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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 4-sided, 8-sided, and 20-sided boxes!

  • Geometric Solids - In this project, make three of the five Platonic solids—tetrahedron, octahedron, and icosahedron. These geometric models can be used for things beyond learning about solid geometry. Decorate them and make a colorful mobile or use them as gift boxes.

  • Wednesday Treat: Learn how to do decoupage!

    This week's Wednesday Treat is a project with instructions and printable patterns for making a Decoupage Box. In this project, you will learn the basics of decoupage by decorating a box made from cardstock with images printed on your color printer. The same technique can be used to decoupage wooden boxes, glass vases or plates, etc. With the wealth of images available for downloading and printing, this traditional craft is well-suited to today.

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

  • This Week's Friday Fun: Quick art with stamps made from kitchen sponges!

    Sponge Stamps and Art - Do you know that ordinary kitchen sponges can be used to make stamps? Children will want to make a variety of stamps to create artistic masterpieces for display in the refrigerator door gallery. Follow these simple instructions and you will be able to make stamps of your own design in minutes.

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

Featured last week: How to decorate paper crafts with quilling!

  • Basics of Quilling - Quilling is the art of rolling narrow strips of paper into coils or scrolls, and arranging them to form elegant filigree. In this project, you'll see how to use a toothpick to roll coils and scrolls then pinch, shape, and arrange them into decorative patterns.

  • Wednesday Treat: A board game from Spain to make and play!

    Last week's Wednesday Treat was a project with instructions and printable patterns for the Catch the Hare Game Board. Make a roll-up game board for the game of Catch the Hare that includes a pocket for storing game pieces. The game board is made of paper and felt using iron-on adhesive, and requires no sewing. This Moorish hunt game is known as Cercar La Liebre in Spain and dates back to the 13th century.

  • Last Week's Friday Fun: Make a box full of craft supplies for the kids!

    Children's Craft Box - Make it easier for your children to 'create' by filling a box with craft supplies that's just for them. The box is theirs to use however they wish. The only rules are they must lay out the small plastic table cloth before starting and when finished they must clean up the mess.

    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  Bookmark Cards. In this tutorial, 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. 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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