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

Welcome to Aunt Annie's Crafts!

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 each Wednesday, and at the end of the week it's Friday Fun with simple crafts for families, groups or classrooms.

Featured this week: Make an oval banded box in two sizes!

  • Oval Box with Lid - Make an oval box with a lid in a several sizes and depths. The technique used to make these boxes is based on the band boxes popular in the 19th century, and is well-suited to making boxes with curves, like this oval box. This is an elegant box that will compliment that special gift.

    Come back on Wednesday for a new craft treat and later in the week for a new Friday Fun craft!

  • This Week's Friday Fun: Decorate for your party with paper lanterns!

    Chinese Paper Lanterns - 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.

    For more family, classroom or group crafts see the Friday Fun Crafts collection!

Featured last week: Make a folder for storing handmade cards!

  • Greeting Card Case - 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.

  • Wednesday Treat: New card case patterns with editable text!

    This week's Wednesday treat is a set of new printable patterns for the Greeting Card Case craft. Make a custom-labeled card case by changing the editable text on these patterns. Open an editable text pattern in Adobe Reader, and click on the title or subtitle to customize the text. You can print the pattern and/or save it to use later.

  • Last Week's Friday Fun: Make a game for your Labor Day picnic!

    Ring Toss Game - 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.

    For more family, classroom or group crafts see the Friday Fun Crafts collection!

Previously featured...

Here's a sample of the crafting fun from previous weeks. Visit the Project Index to see it all.

Looking for crafts for family, classroom or group craft time?
Check out the Friday Fun index for quick and easy crafts.

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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 tutorial is Strip Folding Heart Cards and is the third tutorial in Card Class 2! See how to make a heart from leftover paper strips. If you are new to card making, review all the tutorials in  the first Card Class to learn many techniques for making beautiful cards and then go on to Card Class 2 for more card-making ideas and techniques.

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