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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 Christmas cards with a stenciled bear!

  • Stenciled Bear Christmas Cards - Make a batch of Christmas cards in a flash, featuring a stenciled Christmas bear holding a 3-D banner. Select from two stencil templates, on the included printable pattern, to cut a stencil that you use to create cards for sending to friends and relatives.

  • Wednesday Treat: Larger star and candle stencils for window decorations!

    This week's Wednesday treat is a set of larger star and candle stencils for the  Festive Window Stencils craft project.  Use these stencils, or others in the craft, to decorate your windows with colorful designs using Aunt Annie's special paint recipe.

    Come back on Friday for a Friday Fun craft project!

  • This Week's Friday Fun: Make candle holder luminaries from tin cans!

    Recycled Tin Can Candle Holders - Imagine quiet conversation on a patio or porch in the light of flickering candles. These simple candle holder luminaries are made from recycled cans that are left plain or painted. The candle holders are fun to make as a family or group project.

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

Featured last week: Decorate a t-shirt with any design or words!

  • Stenciled T-Shirts - Take a plain T-shirt or a tired old T-shirt and perk it up with stenciled designs. These super-easy embellishments are a great way to rescue a T-shirt that has been stained. The same technique can be used to stencil sweatshirts and sweatpants—just about anything made of fabric.

  • Wednesday Treat: Cut paper angel chains for holiday decorating!

    Last week's Wednesday treat was instructions and patterns for making Paper Angel Chains. Create a chain of paper angels by cutting folded paper strips. It's just like folding and cutting paper doll chains! The angels stand on their own and can be used to add some sparkle anywhere you are doing some holiday decorating!

  • Last Week's Friday Fun: Make a necklace with paper beads!

    Straw Bead Necklace - In this project, you'll see how to take the classic drinking straw bead necklace and step it up a notch! You'll use decorative paper strips to cover the soda straws before cutting them into beads. This is a great way to recycle your leftover paper scraps. Suitable for all ages!

    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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