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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.

Paper Doll Chains Friday Fun (Nov 27, 2020) - Create a chain of paper dolls by cutting multi-folded paper strips. Learn this basic paper cutting technique with paper dolls, then let your imagination run wild! Cut paper chains with themes for every season and every special event. They make great decorations for parties, classrooms and your home.

VERY EASY

Miniature Frame Gift Tags (Nov 23, 2020) - Make these very special gift tags / gift enclosures by framing clip-art, small photos, or pictures cut from wrapping paper and magazines. This is an easy way to personalize any gift!

EASY

Thanksgiving Napkin Rings Friday Fun (Nov 20, 2020) - Thanksgiving is a time for the family to gather and share experiences. You can start the sharing by making these simple napkin rings with your child. Not only will you have fun, but you will also make something special for the Thanksgiving table. Use the same basic idea with simple variations for other holidays

EASY

Fall and Winter Quilling Cards (Nov 16, 2020) - Build on the Basics of Quilling and the quilling design patterns in the project to decorate greeting cards with quilling motifs for fall and winter—snowflake, acorn and pumpkin. The card ideas are based on the easy-to-make Four Patch Card, and use ePapers you can download and print.

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Fall and Thanksgiving Refrigerator Magnets Friday Fun (Nov 13, 2020) - See how easy it is to make seasonal refrigerator magnets for fall and Thanksgiving with Homemade Modeling Dough. Make the dough in less than 15 minutes, and then use your fingers to shape magnets using ideas in the project or design your own creations.

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Mini-boomerangs (Nov 9, 2020) - In this project, see how to make mini-boomerangs that really fly and return to the thrower! These tiny boomerangs are launched with a flick of a finger and can be played with inside. The project includes printable patterns and ideas for aerodynamic experiments.

VERY EASY

Stained Glass Leaves Friday Fun (Nov 6, 2020) - The colors of fall are warm and cheerful. Capture these colors with this stained glass-like decoration that is created using recycled crayons!! Combine the craft with a walk through the woods for an enjoyable fall afternoon.

EASY

Floating Wing Glider Paper Airplane (Nov 2, 2020) - In this paper airplane project, you will learn how to fold a glider that floats through the air and can be thrown gently or hard. This paper airplane glides on a long and steady path, and can also do stunts.

AVERAGE

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Colorful Tissue Ghosts Friday Fun (Oct 30, 2020) - What could be cuter than little ghosts in a bowl? Tissue ghosts are an easy, inexpensive way to decorate for Halloween. In this project, you'll see how to make a colorful version of the traditional tissue ghost by adding fading color accents.

VERY EASY

Dracula's Blood Recipe Friday Fun (Oct 28, 2020) - Here's a recipe to make fake blood for Halloween. Drip some from the corners of your mouth, and in your best imitation of Dracula say, "I want your blood."

VERY EASY

Ghost Garland (Oct 26, 2020) - This colorful garland of ghosts is a quick and easy way to decorate for Halloween. The project includes printable patterns for ghosts and illustrated instructions for making the garland based on a paper chain in Halloween colors.

VERY EASY

Halloween Trick or Treat Bags Friday Fun (Oct 23, 2020) - It's quick and easy to make trick or treat bags in any size you like. All it takes is a stack of books and a sheet of paper to make the basic bag. You can also create smaller bags for Halloween party goodies or to hand out to the trick-or-treaters who come to your door!

EASY

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Halloween Dangler Cards (Oct 19, 2020)  - These free-standing Halloween cards with ghost or jack-o'-lantern danglers serve double-duty as a greeting card and a fun decoration for Halloween. Make several for your friends and family and some for yourself.

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Creepy-Crawly Spider Bracelet Friday Fun (Oct 16, 2020) - Make a creepy, crawly spider that can wiggle and twist about with a few movements of the wrist. Traced fingers are the basis for this animated spider toy, and a paper fastener allows it to swivel around. This is a fun and easy Halloween project that is especially good for mixed-age groups of children.

VERY EASY

Tri-tetraflexagons (Oct 12, 2020) - In this project, you'll make the tri-tetraflexagon which is one of the simplest and easiest to make flexagons. It looks like a simple paper square with a front and a back, but hidden inside is another side (or face) that is revealed by folding the square in half and flexing it.

EASY

Trinket Box Friday Fun (Oct 9, 2020) - Use recycled materials to make this trinket box. All it takes to make this cutie are  empty cardboard tubes, a cereal box and scraps of ribbon or paper. You are sure to want to make more than one!

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Four Patch Cards (Oct 4, 2020) - Use this simple card making idea to create two beautiful greeting cards from a single 6" by 6" sheet of decorative paper. With this versatile technique you can make great looking card designs with ease! This tutorial also includes how to make card blanks and envelopes.

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Ring Toss Game Friday Fun (Oct 2, 2020) - Make rings and stakes for the game of ring toss. Find out how far and how accurately you can throw a set of rope rings with the classic game of ring toss. Play it inside at a party, or outdoors at a picnic or cookout! Aunt Annie includes a set of rules so everyone knows how to play.

EASY

Picaria Game Board Patterns (Sep 28, 2020) - Make a game board for a 3-in-a-row game that goes beyond Tic-Tac-Toe, and comes to us from the Keres Pueblo People of New Mexico. There are patterns for making a durable felt or pieced paper game board from square and triangle shapes, and printable print and play game boards, including one for you to color any way you like.

EASY

Clip-Art or Photo Puppets Friday Fun (Sep 25, 2020) - Nothing is off-limits in this creative puppet project. Craft simple stick puppets from magazine photos, clip art, coloring book cutouts, or other paper images! You can even use photos you’ve taken to put on a special play starring you and your friends—just make sure to ask Mom first.

VERY EASY

Double-sided Paper Window Card (Sep 21, 2020) - See how quick and easy it is to make a window card with double-sided paper or cardstock. Just cut, fold and glue and then decorate 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

Silly Faces Mix-and-Match Cards Friday Fun (Sep 18, 2020) - Just a few simple materials and a little instruction is all it takes to make a set of mix-and-match cards. Cut all the cards into three pieces and mix them up to make silly faces. Giggles are a sure thing!

VERY EASY

Simple Mitt Hand Puppets (Sep 14, 2020) - What did one mitt say to the other? That’s up to you with this easily customized puppet made of paper. Facial features and your own custom cutouts transform a basic mitt shape into funny characters, adorable animals, monsters, and anything else you can imagine. Start with Aunt Annie's cat, rabbit and bear patterns, then try a design of your own!

VERY EASY

Picture Puzzles Friday Fun (Sep 11, 2020) - Turn drawings, photographs or any image you love into a picture puzzle. This is a simple craft for groups of children. The puzzles make great gifts, so make one to keep and another to give away.

VERY EASY

The Game of Mancala (Sep 7, 2020) - You don’t need a plane ticket to visit Africa! In this project, learn to play two versions of the African game of mancala. Create your own mancala game board from homemade dough clay, and have fun playing ba-awa and kiuthi right where you are.

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Thaumatrope (or Mini-movie) Friday Fun (Sep 4, 2020) - Kids will have fun making this spinning toy known as a thaumatrope (or mini-movie.) It appears to magically create one picture from two and demonstrates one of the visual concepts behind movies.

EASY

Alquerque Game Board (Aug 31, 2020) - In this project, make an Alquerque game board designed for use with marbles as playing pieces. Alquerque is a classic war or battle game with equal sides and complex strategy. Included in the project are rules for playing Alquerque and some history about the game.

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Chinese Paper Lanterns Friday Fun (Aug 28, 2020) - 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.

VERY EASY

Card for Him (Aug 24, 2020)  - 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.

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Spy Glass Color Wheel Friday Fun (Aug 21, 2020) - 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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