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Full Craft Project Index

Crafting fun for everyone!

Full Craft Project Index

Crafting fun for everyone!
 
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Craft project list by date

Browse down this page for descriptions and illustrations of the projects in date order, then select a project and have some crafting fun! Or jump to the category index for a listing of crafts by category.

Woven Suede Bracelet (Jul 27, 2020) - See how to make a bracelet by weaving narrow strips of suede into a suede leather band. It only takes scraps of suede in two contrasting colors to create this soft bracelet. Make one to coordinate with a special outfit or to give as a gift to a friend.

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Petal-top Hexagon Box (Jul 22, 2020) - Choose from several patterns to make a hexagonal box with a distinctive flower closure on top. The petals on the box tops fold over into a flower-like closure to give the box a unique look that is sure to delight. These boxes are especially nice for gifts.

EASY

Hexagon Box (Jul 20, 2020) - Make a hexagonal-shaped box in several sizes, plain or decorated. These boxes may be used as gift boxes, boxes to store trinkets, party or wedding favors, or as decorative accents in your home. Three of the boxes are sized to make into a stack. Also, included are patterns for petal-top boxes with a unique flower-like closure.

EASY

Step Pop-Up Cards (Jul 13, 2020) - Make a pop-up greeting card for a variety of occasions. See how easy it is to make a step pop-up mechanism, also sometimes called a platform or double-slit pop-up. Once you learn this technique, it's a simple matter to create pop-up cards of your own design.

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Pentagon Box (Jul 6, 2020) - Make a pentagonal-shaped box with an attached lid in various sizes using printable patterns. The boxes range in size from 3" to 1¾" and nest together for storage. Use the boxes individually, or stacked, as gift boxes, favors or for storing jewelry and other trinkets. Also included are boxes decorated with stars & stripes or with shamrocks.

EASY

Hexa-hexaflexagons (Jun 29, 2020)  - Learn how to make a really fun geometric toy—a six-sided, six-faced flexagon called a hexa-hexaflexagon! It looks like an ordinary, two-dimensional, paper hexagon with a front and a back, but hidden inside are four more sides (or faces) that become visible by flexing (folding) the paper.  The project also includes patterns for tetra- and penta-hexaflexagons.

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Half-Moon Petal Envelope (Jun 22, 2020) - Have fun making these delightful square and pentagon-shaped envelopes with half-moon flaps that fold like petals. Spring and Easter designs are included in the project. Use these envelopes as a gift wrap for small gifts or to store keepsakes.

VERY EASY

More Step Pop-Up Cards (Jun 17, 2020) - Everyone enjoys receiving a card with a pop-up inside. It's easier than you might think to add a pop-up to one of your handmade greeting cards. To get you started, four cards with step pop-ups are included in this project, including one for Father's Day.

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Sewing Cards (Jun 3, 2020) - 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, then sew on them with colorful yarn. Adults can take the sewing cards a step further to make scrapbook and greeting card embellishments.

VERY EASY

3D Paper Fish (Jun 1, 2020) - 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!

VERY EASY

Triceratops Finger Puppets (May 27, 2020) - Make triceratops dinosaur finger puppets that are animated with three of your fingers—two fingers for the legs and another finger for the head. These puppets are easy to make—just cut, fold and glue. These 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.

EASY

Three-Finger Puppets (May 25, 2020) - 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.

EASY

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Fishing Game (May 20, 2020) - Make 3-D fish and, to catch them, a fishing hook and rod. The fishing game is enjoyed by kids of all ages and can be made easier or more difficult, depending on the children's capabilities. Make a game set to keep and another to give as a gift.

EASY

Simple Paper Cutting (May 18, 2020) - In this project, Aunt Annie introduces you to the art of paper-cutting through the techniques of cut-apart and layered paper. These techniques can be used to decorate greeting cards, stationery, boxes, gift wraps, or any paper craft project.

EASY

Leather Bookmarks (May 13, 2020) - In this project, make a simple leather bookmark in one of five designs. The shapes include an eagle and a rocket. Bookmarks always make great gifts and leather ones last virtually forever. If you are new to leather craft, start with this project!

EASY

Sponged Paper Cards (May 11, 2020) - See how easy it is to create custom decorative papers for use in your card making. The beauty of sponging is the limitless range of color possibilities—make whatever color paper you desire! Make the springtime sample cards or come up with your own design.

EASY

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Make a Custom Oval Box and Pattern (Apr 22, 2020)  - It's easy to design and make an oval-shaped box to exactly meet your needs. In this project, you will create a custom pattern for any size oval box. Construct your oval box following the instructions in the Oval Box with Lid craft.

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Greeting Card Case (Apr 15, 2020) - Follow the instructions in this project to make a storage case for holding greeting cards. Make a special gift by combining this case with your handcrafted greeting cards. The printable patterns in this project make up into three case sizes, including cases sized for the cards featured in the Greeting Card Tutorials.

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Five-Petal Pentagon Envelopes (Apr 6, 2020) - Make an elegant envelope wrap with rounded flaps that fold like petals to close into a five-sided pentagon shape. This unique petal envelope is a terrific gift wrap solution for small items like jewelry and scarves or to store keepsakes.

VERY EASY

Jelly Bean Carrots Friday Fun (Apr 3, 2020) - A sweet supplement to your Easter treat basket, jelly bean carrots are simple to make and fun to eat! Orange jelly beans, plastic wrap, and a little creativity help kids and grown-ups create this satisfying spring party favor.

EASY

Jumping Origami Bunny Friday Fun (Mar 27, 2020) - This funny bunny paper craft can be folded in just a few steps. Press down on his back to watch him "spring" up! The bunny is a twist on the traditional origami leaping frog.

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All Occasion Ribbon Edge Cards (Mar 18, 2020) - Create cards to have on hand that can be used for any occasion. These cards feature a ribbon backed decorative cut edge and stamped block backgrounds. Use these card ideas as a springboard to make cards of your own design using the tools and supplies available.

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How to Ply Handmade Paper (Mar 16, 2020) - This project shows you how to use paper plying to create decorative effects on your handmade paper. Paper plying is the technique of making paper with two or more layers. The resulting two-sided paper can be used in all of your paper crafts. You can even create paper sculptures by making 2-ply paper with embedded wire.

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Shamrock Centerpiece (Mar 9, 2020) - Use the printable patterns in this project to create a small centerpiece for St. Patrick's Day. Make several of these cute little vases as party favors or as gifts for St. Patrick's Day. The plain version of the vase can be used for other occasions and be filled with Paper Flowers.

EASY

Mold and Deckle (Mar 2, 2020) - A mold and deckle is an essential tool for handmade papermaking. Instructions are given for making the Mold and Deckle from wood, recycled picture frames or, especially for beginners and children, a simple plastic canvas and cardboard version.

EASY to AVERAGE

Purim Crown Friday Fun (Feb 28, 2020) - Make this royal crown decorated with six-pointed stars for Purim. It is a fun party craft for a group of children. Just a few simple supplies are needed to create this very special crown featuring Stars of David.

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Two-Finger Puppets (Feb 26, 2020) - Try this "handy" little project to put on a quick, fun and easy puppet show! Your fingers will become the legs of little bird puppets. Then, put on the Australian Aboriginal folktale The Medicine-man to find out how the rooster got his comb!

VERY EASY

Woven Heart Valentines (Feb 10, 2020) - 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.

EASY

Heart-Shaped Box (Feb 5, 2020) - 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.

DIFFICULT

Valentine Suncatchers (Jan 20, 2020) - "You light up my life" takes on a little more meaning when you give a Valentine suncatcher craft as a gift! Tissue paper suncatcher hearts look beautiful in the window, strung on a mobile, or tucked into a special handmade card.

EASY

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