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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.

Shadow Stick Puppet Patterns (Feb 15, 2021) - Have fun with easy-to-make shadow puppets that come alive when their shadows are cast on a bed sheet with a light! This craft includes printable patterns for fish, seahorse and octopus shadow puppets that are based on colorful and fishy Stick Puppets.

VERY EASY

Valentine's Day Candy Jar Friday Fun (Feb 12, 2021) - It is easy to recycle an empty jar into a wonderful container for Valentine’s Day candies. Just add some cutouts from old Valentine’s Day cards or leftover Valentine's Day napkins to make a decorated jar nice enough to give as a gift.

EASY

3-D Heart Valentines (Feb 10, 2021) - Give your whole heart this Valentine’s Day with a three-dimensional heart-shaped Valentine! Hang it up, decorate a box top with it or use it as a pop-up in a card! Little fingers may have trouble with this project, so Aunt Annie provides a kid-friendly craft option.

AVERAGE

Valentine Basket (Feb 8, 2021) - Give your Valentine something sweet! Make this woven paper heart basket and fill it with candy or some other treat. You will weave together red and white paper to make this basket.

AVERAGE

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Valentine Crown Friday Fun (Feb 5, 2021) - Make this royal Valentine crown for that special someone, or as a fun party craft with a group of children. Just a few simple supplies are needed to create this very special Valentine. This craft can be used for any holiday and birthdays!

EASY

Heart Snowflakes (Feb 3, 2021) - Make paper snowflakes with heart cutouts using the printable cutting guides. Follow the instructions in the Symmetry in Snowflakes craft project to make heart snowflakes using the cutting templates. Start with the cutting templates then try making heart snowflakes of your own design.

EASY

Valentine Heart Chain Pop-Up Card (Feb 1, 2021) - Make a special Valentine's Day card with a pop-up inside. Have you ever made paper doll chains? Using that idea, you'll cut a chain of hearts and glue it inside the Valentine's Day card to make a pop-up that springs outs when the card is opened. What fun!

EASY

Paper Heart Chains Friday Fun (Jan 29, 2019) - Create chains of paper hearts by cutting accordion-folded paper strips. You can easily make paper heart chains for Valentine's Day. It's just like cutting Paper Doll Chains—only easier! Use strips of red paper, plain or patterned, to decorate for a party, in the classroom, around the house or for a special dinner with your loved ones.

VERY EASY

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Heart Silhouette Cards (Jan 27, 2021)  - For Valentine's Day these card ideas, based on Leaf Silhouette Cards, use heart silhouettes to make Valentines with high visual impact. Paint sponging is used to add more depth of interest to your card.

EASY

Leaf Silhouette Cards (Jan 25, 2021) - In celebration of the fall season, this greeting card tutorial uses leaf silhouettes to make a simple and elegant card. The design concepts of positive and negative space are introduced in this tutorial along with how to make your own unique decorative paper by sponging with paint.

EASY

Easy Valentine Cards Friday Fun (Jan 22, 2021) - Need to make lots of Valentines in a hurry but still want to show your creative flair? These easy to make Valentines are based on hearts that are cut freehand. After some simple prep work, this project is as easy as fold, cut and glue. Great for kids!

VERY EASY

Valentine Heart Pop-Up Cards (Jan 18, 2021) - Make a special Valentine's Day card with a pop-up inside. When the card is opened, a heart will spring out! This simple pop-up is easy enough for children to make and offers enough flexibility for the creativity of teen and adult crafters. The heart pop-ups can also be added to any handmade or commercial card.

EASY

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Chocolate Spoons Friday Fun (Jan 15, 2021) - It's easy and fast to make these tasty treats, then wrap them up with ribbon and cellophane. Use these fancy spoons to add a special touch to a dinner party, make a unique hostess or Valentine's Day gift, or brighten someone's day! Make mocha coffee in a flash by using a chocolate spoon to stir hot milk into your coffee!

EASY

Invitation Card Set (Jan 11, 2021) - Make a set of six invitations from a single sheet of letter-size, patterned paper! In about the same amount of time that it would take you to make a batch of identical invitations, you can create unique invitations to send to each of your guests!

EASY

Shiny Paper Beads Friday Fun (Jan 8, 2021) - See how easy it is to recycle paper scraps and magazines to make colorful paper beads. After winding the paper into beads and varnishing them for a shiny finish and durability, the beads can be strung into bracelets, necklaces and even beaded room dividers!

EASY

Cat and Rabbit Fabric Mitt Hand Puppets (Jan 4, 2021) - Tiny tailors and seamstresses will love creating these easily sewn fabric mitt puppets. Cut your cloth using Aunt Annie’s patterns for cat and rabbit puppets, then use fabric markers, embroidery and felt cutouts to customize your playtime pals. Or, simply print the included full-color bear puppet patterns directly on fabric for quick and easy puppet-making!

EASY

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Pencil Toppers Friday Fun (Jan 1, 2021) - It’s fun and easy to make original pencil toppers with Homemade Modeling Dough. Make a simple dough in less then 15 minutes, and use your fingers to shape fun, fanciful, or beautiful creations of your own design. Aunt Annie has included suggestions for creating easy, silly and cute pencil toppers.

EASY

Diamond Box (Dec 28, 2020) - This project features a diamond-shaped box with an attached lid in a variety colors, plain and patterned. Multiple diamond boxes can be combined to form a larger diamond, a hexagon and even a heart-shaped box.

EASY

Finger Paint Recipe Friday Fun (Dec 25, 2020) - Why bother with a brush? Cavemen didn’t mind getting messy in pursuit of their art, and you won’t either with this simple finger paint recipe.

EASY

Paper Medallions (Dec 23, 2020)  - Make paper medallions to decorate gift packages. The medallions are a nice alternative to bows and ribbon, and when made from foil add extra elegance to your present. There are three different medallion designs with two sizes each. Use each size alone or make them with contrasting colors and layer the two sizes together.

EASY

Christmas Quilling (Dec 21, 2020) - Quilling, the art of rolling narrow strips of paper into coils or scrolls, is a wonderful way to decorate boxes, tags, and cards. It can also turn a simple craft item into an elegant gift. This project includes Christmas quilling designs and examples of how to combine quilling with handcrafted items.

EASY

Milk and Cookie Placemats Friday Fun (Dec 18, 2020) - Kids of all ages will have fun making these placemats that are sized for a snack of milk and cookies. Just cut out images from old greeting cards, calendars or magazines that relate to the theme for the placemat and cover with clear contact paper. That's it! Simple as eating a chocolate chip cookie. Yum!

VERY EASY

Pumpkin Seed Poinsettias Friday Fun (Dec 16, 2020) - Poinsettias are the flower of the Christmas season. These brooches or Christmas ornaments made of pumpkin seeds will bring out the holiday cheer in all who see them. Make one for yourself or make several to give as gifts. Grandma will cherish a cheerful brooch made by the kids.

EASY

Ribbon Edge Christmas Cards (Dec 14, 2020) - Tis the season for ribbons! Take your homemade Christmas cards up a notch by adding a ribbon edge. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to create a decorative cut edge that is enhanced with a ribbon backing. You'll also learn how to make a stamp from an eraser and use it to make plain and checkered backgrounds.

EASY

Cinnamon Clay Recipe Friday Fun (Dec 11, 2020) - This recipe makes a sweet-smelling dough that can be made into ornaments or package decorations. Just mix together applesauce, cinnamon, and a bit of glue to create a clay that is perfect for rolling out and cutting shapes with cookie cutters.

EASY

Stained Glass Christmas Decoration (Dec 9, 2020) - Make stained glass-like medallions that can be used to decorate windows or as ornaments on the Christmas tree. This is a great family craft that the kids color and the adults assemble. Best of all, these large and colorful circular hangings can be used year after year to bring festive joy to your home!

EASY

Christmas Tree Shaped Box (Dec 7, 2020) - Make a novelty box in the shape of a pine tree for Christmas in either of two sizes. This is a cute gift box for small gifts that adds some Christmas cheer wherever it is displayed. The project includes instructions for making your own patterns for novelty-shaped boxes.

DIFFICULT

Christmas Ornaments, Magnets and Figurines Friday Fun (Dec 4, 2020) - See how easy it is to use Homemade Modeling Dough to make Christmas-themed ornaments, refrigerator magnets, and figurines. Use your fingers to fashion the modeling dough in fun shapes for Christmas using the ideas in this project, or come up with something new of your own invention!

EASY

Cookie Cutter Felt Ornaments Friday Fun (Dec 2, 2020) - Simple and durable ornaments can be made with cookie cutters, felt, and imagination. No sewing is required! The cookie cutters are used as templates for making the ornaments—or, use Aunt Annie's printable pattern with Christmas-themed templates.

VERY EASY

Recycled Greeting Cards (Nov 30, 2020) - In this tutorial, learn how to make new greeting cards by recycling old cards. A variety of techniques are presented that make it easy to create a card you will be proud to send. Making recycled cards is a terrific group activity and is fun for crafters of all ages.

EASY

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