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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: Beautiful cards from craft paper leftovers!

  • Serendipity Square Cards - In this greeting card 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. Once you learn how to make serendipity squares, you'll never need to throw away those small scraps of paper again!

    Come back on Wednesday for a new craft treat and later in the week for a new Friday Fun craft!

  • Wednesday Treat: Race board game from Sri Lanka!

    This week's Wednesday treat is a set of printable patterns for making Asi Keliya, a game board for a race game from Sri Lanka (Ceylon). This game is very similar to Pachisi, but with a slightly different game board and simpler rules. See the Pachisi craft project for more details.

  • This Week's Friday Fun: Spinning toy that makes one picture from two!

    Thaumatrope (or Mini-movie) - Kids will have fun making this spinning toy known as a thaumatrope (or mini-movie.) It appears to magically create one picture from two and demonstrates one of the visual concepts behind movies.

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

Featured last week: Make a pachisi game board using felt!

  • Pachisi - Pachisi is the national game of India and is usually played on a cross-shaped game board made of decorated cloth. In that tradition, this no-sew craft project shows you how to use felt to make a pachisi game board. The project includes rules for playing pachisi and the history of the game.

  • Wednesday Treat: Make a regal or funny king hand puppet!

    Last week's Wednesday treat was instructions and a printable pattern for making the Foam Ball King Hand Puppet. This puppet builds on the puppet-making technique used in the Foam Ball Clown Puppets craft project. For the king hand puppet, make the face with felt cutouts, add a felt crown, and drape fabric for clothing and a royal cape. What could be easier?

  • Last Week's Friday Fun: Accordion-fold paper doll chains!

    Paper Doll Chains - Create a chain of paper dolls by cutting multi-folded paper strips. Learn this basic paper cutting technique with paper dolls, then let your imagination run wild! Cut paper chains with themes for every season and every special event. They make great decorations for parties, classrooms, and your home.

    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?
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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! See how to make beautiful greeting cards using scraps of colorful craft paper and more. 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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