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.
Stenciled Flower Pots
(Jul 7, 2014) - Turn a plastic flower pot from ordinary to extraordinary with
stenciling. In this project, you will learn how to apply acrylic paint
stencils to a small plastic flower pot. This technique can then be used
to decorate large plastic flower pots, plastic hanging baskets, plastic
wastebaskets, or just about any plastic container.
Tic-Tac-Toe Travel Game
(Jul 4, 2014) - Make a reusable tic-tac-toe game
board to play on long car rides, at a park, or on the beach.
This simple to make game board with playing pieces easily packs in
a backpack to play any time or place! Wherever you go, X (or O)
marks the spot!
(Jun 30, 2014) - In this craft project learn a simple technique
based on circles for making all five Platonic solids—tetrahedron, octahedron, icosahedron, cube, and
dodecahedron. The solids can be also be decorated and used as gift
Fourth of July Crackers
(Jun 27, 2014) - Make a Fourth
of July cracker that goes POP! See how to make this novelty box
that is shaped like a firecracker and makes a pop sound without any
fire. Best of all, you can use it over and over again! It makes a
great party favor or fun gift box. Use it for any celebration, not
just the 4th.
Stenciled T-Shirts (Jun 23, 2014) - Take a plain T-shirt or a tired old T-shirt and perk it up with
stenciled designs. These super-easy embellishments are a great way to
rescue a T-shirt that has been stained. The same technique can be used
to stencil sweatshirts and sweatpants—just about anything made of
Stars and Stripes Pennant Banner
(Jun 20, 2014) -
Make red, white and blue pennants with stars and stripes, then string
them together to create a banner. The banner can be used to decorate
inside or outside for the 4th of July or anytime you have a patriotic
Scalloped Edge Cards
(Jun 16, 2014) - In this greeting card tutorial learn how to make a fancy edge on your
handmade greeting cards using scallops and a paper punch. This is a
quick and easy way to add a strong design element along the right-side
or bottom edges of your card.
Kids' Serendipity Squares Father's Day Cards
(Jun 13, 2014) - This craft
project is a kid version of the grown-up
Serendipity Square Cards tutorial. Like in the
adult version, scraps of paper are used to make colorful serendipity
squares that can be combined in many ways to make one-of-a-kind
(Jun 9, 2014) -
Make a pillow box for small gifts and party
or wedding favors. This is a terrific box that resembles a pillow in shape and
makes an elegant package with the addition of a ribbon. The project
includes printable patterns in a variety of sizes.
(Jun 6, 2014) - In no time flat, you and your kids can make
enough soap buddies for weeks of bath time fun! Kids of all ages enjoy
the squishy fun of making little soaps in a variety of shapes and
colors. Shape them into balls or create cute shapes with soap molds.
Tube-shaped Gift Bags
(Jun 2, 2014)
- See how easy it is to make simple gift bags. These bags can
be used for odd shape gifts, for food gifts, to store craft
supplies, and more! With this technique you can make bags in a
matter of a few minutes from any wrapping paper or other decorative
Simple Father's Day Cards
(May 30, 2014) -
Make these simple cards with paper cutouts that spell out
"D-A-D." It takes very few supplies to make these fantastic looking
cards. Dad (and Granddad) will love these special kid-made cards.
Serendipity Square Cards
(May 26, 2014) - In this greeting
card tutorial learn how to use leftover scraps of paper and
cardstock to make colorful serendipity squares that are then
combined in various ways to make beautiful cards. Once you learn how to make serendipity squares, you'll never need
to throw away those small scraps of paper again!
Simple Folded Bouquet
Friday Fun (May
23, 2014) - It’s never been easier to make a
pocketful of posies for spring. No pattern is needed to craft this
collection of delicate tissue paper flowers; just fold, cut, tape and
glue! Your freestanding bouquet will make a great party decoration.
Match Cards (May
19, 2014) - Make a set of match cards using Aunt Annie's
designs or print blank cards to create your own unique deck of
cards. Included in the project are the rules for playing two
different games with the match cards and a bit about the history of
Friday Fun (May 16, 2014) - Make strawberries from walnuts in the
shell that are painted red. This is a quick and easy project that both
kids and adults will have fun doing! The strawberries can be used as
decorations on gifts or around the house and make a wonderful gift to
brighten anyone's day!
Basics of Quilling
(May 12, 2014)
- Quilling is the art of rolling narrow strips of paper into coils
or scrolls, and arranging them to form elegant filigree. In this
project, you'll see how to use a toothpick to roll coils and scrolls
then pinch, shape, and arrange them into decorative patterns.
(May 9, 2014) - In this project, see how easy it is to
make doorknob hangers to communicate with your family and friends.
Create a hanger with any message and pictures you like. You might put 'Do
Not Disturb' on one side and 'Wake In Time for School' on
the other side. Use your imagination!
Finger Puppets (May
- In this project, make four different finger puppets with a circus
theme: acrobat, strongman, clown, and elephant. The puppets in this
project are very simple—just print, color, cut and glue. They can be
made with paper or cardstock.
Kids' Pocket Mother's Day Cards
(May 2, 2014) -
This craft project is a kid version of the grown-up
Greeting Cards Tutorial. These fun and unique cards for
Mother's Day feature a pocket on the front that the kids can fill
with little gifts for Mom.
Mother's Day Pop-Up Card
(Apr 28, 2014) - Pop goes the weasel—and so does this easy
pop-up card! Everyone from little crafters to teens and adults will
enjoy making this card. You can also add pop-up hearts to commercial
cards. What will you write on your pop-up heart?
(not just for) Mother's
Friday Fun (Apr 25, 2014) -
Mom will love these pretty cards with simple
paper cutouts that spell out "M-O-M." Use whatever crafty things you
have on hand to add your special creative touch.
Pocket Cards (Apr 21, 2014)
- In this tutorial, you'll learn how to make greeting cards with pockets
that can be filled with little pieces of your creative art. They
are also ideal for presents of money or gift cards. The pocket cards are
very versatile, make several cards in a variety of colors to have on hand to
decorate for any occasion.
Jelly Bean Carrots
Friday Fun (Apr 18, 2014) - A sweet
supplement to your Easter treat basket, jelly bean carrots are simple to
make and fun to eat! Orange jelly beans, plastic wrap, and a little
creativity help kids and grown-ups create this satisfying spring party
Easter Egg Holders (Apr 14, 2014) -
Cut out these printable patterns for charming Easter egg holders. This
easy craft project requires nothing more than computer paper, scissors
and a printer. Use the holders to display your decorated eggs or to
liven up plain eggs.
Peek-a-boo Easter Egg
Friday Fun (Apr 11, 2014) - Learn how to
make a magical world inside an Easter egg with real eggshells, cutouts or
stickers, and your imagination! Smaller crafters may need help snipping
Bookmark Cards (Apr 7, 2014)
- This greeting card tutorial features a design
element that is also a gift. See how to create a beautiful and functional bookmark that is the
focal point for the card, while learning a simple decorative technique
using markers. This tutorial also introduces colored card
blanks and tips for using them successfully in your card making.
Basic Egg Dyeing
(Apr 4, 2014)
- Aunt Annie teaches you how to make a dye bath for brightly colored
Easter eggs. Dye your eggs a solid color, or
marble them for added oomph!
Stuffed Felt Animals
(Mar 31, 2014) - The project features stuffed felt
animals—a chick and a bunny. Beginning sewers will use the
overcast stitch to assemble the animals, while more
experienced sewers can improvise with stitches and embellishments of their own choosing.
EASY to AVERAGE
Easter Chick Cards
(Mar 28, 2014) - See how easy it is to
make an Easter card by tracing your child's hands. This is a fun project
for kids of all ages. Even toddlers will enjoy this project since
cutouts of their traced hands are used for the wings.
French Board Solitaire
(Mar 26, 2014)
- Patience games come in both card and board versions. In this
project, you will make a simple game board for the French version of
board solitaire, sometimes called patience. The rules for playing
French board solitaire are included in the project.
English Board Solitaire (Mar 24, 2014) -
Sometimes it’s fun to play games by yourself! English
board solitaire, also known as peg solitaire, is an easy little game
that has been played for centuries. You can make this board by just
printing, cutting, and playing! Or, make a special keepsake board
with more durable materials.
Friday Fun (Mar 21, 2014) - Here’s a technique for
making marbled eggs that requires no special materials, and produces
beautiful results with very little effort.
DIY Scoring Board
(Mar 19, 2014) - It's easy to make crisp and accurate fold lines with a scoring board,
but there's no need to buy one when it's so easy to make one yourself!
In this project, see how to make your own custom scoring board that can
also be used to add embossed lines to your
and scrapbook layouts.
(Mar 17, 2014) - In this tutorial, learn how to add embossing to your greeting cards
without making a large investment in special tools. An embossed card is bound to be appreciated for its
Weave a Placemat
Friday Fun (Mar 14, 2014)
- Turn a sheet of construction paper into a placemat with paper weaving.
These simple to make colorful placemats will brighten your table. Select
a color theme and get weaving!
Pincushion (Mar 12, 2014) -
It's easy to make a pincushion in any color you like with a little
yarn woven into fabric on a cardboard loom. It's just a matter of
forming a tube with the woven fabric, stuffing it and sewing it
Handwoven Bookmarks (Mar 10, 2014) - Make a handwoven bookmark simply and easily while learning the basic
concepts of weaving using a cardboard loom. The bookmark makes a wonderful
gift, or maybe use it as a rug in a doll house. Make the loom in different sizes and sew the fabric
into coin purses, coasters, hot pads—whatever you can imagine!
Friday Fun (Mar 7, 2014)
Whip a white washcloth into something sweeter with Aunt Annie’s quick
and simple washcloth bunny project! Kids will love this little fabric
rabbit that doubles as an Easter egg holder, and makes the perfect
addition to any Easter basket.
Shamrock Centerpiece (Mar 3, 2014)
Use the printable patterns in this project to create a small centerpiece
for St. Patrick's Day. Make several of these cute little vases as party
favors or as gifts for St. Patrick's Day. The plain version of the vase
can be used for other occasions and be filled with
(Feb 28, 2014)
- Use a few pennies and a store bought hair barrette back to make these
lovely hair holders. For silver barrettes, use dimes or nickels and
mix up the coins for another look. The craft is quick and simple and the results
are very attractive! Make a set for yourself or to give as a gift.
Easy Jar Lid Covers
(Feb 24, 2014)
- Turn any jar into something special with a jar lid cover you can
quickly make from paper. Make a cover for that special homemade
jelly or a recycled jar you fill with a treat. Anyone will be
delighted to receive a gift with a handsome lid cover.
(Feb 21, 2014) - Just in time for a breezy March day, make this colorful paper
pinwheel with nothing more than paper, a pencil
and a straight pin. Children of all ages will be delighted with this
whirling windmill. Make several as party decorations or favors!
Foam Ball Clown and King Puppets
(Feb 17, 2014)
- 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, try your hand at making a regal king with a
crown and a cape or a clown king with a funny face!
Seed Catalog Garden
(Feb 14, 2014)
- Make a garden in the middle of winter by cutting up seed catalogs.
Cutting up the catalogs, making the garden, and playing with it will
keep kids busy for hours.
Woven Heart Valentines (Feb 12, 2014)
- Add the look of basket weaving to your Valentine's Day card
creations by weaving together paper strips or by using one of Aunt
Woven Strips digital downloads to achieve the woven-look.
The card ideas presented here can easily be adapted for other
holidays or occasions by changing the colors or using different
Paper Weaving Cards (Feb 10, 2014) -
In this tutorial, you'll see how to weave paper strips into
decorative elements for use on greeting cards. The tutorial also explores color
concepts based on the color wheel.
(Feb 10, 2014)
- Give your Valentine something sweet! Make this woven paper heart
basket and fill it with candy or some other treat. You will weave
together red and white paper to make this basket.
(Feb 7, 2014)
- Make this royal Valentine crown for that special someone, or as a
fun party craft with a group of children. Just a few simple supplies
are needed to create this very special Valentine. This craft can be
used for any holiday.
(Feb 5, 2014)
- This project features quick and easy Valentine designs that are
simple to make and perfect for classroom giving! Select from
printable Valentine's Day card patterns with either 6 or 9
Valentines to a sheet. You likely have everything on hand needed to
make these Valentines!
Heart Shaped Cards
(Feb 3, 2014) - Make simple and fun Valentine cards in
the shape of a heart or with a heart-shaped top. Most of the cards have a circus theme and one is especially
designed for giving to your sweetheart.
Valentine's Day Candy Jar
(Jan 31, 2014) - It is easy to recycle an
empty jar into a wonderful container for Valentine’s Day candies.
Just add some cutouts from old Valentine’s Day cards or leftover
Valentine's Day napkins to make a decorated jar nice enough to give
as a gift.
Valentine Suncatchers (Jan 27, 2014) -
"You light up my life" takes on a little more meaning when you give a
Valentine suncatcher craft as a gift! Tissue paper suncatcher hearts
look beautiful in the window, strung on a mobile, or tucked into a
special handmade card.
Clay Charms and Pendants
(Jan 24, 2014) - Make charms and pendants for necklaces and bracelets using
Homemade Bread Clay or commercial air-dry clay. Make the
heart and flower pendants and heart charms for yourself or to give
as gifts. When strung on cord or a chain, they make perfect gifts
for Valentine's Day.
Faux Appliqué Heart Valentines (Jan
20, 2014) - These Valentine's Day cards feature heart
appliqués made with patterned papers that you can download and
print. The paper appliqués on these greeting cards are made to
resemble fabric appliqué seen on clothing and quilts. The project
includes details for making four Valentine's Day cards.
3-D Valentines (Jan 20, 2014) - Give your whole heart this Valentine’s Day with
a three-dimensional heart-shaped Valentine! Hang it up, decorate a box
top with it or use it as a pop-up in a card! Little fingers may have
trouble with this project, so Aunt Annie provides a kid-friendly craft
(Jan 17, 2014) - Make cute little bugs to give as gifts. They are molded in plastic
spoons using plaster of Paris. This craft is great for Valentine's
Day and any gift-giving occasion. Children of all ages, even as
young as two, will enjoy making these love bugs as pins or magnets.
Appliqué Cards (Jan 12, 2014) - In this tutorial, you'll learn how to
make paper appliqué cards. Basically these are cards made from cut
paper arranged on the card to mimic the look of cloth appliqué.
There's no end to what can be done with this technique.
Snow Scene in a Jar Snow Globe
Friday Fun (Jan
- Whether you have snow where you live or not, you can have
wintertime fun by making a wintry snow scene in a jar. All it takes
is a few plastic toys, rocks, glue, glitter and water to turn a
small jar into a winter wonderland where a gentle shake makes it
Symmetry in Snowflakes
(Jan 6, 2014) - Learn how to make paper snowflakes. This project includes
patterns for several different snowflakes, including Aunt Annie's favorites. You will also learn about the symmetry found in every snowflake.
Bread Clay Recipe
(Jan 3, 2014)
- This recipe makes a durable and very pliable clay that can be
colored vibrantly. This 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.
- Pachisi is the national game of India and is
usually played on a cross-shaped game board made of decorated cloth.
In that tradition, this no-sew craft project shows you how to use felt to
make a pachisi game board. The project includes rules for playing
pachisi and the history of the game.
Friday Fun (Dec
- In this craft project, learn the British way of making a
yarn octopus. This technique is a disarmingly simple way to
make a cute toy with items found in most people's homes, and it will use up
those leftover scraps of wool (yarn).
New Year Pop-Up Cards and
(Dec 23, 2013) - How about a New Year greeting that's
special and different? Make these New Year greeting cards with a pop-up
inside. The pop-up is a chain of balloons with a Happy New Year message.
The card can be made in three styles with one being fun, another being
brassy, and the last is a New Year invitation.