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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: Create a bracelet from suede scraps!

  • Suede Leather Bracelets - In this project, create a bracelet from scraps of suede leather. Cut a strip of leather, glue on motifs of a contrasting color and fasten with a Velcro® fastener. This is a good first leather craft project and requires no special leather craft tools.

  • Wednesday Treat: Make a soft bracelet of woven leather!

    This week's Wednesday Treat is a new leather craft project that features decorative weaving. In Woven Suede Bracelet, see how to make a bracelet by weaving narrow strips of suede into a suede leather band. It only takes scraps of suede in two contrasting colors to create this soft bracelet. Make one to coordinate with a special outfit or to give as a gift to a friend.

  • This Week's Friday Fun: Make a picture to give to Mom!

    Paper Mosaic - Learn how to make paper mosaics to decorate crafts and give as gifts, while recycling the paper scraps from other projects. Make one for Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa.

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

Featured last week: A geometric toy for puzzle lovers!

  • Hexa-hexaflexagons - Learn how to make a really fun geometric toy—a six-sided, six-faced flexagon called a hexa-hexaflexagon! It looks like an ordinary, two-dimensional, paper hexagon with a front and a back, but hidden inside are four more sides (or faces) that become visible by flexing (folding) the paper.

  • Wednesday Treat: A flexagon pattern with four faces—a tetra-hexaflexagon!

    Last week's Wednesday Treat was a set of tetra-hexaflexagon patterns in color and black & white versions. A tetra-hexaflexagon is folded paper in a hexagonal shape with four faces (sides)—two are hidden. Can you find the hidden faces?

    It's easy to make this flexagon by folding the triangles into a straight line and then following the instructions for folding a Tri-hexaflexagon.

  • This Week's Friday Fun: A recipe for homemade salt and flour clay!

    Homemade Modeling Dough Recipe - Squishable, squeezable, and versatile, this easy to make modeling dough can be crafted into paintable masterpieces or reused many times as a play dough. Add color with a few drops of food coloring and see what sculptures you can create!

    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 tutorial is Invitation Card Set and is the tenth tutorial in Card Class 2! See how easy it is to make a set of unique invitations from a single sheet of decorative paper. If you are new to card making, review all the tutorials in  the first Card Class to learn many techniques for making beautiful cards and then go on to Card Class 2 for more card-making ideas and techniques.

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