The Big List Of Hobbies For Teens

This list of hobbies for teens is geared towards creative activities that can generally be done within your own home with relatively affordable supplies.

Teens can be limited in their space, time, and materials they can purchase. However, the hobbies for teens in this list take all those things into consideration. 

To see our beginner’s guides for different hobbies, check out our ultimate list of creative hobbies here.

Drawing & Painting Hobbies for Teens

Drawing and painting are one of the most versatile hobbies for teens since there are tons of different art mediums you can learn and multiple ways you can explore them.

Art supplies can get pretty expensive, but there are tons of student-grade ones that beginners can start using. This hobby is also great since you can do it at home, in a cafe, in a park… pretty much everywhere! 

Don’t know how to draw? No problem! Every talented artist was once a beginner. Take Helen Downie, for example. Downie is a self-taught artist who didn’t start to draw and paint until the age of 48. Start learning the basics of drawing with our free self-guided drawing lessons here. 

Here is a list of different art mediums you can explore. 

Pencil

Pen & Ink

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Colored Pencils

Art Markers

Chalk

Other art mediums include pastel, acrylic painting, oil painting, watercolor, gouache, spraypainting, and airbrushing

Urban Sketching

Urban sketching is an amazing and creative form of art that is perfect for artists of ANY skill level.

It involves drawing the world around you while on location. You can sketch out your local farmer’s market, museums, beaches, temples, concerts, parks –you name it; you can sketch it! It’s a great way to document the world you live in or visit attractions while on vacation.

Urban Sketching

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This hobby is also a great way to meet new people! The urban sketching community has skyrocketed in popularity in the past ten years with sketch crawls happening worldwide (they’re like bar crawls except for artists).

Even if you’re not the best artist, this hobby is definitely one I recommend for everyone to try out.

Collage Art

Collage art is one of the many great hobbies for teens. It allows for an incredible range of creativity as it can utilize a variety of materials and mediums.

Most likely, you’ll have everything you already need at home. All you need is paper and adhesive (like glue or tape) and you’re good to go.

Collage Art

Try This Hobby—> The Ultimate Guide to Collage Art

Collage art involves creating artwork with various materials onto a flat surface.

Common items used in collage art include magazine images, newspaper clippings, photos, movie tickets, and book pages.

You can further embellish your art by drawing, painting or adding embellishments like buttons, ribbons, or flowers.

Related:
The Ultimate Beginners Guide to Collage Art
List of Collage Art Ideas

Fashion Design

Do you love fashion? Ever wanted to design your own pieces? Cultivate that creativity by drawing out your designs in a sketchbook.

Fashion Design

Take those ideas a step further by making them come to life. Visit your local craft store to pick out some fabric and learn how to sew so that you can actually wear your creations.

Calligraphy + Handlettering

In recent years, there has been a huge resurgence in calligraphy. Calligraphy involves the art of decorative handwriting.

Modern hand lettering can use many different art mediums and decorative elements.

The topic of choice can be just a single word, a quote, or even a passage. Hand lettering is a great hobby for teens to explore and develop their style of art. 

Related: Our Ultimate Guide to Calligraphy for Beginners

Paper Craft Hobbies for Teens

I’m one of those people who have this obsession with pretty paper. Sparkly, patterned, metallic, and even regular solid-colored card stock. I love them all.

The list below are hobbies for teens who are obsessed with paper just as much as I am. These hobbies work well for teens since the main material used is easy to source and pretty affordable –paper! 

Paper Quilling

Paper quilling is one of the most creative hobbies for teens who enjoy paper crafts.

Also known as paper filigree, paper quilling involves rolling strips of paper and gluing them onto a surface to create intricate three-dimensional pieces of artwork.

paper quilling

Only a few supplies are needed to get started with this hobby —paper strips, adhesive, a quilling tool and a surface (like heavy cardstock).

Popular subject matters include flowers and typography enhanced with extra flourishes.

Related:

The Ultimate Guide to Paper Quilling
12 Amazing Paper Quilling Artists to Follow for Inspiration

Foil Art

Have you ever seen invitations or greeting cards with lettering or artwork covered in a gold or silver film? Did you know that you can actually make that yourself at home?

Foil art involves the transfer of metallic film onto cardstock. You can do this with just a laminator, metallic foil sheets, cardstock, and an inkjet printer. If you don’t have an inkjet printer, you can also use the ones available at your local copy shop (like OfficeMax or Staples).

Foil Art

It’s an exciting hobby for teens to explore as you can make your own prints to hang around the house or impress friends and family with fancy greeting cards.

Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking is one of the most popular hobbies for crafty teens. It’s a fun and creative way to keep your memories alive.

You can use photos, artwork, printed media (like tickets, brochures, etc.) as the focus of your scrapbook. Despite the name, you can actually scrapbook in things other than a book.

scrapbooking

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This technique of arranging items for display can also be used for boxes and cards. Check out this beginner’s kit to get started!

Card Making

If you like DIY crafts and giving out greeting cards during the holidays, you will probably love this hobby.

Using similar techniques to scrapbooking, you can create cards for every occasion using colorful cardstock, stamps, stickers, and other fun embellishments.

card making

Grab this cardmaking kit to make your first set of cards for your friends and family.

Rubber Stamping

Stamping is typically used in scrapbooking and cardmaking, but did you know that you can actually create your own stamps?

All you need is a block of rubber and some carving tools to be able to create your own stamp (like this beginner’s set here).

rubber stamping

Draw out your design and carefully cut out the space from the rubber. Remember, the stamp will be an inverse version of the design you created.

Decoupage

Decoupage is a hobby for teens who enjoy decorating objects. It involves gluing colored or decorative paper onto an object.

Items that are frequently decorated using this technique include jewelry boxes, picture frames, large decorative letters, and other fun items.

Decoupage

These can also make a good gift for your friends and family members. My must-have product for decoupage has been Mod Podge glue. 

Gift Wrapping

Gift wrapping might not seem like it could be a hobby but wait until you see how creative you can get with this activity.

gift wrapping

Books like Giftwrapped: Practical and Inventive Ideas for All Occasions and Celebrations show you tons of ideas, inspiration, and unique ways to create beautifully wrap presents to impress your friends and family during the holidays. 

Origami

Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding. Many people have made paper airplanes at some point in their lives, but did they know that they were already doing origami?

The best thing about this hobby is that you can find projects that are simple enough for beginners or ones that require a little bit more detailed folding for more experienced folders.

Another similar hobby that you might enjoy is Karakuri (or automata) which is the Japanese art of making mechanical paper models that move.

Journaling Hobbies for Teens

Journaling is a popular activity and there’s not just one way to enjoy it! There are many different journaling hobbies for teens including art journaling, bible journaling, planner journaling, and bullet journaling. 

Art Journaling

Art journaling is a combination of scrapbooking and collage art used as a method to document your day-to-day life.

Use a journal like this that has thicker paper so that it can hold adhesive or paint (if you decide to use it). Use a combination of collage art with journaling to bring a bit more excitement to your daily entries.

Art journaling

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You can also use it as a travel journal if you and your family are taking fun vacations. Keep your mementos, photos, brochures, and ticket stubs all in one place while journaling about your time there. Read our beginners guide to art journaling if you would like to know more.

Bible Journaling

An alternative to art journaling is bible journaling. Bible journaling involves the creative method of Bible study where you can take notes, draw, and document your life experiences in the margins of a Bible.

bible journaling

This type of journaling can be quite a fulfilling hobby for teens of faith! Try using a Bible that is made for journaling with wide margins on each page like this one.

Planner Journaling

Planner journaling is a creative hobby that has skyrocketed in popularity in the past couple of years.

It’s an exciting way to decorate planners with stickers, art markers, and other cute embellishments that are made just for planners.

planner journaling

It makes planning for all those school assignments and projects much more fun. Check out this adorable planner set to get started!

Bullet Journaling

Another way to get creative with your daily planning is bullet journaling. Created by Ryder Carroll, bullet journaling involves using a small dotted journal to organize your day-to-day tasks and responsibilities.

bullet journaling

Some people even use this method to track other things in their lives such as mood, exercise, or food/water consumption.

Grab a dotted journal like this one to get started or read more about the bullet journaling method our Bullet Journaling for Beginners guide.

Plant Hobbies for Teens

Usually, gardening would come to mind when thinking of outdoor or plant-focused hobbies for teens. However, since we’re all about creativity here at The Curiously Creative.. we’ll focus more on less traditional activities. 

Terrariums

Making a terrarium is a creative hobby that has been growing in popularity. It involves the use of small ornaments, rocks, and plants to create a miniature garden setting usually within a glass enclosure.

Use this  these succulent planter items (rocks, dirt, and sheet moss) to get started.

The great thing about this hobby for teens is that you can decorate your room with the terrariums after you’re done! 

Fairy Gardens

Building fairy gardens is a creative hobby that has been growing in popularity.

It’s very similar with terrariums as it involves using small ornaments, rocks, and plants to create a miniature garden small enough for a fairy to live in.

fairy gardens

You can begin by using empty glass terrariums or planter pots as the base of the garden. Use this miniature ornament set of 1000 pieces to make it “fairly-like” with these succulent planter items to get started.

Flower Pressing

If you love flowers, you might also love the idea of preserving them! Pick out some of your favorite flowers for this activity and use a book or flower press to flatten the flowers.

Flower Pressing

Once they are dried out, you can mount these onto a canvas to be hung around the house or even use them in other arts and crafts.

DIY Hobbies for Teens

Do-it-yourself hobbies are one of the most popular hobbies for crafty teens. Many teens love being able to create items from scratch.

You get a certain type of satisfaction from making something yourself that you could traditionally buy from the store. 

The hobbies for teens listed below involve making your own candle, soap, and even furniture. 

Candle Making

Candle making is the craft of creating candles from scratch. It is both an art and a science as a lot of thought goes into selecting the right ingredients.

Making candles is one of the many great hobbies for teens where you can experiment with a lot of different ingredients.

candle making

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You will need to select the right wick and wax to fit the style of candle you desire. Fragrances, dyes, and other items can be added as well.

Candle making is highly customizable and allows a lot of room for creativity! If you want to get started, try this candle-making kit first.

Related: The Ultimate Guide to Candle Making for Beginners

Soap Making

Soap making can be such a fun hobby for teens to learn. Like candles, you can give your handmade soap to your friends and family members as a holiday gift.

Soap-making gives you the option to be able to control everything you put in it. There are countless combinations of ingredients you can use for soap. The possibilities are endless: glitter, tea leaves, fruit purees, or even beer!

There are also multiple ways to make soap: the rebatch method, melt-and-pour method, cold process method, and hot process method.

Upcycling

Upcycling is one of the most engaging hobbies for teens who love decorating their spaces and making good use of old items.

This hobby involves transforming unwanted items into something of much better quality.

Upcycling

It requires a creative mind to be able to transform old material into something useful.

Unlike recycling, upcycling is meant to add more value to the item. This activity has increased in popularity in the last decade due to the dedication of some to become more eco-friendly and generate zero waste.

Polymer Clay

Polymer clay is a type of modeling clay with a polymer polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

It doesn’t actually have clay minerals in it, but it’s just as pliable and easy to work with (if not, more so!).

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Once you mold it into your desired shape, you can pop it in the oven to cure it. Polymer clay is an excellent hobby for teens who like to create miniature items or beaded jewelry.

Related:

The Ultimate Guide to Polymer Clay 
22 Things to Make with Polymer Clay

Fiber Art + Needle Craft Hobbies for Teens

Fiber art is any type of artwork or craft that uses fibers (like yarn, thread, string, etc.) as the medium of choice.

Some of these activities are also known as “needle crafts” for their usage of needles to create the items. Examples of needle crafts are sewing, needle felting, quilting, embroidery, knitting, and crocheting.

Below are the different hobbies for teens that involve fiber art/needle crafts. 

Sewing

Don’t know how to sew? No worries! There are tons of beginner resources out there to get you started.

In no time, you’ll be able to sew your own clothes or even stuffed animals/dolls.

You don’t necessarily have to own or purchase a sewing machine to be able to enjoy this hobby.

Needle Felting

Needle felting is a craft that involves repeatedly stabbing a needle into a piece of wool to stiffen and shape it into the desired form.

It is becoming a popular method for creating small animal figures since the texture of the felted creations resembles an animal’s fur.

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Other popular items that felters enjoy creating include foods, plants, and cartoon characters. Grab a beginners’ kit with all the tools you need to start. 

Related: The Ultimate Guide to Needle Felting

Hand Embroidery

Hand embroidery is the process of using a needle and thread to decorate fabric or other material.

As the name implies, it is entirely done by hand using a variety of stitches. There are a few types of hand embroidery hobbies including the following:

  • Cross Stitching: Uses X-shaped stitches on Aida cloth
  • Crewel: Uses wool as the thread of choice

Knitting

Knitting is a hobby for teens interested in making things from yarn.

Knitting

It utilizes two needles instead of the one hooked needle used in crochet. The type of stitches used in knitting differs from those you would find while crocheting.

Crochet

Crochet is another type of needlecraft where the yarn is manipulated to make a fabric or textile.

crochet

Unlike knitting, only one needle is used for crocheting. This needle also has a hook at the end to help interlock the loops in the thread.

Macramé

Macramé is another type of fiber art that utilizes the technique of knotting. Popular items to make with this method are room decor, wall hangings, and fabric belts.

String Art

String art involves using colorful string or yarn wrapped around pins or nails on a board to create a design.

You can either buy a pre-made kit that includes all of the necessary materials or draw out your designs onto a wooden board.

Hammer in nails following the design and take some yarn or string to start creating your artwork. This has been quite a popular way to add artwork around your room.

Industrial Hobbies for Teens

I use the term “industrial” in this section to refer to working with materials that are typically seen in large-scale manufacturing like metal, glass, wood, and concrete.

These materials can actually be used in many creative hobbies for teens to explore.

Metal Embossing

If you are attracted to the idea of working with metal but prefer a hobby that requires a much smaller workspace, you might enjoy metal embossing.

metal embossing

Metal embossing involves using an embossing stylus to create a sunken or raised designs into a sheet of metal, usually tin-coated pewter or silver.

These are typically available at your local crafts store, but you can get started exploring the hobby with items around your house.

Disposable aluminum foil baking sheets and soda cans work very similarly.

Glass Etching

If you are looking for a smaller scale hobby while working with glass, consider glass etching.

glass etching

This hobby involves creating designs onto the surface of glass by using just a few simple items —etching cream, masking tape, and a paintbrush.

It’s an incredibly easy activity to explore. Try etching items like glassware to give as gifts! 

Pyrography (Wood Burning)

Pyrography, or wood burning, is an excellent alternative to working with wood without needing a large workspace or workshop.

It involves burning designs into a piece of wood using a specialized pen to provide heat to the surface.

Woodburning

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This technique allows you to add shade and dimension to wooden artwork. You can easily explore this hobby by purchasing a beginner’s kit with all the necessary equipment.

Teens who participate in this hobby need to exercise caution as you can burn yourself with the heat pen. 

Explore our guide to wood burning for beginners.

Performing Art Hobbies for Teens

Creativity goes beyond what you can do at home or in a studio. You can also take it to the stage. Below is a list of performing art hobbies for teens.

Dancing

Dancing is one of the most exciting hobbies for teens to explore as it combines physical activity with creativity!

There are tons of different styles including ballet, tap dancing, hip hop, modern, jazz, and so much more.

Dancing

Enroll in dance classes at your school or local community to see which style you enjoy the best! If you’re nervous about joining a class, try searching some videos on YouTube to get started from the comfort of your own home. 

Musical Instruments

Are you excited by music but not much of a dancer? Maybe you would enjoy learning a musical instrument instead.

There are tons of classes available for teens to learn how to play musical instruments.

Some schools and local community centers also offer the opportunity to enroll in classes that will teach you how to play.

Popular instruments include piano, drums, woodwind instruments (e.g., flute), or string instruments (e.g., violin, guitar, etc.). Just like dancing, you can also learn these skills from YouTube. 

Singing

Another creative hobby involving music is singing. You can enroll in local singing lessons to learn how to develop strong vocal control and instill good vocal health habits.

Singing

Those who love singing might also enjoy writing their own songs as well. This hobby would also pair well with musical instrument playing skills.

Acting

Do you think that you might enjoy acting? Try signing up for some local acting classes or auditioning for some productions at your school to be part of the next play.

Acting

Computer and Digital Hobbies for Teens

Want to be creative from the comfort of your laptop or computer? Maybe you just prefer to be more creative by digital means. Here are some hobbies, just for you.

Photomanipulation

Commonly known as “photoshopping,” photo manipulation is the technique of utilizing computer software (like Adobe Photoshop) to manipulate photos.

It’s not just for airbrushing your photos to make yourself look Instagram-worthy. There’s a lot of ways to get creative with photoshopping. Surrealism is a favorite subject matter among photoshop artists.

Digital Painting

Digital painting is a way you can paint without getting messy. You can start creating artwork digitally with a stylus and a digital drawing pad (like this Wacom Intuos Drawing tablet for beginners).

Digital Art

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Graphic Design

Similar to digital painting, the sky is the limit in graphic design. Invest in paid software like Adobe Creative Cloud to get the best tools out there.

It comes with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and many other programs helpful for graphic designers. Short on cash?

Try Inkscape, a free vector graphics editor, to see if graphic design is right for you.

Animation

This hobby involves creating moving graphics utilizing computer software. Animated graphics can be either 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional.

If you want to try out animation before investing in expensive programs, check out these free software: Pencil 2D, Synfig, Opentoonz, Tupi, Blender, Wings 3D, Source Filmmaker, or K3-D.

Animation

Photography

As phone cameras become more powerful with each release, you can actually start to see if you enjoy digital photography by using what you already have.

You can also use software like Adobe Photoshop to help you enhance your photos.

Photography

Before you invest in more expensive equipment, take time to learn and understand the principals of photography. If money is no issue for you, you can purchase a digital camera to dive right in.

Videography

Just like photography, you can start exploring this hobby by just using your cellphone.

Videography

You’d be surprised to know how many YouTubers film using their phone or laptop camera to start.

Web Design

There’s a lot to learn to create a web page, but it’s not as hard as you may think.

Web Design

Tons of websites are available to help you through that process! Although there are a lot of pre-made templates out there, web design can push you to be more creative if making yours from scratch.

Writing

The number of genres that you can explore as a writer is endless. If none of the creative hobbies above seem like your style, maybe you’d prefer writing! Here’s a list of some genres to get started: 

  • Non-Fiction
    • Memoir
    • Biography
    • Self-Help Book
    • Reference Book
    • Short Story
  • Play
  • Musical
  • Satire
  • Poetry
  • Children’s Book
  • Comics/Graphic Novel
  • Humor
  • Fiction
    • Fan Fiction
    • Fantasy
    • Science Fiction
    • Western
    • Dystopia
    • Romance
    • Thriller/Horror
    • Mystery
    • Crime/Detective

Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding is a creative hobby that involves the fabrication of a fictional world or universe.

It’s often used to help build a foundation for fictional novels (think Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Narnia, etc.).

worldbuilding

Many elements require thought and design in worldbuilding, including the world’s history, geography, environment, society/social structure, culture, government/politics, and commerce.

You can not only write about these elements but visually depict them through artwork to represent your fictional world.

Conclusion

There is no shortage of creative hobbies for teens to explore. If you don’t like any of the activities above, check out our complete list of creative hobbies to see if there’s something there that is more your style!

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