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  • Halloween Treat Bags Friday Fun (Oct 24, 2014) - 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!

    VERY EASY

  • 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.

    EASY

  • Paper Doll Chains Friday Fun (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.

    VERY EASY

  • 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 The Medicine-man to find out how the rooster got his comb!

    VERY EASY

  • Creepy-Crawly Spider Bracelet Friday Fun (Oct 10, 2014) - 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.

    VERY EASY

  • 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.

    EASY

  • Kids' Halloween Spook House Dangler Cards Friday Fun (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 grown-up Dangler Cards with jack-o'-lantern danglers for Halloween.

    EASY

  • 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 Rectangular Box craft. 

    EASY

  • Rectangular Box (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 box.

    EASY

  • Trinket Box Friday Fun (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!

    AVERAGE

  • 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

  • Thaumatrope (or Mini-movie) Friday Fun (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 movies.

    EASY

  • 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 yourself.

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  • 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 dangler.

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  • Clip Art or Photo Puppets Friday Fun (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.

    VERY EASY

  • 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.

    AVERAGE

  • Finger Paint Recipe Friday Fun (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 paint recipe.

    EASY

  • 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 craft. 

    AVERAGE

  • 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 special gift.

    AVERAGE

  • Chinese Paper Lanterns Friday Fun (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 paper.

    VERY EASY

  • 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 case sizes, including cases sized for the cards featured in the Greeting Card Tutorials.

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  • Ring Toss Game Friday Fun (Aug 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.

    EASY

  • 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.

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  • 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 silly faces. Giggles are a sure thing!

    VERY EASY

  • 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.

    AVERAGE

  • Spy Glass Color Wheel Friday Fun (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.

    EASY

  • Flared 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.

    EASY

  • Picture Puzzles Friday Fun (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 away.

    VERY EASY

  • 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, Officer of Heaven, based on a Chinese folktale. This easy paper cone finger puppet project is perfect for classroom crafting.

    EASY

  • Bubble Print Paper Friday Fun (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.

    EASY

  • 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.

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  • God's Eye 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.

    VERY EASY

  • 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 leftovers.

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  • 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.

    VERY EASY


  • 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.

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  • Tic-Tac-Toe Travel Game Friday Fun (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!

    VERY EASY

  • Platonic Solids (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 boxes.

    EASY

  • Fourth of July Crackers Friday Fun (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.

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  • 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 fabric.

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  • Stars and Stripes Pennant Banner Friday Fun (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 theme party.

    EASY

  • 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.

    EASY

  • Kids' Serendipity Squares Father's Day Cards Friday Fun (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 greeting cards!

    VERY EASY

  • Pillow Boxes (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.

    EASY

  • Bath Buddies Friday Fun (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.

    VERY EASY

  • 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 paper.

    EASY

  • Simple Father's Day Cards Friday Fun (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.

    VERY EASY


  • 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!

    EASY

  • 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.

    EASY

  • 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 playing cards.

    EASY

  • Sweet Strawberries 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!

    VERY EASY

  • 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.

    EASY

  • Doorknob Hangers Friday Fun (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!

    VERY EASY

  • Finger Puppets (May 5, 2014) - 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.

    VERY EASY

  • Kids' Pocket Mother's Day Cards Friday Fun  (May 2, 2014) - This craft project is a kid version of the grown-up Pocket 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.

    VERY EASY

  • 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?

    EASY

  • Easy (not just for) Mother's Day Cards 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.

    VERY EASY

  • 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.

    AVERAGE


  • 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 favor.

    EASY

  • 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.

    VERY EASY

  • 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 their eggs.

    AVERAGE

  • 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.

    AVERAGE

  • Basic Egg Dyeing  Friday Fun (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!

    VERY EASY

  • 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 Friday Fun (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.

    EASY

  • 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.

    VERY EASY

  • 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.

    VERY EASY

  • Marbled Eggs 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.

    VERY EASY


  • 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 handmade cards and scrapbook layouts.

    EASY

  • Embossed Cards (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 elegance.

    AVERAGE

  • 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!

    EASY

  • Weave a 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 close.

    EASY

  • 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!

    EASY

  • Washcloth Bunny 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.

    VERY EASY

  • 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 Paper Flowers.

    EASY

  • Coin Barrettes Friday Fun (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.

    VERY EASY

  • 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.

    VERY EASY

  • Easy Pinwheel Friday Fun (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!

    EASY

  • 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!

    EASY

  • Seed Catalog Garden Friday Fun (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.

    VERY EASY


  • 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 Annie's 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 cutout shapes.

    EASY

  • 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.

    AVERAGE

  • Valentine Basket (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.

    AVERAGE

  • Valentine Crown Friday Fun (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.

    EASY

  • Simple Valentines (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!

    VERY EASY

  • 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.

    VERY EASY

  • Valentine's Day Candy Jar Friday Fun (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.

    EASY

  • 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.

    EASY

  • Clay Charms and Pendants Friday Fun (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.

    EASY

  • 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.

    EASY

  • 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 option.

    AVERAGE

  • Love Bugs Friday Fun (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.

    VERY EASY

  • Paper 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.

    EASY

  • Snow Scene in a Jar Snow Globe Friday Fun (Jan 10, 2013) - 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 snow.

    AVERAGE

  • 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.

    EASY

  • Bread Clay Recipe Friday Fun (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.

    EASY

  • Pachisi (Dec 30, 2013) - 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.

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  • Woolly Octopus Friday Fun (Dec 27, 2013) - 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).

    EASY

  • New Year Pop-Up Cards and Invitations (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.

    EASY


  • Cinnamon Clay Recipe Friday Fun (Dec 20, 2013) - This recipe makes a sweet smelling dough that can be made into ornaments or package decorations. Just mix together applesauce, cinnamon, and a bit of glue to create a clay that is perfect for rolling out and cutting shapes with cookie cutters.

    EASY

  • Christmas Quilling (Dec 16, 2013) - Quilling, the art of rolling narrow strips of paper into coils or scrolls, is a wonderful way to decorate boxes, tags, and cards. It can also turn a simple craft item into an elegant gift. This project includes Christmas quilling designs and examples of how to combine quilling with handcrafted items.

    EASY

  • Christmas Tree Shaped Box (Dec 16, 2013) - Make a novelty box in the shape of a pine tree for Christmas in either of two sizes. This is a cute gift box for small gifts that adds some Christmas cheer wherever it is displayed. The project includes instructions for making your own patterns for novelty-shaped boxes.

    DIFFICULT

  • Pumpkin Seed Poinsettias Friday Fun (Dec 13, 2013) - Poinsettias are the flower of the Christmas season. These brooches or Christmas ornaments made of pumpkin seeds will bring out the holiday cheer in all who see them. Make one for yourself or make several to give as gifts. Grandma will especially cherish a cheerful brooch made by the kids.

    EASY

  • Recycled Greeting Cards (Dec 9, 2013) - In this tutorial, learn how to make new greeting cards by recycling old cards. A variety of techniques are presented that make it easy to create a card you will be proud to send. Making recycled cards is a terrific group activity and is fun for crafters of all ages.

    EASY

  • Shaped Cards for Christmas (Dec 9, 2013) - Make simple and fun holiday cards in the shape of a pine tree, Santa, or an angel. These cards are easy enough for younger children and people with special needs to make. While the cards are very simple to make, they are easily enhanced with glitter, cotton balls, sequins, and other creative touches. Let your imagination soar!

    VERY EASY

  • Festive Window Stencils (Dec 7, 2013) - Decorate your windows in festive and colorful holiday designs with simple paper stencils. Make snowman, bell, angel, star, candle or Christmas tree stencils to use with Aunt Annie's special paint mix. The stencils are easy to make and use, and the paint will wash off the windows with ease at the end of the holiday season.

    EASY

  • Cookie Cutter Felt Ornaments Friday Fun (Dec 6, 2013) - Simple and durable ornaments can be made with cookie cutters, felt and imagination. No sewing is required! The cookie cutters are used as templates for making the ornaments or use Aunt Annie's printable pattern with Christmas-themed templates.

    VERY EASY

  • Christmas Pop-Up Cards (Dec 2, 2013) - In this project, you will learn how to make a Christmas pop-up card with a Christmas tree pop-up inside. The project includes printable patterns for cards in two styles—one being fun and easy for children and the other being stylish and elegant for adults.

    EASY

  • Christmas Ornaments, Magnets and Figurines Friday Fun (Nov 29, 2013) - See how easy it is to use Homemade Modeling Dough to make Christmas-themed ornaments, refrigerator magnets and figurines. Use your fingers to fashion the modeling dough in fun shapes for Christmas using the ideas in this project or come up with something new of your own invention!

    EASY

  • Stenciled Bear Christmas Cards (Nov 27, 2013) - Make a batch of Christmas cards in a flash that feature a stenciled Christmas bear holding a 3-D banner. Select from two stencil templates on the included printable pattern to cut a stencil that you use to create cards for sending to friends and relatives.

    EASY

  • Stenciled Cards (Nov 25, 2013) - In this tutorial you'll learn how to make cards using stencils and acrylic paint. You'll also be shown how to make your own stencils using paper punches or a few snips with scissors.

    EASY


  • Apple Turkey Friday Fun (Nov 22, 2013) - Make a turkey for displaying Thanksgiving dinner place cards. The turkey is made with an apple, a paper napkin, some nuts and candy, and wiggly eyes. It’s fun and easy to do and all your guests will be delighted with this colorful turkey.

    EASY

  • 3D Stuffed Paper Turkey (Nov 18, 2013) - In this project, you will make a 3-dimensional turkey that stands on its own feet. It is made of paper and stuffed with facial tissue. The printable patterns come in two sizes, black & white or color. The turkeys make nice Thanksgiving decorations, and several smaller turkeys can be made into a mobile.

    EASY

  • Miniature Turkeys Friday Fun (Nov 15, 2013)  - In this project you'll make miniature turkeys modeled from Homemade Modeling Dough or air dry clay to use as playing pieces for the game of Turkey Trot. Or make the turkeys for a diorama, to decorate for Thanksgiving or just for fun!

    EASY

  • Turkey Trot (Nov 11, 2013)  - Here's a race game that the whole family can make together and then play! It's great for after Thanksgiving dinner fun or anytime the family gets together. The project also includes patterns and tips for creating game boards of your own invention for other holidays or themes.

    EASY

  • Milk and Cookie Placemats Friday Fun (Nov 8, 2013) - Kids of all ages will have fun making these placemats that are sized for a snack of milk and cookies. Just cut out images from old greeting cards, calendars or magazines that relate to the theme for the placemat and cover with clear contact paper. That's it! Simple as eating a chocolate chip cookie. Yum!

    VERY EASY

  • Thanksgiving Pop-Up Cards (Nov 4, 2013) - Use printable patterns to make a greeting card for Thanksgiving with a turkey pop-up inside. The project includes black & white and colored patterns for two Thanksgiving card designs. There is also a printable pattern for separate turkey pop-ups that can be added to your handmade or commercial cards.

    EASY

  • Fall and Thanksgiving Refrigerator Magnets Friday Fun (Nov 1, 2013) - See how easy it is to make seasonal refrigerator magnets for fall and Thanksgiving with Homemade Modeling Dough. Make the dough in less than 15 minutes, and then use your fingers to shape magnets using ideas in the project or design your own creations.

    EASY

  • Leaf Silhouette Cards (Oct 28, 2013) - In celebration of the fall season, this greeting card tutorial uses leaf silhouettes to make a simple and elegant card. The design concepts of positive and negative space are introduced in this tutorial along with how to make your own unique decorative paper by sponging with paint.

    EASY

  • Colorful Tissue Ghosts Friday Fun (Oct 25, 2013) - What could be cuter than little ghosts in a bowl? Tissue ghosts are an easy, inexpensive way to decorate for Halloween. In this project you'll see how to make a colorful version of the traditional tissue ghost by adding fading color accents.

    VERY EASY

  • Halloween Cone Hats (Oct 21, 2013) - Make simple, cone-shaped hats for Halloween. Instructions are given for a clown's hat, a wizard's hat, and a witch's hat. The hats can be the basis for a Halloween costume. Make a hat, add some make-up and old clothes to complete the costume.

    EASY

  • Dracula's Blood Recipe Friday Fun (Oct 18, 2013) - Here's a recipe to make fake blood for Halloween. Drip some from the corners of your mouth, and in your best imitation of Dracula say, "I want your blood."

    VERY EASY

  • Ghost Garland (Oct 14, 2013) - This colorful garland of ghosts is a quick and easy way to decorate for Halloween. The project includes printable patterns for ghosts and illustrated instructions for making the garland based on a paper chain in Halloween colors.

    VERY EASY

  • Sew-a-Pumpkin Halloween Favor (Oct 11, 2013) Friday Fun - Create these truly unique pumpkin-shaped Halloween party favors filled with candy corn. This is an easy craft that's a twist on the traditional Sewing Cards craft. Great for group, family and classroom crafting!

    EASY

  • Halloween Suncatchers (Oct 7, 2013) - Make Halloween suncatchers shaped like bats, ghosts and jack-o'-lanterns.  Hang the suncatchers in your windows and give some as gifts. Suncatchers are easy to make and are a great vehicle for creativity—make them in a variety of colors and add your own special touches.

    EASY

  • Halloween Mobile Friday Fun (Oct 4, 2013) - Mobiles of ghosts, jack-o'-lanterns, witches, bats and black cats make great decorations for Halloween. Follow the instructions in this project to make a quick and easy mobile using simple materials. After completing this project you will be able to make mobiles for any holiday or theme.

    EASY


  • Easy Rubber Stamp Repeat Cards (Sep 30, 2013) - Learn to make cards using repeats of small rubber stamps arranged in threes or fours and matted. Once you learn this design concept it can be used for repeats of any small object—paper punches, cutouts from decorative paper, stencils, and more.

    EASY

  • Paper Cup Party Favor Friday Fun (Sep 27, 2013) - Half the fun of giving a party is selecting a theme and making the decorations. You can easily and quickly make party favors for any theme by decorating paper or foam cups with ribbon and images printed from your computer.

    EASY

  • Triangle Board Solitaire (Sep 23, 2013)  - Solitaire isn't just a card game! In this project, you'll make a board game for one player called board solitaire or peg solitaire. The board in this project is designed for marble playing pieces, but can also be made as a simple print, cut and play game board.

    EASY

  • Straw Bead Necklace Friday Fun (Sep 20, 2013) - In this project, you'll see how to take the classic drinking straw bead necklace and step it up a notch! You'll use decorative paper strips to cover the soda straws before cutting them into beads. This is a great way to recycle your leftover paper scraps. Suitable for all ages!

    VERY EASY

  • Zodiac Birthday Cards (Sep 18, 2013) - It's easy to personalize a birthday card for someone by using their zodiac sign. In this project, you'll see how to use free clip-art images available on the internet as the featured element of the card.

    EASY

  • Matted Clip-art and Photo Cards (Sep 16, 2013) - Learn matting techniques and color combining concepts to use with clip-art and photos to make stylish greeting cards.

    EASY

  • Artwork Bookmarks Friday Fun (Sep 13, 2013) - These bookmarks are simply made from artwork that you are willing to cut up and two pieces of clear contact paper. This is a great way to recycle your less than perfect artwork or preserve your child's treasured drawings.

    VERY EASY

  • Five-Sided Box (Sep 9, 2013) - In this project you will make five-sided boxes with pentagonal shaped top and bottom lids. The printable patterns are in various sizes with colored and black & white versions. The boxes nest together for storage, and can be used individually, or stacked.

    EASY

  • Recycled Tin Can Candle Holders Friday Fun (Sep 6, 2013) - Imagine quiet conversation on a patio or porch in the light of flickering candles. These simple candle holder luminaries are made from recycled cans that are left plain or painted. The candle holders are fun to make as a family or group project.

    AVERAGE

  • Four Patch Cards (Sep 2, 2013) - Use this simple card making idea to create two beautiful greeting cards from a single 6" by 6" sheet of decorative paper. With this versatile technique you can make great looking card designs with ease! This tutorial also includes how to make card blanks and envelopes.

    EASY

  • Yarn Octopus Friday Fun (Aug 30, 2013) - See how easy it is to make a little yarn octopus that is the perfect size, about 5", to hang on your backpack. These little cuties are just right for your yarn leftovers. It also makes a terrific gift or craft bazaar sale item.

    EASY

  • Lu-lu, Hawaiian Dice Game (Aug 26, 2013)  - Take an imaginary trip to Hawaii by playing the game of lu-lu with dice made in this craft project. The dice in lu-lu are painted 2-sided discs usually fashioned from volcanic stone. In this project, you have the option of making the dice with coiled paper strips or with cardboard discs.

    EASY

  • Kids' Four Patch Birthday Cards Friday Fun (Aug 23, 2013)  -  See how easy it is for kids to make birthday cards from simple materials. These cards feature fancy paper that the kids make, and are finished off with a hand drawn cartoon stick figure and a message balloon. Every card is unique and showcases the creative ideas of the child artist!

    VERY EASY

  • Cat and Owl Paper Bag Puppets  (Aug 21, 2013) - Paper bag puppets are great fun and, with just a few cutouts and a bit of drawing, you can make a puppet for just about any animal. In this project make cat and owl puppets that open and close their eyes as you move the paper bag flap with your hand.

    EASY

  • Paper Bag Hand Puppets (Aug 19, 2013) - Make funny, talking hand puppets from simple paper bags, and perform Clever Gretel, a play based on a Brothers Grimm folktale from Germany. But watch out—Gretel is hungry!

    EASY


  • Vegetable and Fruit Printing Friday Fun (Aug 16, 2013) - Learn how to make simple relief prints using vegetables (and fruits). This printing technique is simple enough for very young children, while being versatile enough for older children and adults. The project features the classic potato print, as well as, vegetables and fruits that are a bit less traditional in printing.

    VERY EASY

  • Leather Keychain Fob (Aug 12, 2013)  - In this project, make a keychain fob from a scrap of leather and decorate it with makers or leather cutouts.  This is very easy leather craft project that uses simple materials and is suitable for beginners and children. Makes a great gift for Dad!

    EASY

  • Multicolor Binoculars Friday Fun (Aug 9, 2013) - Make binoculars from recycled toilet paper tubes and squares of colored cellophane for lenses. Wrap the tubes in black construction paper (or paint them black) for an authentic look or let loose the imagination by decorating the cardboard tubes any way you like!

    EASY

  • Toilet Paper Tube Puppets (Aug 5, 2013) - Use empty toilet paper tubes to make finger puppets, then put on a play that features them. Use the included patterns or make puppets of your own design. The versatility of this puppet making technique is amazing. Give it a try!

    EASY

  • Magazine Holder Friday Fun (Aug 2, 2013) - Here’s a craft that is fun to do, recycles empty cereal boxes, and organizes those stacks of magazines, paperback books and miscellaneous papers around the house or in your child’s bedroom.

    AVERAGE

  • Recycled Paper Notepads (July 29, 2013) - Make beautiful and functional notepads from recycled paper! You will use paper from the home and office that is printed on one side, along with scraps of leftover craft paper to make these up-cycled scratch pads. Keep several notepads on hand to give as gifts.

    EASY

  • Children's Craft Box Friday Fun (July 26, 2013) - Make it easier for your children to 'create' by filling a box with craft supplies that's just for them. The box is theirs to use however they wish. The only rules are they must lay out the small plastic table cloth before starting and when finished they must clean up the mess.

    VERY EASY

  • Flexagons (July 22, 2013) - Learn how to make a flexagon, a most fascinating geometric toy! Flexagons are folded paper polygons that have the neat feature of changing faces as they are flexed. With a quick fold, change a flexagon that is green and yellow to green and blue, then to yellow and blue. This is a project in the series, Geometric Toys to Make.

    AVERAGE

  • Sponge Stamps and Art Friday Fun (Jul 19, 2013) - Do you know that ordinary kitchen sponges can be used to make stamps? Children will want to make a variety of stamps to create artistic masterpieces for display in the refrigerator door gallery. Follow these simple instructions and you will be able to make stamps of your own design in minutes.

    EASY

  • Card with Money Pocket (Jul 17, 2013) - See how to add a pocket for gifts of money to your handmade tall greeting card. With this integral pocket there is no need for a separate money envelope, and your gift is safe and secure. The tall card in this project fits in a standard business-size envelope (#10 or DL).

    VERY EASY

  • Card for Him (Jul 15, 2013)  - See how easy it is to make a card for the man in your life. Whether you are making a birthday card, a congratulations card or a card for some other occasion or event, it's easy to personalize the card in this project with colors and designs that suit him.

    EASY


  • Recycled Crayons Friday Fun (Jul 12, 2013) - In this project, make new crayons out of old broken ones. Your kids will have fun making these crayons that are better than new. The recycled crayons also make a good gift when placed in a cellophane or plastic bag tied closed with pretty ribbon or yarn.

    EASY

  • Geometric Solids (July 8, 2013) - In this project, make three of the five Platonic solids—tetrahedron, octahedron, and icosahedron. These geometric models can be used for things beyond learning about solid geometry. Decorate them and make a colorful mobile or use them as gift boxes.

    EASY to AVERAGE

  • 3D Refrigerator Magnets Friday Fun (Jul 5, 2013) - In this project learn how to make refrigerator magnets out of painted molded shapes created by pouring plaster of Paris into candy molds. This is an ideal project for groups of varying ages and skills, and the finished magnets make great gifts!

    EASY

  • Mini-boomerangs (Jul 1, 2013) - In this project, see how to make mini-boomerangs that really fly and return to the thrower! These tiny boomerangs are launched with a flick of a finger and can be played with inside. The project includes printable patterns and ideas for aerodynamic experiments.

    VERY EASY

  • Stuffed Felt Names Friday Fun (Jun 28, 2013) - Kids love to see their names spelled out! In this craft project see how to cut out, sew and stuff individual felt letters and then join them together to create a bright and cheerful personalized wall hanging that's perfect for the bedroom door, on the wall or over the crib.

    AVERAGE

  • The Game of Achi (Jun 24, 2013) - Take a little day trip to the West African country of Ghana with Achi, one of an ancient group of games of alignment. In the United States, one of the most popular games of alignment is tic-tac-toe—try Achi, and see how it is both different and similar! You can make this board game with either felt or paper.

    EASY

  • Ice Cream in a Bag Friday Fun (Jun 21, 2013) - What goes best with kids and a hot summer day? Well, ice cream, of course! With this recipe and technique each child gets to make an individual serving of ice cream, and it only takes a few minutes from start to finish. Go ahead, get going—you’ll have a ball!

    EASY

  • Suede Leather Pendant Necklaces (Jun 17, 2013) - In this project, create a necklace from scraps of suede leather and a length of plastic lacing. This is a simple leather craft suitable for beginners and children.

    AVERAGE

  • Floral Wire Mobile with Origami Flying Birds Friday Fun (Jun 14, 2013) - Mobiles make terrific decorations in the home, office or classroom and are a great way to display and enjoy your craft creations. In this project, see how to use floral wire to make a mobile of easy to fold Origami Flying Birds or other lightweight items.

    AVERAGE

  • Animated Stick Puppets (Jun 10, 2013) - Pep up your puppets by giving them the ability to move! In the puppet play, The Defeat of Great Glooskap, you’ll see how a baby can defeat a great Algonquin warrior.

    EASY

  • Quick Papier-mâché Pulp Friday Fun (Jun 7, 2013) - Use this craft recipe to quickly make a colorful papier-mâché pulp that can be molded into shapes. This paper pulp doesn't require glue and you can skip painting the finished pieces. This is a great craft material to use for family, group or classroom crafting time.

    EASY


  • Double-sided Paper Window Card (Jun 3, 2013) - See how quick and easy it is to make a window card with double-sided paper or cardstock. Just cut, fold and glue and then decorate with stamps and cutouts. Since the two sides of double-sided paper are meant to go together, you'll always get a color coordinated card!

    VERY EASY

  • Homemade Bubble Solution Friday Fun (May 31, 2013) - Playing with soap bubbles is pure fun and fascinates even the youngest child—cats and dogs, too. It's amazingly simple to mix a bubble solution from just a few ingredients.

    VERY EASY

  • Tangram Puzzle Boxed Set (May 27, 2013) - What could better than a beautiful gift that is easy to make and the whole family can enjoy playing? In this project, you'll make four tangram puzzles and a matching box for storage. Make one for Dad this Father's Day!

    EASY

  • Square Petal Envelope Friday Fun (May 24, 2013) - Learn a surprising technique for making square petal envelopes. These simple envelopes are inspired by Japanese gift wraps and require little or no adornment. They are great for wrapping flat packages or gift cards.

    AVERAGE

  • Half-Moon Petal Envelope (May 20, 2013) - Have fun making these delightful envelopes with half-moon flaps that fold like petals. Spring and Easter designs are included in the project. Use these envelopes as a gift wrap for small gifts or to store keepsakes.

    VERY EASY

  • Patriotic Star Garland Friday Fun (May 17, 2013) - Cut five-pointed stars from red, white and blue paper and string them to make a garland! Use the garland to decorate for Memorial Day, Flag Day or the Fourth of July. This is a great craft for kids and families.

    EASY

  • Step Pop-Up Cards (May 13, 2013) - Make a pop-up greeting card for a variety of occasions. See how easy it is to make a step pop-up mechanism, also sometimes called a platform or double-slit pop-up. Once you learn this technique, it's a simple matter to create pop-up cards of your own design.

    AVERAGE

  • Seal Gum Recipe Friday Fun (May 10, 2013) - Learn how to make homemade seal gum for stickers and envelopes. With this adhesive you will be able to make your own stickers from ordinary paper. Make stickers from drawings or stamped images, clipart or pictures cut from wrapping paper—the sky's the limit! This lick and stick adhesive also works great on handmade envelopes.

    VERY EASY

  • Collapsible Box (May 6, 2013) - If you haven't made boxes before, you'll be delighted with how easy it is to make a box in exactly the size needed. This project features a collapsible box with an attached lid. Use these boxes for gifts, as decorative containers, or for storage around the home or craft room.

    EASY

  • Memory Game Friday Fun (May 3, 2013) - Make a set of cards for the game of memory. This is a fun and very easy project that young kids really love doing! It is great for families or groups, and with a little preparation by the adult or teen leaders, this project is fast and fun.

    VERY EASY


  • Interlocking Curves Box (Apr 29, 2013) - This project features striking boxes with interlocking tops and bottoms. Choose from boxes with two interlocking curves on each side or three interlocking curves per side.  Instructions are given for drafting a box pattern/template for any size interlocking curves box.

    EASY

  • Origami Flying Bird Friday Fun (Apr 26, 2013) - A bow isn't the only way to top off a gift package. All it takes is a square of paper and a few folds to make an origami bird to decorate your present.  The flying bird has fewer folds than most origami birds. This makes it an ideal origami craft project for beginning folders and children.

    EASY

  • Tangram Puzzles (Apr 22, 2013) - Learn to make the tangram puzzle game that originated in China during the 1800's. It is a puzzle that requires imagination and creativity. The project includes patterns for making tangrams and several printable puzzle sheets with shapes you are challenged to duplicate.

    VERY EASY

  • Sticker Fun Friday Fun (Apr 19, 2013) - Not only does every child love stickers, but stickers are also an easy way to decorate and personalize your printed output. Whether it's a card, letter, or certificate, a sticker is a fun way to liven things up! Follow the instructions in this project to make stickers using Aunt Annie's sticker sheets. Then, go one step further and create your own stickers to use or trade!

    VERY EASY

  • Birthday and Party Pop-Up Cards (Apr 15, 2013) - Learn how to make a pop-up card with a simple balloon pop-up inside. Just cut a chain of balloons and glue it inside the card to make a pop-up that springs outs when the card is opened! The cards offered in this project are birthday cards and party invitations.

    EASY

  • Washcloth Bath Bags Friday Fun (Apr 12, 2013) - Sew up a nifty bag for your bath from a washcloth and ribbon. Put soap or bath salts inside and relax in a sudsy tub of warm water. But don't stop there! The bath bags also double as bath mitts for the kids. They also make great gift bags for handmade soaps!

    VERY EASY

  • Easy Gift Bags (Apr 8, 2013) - Learn how easy it is to make reusable gift bags from wrapping paper. With a simple technique bags can be fashioned in just the right size for your gift in just a matter of minutes.

    EASY

  • Homemade Modeling Dough Recipe Friday Fun (Apr 5, 2013) - Squishable, squeezable, and versatile, this easy to make modeling dough can be crafted into paintable masterpieces or reused many times as a play dough. Add color with a few drops of food coloring and see what sculptures you can create!

    EASY

  • Interlocking Box (Apr 1, 2013) - Try your hand at making boxes that feature sides that lock together. The interlocked sides create a striking design that you can further enhance with patterns and designs. These square boxes are ideal for gifts of cookies or brownies.

    EASY

  • Layered Soaps Friday Fun (Mar 29, 2013) - In this project, learn how to make soaps with different colored layers using the melt and pour soap making technique. You can create guest soaps in colors to match your kitchen or bath decor or to give as a special gift. The whole family can have fun making soaps.

    EASY


  • Fun Shaped Cards (Mar 25, 2013) - Who says cards have to be rectangular? Learn how to make chick, bunny, and flower-shaped cards with a simple card craft project that will set your Easter cards apart! These cards are easy enough for younger kids and crafters with special needs.

    VERY EASY

  • Easter Pennant Banner Friday Fun (Mar 22, 2013) - Make colorful pennant flags then string them together to make a banner for Easter. Use these banners to decorate around your home or in the classroom. The pennant flags are also a nice addition to an Easter basket.

    VERY EASY

  • Paper Sunflowers (Mar 18, 2013) - In this 3D paper craft, you will make a life-size paper sunflower blossom. These large blossoms make terrific decorations for a party or event, and work well on bulletin boards or in a child's playroom. The project also includes patterns for smaller sunflowers that can be used to decorate gifts or add a warm glow to your dinner table.

    EASY

  • Clip-Art Bag Puppets Friday Fun (Mar 15, 2013) - More puppet fun! This time using clip-art to make paper bag puppets. A quick, easy and fun activity for families and groups.

    VERY EASY

  • Easter Suncatchers (Mar 11, 2013) - Catch the springtime sun with an easy paper suncatcher project, including templates for black and white and colored versions. Besides being festive seasonal window decorations, your egg- or bunny-shaped suncatchers can be hung from an Easter basket, tucked into a handmade Easter card, or made into a mobile!  The project includes coloring sheet patterns for toddlers and preschoolers.

    EASY to AVERAGE

  • Jumping Origami Bunny Friday Fun (Mar 8, 2013) - This funny bunny paper craft can be folded in just a few steps. Press down on his back to watch him "spring" up! The bunny is a twist on the traditional origami leaping frog.

    AVERAGE

  • Floating Wing Glider Paper Airplane (Mar 4, 2013) - In this paper airplane project, you will learn how to fold a glider that floats through the air and can be thrown hard or soft. This paper airplane glides on a long and steady path, and can also do stunts.

    AVERAGE

  • Easy Paper Snowflakes Friday Fun (Mar 1, 2013) - Learn an easy way to make snowflakes from tissue paper. With this technique you can make a whole flurry of snowflakes in a hurry! Using tissue paper makes cutting through many layers easier, but you can use any lightweight paper you like.

    EASY

  • Stick Puppets (Feb 25, 2013) - Have make-believe adventures with simple stick puppets and shadow puppets you create! This craft includes printable patterns for fish, seahorse and octopus puppets. Your new ocean friends will help you put on a play based on a fable from the Fiji Islands: The Great Shark God.

    VERY EASY

  • Paper Flowers Friday Fun (Feb 22, 2013) - See how easy it is to make paper flowers. It requires no patterns and uses simple materials. This is a skill well worth learning!

    EASY

  • Racetrack Board Game (Feb 18, 2013) - It's fun to play games and fun to make games, but it is even more fun to create your own game! In this craft project you will make a racetrack game board with space stickers that you can arrange to make your version of the Race Game.

    EASY

  • Paper Mosaic Friday Fun (Feb 15, 2013) - Learn how to make paper mosaics to decorate crafts and give as gifts, while recycling the paper scraps from other projects. Make one for Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa.

    VERY EASY to EASY

  • French Door Gift Tags (Feb 11, 2013) - A sticker and a rectangular strip of paper or cardstock are all it takes to make these unique bifold tags. These gift tags are quick and easy to make, while allowing for your creativity. There's plenty of room inside the tag to add a special message or even a photograph.

    EASY


  • Valentine Garland of Hearts Friday Fun (Feb 8, 2013) - Make this delightful tissue paper garland that is sure to brings smiles. Drape it over doors, in windows, over furniture, along stairs. It is quick and easy to make.

    VERY EASY

  • Valentine Heart Shaped Box (Feb 4, 2013) - Make a novelty box for Valentine's Day in the shape of a heart. Choose from a variety of printable patterns for two sizes of heart boxes. This is a cute gift box for small presents that will bring smiles and warm hearts wherever it is displayed.

    DIFFICULT

  • Easy Valentine Cards Friday Fun (Feb 1, 2013) - Need to make lots of Valentines in a hurry but still want to show your creative flair? These easy to make Valentines are based on hearts that are cut freehand. After some simple prep work, this project is as easy as fold, cut and glue. Great for kids!

    VERY EASY

  • Valentine with Pop-Up (Jan 28, 2013) - Make a special Valentine's Day card with a pop-up inside. Have you ever made paper doll chains? Using that idea, you'll cut a chain of hearts and glue it inside the Valentine's Day card to make a pop-up that springs outs when the card is opened. What fun!

    EASY

  • Valentine Flag Banner Friday Fun (Jan 25, 2013) - These flag banners can be hung in doorways, on fireplace mantels, in windows or on bulletin boards. This project requires no patterns and uses simple materials. Great for family or kid's craft time!

    VERY EASY

  • Tri-tetraflexagons (Jan 21, 2013) - In this project, you'll make the tri-tetraflexagon which is one of the simplest and easiest to make flexagons. It looks like a simple paper square with a front and a back, but hidden inside is another side (or face) that is revealed by folding the square in half and flexing it.

    EASY

  • Valentine's Day Pins Friday Fun (Jan 18, 2013)  - Create plaster of Paris pins using simple candy molds, pin backs and paint. Choose a candy mold with heart shapes to create beautiful Valentine's Day pins to give as presents to your loved ones.

    EASY

  • 3D Paper Circus Trapeze Act (Jan 11, 2013) - In this project you will make circus trapeze performers and a trapeze. The craft includes printable patterns for four trapeze artists and instructions for making a lightweight trapeze suitable for hard or carpet surfaces. This is the fourth of four craft projects for the Under the Big Top craft series.

    EASY to AVERAGE

  • Keepsake Booklets Friday Fun (Jan 11, 2013) - Gather those stacks of school papers together and make them into a quick and easy booklet. This simple technique can be used to make booklets of all sorts—diaries, collections of articles and clippings, school reports and more.

    EASY

  • 3D Paper Circus Lion and Lion Tamer (Jan 7, 2013) - In this project you will make a circus lion and circus lion tamer. The craft includes printable patterns for two sizes of lions and male and female lion tamers. Make up all the patterns for a complete circus lion act!  This is the third of four craft projects for the Under the Big Top craft series.

    EASY

  • Punched Bookmarks Friday Fun (Jan 4, 2013) - Recyle those paper scraps! Turn leftover paper into simple and beautiful bookmarks using a hole punch. This project is great for family, classroom or group craft time. It requires no patterns and uses simple materials.

    VERY EASY


  • 3D Paper Circus Ringmaster (Dec 31, 2012) - In this project you will make a circus ringmaster and a circus ring. The ringmaster introduces all the circus acts and does the stage-direction for the circus. Make a ringmaster (or two) for your paper circus and a circus ring for each circus act. This is the second of four craft projects for the Under the Big Top craft series.

    EASY

  • Snowflake Window Stencils Friday Fun (Dec 28, 2012) - Paper snowflakes and a little dab of paint go together to decorate your windows. Even the youngest children in a family or group can help with this project by dabbing paint on the stencils.

    EASY

  • 3D Paper Circus Seal (Dec 24, 2012) - In this project, make a circus seal and things to go with it. You will make a drum stand for it to lean on during its performance, along with juggling rings and a ball for its juggling act. This is the first of four craft projects for the Under the Big Top craft series.

    EASY

  • Candy Cane Reindeer Friday Fun (Dec 21, 2012)  - Children will enjoy transforming a candy cane into a reindeer using a few craft supplies and a bit of glue. This reindeer is a great decoration for the tree or a fun party favor. It's a craft that has long been a holiday favorite for kids and teachers alike.

    EASY

  • Miniature Frame Gift Tags (Dec 17, 2012) - Make these very special gift tags / gift enclosures by framing clip art, small photos or pictures cut from wrapping paper and magazines. This is an easy way to personalize any gift!

    EASY

  • Chocolate Spoons Friday Fun (Dec 14, 2012) - It's easy and fast to make these tasty treats, then wrap them up with ribbon and cellophane. Use these fancy spoons to add a special touch to a dinner party, make a unique hostess gift, or brighten someone's day! Make mocha coffee in a flash by using a chocolate spoon to stir hot milk into your coffee!

    EASY

  • Snowman and Angel Suncatcher Ornaments (Dec 10, 2012) - Make these special snowman and angel shaped Christmas ornaments that have translucent centers. These suncatchers can be hung in a window, given as a gift, made into a mobile, or used as a tree ornament.  Suncatchers are easy to make and are a great vehicle for creativity!

    EASY

  • Paper Angel Chains Friday Fun (Dec 7, 2012) - Create a chain of paper angels by cutting folded paper strips. It's just like folding and cutting paper doll chains! The angels stand on their own and can be used to add some sparkle anywhere you are doing some holiday decorating!

    VERY EASY

  • Christmas Card Set (Dec 3, 2012) - Make handmade Christmas cards to send to family and friends in a flash! Just stamp up a sheet of cardstock and cut it into to six pieces. Add some red and green paper and Christmas-themed rubber stamps to make six totally unique Christmas cards!

    EASY

  • Tissue Paper Painting Friday Fun (Nov 30, 2012) - Make colorful tissue paper with this super easy technique. Simply pleat a piece of tissue paper and paint the folded edges. Repeat the process once or twice to create an even more exciting design! The painted tissue paper may be used to wrap packages, to cover box lids, line envelopes, and in greeting cards, suncatchers, collages, and much more.

    EASY

  • Invitation Card Set (Nov 26, 2012) - Make a set of six invitations from a single sheet of letter-size, patterned paper! In about the same amount of time that it would take you to make a batch of identical invitations, you can create unique invitations to send to each of your guests!

    EASY

  • Miniature Christmas Tree Ornament Friday Fun  (Nov 23, 2012) - A simple cone of paper can be made into an ornament in the form of a Christmas tree that everyone will enjoy. With just a few standard supplies, you and your children can make and decorate these little paper Christmas trees.

    EASY

  • Stained Glass Christmas Decoration (Nov 19, 2012)  - Make stained glass-like medallions that can be used to decorate windows or as ornaments on the Christmas tree. This is a great family craft with the kids coloring and the adults assembling. Best of all, these large and colorful circular hangings can be used year after year to bring festive joy to your home!

    EASY

  • Pine Cone Turkey Friday Fun (Nov 16, 2012) - 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 a little pipe cleaner and glue magic, turn them into little turkeys.

    EASY

  • Leather Bookmarks (Nov 12, 2012) - In this project, make a simple leather bookmark in one of five designs. The shapes include an eagle and a rocket. Bookmarks always make great gifts and leather ones last virtually forever. If you are new to leather craft, start with this project!

    EASY

  • Thanksgiving Napkin Rings Friday Fun (Nov 9, 2012) - 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

    EASY

  • Sponged Paper Cards  (Nov 5, 2012)  - See how easy it is to create custom decorative papers for use in your card making. The beauty of sponging is the limitless range of color possibilities—make whatever color paper you desire!

    EASY

  • Stained Glass Leaves Friday Fun (Nov 2, 2012) - The colors of fall are warm and cheerful. Capture these colors with this stained glass-like decoration! Combine the craft with a walk through the woods for an enjoyable fall afternoon.

    EASY


  • Halloween Trick or Treat Bags Friday Fun (Oct 26, 2012) - It's quick and easy to make trick or treat bags in any size you like to collect treats as you go from door to door. All it takes is a stack of books and a sheet of paper to make the basic bag. You can also create smaller bags for Halloween party goodies or to hand out to the trick-or-treaters who come to your door!

    EASY

  • Cutouts for Halloween (Oct 15, 2012) - Make super easy indoor and outdoor decorations for Halloween with Aunt Annie's patterns for Halloween cutouts. The ghoulish shapes include jack-o'-lanterns, bats, spiders and ghosts that can be used to decorate windows, doors, bulletin boards, party rooms, porches, and more. The jack-o'-lantern cutout can even be used as a mask!

    EASY

  • Waxing Paper (Oct 8, 2012)  - 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!

    EASY

  • Pencil Toppers Friday Fun (Oct 5, 2012) - It’s fun and easy to make original pencil toppers with Homemade Modeling Dough. Make a simple dough in less then 15 minutes, and use your fingers to shape fun, fanciful, or beautiful creations of your own design. Aunt Annie has included suggestions for creating easy, silly and cute pencil toppers.

    EASY

  • Ribbon Edge Christmas Cards (Sep 24, 2012) - 'Tis the season for ribbons! Take your homemade Christmas cards up a notch by adding a ribbon edge. In this tutorial you'll learn how to create a decorative cut edge that is enhanced with a ribbon backing. You'll also learn how to make a stamp from an eraser and use it make plain and checkered backgrounds.

    EASY

  • Shiny Paper Beads Friday Fun (Sep 21, 2012) - 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!

    EASY

  • Alquerque Game Board (Sep 17, 2012) - In this project make an Alquerque game board  designed for use with marbles as playing pieces. Alquerque is a classic war or battle game with equal sides and complex strategy. Included in the project are rules for playing Alquerque and some history about the game.

    EASY

  • Suede Leather Bracelets (Sep 10, 2012)  - In this project, create a bracelet from scraps of suede leather. Cut a strip of leather, glue on motifs of a contrasting color and fasten with a Velcro® fastener. This is a good first leather craft project and requires no special leather craft tools.

    AVERAGE

  • Clip Art or Photo Puppets Friday Fun (Sep 7, 2012) - Create simple puppets using clip art, magazine photos, cutouts from coloring books, or photos you have taken.

    VERY EASY

  • Fabric Mitt Hand Puppets (Sep 3, 2012)  - In this project sew up versatile mitt-shaped fabric hand puppets. Printable patterns are included for cat and rabbit puppets. Starting with the basic mitt-shape, use fabric markers, embroidery and a few felt cutouts to make puppets of your own design.

    EASY


  • Pocket Folder for Greeting Cards (Aug 27, 2012) - This simple folder is prefect for storing your handmade cards and with multiple folders you can arrange the cards by theme or occasion. When selling or giving your cards as a set, make a folder to match your handmade cards.

    EASY

  • Cardstock Animal Bookmarks (Aug 20, 2012) - Make animal shaped bookmarks from cardstock. Just print, color, cut and bend to make these cute bookmarks for yourself or to give as gifts. This is a good project for kids to practice coloring and cutting. It is also a quick craft for adults to make as gifts for the kids and grandkids!

    VERY EASY

  • Diamond Box (Aug 13, 2012) - This project features a diamond-shaped box with an attached lid in a variety colors, plain and patterned. Multiple diamond boxes can be combined to form a larger diamond, a hexagon and even a heart-shaped box.

    EASY

  • Finger Painting Friday Fun (Aug 10, 2012) - Follow this simple recipe for making finger paints and then get creative! The kids (and grown-ups, too) will have great fun smearing paint on paper and creating fanciful pictures.

    EASY

  • Fishing Game (Aug 6, 2012) - Make 3-D fish and, to catch them, a fishing hook and rod. The fishing game is enjoyed by kids of all ages and can be made easier or more difficult, depending on the children's capabilities. Make a game set to keep and another to give as a gift.

    EASY

  • Simple Mitt Hand Puppets (Jul 30, 2012) - In this project make easy and versatile mitt hand puppets from paper. With the addition of features and a few cutouts, this simple mitt-shape can be made into a wide variety of puppets—animals, people, monsters, even vehicles!

    VERY EASY

  • Cutout Edge Cards (Jul 23, 2012) - Special edge treatments are one of the things that can set your homemade card apart from a store-bought card. This greeting card tutorial shows how to add a cutout edge detail to your rubber stamped cards. Also, see how to draw a background using felt-tip markers.

    EASY

  • 3D Paper Fish (Jul 16, 2012) - In this project make two sizes of paper fish. Weave the tails together in two easy steps to make the fish become three dimensional. The fish can be hung from the ceiling or in a window, and with the slightest breeze will dance about to the delight of all.

    VERY EASY

  • Pentagon Box (Jul 9, 2012) - Make a pentagonal-shaped box with an attached lid in various sizes with colored and black & white printable patterns. The boxes range in size from 3" to 1¾" and nest together for storage. Use the boxes individually, or stacked, as gift boxes, favors or for storing jewelry and other trinkets.

    EASY

  • The Game of Mancala (July 2, 2012) - Make game boards for two mancala games, ba-awa and kiuthi, from different regions in Africa! Use homemade dough clay to make a game board similar to the clay game boards used in Ghana and Kenya.

    AVERAGE


  • Pop-up Birthday Cards (Jun 25, 2012) - 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.

    AVERAGE

  • Three-Finger Puppets (Jun 18, 2012) - Make finger puppets whose legs are moved with two fingers and the head with another finger. The craft project includes printable patterns for three animal puppets: lion, rabbit and bighorn sheep. Make up your own story or put on the Aesop fable, The Lion and the Rabbit, that's included in the project.

    EASY

  • Hexa-hexaflexagons (Jun 11, 2012)  - Learn how to make a really fun geometric toy—a six-sided, six-faced flexagon called a hexa-hexaflexagon! It looks like an ordinary, two-dimensional, paper hexagon with a front and a back, but hidden inside are four more sides (or faces) that become visible by flexing the paper.

    AVERAGE

  • Hexagon Box (Jun 4, 2012)  - Make a hexagonal-shaped box in several sizes, plain or decorated. These boxes may be used as gift boxes, boxes to store trinkets, party or wedding favors, or as decorative accents in your home. Three of the boxes are sized to make into a stack. All of the hexagonal boxes are collapsible and store flat.

    EASY

  • Fox and Geese Game Board (May 21, 2012) - In this project make a roll-up game board for the game of Fox and Geese that includes a pocket for storing game pieces. The game board is made of paper and felt using iron-on adhesive, and requires no sewing. Fox and Geese is a classic hunt game that requires strategic thinking.

    EASY

  • Spring Flower Bouquet (Apr 9, 2012) - In this project make flowers from computer paper. Make a daffodil, a tulip and an iris, complete with stems and leaves. Use ribbon to tie them up in a bunch, then give them to someone special. The flowers also make wonderful party favors and gift package decorations.

    EASY to AVERAGE

  • Decoupaged Box (Mar 5, 2012) - 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.

    EASY


  • Simple Paper Cutting (Feb 20, 2012) - In this project you are introduced to the art of paper cutting through the techniques of cut apart and layered paper. These techniques can be used to decorate greeting cards, stationery, boxes, gift wraps, or any paper craft project.

    EASY

  • Sewing Cards (Feb 13, 2012)  - For generations children have been playing with sewing cards. In this project, see how easy it is to make your own sewing cards out of cardstock then sew on them with colorful yarn. Adults can take the sewing cards a step further to make scrapbook and greeting card embellishments.

    VERY EASY

  • Envelopes to Make (Feb 6, 2012)  - See how easy it is to make a custom envelope for all of your handmade cards. The envelope can be made from white or colored paper, and can be decorated to match your card. There are patterns for three sizes of greeting card envelopes.

    EASY

  • Pop-Up Card (Jan 23, 2012) - Learn how to make a special Valentine's Day card with a pop-up inside. When the card is opened, a heart will spring out! This simple pop-up is easy enough for children to make and offers enough flexibility for the the creativity of teen and adult crafters. These pop-ups can also be added to any handmade or commercial card.

    EASY

  • Mittens from Sweatpants (Jan 9, 2012) - In this project use old sweatpants to make mittens for kids. This is a great way to recycle the fabric from all those holey and stained sweatpants (and sweatshirts) that no one can wear anymore. This is a good project for new sewers. As an added bonus, the project includes instructions for making a scarf from sweatpants.

    EASY


  • Paper Medallions (Dec 19, 2011)  - Make paper medallions to decorate gift packages. The medallions are a nice alternative to bows and ribbon, and when made from foil add extra elegance to your present. There are three different medallion designs with two sizes each. Use each size alone or make them with contrasting colors and layer the two sizes together.

    EASY

  • Gift Tag Fun Friday Fun (Dec 2, 2011) - Recycle greeting cards and paper scraps into fun and unique gift tags. The whole family can join in on the cutting and pasting to make these special additions to your holiday gifts. The tags can even be grouped into packages for sale at a Christmas bazaar or for a fundraiser.

    VERY EASY

  • Little Gift Boxes (Dec 4, 2010) - An easy to make cube shaped box with three choices of printable patterns - quick to make in full color, a black and white version for kids to color, or a plain template to unleash your creativity.

    EASY

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The project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter size paper (8.5"x11" or A4). When printing from Adobe Reader you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.

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