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Step-by-step instructions. Printable patterns. Updates each week.

Welcome to Aunt Annie's Crafts!

Take a look around. You'll find crafting fun for children, teens and adults. A craft how-to is featured each Monday, with a special craft treat added each Wednesday, and at the end of the week it's Friday Fun with simple crafts for families, groups or classrooms.

Featured this week: Make a game board for classic Alquerque!

  • Alquerque Game Board - In this project, make an Alquerque game board designed for use with marbles as playing pieces. Alquerque is a classic war or battle game with equal sides and complex strategy. Included in the project are rules for playing Alquerque and some history about the game.

  • Wednesday Treat: New "print, cut and play" Alquerque game boards!

    This week's Wednesday Treat is set of printable game board patterns for Alquerque. Print the patterns on paper or cardstock, cut it out and play. You can use coins or mini-marshmallows as game pieces or make color-coordinated playing pieces with Homemade Modeling Dough.

    Come back on Friday for a new Friday Fun craft project!

  • This Week's Friday Fun: A cool treat for a hot summer day!

    Ice Cream in a Bag - What goes best with kids and a hot summer day? Well, ice cream, of course! With this recipe and technique each child gets to make an individual serving of ice cream, and it only takes a few minutes from start to finish. Go ahead, get going—you’ll have a ball!

    For more family, classroom or group crafts see the Friday Fun Crafts collection!

Featured last week: Try out two games from Africa!

  • The Game of Mancala - You don’t need a plane ticket to visit Africa! In this project, learn to play two versions of the African game of mancala. Create your own mancala game board from homemade dough clay, and have fun playing ba-awa and kiuthi right where you are.

  • Wednesday Treat: String light covers for the Fourth of July!

    Last week's Wednesday Treat was a set of patterns for Stars and Stripes String Light Covers.  Turn your patio string lights into dazzling stars and stripes with easy to make light covers. Each light cover is made of four circles glued together to make a four-sided tetrahedron.

  •  Last Week's Friday Fun: Paper mache pulp—no glue or paint required!

    Quick Papier-mâché Pulp - Use this craft recipe to quickly make a colorful papier-mâché pulp that can be molded into shapes. This paper pulp doesn't require glue and you can skip painting the finished pieces. This is a great craft material to use for family, group or classroom crafting time.

    For more family, classroom or group crafts see the Friday Fun Crafts collection!

Previously featured...

Here's a sample of the crafting fun from previous weeks. Visit the Project Index to see it all.

Looking for crafts for family, classroom or group craft time?
Check out the Friday Fun index for quick and easy crafts.

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Greeting card tutorials

Greeting card tutorials are a regular feature on Aunt Annie's Crafts. Each tutorial builds on prior card projects. It's like taking a class on making handmade greeting cards.

This month's featured tutorial is Double-sided Paper Window Card, the final tutorial in Card Class 2! Learn how to use double-sided paper and a small rubber stamp to make a window card in no time! If you are new to card making, review all the tutorials in  the first Card Class to learn many techniques for making beautiful cards and then go on to Card Class 2 for more card-making ideas and techniques.

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