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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 a greeting card with a bookmark!

  • 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: New digital paper downloads with doodled fish!

    This week's Wednesday treat is a set of Squiggly Fish ePapers to use in making bookmarks for Bookmark Cards or in any of your card-making. These ePapers coordinate with the Fishy Squiggles ePapers and are based on the same doodles and color scheme.

  • This Week's Friday Fun: DIY  jigsaw puzzle for kids to make!

    Picture Puzzles - Turn drawings, photographs or any image you love into a picture puzzle. This is a simple craft for groups of children. The puzzles make great gifts, so make one to keep and another to give away.

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

Featured last week: Make a board solitaire game board!

  • Triangle Board Solitaire - Solitaire isn't just a card game! In this project, you'll make a board game for one player called board solitaire or peg solitaire. The board in this project is designed for marble playing pieces, but can also be made as a "simple print, cut, and play" game board.

  • Wednesday Treat: Printable patterns for a variation on Board Solitaire!

    Last week's Wednesday treat was a set of printable patterns for a variation on Triangle Board Solitaire called Triangle-plus. The plus refers to the additional six spaces which makes the game a bit more interesting and harder to solve. A printable for a perfect solution is included.

  • Last Week's Friday Fun: Make a paper chain snake!

    Circly Paper Chain Snake - Link rings of construction paper together to form a long multi-colored snake that makes a terrific decoration hung from the ceiling, draped around the room, or framing a bulletin board. Turn the activity into a contest to see who can make the longest snake, create the funniest (or scariest) snake, or the most creative snake.

    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 idea is Zodiac Birthday Cards! Learn how to personalize a birthday card for someone by using their zodiac sign. 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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