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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: Patterns and instructions for rectangular box!

  • Rectangular Box - Make a rectangular box with lid, also called a shirt box, in a variety of sizes and depths. This is a very versatile box that can be used to package about any gift. It can also be made without the lid and used as a letter box, napkin holder, etc. Instructions are given for drafting a box pattern/template for any size rectangular box.

  • Wednesday Treat: Printable pattern for birthday stars and confetti gift box!

    This week's Wednesday treat is a new printable birthday box pattern featuring stars and confetti. Follow the instructions in the Rectangular Box craft to make the box. Check out the coordinating Stars and Confetti ePaper.

  • This Week's Friday Fun: Recycled cereal box = fun while getting organized!

    Magazine Holder - Here’s a craft that is fun to do, recycles empty cereal boxes, and organizes those stacks of magazines, paperback books and miscellaneous papers around the house or in your child’s bedroom.

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

Featured last week: Important tool for handmade papermaking!

  • Mold and Deckle - A mold and deckle is an essential tool for handmade papermaking. Instructions are given for making the Mold and Deckle from wood, recycled picture frames or, especially for beginners and children, a simple plastic canvas and cardboard version.

  • Wednesday Treat: Printable circle templates for petal envelopes!

    Last week's Wednesday treat was a new printable circles pattern with circle templates in five sizes to make petal envelopes for cards ranging in size from 2" to 4". Use the templates to make Square Petal Envelopes, which are especially nice when made from 2-Ply Handmade Paper made with the Mold and Deckle.

  • Last Week's Friday Fun: Four circles make a square envelope!

    Square Petal Envelope - Learn a surprising technique for making square petal envelopes. These simple envelopes are inspired by Japanese gift wraps and require little or no adornment. They are great for wrapping flat packages or gift cards.

    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 card tutorial is Pop-up Birthday Cards!  This greeting card tutorial shows how to add a V-fold pop-up to greeting cards. If you are new to card making, the tutorials in the Card Class are a great place to learn many techniques for making beautiful cards. Then for more ideas and techniques, go on to Card Class 2.


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