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Step-by-step instructions. Printable patterns. Updates each week.
Step-by-step instructions. Printable patterns.

Crafts for kids and adults!

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 on Wednesday, and at the end of the week it's Friday Fun with simple crafts for kids, families, groups or classrooms.

Featured this week

Boxes to Make: Oval boxes in the style of band boxes!

Oval Box with Lid - Make an oval box with a lid in a several sizes and depths. The technique used to make these boxes is based on the band boxes popular in the 19th century, and is well suited to making boxes with curves, like this oval box. This is an elegant box that will compliment that special gift.

Wednesday Treat: Digital papers with flashy dots on sky blue!

This week's Wednesday treat is a set of digital paper downloads with flashy dots on sky blue. These decorative papers have three sizes of dots in various hues of pink, green or lime on sky blue backgrounds. Use the papers to make a sharp looking Floating Wing Glider paper airplane or bind a Paper Notepad!

Friday Fun! Colorful party lanterns cut from paper!

Chinese Paper Lanterns - Chinese paper lanterns make colorful and inexpensive decorations. Best of all, they are so quick and easy you can get the kids involved in making them. Follow the instructions in this craft project to make colorful lanterns using a single sheet of paper.


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Puppets to Make: Finger puppets for a circus play!

Finger Puppets - Make four different circus finger puppets using printable patterns: acrobat, strongman, clown, and elephant. The puppets in this project are very simple—just print, color, cut and glue.

Wednesday Treat: Digital papers with mixed dots in sky blue!

Last week's Wednesday treat was a set of digital paper downloads with sky blue mixed dots. These decorative papers have dots in several sizes and various shades of blue and sky blue. The backgrounds vary from white to yellow to sky blue, and one paper has some yellow dots in the mix. Combine the papers with yellow or blue colored paper to make Four Patch Cards!

Friday Fun! A fun way for kids to learn color mixing!

Spy Glass Color Wheel - Use red, blue and yellow cellophane to make a color wheel that teaches about combining the primary colors. Have your child see how many colors can be made by overlapping the cellophane layers. To see even more colors, the color wheel doubles as a spy glass that your child can look through to make the colors around them change.


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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 Cutout Edge Card Tutorial.

In this greeting card tutorial, special edge treatments are one of the things that can set your homemade card apart from a store-bought card. This greeting card tutorial shows how to add a cutout edge detail to your rubber stamped cards. Also, see how to draw a background using felt-tip markers.

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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