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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 easy stick puppets and put on a play!

  • Stick Puppets - Have make-believe adventures with simple stick puppets and shadow puppets you create! This craft includes printable patterns for fish, seahorse and octopus puppets. Your new ocean friends will help you put on a play based on a fable from the Fiji Islands: The Great Shark God.

  • Wednesday Treat: Printable patterns for balloon pop-up cards!

    This week's Wednesday treat is a set of blank patterns with balloon pop-ups for birthdays, party invitations or any other occasion. Just cut a chain of balloons and glue it inside the card to make a pop-up that springs out when the card is opened! The blank cards offered in the Birthday and Party Pop-Up Cards project come in a variety of colors.

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

  • This Week's Friday Fun: A really fast way to fold and cut paper snowflakes!

    Easy Paper Snowflakes - Learn an easy way to make snowflakes from tissue paper. With this technique you can make a whole flurry of snowflakes in a hurry! Using tissue paper makes cutting through many layers easier, but you can use any lightweight paper you like.

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

Featured last week: Three ways to use a 3-D heart Valentine!

  • 3-D Heart Valentines - Give your whole heart this Valentine’s Day with a three-dimensional heart-shaped Valentine! Hang it up, decorate a box top with it or use it as a pop-up in a card! Little fingers may have trouble with this project, so Aunt Annie provides a kid-friendly craft option.

  • Wednesday Treat: A quick and special gift enclosure card for your Valentine!

    Last week's Wednesday treat was a gift tag for Valentine's Day with a hidden message of love inside. A sticker and a rectangular strip of paper or cardstock are all it takes to make these unique bifold tags. Use the heart stickers in the project or a commercial one you have on hand.

  • Last Week's Friday Fun: Cutout hearts are an easy start to these Valentines!

    Easy Valentine Cards - Need to make lots of Valentines in a hurry but still want to show your creative flair? These easy to make Valentines are based on hearts that are cut freehand. After some simple prep work, this project is as easy as fold, cut and glue. Great for kids!

    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  Paper Appliqué Cards. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to make cards with layered paper cutouts, including hearts for your Valentine's Day card. 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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