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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: Make 2-layered handmade paper by plying!

  • How to Ply Handmade Paper - This project shows you how to use paper plying to create decorative effects on your handmade paper. Paper plying is the technique of making paper with two or more layers. The resulting two-sided paper can be used in all of your paper crafts. You can even create paper sculptures by making 2-ply paper with embedded wire.

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

  • Wednesday Treat: Templates for mini-envelopes made of handmade paper!

    This week's Wednesday treat is instructions and templates for making Mini-Envelopes for Gift Enclosure Cards using handmade paper. The project includes how to make visually striking gift cards and matching envelopes using Handmade Paper with a Contrasting Border.

  • This Week's Friday Fun: Colorful papier-mâché—no painting required!

    Quick Papier-mâché Pulp - Use this craft recipe to quickly make a colorful papier-mâché pulp that can be molded into shapes. This paper pulp doesn't require glue and you can skip painting the finished pieces. This is a great craft material to use for family, group or classroom crafting time.

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

Featured last week: Bird puppets to make and a play!

  • Two-Finger Puppets - Try this "handy" little project to put on a quick, fun and easy puppet show! Your fingers will become the legs of little bird puppets. Then, put on the Australian Aboriginal folktale The Medicine-man to find out how the rooster got his comb!

  • Wednesday Treat: Printable patterns for tiger finger puppets!

    Last week's Wednesday treat was a set of new tiger finger puppet patterns. These tiger finger puppets can be used to dramatize the many folktales from Asia that feature tigers. Select from small, medium or large finger puppets made the same way as the bird puppets in the Two-Finger Puppets craft project.

  • Last Week's Friday Fun: Make a mobile display of origami birds!

    Floral Wire Mobile with Origami Flying Birds - Mobiles make terrific decorations in the home, office or classroom and are a great way to display and enjoy your craft creations. In this project, see how to use floral wire to make a mobile of easy to fold Origami Flying Birds or other lightweight items.

    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 All Occasion Ribbon Edge Cards!  Create cards to have on hand that can be used for any occasion. 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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