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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 3D paper fish with plaited tails!

  • 3D Paper Fish - In this project, make two sizes of paper fish. Weave the tails together in two easy steps to make the fish become three dimensional. The fish can be hung from the ceiling or in a window, and with the slightest breeze will dance about to the delight of all. They make great gift package toppers, too!

  • Wednesday Treat: Make custom sewing cards for your child!

    This week's Wednesday Treat is instructions and printable patterns for making Sewing Cards. For generations, children have been playing with sewing cards. In this project, see how easy it is to make your own sewing cards out of cardstock, and then sew on them with colorful yarn. Adults can take the sewing cards a step further to make scrapbook and greeting card embellishments.

    Come back on Friday for a Friday Fun craft project!

  • This Week's Friday Fun: Make a hair barrette from shiny coins!

    Coin Barrettes - Use a few pennies and a store bought hair barrette back to make these lovely hair holders. For silver barrettes, use dimes or nickels and mix up the coins for another look. The craft is quick and simple and the results are very attractive! Make a set for yourself or to give as a gift.

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

Featured last week: Make finger puppets and put on a play!

  • Three-Finger Puppets - Three fingers is all it takes to bring these paper animal puppets to life! Make a fierce golden lion, a timid rabbit, or a funny bighorn sheep. Your puppets can be friends or foes in any story you can imagine; or, act out the included Aesop fable, The Lion and the Rabbit.

  • Wednesday Treat: Make a triceratops dinosaur finger puppet!

    Last week's Wednesday Treat was instructions and printable patterns for making Triceratops Finger Puppets. Make these  finger puppets which are animated with three of your fingers—two fingers for the legs and another finger for the head. The puppets go with lion, rabbit and sheep puppets in the Three-Finger Puppets craft project and the elephant puppets in the Elephant Finger Puppets craft project.

  • Last Week's Friday Fun: Weaving with construction paper!

    Weave a Placemat - Turn a sheet of construction paper into a placemat with paper weaving. These simple to make colorful placemats will brighten your table. Select a color theme and get weaving!

    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?
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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. In this tutorial, you'll see how easy it is to create custom decorative papers for use in your card making. Use the sponged papers as background papers, embellishments or key design elements.  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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