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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: Go beyond tic-tac-toe with the game of Achi!

  • The Game of Achi - Take a little day trip to the West African country of Ghana with Achi, one of an ancient group of games of alignment. In the United States, one of the most popular games of alignment is tic-tac-toe—try Achi, and see how it is both different and similar! You can make this board game with either felt or paper.

  • Wednesday Treat: Make game boards for Picaria, a Pueblo Indian game!

    This week's Wednesday Treat is a set of new Picaria Game Board Patterns. This 3-in-a-row game goes beyond Tic-Tac-Toe, and comes to us from the Keres Indians of New Mexico. Make a durable felt or pieced paper game board like in The Game of Achi, or an easy printable game board, including one to color.

  • This Week's Friday Fun: Make a rainbow of new crayons from broken bits!

    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: Design and make a racetrack board game!

  • DIY Racetrack Board Game - It's fun to play games and fun to make games, but it is even more fun to create your own game! In this craft project you will make a do-it-yourself racetrack game board with space stickers that you can arrange to make your version of the Race Game.

  • Wednesday Treat: New game piece storage envelope pattern!

    Last week's Wednesday Treat was a new Storage Envelope pattern for you to download, print and make. Use the envelope to hold your race cars and extra space stickers for the DIY Racetrack Board Game.

  • Last Week's Friday Fun: Relief prints with potato, vegetable and fruit stamps!

    Vegetable and Fruit Printing - Learn how to make simple relief prints using vegetables (and fruits). This printing technique is simple enough for very young children, while being versatile enough for older children and adults. The project features the classic potato print, as well as, vegetables and fruits that are a bit less traditional in printing.

    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 Card for Him, one of many Greeting Card Ideas! See how easy it is to make a card for the man in your life. 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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