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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 and play the Fox and Geese board game!

  • Fox and Geese Game Board - What do you have in common with ancient Vikings? The game of Fox and Geese, of course! Vikings called it Hala-tafl, meaning “the Fox Game”—you’ll just call it fun. Roll up the paper-and-felt board and store game pieces in its pocket when you go on Viking adventures!

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

  • Wednesday Treat: Digital paper downloads for fall and Thanksgiving!

    This week's Wednesday treat is a a set of digital paper downloads for fall and Thanksgiving. Use these paper ribbons to make Thanksgiving Quilling Cards, to decorate quick Thanksgiving napkin rings, or in scrapbooking or other paper crafts.

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

  • This Week's Friday Fun: Make new crayons and even make new colors!

    Recycled Crayons - In this project, make new crayons out of old broken ones. Your kids will have fun making these crayons that are better than new. The recycled crayons also make a good gift when placed in a cellophane or plastic bag tied closed with pretty ribbon or yarn.

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

Featured last week: Learn papermaking basics!

  • Handmade Paper from Recycled Scraps - In this project, learn how to make paper by hand from recycled scraps of paper. Learn techniques that will give the best results at home, along with simple and inexpensive alternatives for children or beginners who just want to experiment.

  • Wednesday Treat: Make oval boxes for treats and gifts!

    Last week's Wednesday treat was instructions and printable papers for making an Oval Box with Lid. Make an oval box with a lid in a several sizes and depths. The technique used to make these boxes is based on the band boxes popular in the 19th century, and is well-suited to making boxes with curves, like this oval box. This is an elegant box that will compliment that special gift. Make one using free Halloween digital papers for special Halloween treats.

  • Last Week's Friday Fun: See the world in new colors with these binoculars!

    Multicolor Binoculars - Make binoculars from recycled toilet paper tubes and squares of colored cellophane for lenses. Wrap the tubes in black construction paper (or paint them black) for an authentic look or let your imagination loose by decorating the cardboard tubes any way you like!

    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  Strip Folding Cards. In this greeting card tutorial, learn how to use folded paper strips to give your card added depth with three-dimensional layers. 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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