Pine Cone Turkey
Friday Fun (Nov
21, 2014) - Turn a pine cone into a colorful turkey to
brighten your Thanksgiving table. This is an easy craft project for
children that can be combined with some outdoor fun. Take a walk in
the woods to find pine cones; then, with some pipe cleaner and
glue magic, turn them into little turkeys.
Waxing Paper (Nov 17, 2014) - Make your own custom waxed papers! Learn
the technique of waxing paper and in no time you will be making
waxed papers in any colors or designs you like. You can use waxed
paper in the place of vellum in many crafts. Its translucent nature
makes it a natural for luminaries!
Thanksgiving Napkin Rings
Friday Fun (Nov
14, 2014) -
Thanksgiving is a time for the family to gather and share
experiences. You can start the sharing by making these simple
napkin rings with your child. Not only will you have fun, but you will
also make something special for the Thanksgiving table. Use the same basic idea with simple variations for other holidays.
(Nov 10, 2014) - In this project, you will learn the
basics of decoupage by decorating a box made from cardstock with
images printed on your color printer. The same technique can be used
to decoupage wooden boxes, glass vases or plates, etc. With the
wealth of images available for downloading and printing, this
traditional craft is well-suited to modern times.
Stained Glass Leaves
(Nov 7, 2014)
- The colors of fall are warm and cheerful.
Capture these colors with this stained glass-like decoration that is
created using recycled crayons!!
Combine the craft with a walk through the woods for an enjoyable fall
Fox and Geese Game Board
(Nov 3, 2014)
- What do you have in
common with ancient Vikings? The game of Fox and Geese, of
course! Vikings called it Hala-tafl, meaning “the
Fox Game”—you’ll just call it fun. Roll up the paper-and-felt board
and store game pieces in its pocket when you go on Viking
adventures! (The project also includes patterns for the game Catch
the Hare, known as Cercar La Liebre in Spain.)
Shiny Paper Beads
(Oct 31, 2014)
- See how easy it is to recycle paper scraps and magazines to make
colorful paper beads. After winding the paper into beads and varnishing
them for a shiny finish and durability, the beads can be strung into
bracelets, necklaces and even beaded room dividers!
Pop-up Age Birthday Cards
(Oct 27, 2014) - Make a birthday card that
features the child's age as a pop-up. There's something almost
magical about pop-ups that delights both children and adults. After
you make this card, you will be able to add a similar V-fold pop-up
to any greeting card.
Halloween Treat Bags
Friday Fun (Oct
24, 201) -
Give your Halloween trick-or-treaters a colorful
handmade bag filled with treats! Each bag holds several
pieces of candy, two cookies, some caramel corn or a small toy. They are
great for Halloween party favors, too!
Easy Party Favor Bag (Oct 20, 2014)
- In this project learn how to make a small party favor bag
that is self-closing. These easy to make bags are ideal for
packaging small party favors of food, candy, soaps or jewelry.
Choose from three sizes of printable patterns with or without the
colorful dot designs.
Paper Doll Chains
(Oct 15, 2014)
- Create a chain of paper dolls by cutting multi-folded paper strips.
Learn this basic paper cutting technique with paper dolls, then let
your imagination run wild! Cut paper chains with themes for every
season and every special event. They make great decorations for
parties, classrooms and your home.
Two-Finger Puppets (Oct 13, 2014)
- Try this "handy" little project to put on a quick, fun and easy
puppet show! Your fingers will become the legs of little bird
puppets. Then, put on the Australian Aboriginal folktale
Medicine-man to find out how the rooster got his comb!
Creepy-Crawly Spider Bracelet
Friday Fun (Oct
- Make a creepy, crawly spider that can wiggle and twist about with
a few movements of the wrist. Traced fingers are the basis for this
animated spider toy, and a paper fastener allows it to swivel around.
This is a fun and easy Halloween project that is especially good for
mixed-age groups of children.
Halloween Pop-Up Cards (Oct
6, 2014) - Give your friends or family members a little
fright with these easy to make Halloween pop-up cards! In
practically no time you can make a special Halloween card with a
jack-o'-lantern pop-up inside.
Kids' Halloween Spook House Dangler Cards
(Oct 3, 2014) - In this project, kids make a house spook from
black construction paper with an opening to peer inside at the
ghostly residents. This craft project is a kid version of the
Dangler Cards with jack-o'-lantern danglers for
Make a Custom Rectangular Box Pattern
(Oct 1, 2014) - In this project, you will create a custom
pattern for a rectangular box in the exact size to meet your needs. Use the
pattern to make your custom-size rectangular box following instructions in the
(Sep 29, 2014) -
Make a rectangular box with lid, also called a shirt box, in a variety
of sizes and depths. This is a very versatile box that can be used to
package about any gift. It can also be made without the lid and used as
a letter box, napkin holder, etc. Instructions
are given for drafting a box pattern/template for any size rectangular
(Sep 26, 2014)
- Use recycled materials to make this trinket box. All it takes to make
this cutie are empty cardboard tubes, a cereal box and scraps of ribbon
or paper. You are sure to want to make more than one!
Recycled Milk Carton Gift Boxes
(Sep 22, 2014) -
In this project, learn how to recycle milk and juice cartons, or any
size gable top carton, into strong gift boxes. You can either wrap the
boxes in your favorite way or transform the carton into a house or a
cuckoo clock using Aunt Annie's patterns.
EASY to AVERAGE
(Sep 19, 2014) - 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
Halloween Dangler Cards (Sep 17, 2014)
- 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. Make several for your friends and family and some for
Dangler Cards (Sep 15, 2014) - 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
Clip Art or Photo Puppets
(Sep 12, 2014) - 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.
How to Ply Handmade Paper
(Sep 8, 2014) - 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.
Finger Paint Recipe
(Sep 5, 2014) - Why bother with a brush? Cavemen didn’t mind getting messy in
pursuit of their art, and you won’t either with this simple finger
Make a Custom Oval Box Pattern
(Sep 3, 2014) - It's fun to design and make an
oval-shaped box to exactly meet your needs. In this project, you
will create a custom pattern for any size oval box. Use the pattern
to make your custom oval box following instructions in the
Oval Box with Lid
Oval Box with Lid
(Sep 1, 2014) -
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
Chinese Paper Lanterns
(Aug 29, 2014) -
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
Greeting Card Case
(Aug 25, 2014)
- 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
including cases sized for the cards featured in the
Greeting Card Tutorials.
Ring Toss Game
22, 2014) - 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.
Strip Folding Heart Cards (Aug 18, 2014) - In this greeting card tutorial, make a card for Mother's Day or your
sweetheart 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.
Silly Faces Mix-and-Match Cards Friday Fun (Aug
15, 2014) - Just a few simple materials and a little instruction
is all it takes to make a set of mix-and-match cards. Cut all the cards into three pieces and mix them up to make
Giggles are a sure thing!
Mexican Yarn Painting (Aug 11, 2014)
- The crafts of Mexico are renowned for bright colors and bold designs
especially the nierika made by the Huichol people. In this
project learn how to do Huichol-inspired yarn paintings then use the
technique to make decorative plaques or to enliven the surfaces of
boxes, cards, notebooks, and more.
Spy Glass Color Wheel
(Aug 8, 2014) - Use red, blue and yellow cellophane to make a color wheel that
teaches about combining the primary colors. Have your child see how many
colors can be made by overlapping the cellophane layers. To see even
more colors, the color wheel doubles as a spy glass that your child can
look through to make the colors around them change.
Takeout Boxes (Aug 4, 2014) -
Make these wonderfully elegant boxes based on Chinese takeout boxes.
They increase in size from a square or rectangular base to lid flaps
that flare out from the top. The project includes printable patterns for flared boxes in
a variety of sizes and shapes. These boxes have many decorative uses.
(Aug 1, 2014) - Turn drawings, photographs or any image you love into
a picture puzzle. This is a simple craft for groups of children. The puzzles make great gifts, so make one to keep and another to give
Paper Cone Finger Puppets
(Jul 28, 2014)
- Have you ever tried to trick someone? The wily Fox has—and he
knows just what to say to keep Tiger from eating him in this play,
of Heaven, based on a Chinese folktale. This easy paper
cone finger puppet project is perfect for classroom crafting.
Bubble Print Paper
(Jul 25, 2014) - 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.
Mold and Deckle
(Jul 21, 2014) - 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.
EASY to AVERAGE
Handmade Paper from
Recycled Scraps (Jul 21, 2014) - 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.
Friday Fun (Jul
18, 2014) - 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.
Strip Folding Cards (Jul
14, 2014) - 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
Circly Paper Chain Snake
Friday Fun (Jul 11, 2014) - 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.
Turn the activity into a contest to see who can make the longest snake,
create the funniest (or scariest) snake, or the most creative snake.