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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.

Pentagon Box (Aug 28, 2023) - 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

Yarn Octopus Friday Fun (Aug 25, 2023) - Make your own adorable yarn octopus! This easy craft is perfect for kids of all ages and uses up your yarn scraps. Perfect for a backpack charm, gift, or to sell at a craft fair. Instructions include tips for making the octopus in any size.

EASY

Card for Him (Aug 21, 2023)  - See how easy it is to make a card for the man in your life. Whether you are making a birthday card, a congratulations card or a card for some other occasion or event, it's easy to personalize the card in this project with colors and designs that suit him.

EASY

Origami Flying Bird Friday Fun (Aug 18, 2023) - A bow isn't the only way to top off a gift package. All it takes is a square of paper and a few folds to make an origami bird to decorate your present. The flying bird has fewer folds than most origami birds. This makes it an ideal origami craft project for beginning folders and children.

EASY

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3D Paper Fish (Aug 14, 2023) - Make your own 3D paper fish! These beautiful and easy-to-make fish are perfect for decorating your home or wrapping gifts. With just a few simple steps, you can create a school of fish that will swim and dance in the breeze!

VERY EASY

Recycled Milk Carton Gift Boxes Friday Fun (Aug 10, 2023) - Learn how to make strong and beautiful gift boxes from recycled milk cartons! With just a few basic supplies, you can turn milk cartons into any design you want, like a church, house, cuckoo clock, or Valentine's Day mailbox. Patterns are available on the webpage. These crafts are a great way to teach kids about recycling and creativity.

EASY to AVERAGE

Make a Custom Oval Box and Pattern (Aug 7, 2023) - 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.

AVERAGE

Layered Soaps Friday Fun (Aug 4, 2023) - Learn how to make beautiful, layered soaps in any color or scent with this easy-to-follow tutorial. With the melt-and-pour soap making technique, you can create custom soaps that are perfect for guests, gifts, or just for yourself. The whole family can have fun making these soaps together, so gather your supplies and get started today!

EASY

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How to Ply Handmade Paper (Jul 31, 2023) - 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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Washcloth Bath Bags Friday Fun (Jul 28, 2023) - Sew up a nifty bag for your bath from a washcloth and ribbon. Put soap or bath salts inside and relax in a sudsy tub of warm water. But don't stop there! The bath bags also double as bath mitts for the kids. They also make great gift bags for handmade soaps!

VERY EASY

Leather Bookmarks (Jul 23, 2023) - In this project, make a simple leather bookmark in one of fifteen fun and simple designs. The fun 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

Keepsake Booklets Friday Fun (Jul 21, 2023) - Gather those stacks of school papers together and make them into a quick and easy booklet. This simple technique can be used to make booklets of all sorts—diaries, collections of articles and clippings, school reports and more.

EASY

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Double-sided Paper Window Card (Jul 17, 2023) - Learn how to make quick and easy window cards using double-sided paper or cardstock. With this tutorial, you'll learn how to cut, fold, and glue your card, and then decorate it with stamps and cutouts. Since the two sides of double-sided paper are meant to go together, you'll always get a color coordinated card!

VERY EASY

Paper Mosaic Friday Fun (Jul 14, 2023) - Learn how to make paper mosaics to decorate crafts and give as gifts, while recycling the paper scraps from other projects. Make one for Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa.

VERY EASY to EASY

Fishing Game (Jul 10, 2023) - 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

Clip-Art Bag Puppets Friday Fun (Jul 7, 2023) - More puppet fun! This time using clip-art to make paper bag puppets. A quick, easy and fun activity for families and groups.

VERY EASY

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Pocket Folder for Greeting Cards (Jul 3, 2023) - Learn how to make a beautiful and functional pocket folder for storing, packaging, and presenting your handmade greeting cards. This easy-to-follow tutorial uses a single sheet of cardstock to create a two-pocket folder that holds four cards and four envelopes. Perfect for gift-giving or selling your handmade cards.

EASY

Memory Game Friday Fun (Jun 30, 2023) - Make a set of cards for the game of memory. This is a fun and very easy craft project that young kids really love doing! It is great for families or groups, and with a little preparation by the adult or teen leaders, this project is fast and fun.

VERY EASY

Stars and Stripes String Light Covers (Jun 25, 2023) - Turn your patio string lights into dazzling stars and stripes with easy to make light covers. Each light cover is made of four circles glued together to make a four-sided tetrahedron. Cut a slit in one face and slip the string light through—that's all it takes!

EASY

Ice Cream in a Bag Friday Fun (Jun 23, 2023) - What goes best with kids and a hot summer day? Well, ice cream, of course! With this recipe and technique each child gets to make an individual serving of ice cream, and it only takes a few minutes from start to finish. Go ahead, get going—you’ll have a ball!

EASY

Mold and Deckle (Jun 19, 2023) - 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

Punched Bookmarks Friday Fun (Jun 16, 2023) - You've been cutting, folding and pasting to make your crafty creations, but now there are bits and pieces of paper left over. Recycle that leftover paper to make simple and beautiful bookmarks using a hole punch. A great craft for classrooms and groups!

VERY EASY

DIY Achi Game Board (Jun 12, 2023) - Take a little day trip to the West African country of Ghana with Achi, one of an ancient group of games of alignment. In the United States, one of the most popular games of alignment is tic-tac-toe—try Achi, and see how it is both different and similar! You can make this board game with either felt or paper.

EASY

Kids' Serendipity Squares Father's Day Cards Friday Fun (Jun 9, 2023) - This craft project is a kid version of the grown-up Serendipity Square Cards tutorial. Like in the adult version, scraps of paper are used to make colorful serendipity squares that can be combined in many ways to make one-of-a-kind greeting cards for dad!

VERY EASY

Father's Day Pop-Up Card (Jun 7, 2023) - 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, five cards with step pop-ups are included in this project, including one for Father's Day and another for Mother's Day.

EASY to AVERAGE

Father's Day Dangler Cards (Jun 5, 2023) - Wait—how does it work? Dad will be impressed by this handmade novelty card that stands up on its own, showing off a dangling piece with images and a Father’s Day message. Father’s Day crafts from kids are the things Dad loves most—he might even put this homemade card on his desk so he can look at it every day.

AVERAGE

Mexican Huichol Yarn Painting Friday Fun (Jun 2, 2023) - The crafts of Mexico are renowned for bright colors and bold designs especially the nierika made by the Huichol people. In this project, learn how to do Huichol-inspired yarn paintings then use the technique to make decorative plaques or to enliven the surfaces of boxes, cards, notebooks, and more.

AVERAGE

Greeting Card Case (May 29, 2023) - 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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Stenciled Stars T-Shirts (May 26, 2023) - Take a plain T-shirt or a tired old T-shirt and perk it up with stenciled designs. Use the printable stars stencil pattern to make star-spangled T-shirts for Independence Day. The whole family can pitch-in to make custom T-shirts in patriotic colors.

AVERAGE

Patriotic Star Garland Friday Fun (May 22, 2023) - Cut five-pointed stars from red, white and blue paper and string them to make a garland! Use the garland to decorate for Memorial Day, Flag Day or the Fourth of July. This is an easy craft for kids and families.

EASY

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