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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 the ringmaster for a paper circus!

  • 3D Paper Circus Ringmaster - In this project, you will make a circus ringmaster and a circus ring. The ringmaster introduces all of the circus acts and does the stage-direction for the circus. Make a ringmaster (or two) for your paper circus and a circus ring for each circus act. This is the second of four craft projects for the Under the Big Top craft series.

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

  • Wednesday Treat: Make cards with money/gift card pockets!

    This week's Wednesday treat is how to make a Greeting Card with a Money Pocket.  The integral pocket is added to your handmade tall and quarter-fold greeting cards for gifts of money, checks or gift cards.

  • This Week's Friday Fun: Easy cardboard loom weaving!

    Handwoven Bookmarks - Make a handwoven bookmark simply and easily while learning the basic concepts of weaving using a cardboard loom. The bookmark makes a wonderful gift, or maybe use it as a rug in a doll house. Make the loom in different sizes and sew the fabric into coin purses, coasters, hot pads—whatever you can imagine!

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

Featured last week: Decorate cards with woven paper strips!

  • Paper Weaving Cards - In this tutorial, you'll see how to weave paper strips into decorative elements for use on greeting cards. The tutorial also explores color concepts based on the color wheel.

  • Wednesday Treat: Cards for St. Patrick's Day with shamrocks!

    Last week's Wednesday treat was a pair of St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Silhouette Cards.  In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, this greeting card tutorial uses shamrock and 4-leaf clover silhouettes to make simple and elegant cards. See more St. Patrick's Day Crafts.

  • Last Week's Friday Fun: Make colorful, patterned tissue paper!

    Tissue Paper Painting - Make colorful tissue paper with this super easy technique. Simply pleat a piece of tissue paper and paint the folded edges. Repeat the process once or twice to create an even more exciting design! The painted tissue paper may be used to wrap packages, to cover box lids, line envelopes, and in greeting cards, suncatchers, collages, and much more.

    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  Stenciled Cards. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to make cards using stencils and acrylic paint. You'll also be shown how to make your own stencils using paper punches or a few snips with scissors. 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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