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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: 3D aperture card with dangler!

  • Dangler Cards - 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 aperture opening for hanging your special dangler.

  • Wednesday Treat: Three new Halloween cards to make!

    This week's Wednesday treat is a new Halloween craft project with instructions for making three designs of Halloween Dangler Cards. 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. These cards are made using the techniques from the Dangler Cards tutorial.

  • This Week's Friday Fun: Merge two pictures into one with this spinning toy!

    Thaumatrope (or Mini-movie) - 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.

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

Featured last week: Layered handmade paper!

  • How to Ply Handmade Paper - 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.

  • Wednesday Treat: New envelope templates for gift enclosure cards!

    Last week's Wednesday treat was a new printable pattern with three sizes of envelope templates for gift enclosure cards. These templates are ideal for making envelopes from Plied Handmade Paper. Print the template pattern to cardstock and then cut out the desired template. Trace around the template on handmade paper and assemble the envelope. Make a matching gift enclosure card from the same paper.

  • Last Week's Friday Fun: Turn any image into a stick puppet!

    Clip Art or Photo Puppets - 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.

    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 Dangler Cards and is the fourth tutorial in Card Class 2! Have fun making these freestanding, novelty cards that feature a dangler that spins and twists. 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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