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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.

Lu-lu, Hawaiian Dice Game (Mar 14, 2022) - Take an imaginary trip to Hawaii by playing the game of lu-lu with dice made in this craft project. The dice in lu-lu are painted 2-sided discs usually fashioned from volcanic stone. In this project, you have the option of making the dice with coiled paper strips or with cardboard discs.

EASY

Shamrock Flag Banner Friday Fun (Mar 11, 2022) - Show off your St. Patrick’s Day spirit with a shamrock banner. Make this easy paper flag banner using construction paper and the printable shamrock pattern. Hang the banner in a doorway, over the mantel, or in the window—anywhere you want to show your Irish green!

VERY EASY

Shamrock Strip Folding Cards (Mar 9, 2022) - Use printable patterns with shamrocks to create St. Patrick's Day cards. See how to use folded paper strips to give your card added depth with three-dimensional layers.

EASY

Shamrock Silhouette Cards (Mar 7, 2022) - In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, this greeting card tutorial uses shamrock and 4-leaf clover silhouettes to make simple and elegant cards. One of the options uses decorative paper that you make by sponging with paint.

EASY

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Clay Charms and Pendants Friday Fun (Mar 4, 2022) - Make charms and pendants for necklaces and bracelets using Homemade Bread Clay or commercial air-dry clay. Make the heart and flower pendants and heart charms for yourself or to give as gifts. When strung on cord or a chain, they make perfect gifts.

EASY

3D Paper Circus Trapeze Act (Feb 28, 2022) - In this project, you will make circus trapeze performers and a trapeze. The craft includes printable patterns for four trapeze artists and instructions for making a lightweight trapeze suitable for hard or carpet surfaces. This is the fourth of four craft projects in the Under the Big Top craft series.

EASY to AVERAGE

Finger Painting Friday Fun (Feb 25, 2022) - This craft project features a DIY finger paint recipe, goes over the basic steps for doing finger painting, and gives tips to enhance your finger paint masterpieces. The kids (and grown-ups, too) will have great fun smearing paint on paper and creating fanciful pictures.

EASY

Strip Folding Tulip Cards (Feb 23, 2022) - See how to use printable strip folding tulip patterns to make a card that features a framed tulip motif. This card uses the strip folding technique introduced in the Strip Folding Heart Cards tutorial.

AVERAGE

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Strip Folding Heart Cards (Feb 21, 2022) - In this greeting card tutorial, make a card for a loved one that features a framed heart motif, while learning how to use a strip folding template. Once you learn this technique using the heart template, additional motifs can be made using other templates.

AVERAGE

Kids' Four Patch Birthday Cards Friday Fun (Feb 18, 2022)  -  See how easy it is for kids to make birthday cards from simple materials. These cards feature fancy paper that the kids make, and are finished off with a hand drawn cartoon stick figure and a message balloon. Every card is unique and showcases the creative ideas of the child artist!

VERY EASY

Zodiac Birthday Cards (Feb 14, 2022) - It's easy to personalize a birthday card for someone by using their zodiac sign. In this project, you'll see how to use free clip-art images available on the internet as the featured element of the card.

EASY

Valentine Flag Banner Friday Fun (Feb 11, 2022) - In this craft, simple-to-cut flags are decorated with hearts, then strung together with string or yarn to create a banner. Hang the banner in a doorway, over the mantel, or in the window, or use it to decorate a Valentine-themed bulletin board. No pattern required—just cut, glue and string!

VERY EASY

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Collapsible Box (Feb 9, 2022) - If you haven't made boxes before, you'll be delighted with how easy it is to make a box in exactly the size needed. This project features a collapsible box with an attached lid. Use these boxes for gifts, as decorative containers, or for storage around the home or craft room. Choose from boxes with several fun designs, including ones for Mother's Day and Valentine's Day.

EASY

Appliqué Heart Valentines (Feb 7, 2022) - These Valentine's Day cards feature heart appliqués made with patterned papers that you can download and print. The project includes details for making five Valentine's Day cards and printable heart templates.

EASY

Simple Valentines Friday Fun (Feb 4, 2022) - This project features quick and easy Valentine designs that are simple to make and perfect for classroom giving! Select from printable Valentine's Day card patterns with either six or nine Valentines to a sheet. You likely have everything on hand needed to make these Valentines!

VERY EASY

Interlocking Curves Box (Feb 2, 2022) - This project features striking boxes with interlocking tops and bottoms. Choose from boxes with two, three or four interlocking curves per side.  Bonus instructions are given for drafting a box pattern/template for any size interlocking curves box.

EASY

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Valentine's Day Pins Friday Fun (Jan 28, 2022)  - Create plaster of Paris pins using simple candy molds, pin backs and paint. Choose a candy mold with heart shapes to create beautiful Valentine's Day pins to give as presents to your loved ones.

EASY

Sweetheart Cards with Pockets (Jan 26, 2022) - Make greeting cards for your sweetheart that feature pockets that you can fill with little tokens of your love. The pockets are also ideal for presents of money or gift cards. These cards are  quick and easy to make using solid color cardstock and patterned papers that you can download and print.

AVERAGE

Pachisi (Jan 24, 2022) - Pachisi is the national game of India and is usually played on a cross-shaped game board made of decorated cloth. In that tradition, this no-sew craft project shows you how to use felt to make a pachisi game board. The project includes rules for playing pachisi and the history of the game.

AVERAGE

Paper Cup Party Favor Friday Fun (Jan 21, 2022) - Half the fun of giving a party is selecting a theme and making the decorations. You can easily and quickly make party favors for any theme by decorating paper or foam cups with ribbon and images printed from your computer.

EASY

Pillow Boxes (Jan 19, 2022) - Make a pillow box for small gifts and party or wedding favors. This is a terrific box that resembles a pillow in shape and makes an elegant package with the addition of a ribbon. The project includes printable patterns in a variety of sizes and designs, including ones for Valentine's Day, Father's Day and fall.

EASY

Paper Bag Hand Puppets (Jan 16, 2022) - Make funny, talking hand puppets from simple paper bags, and perform Clever Gretel, a play based on a Brothers Grimm folktale from Germany. But watch out—Gretel is hungry!

EASY

Artwork Bookmarks Friday Fun (Jan 14, 2022) - These bookmarks are simply made from artwork that you are willing to cut up and two pieces of clear contact paper. This is a great way to recycle your less-than-perfect artwork or preserve your child's treasured drawings.

VERY EASY

French Door Sticker Gift Tags (Jan 10, 2022) - A sticker and a rectangular strip of paper or cardstock are all it takes to make these unique bifold tags. These gift tags are quick and easy to make, while allowing for your creativity. There's plenty of room inside the tag to add a special message or even a photograph.

EASY

Floral Wire Mobile with Origami Flying Birds Friday Fun (Jan 7, 2022) - Mobiles make terrific decorations in the home, office or classroom and are a great way to display and enjoy your craft creations. In this project, see how to use floral wire to make a mobile of easy to fold Origami Flying Birds or other lightweight items.

AVERAGE

Bookmark Cards (Jan 3, 2022) - This greeting card tutorial features a design element that is also a gift. See how to create a beautiful and functional bookmark that is the focal point for the card, while learning a simple decorative technique using markers.  This tutorial also introduces colored card blanks and tips for using them successfully in your card making.

AVERAGE

Recycled Crayons Friday Fun (Dec 31, 2021) - In this project, make new crayons out of old broken ones. Your kids will have fun making these crayons that are better than new. The recycled crayons also make a good gift when placed in a cellophane or plastic bag tied closed with pretty ribbon or yarn.

EASY

New Year Pop-Up Cards and Invitations (Dec 27, 2021) - How about a New Year greeting that's special and different? Make these New Year greeting cards with a pop-up inside. The pop-up is a chain of balloons with a Happy New Year message. The card can be made in three styles: one is fun, another is a bit brassy, and the last is a New Year party invitation.

EASY

Straw Bead Necklace Friday Fun (Dec 24, 2021) - In this project, you'll see how to take the classic drinking straw bead necklace and step it up a notch! You'll use decorative paper strips to cover the soda straws before cutting them into beads. This is a great way to recycle your leftover paper scraps. Suitable for all ages!

VERY EASY

Five-Sided Box (Dec 22, 2021) - In this project, you will make five-sided boxes with pentagon-shaped top and bottom lids. The printable patterns are in various sizes with colored and black-and-white versions, including a box with Jingle Bells for Christmas. The boxes nest together for storage, and can be used individually, or stacked.

EASY

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