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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: Animal finger puppets based on paper cones!

  • Paper Cone Finger Puppets - Have you ever tried to trick someone? The wily Fox has—and he knows just what to say to keep Tiger from eating him in this play, Officer of Heaven, based on a Chinese folktale. This easy paper cone finger puppet project is perfect for classroom crafting.

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

  • Wednesday Treat: New printable patterns for brown bear finger puppets!

    This week's Wednesday treat is a set of printable patterns for making Bear Finger Puppets. Make the bear puppets following the simple instructions in the Paper Cone Finger Puppets craft project.

  • This Week's Friday Fun: An air-dry clay you make at home!

    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!

Featured last week: Easy to make platonic solids using circles!

  • Platonic Solids - In this craft project, learn a simple technique based on circles for making all five Platonic solids—tetrahedron, octahedron, icosahedron, cube, and dodecahedron. The solids can be also be decorated and used as gift boxes.

  • Wednesday Treat: New template for 12-sided, dodecahedron 2018 calendar!

    This week's Wednesday treat is a printable pattern for making a 2018 calendar in the form of a dodecahedron, a platonic solid with twelve pentagon faces. Follow the instructions in the Platonic Solids craft project to make a 2018 calendar for your desktop or to give as a gift.

  • This Week's Friday Fun: It's a classic! Make an octopus with braided yarn!

    Yarn Octopus - See how easy it is to make a little yarn octopus that is the perfect size, about 5", to hang on your backpack. These little cuties are just right for your yarn leftovers. It also makes a terrific gift or craft fair sale item.

    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 Sponged Paper Cards!  Learn how to make decorative papers with simple sponges and a bit of paint, and then use that paper to make beautiful greeting cards. 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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