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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: Recycle paper leftovers into a heart!

  • Strip Folding Heart Cards - In this greeting card tutorial, make a card for Mother's Day or your sweetheart that features a framed heart motif while learning how to use a strip folding template. Once you learn this technique using the heart template, additional motifs can be made using other templates.

  • Wednesday Treat: New heart motif patterns for strip folding!

    This week's Wednesday treat is a set of new printable patterns for the Strip Folding Heart Cards tutorial. The new heart templates feature heart motifs with fanned paper strips. These motifs are a great way to showcase three or more patterned paper strips from the same color family.

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

  • This Week's Friday Fun: Cards with silly faces for lots of giggles!

    Silly Faces Mix-and-Match Cards - Just a few simple materials and a little instruction is all it takes to make a set of mix-and-match cards. Cut all the cards into three pieces and mix them up to make silly faces. Giggles are a sure thing!

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

Featured last week: Celebrate a colorful tradition of Mexico!

  • Mexican Yarn Painting - The crafts of Mexico are renowned for bright colors and bold designs especially the nierika made by the Huichol people. In this project learn how to do Huichol-inspired yarn paintings then use the technique to make decorative plaques or to enliven the surfaces of boxes, cards, notebooks, and more.

  • Wednesday Treat: New printable yarn painting card patterns!

    This week's Wednesday treat is a set of new printable patterns for a quick Mexican Yarn Painting craft. Just print one of the Yarn Snake Card patterns to cardstock and use markers, crayons, or colored pencils to add "yarn" to the Huichol-inspired snake design. Choose from three printable patterns—black and white, plain colored, or colored with yarn-fill.

  • Last Week's Friday Fun: A fun way to learn how to combine colors!

    Spy Glass Color Wheel - Use red, blue and yellow cellophane to make a color wheel that teaches about combining the primary colors. Have your child see how many colors can be made by overlapping the cellophane layers. To see even more colors, the color wheel doubles as a spy glass that your child can look through to make the colors around them change.

    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 Strip Folding Heart Cards and is the third tutorial in Card Class 2! See how to make a heart from leftover paper strips. 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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