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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: How to make handmade paper!

  • Handmade Paper from Recycled Scraps - In this project, learn how to make paper by hand from recycled scraps of paper. Learn techniques that will give the best results at home, along with simple and inexpensive alternatives for children or beginners who just want to experiment.

    Mold and Deckle - A mold and deckle is an essential tool for handmade papermaking. Instructions are given for making the Mold and Deckle from wood, recycled picture frames or, especially for beginners and children, a simple plastic canvas and cardboard version.

  • Wednesday Treat: Crafts made using recycled materials!

    This week's Wednesday treat is a roundup of crafts made using recycled materials. Crafts can be a great way to recycle computer and household waste while having fun and making something useful. All the crafts listed on Recycling and Crafts are made from at least one recycled item. In some projects, like Handmade Paper from Recycled Scraps, the craft is made almost entirely of recycled materials. Some projects, like the Trinket Box, use a recycled item as the basis of a craft.

  • This Week's Friday Fun: Make bubbles that last forever in a colorful print!

    Bubble Print Paper - Use paint and bubble blowing liquid to make this kid-safe alternative for marbled paper. With this technique you will make pastel prints of soap bubbles on paper that then can be used for other craft projects.

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

Featured last week: How to make a small 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: Printable templates to make wishing tree cards!

    Last week's Wednesday treat was a set of printable patterns to make wishing tree cards. Choose from three sizes of wishing tree templates to use as the image for your card. Either build out a frame to make a Strip Folding Card or use one of the colored templates 'as is' for a quick card featuring a wishing tree.

  • Last Week's Friday Fun: A craft for campers—just yarn and sticks!

    God's Eye - If you are looking for a craft that kids love and is great for groups, look no further. God’s Eyes are made with just a few supplies and even small children get wonderful results.

    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 Cards and is the second tutorial in Card Class 2! 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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