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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 locking-top bags for party favors!

  • Easy Party Favor Bag - In this project, learn how to make a small party favor bag that is self-closing. These easy to make bags are ideal for packaging small party favors of food, candy, soaps or jewelry. Choose from three sizes of printable patterns with or without the colorful dot designs.

  • Wednesday Treat: Create a pattern for a collapsible box of any size!

    This week's Wednesday treat is instructions for making a Custom Collapsible Square Box Pattern. In this project, you will create a custom pattern for a collapsible square box in the exact size to meet your needs. Then use the pattern to make your custom-size box following instructions in the Collapsible Box craft project.

  • This Week's Friday Fun: Make prints using potatoes, celery, and more!

    Vegetable and Fruit Printing - Learn how to make simple relief prints using vegetables (and fruits). This printing technique is simple enough for very young children, while being versatile enough for older children and adults. The project features the classic potato print, as well as, vegetables and fruits that are a bit less traditional in printing.

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

Featured last week: Create a clown hand puppet!

  • Foam Ball Hand Puppets - Create quick and easy clown hand puppets based on Styrofoam® balls used as the puppet head. You can use felt cutouts and/or pom-poms and wiggly eyes to add a funny face to your clown puppet. Once you have made the clown puppet, try your hand at making other puppet characters by changing the felt cutouts and the fabric drape!

  • Wednesday Treat: Stencil  designs onto plastic flower pots!

    Last week's Wednesday treat was instructions for making Stenciled Flower Pots. Turn a plastic flower pot from ordinary to extraordinary with stenciling. In this project, you will learn how to apply acrylic paint stencils to a small plastic flower pot. This technique can then be used to decorate large plastic flower pots, plastic hanging baskets, plastic wastebaskets, or just about any plastic container.

  • Last Week's Friday Fun: Blow bubbles with homemade solution and wands!

    Homemade Bubble Solution - Playing with soap bubbles is pure fun and fascinates even the youngest child—cats and dogs, too. It's amazingly simple to mix a bubble solution from just a few ingredients.

    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  Serendipity Square Cards. In this tutorial, learn how to use leftover scraps of paper and cardstock to make colorful serendipity squares that are then combined in various ways to make beautiful 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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