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Step-by-step instructions. Printable patterns. Updates each week.
Step-by-step instructions. Printable patterns.

Crafts for kids and adults!

Take a look around. You'll find crafting fun for children, teens and adults. A craft how-to is featured each Monday, with a special craft treat added on Wednesday, and at the end of the week it's Friday Fun with simple crafts for kids, families, groups or classrooms.

Featured this week

Puppets Around the World: Simple clown hand puppets!

Foam Ball Head Clown Puppet - Create quick and easy hand puppets based on Styrofoam® balls used as the puppet head. You can use felt cutouts and/or pom-poms and wiggly eyes to add a funny face to your clown puppet. Once you have made the clown puppet, you'll see how easy it is to make a variety of characters by changing the cutouts glued to the foam ball.

Wednesday Treat: Digital paper roundup—Polka Dots on White Collection!

This week's Wednesday treat is a roundup of Polka Dots on White digital papers. The digital papers in this collection feature small polka dots in a full range of colors, all on white backgrounds.  The are a baker's dozen (13) digital papers in four sets, plus a bonus Red Polka Dots  paper. The sets are: Pastel Polka DotsCool Color Polka Dots Spring Polka Dots, and Ice Cream Syrup Polka Dots.

Friday Fun! A paper chain craft with a twist!

Circly Paper Chain Snake - Here's a twist on paper chains that is a fun activity for small or large groups of kids. Link rings of construction paper together to form a long multi-colored snake that makes a terrific decoration hung from the ceiling, draped around the room, or framing a bulletin board.


Featured last week

Greeting Card Idea: Strip folding to make an image pop!

Strip Folding Cards - In this greeting card tutorial, learn how to use folded paper strips to give your card added depth with three-dimensional layers. This card making technique is a great way to enhance a small image or photo and to use decorative paper leftovers.

Wednesday Treat: Free printable papers with ice cream syrup polka dots, and more to match!

Last week's Wednesday treat was a set of Ice Cream Syrup Polka Dots digital papers. Make Pop-up Birthday Cards or other cards and crafts. You could also use these digital papers to wrap gifts or make Boxes that coordinate with the Card for Him and Father's Day Gift Bags.

Friday Fun! Recipe for homemade air-dry clay made with bread!

Bread Clay Recipe - This recipe makes a durable and very pliable clay that can be colored vibrantly. This air-dry clay is particularly good for making items that will get heavy use, like beads and playing pieces for games. All you do is mix white glue into shredded white bread and add color with a bit of paint.


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Greeting card tutorials

Greeting card tutorials are a regular feature on Aunt Annie's Crafts. Each tutorial builds on prior card projects. It's like taking a class on making handmade greeting cards.

This month's featured card tutorial is Card Making Idea: Dangler Card Tutorial.

Go beyond the ordinary with this novelty card featuring a dangler that twists and turns. See how easy it is to make this freestanding greeting card with a 3-dimensional opening for hanging your special dangler. Great for birthdays and other occasions!

If you are new to card making, the tutorials in the Card Class are a great place to learn many techniques for making beautiful cards. Then for more ideas and techniques, go on to Card Class 2.


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