use an old beach towel or even a large t-shirt or shirt to make yourself a bag.

Tablet or E-reader Cover/Case

Along the same lines as a tote bag, a case for your tablet or e-reader is super simple. You only need to stitch a couple of pieces of fabric together. At the top, you might want to insert a button or even a zip. Perhaps you can add a foldover flap to cover the top up too.

Baby Blanket or Quilt

Quilting is a favorite type of sewing for many people. If you want to get started with it, making a small quilt for a crib is a good idea. You can keep your project manageable and pick up some valuable skills. You could also make a blanket, which can be even easier. Pick your fabric, cut it size and neaten the edges, plus add any embellishments. Try http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/crafts/easy-sewing-project–how-to-make-a-double-sided-baby-blanket to find an easy project.

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Simple Skirt

If you want to start making clothes, a skirt is one of the easiest garments you can start with. You don’t even have to insert a zip if you don’t want to (use an elastic waist instead), although it’s easy to do using a special zipper foot on your sewing machine. One of the easiest things to do is to copy a simple skirt that you already like to wear.

There are so many beginner’s sewing projects you can try if you’re just getting started with sewing. Pick one that appeals to you to start building some skills.

Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 349

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When I go out shopping these days, the aisles are decked with Christmas decorations and great gift ideas.  I can’t help but get in the spirit of the season and start planning my holiday shopping list.  And as I get ready to prepare my gift list, I always include my four legged family members!  The Simply Sweet Home dog and cats get a stocking each year, filled with food, treats, and toys.  And we have a good time watching as they receive these gifts.  Today I’m going to show you how a few products from Purina can help you to make your pets Christmas merry and bright!  And I’m going to share a tutorial for a DIY Pet Blanket, the perfect handmade gift for your dog or cat.

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My family is so excited about football season being back again! How about you?  Each week of football season, we watch many games, but our favorite thing to watch is college football on Saturdays, and for this, we always like to have a lot of food and snacks on hand!  With football season starting in September and going through and past the New Year, I find it’s important to mix things up and come up with great menu items each week.  For example, we may have pizza and wings one week, and the following week we may have pulled pork sandwiches or hamburgers and hot dog.

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New Driver Gift Basket Tutorial

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