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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 empty cardboard tubes into puppets!

  • Toilet Paper Tube Puppets - Use empty toilet paper tubes to make finger puppets, then put on a play that features them. Use the included patterns or make puppets of your own design. The versatility of this puppet making technique is amazing. Give it a try!

  • Wednesday Treat: Learn how to wax any type of paper!

    This week's Wednesday Treat is a project with  instructions for Waxing Paper. Make your own custom waxed papers! Learn the technique of waxing paper and in no time you will be making waxed papers in any colors or designs you like. You can use waxed paper in the place of vellum in many crafts. Its translucent nature makes it a natural for luminaries!

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

  • This Week's Friday Fun: Recycle milk and juice cartons into gift boxes!

    Recycled Milk Carton Gift Boxes - In this project, learn how to recycle milk and juice cartons, or any size gable top carton, into strong gift boxes. You can either wrap the boxes in your favorite way or transform the carton into a house or a cuckoo clock using Aunt Annie's patterns.

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

Featured last week: A bookmark and a greeting card in one!

  • Bookmark Cards - This greeting card tutorial features a design element that is also a gift. See how to create a beautiful and functional bookmark that is the focal point for the card, while learning a simple decorative technique using markers.  This tutorial also introduces colored card blanks and tips for using them successfully in your card making.

  • Wednesday Treat: More paper bag puppets—Cat and Owl!

    Last week's Wednesday Treat was a project with patterns and instructions for making Cat and Owl Hand Puppets. Paper bag puppets are great fun and, with just a few cutouts and a bit of drawing, you can make a puppet for just about any animal. See how easy it is with these Cat and Owl Hand Puppets.

  • Last Week's Friday Fun: A quick gift bag made from a washcloth!

    Washcloth Bath Bags - Sew up a nifty bag for your bath from a washcloth and ribbon. Put soap or bath salts inside and relax in a sudsy tub of warm water. But don't stop there! The bath bags also double as bath mitts for the kids. They also make great gift bags for handmade soaps!

    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  Embossed Cards. In this tutorial, learn how to add embossing to your greeting cards without making a large investment in special tools. 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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