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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: Learn paper-cutting basics!

  • Simple Paper Cutting - In this project, Aunt Annie introduces you to the art of paper-cutting through the techniques of cut-apart and layered paper. These techniques can be used to decorate greeting cards, stationery, boxes, gift wraps, or any paper craft project.

  • Wednesday Treat: Printable patterns for Christmas paper-cutting!

    This week's Wednesday treat is a set of printable Christmas paper-cutting patterns with templates for Christmas trees, stars and ornaments. Cut out these festive shapes and use them to create quick Christmas cards, make gift tags or to embellish packages. It's easy—just follow the instructions in the Simple Paper Cutting craft project.

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

  • This Week's Friday Fun: How to make a reindeer from a candy cane!

    Candy Cane Reindeer - Children will enjoy transforming a candy cane into a reindeer using a few craft supplies and a bit of glue. This reindeer is a great decoration for the tree or a fun party favor. It's a craft that has long been a holiday favorite for kids and teachers alike.

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

Featured last week: Make gift box ornaments for the tree!

  • Little Gift Boxes - An easy to make cube-shaped box with four choices of printable patterns—quick to make in full color, a black and white version for kids to color, or plain templates to unleash your creativity. Make several as ornaments for your Christmas tree.

    Bonus craft: Make foil medallions to decorate your packages!

    Paper Medallions - Make paper medallions to decorate gift packages. The medallions are a nice alternative to bows and ribbon, and when made from foil add extra elegance to your present. There are three different medallion designs with two sizes each. Use each size alone or make them with contrasting colors and layer the two sizes together.

  • Wednesday Treat: Printable medallion patterns to download!

    This week's Wednesday treat is a set of printable Paper Medallion patterns that you can use to embellish packages for any occasion or decorate around your home. To make them, just follow the instructions in the Paper Medallions craft project.

  • Last Week's Friday Fun: Make quick and easy gift tags from Christmas cards!

    Gift Tags from Recycled Cards - Recycle greeting cards and paper scraps into fun and unique gift tags. The whole family can join in on the cutting and pasting to make these special additions to your holiday gifts. The tags can even be grouped into packages for sale at a Christmas bazaar or for a fundraiser.

    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.

Last month's featured tutorial was Pop-up Age Birthday Cards and is the fifth tutorial in strong> Card Class 2! See how to make a birthday card that features the child's age as a pop-up.  After you make this card, you will be able to add a similar V-fold pop-up to any greeting card. 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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