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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 mittens from old sweatpants!

  • Mittens from Sweatpants - In this project, use old sweatpants to make mittens for kids. This is a great way to recycle the fabric from all those holey and stained sweatpants (and sweatshirts) that no one can wear anymore. This is a good project for new sewers. As an added bonus, the project includes instructions for making a scarf from sweatpants.

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

  • Wednesday Treat: For a touch of spring, make a bouquet of paper irises!

    This week's Wednesday treat is a set of patterns for making Paper Iris. These vibrant paper flowers bring a bit of springtime warmth on a cold winter day! Make several for a bouquet  of nothing but irises, or add paper daffodils and tulips for a full Spring Flower Bouquet.

  • This Week's Friday Fun: Finger painting is for grown-ups, too!

    Finger Painting - This craft project goes over the basic steps for doing finger painting and gives tips to enhance your finger paint masterpieces. The kids (and grown-ups, too) will have great fun smearing paint on paper and creating fanciful pictures.

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

Featured last week: More ideas for Valentine's Day cards!!

  • Woven Heart Valentines - Add the look of basket weaving to your Valentine's Day card creations by weaving together paper strips or by using one of Aunt Annie's Woven Strips digital downloads to achieve the woven-look. The card ideas presented here can easily be adapted for other holidays or occasions by changing the colors or using different cutout shapes.

  • Wednesday Treat: Make a heart-shaped box for your Valentine!

    Last week's Wednesday treat was instructions and templates for making a Heart-Shaped Box. Make a novelty box for Valentine's Day in the shape of a heart. Choose from a variety of printable patterns for two sizes of heart boxes. This is a cute gift box for small presents and will bring smiles and warm hearts wherever it is displayed.

  • Last Week's Friday Fun: A banner of flags with hearts for Valentine's Day!

    Valentine Flag Banner - In this craft, simple to cut flags are decorated with hearts, then strung together with string or yarn to create a banner. Hang the banner in a doorway, over the mantel, or in the window, or use it to decorate a Valentine-themed bulletin board. No pattern required—just cut, glue and string!

    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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