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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Thanksgiving Pop-Up Cards
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.
Fall and Thanksgiving Refrigerator Magnets
Friday Fun (Nov
- 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
Leaf Silhouette Cards (Oct
- 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.
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.
Halloween Cone Hats (Oct
- 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.
Dracula's Blood Recipe
Friday Fun (Oct
- 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."
Ghost Garland (Oct
- 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.
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
craft. Great for group, family and classroom crafting!
Halloween Suncatchers (Oct
- 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
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
Easy Rubber Stamp Repeat Cards (Sep
30, 2011) - 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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
(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
(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.
Recycled Tin Can Candle Holders
(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.
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.
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.
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.
Kids' Four Patch Birthday
(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
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
Paper Bag Hand Puppets
(Aug 19, 2013) - Make funny, talking hand puppets from simple
paper bags, and perform
a play based on a Brothers Grimm folktale from Germany. But watch
out—Gretel is hungry!
Vegetable and Fruit Printing
Friday Fun (Aug
- 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.
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
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!
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!
Friday Fun (Aug
- 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.
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.
Children's Craft Box
(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.
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.
Sponge Stamps and Art
(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.
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).
(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.
(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.
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
(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!
(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.
Stuffed Felt Names
(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.
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.
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!
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.
Floral Wire Mobile with Origami Flying Birds
(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.
Animated Stick Puppets
(Jun 10, 2013)
- Pep up your puppets by giving them the ability to move! In the
The Defeat of Great Glooskap, you’ll see how a
baby can defeat a great Algonquin warrior.
Quick Papier-mâché Pulp
(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.
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
Homemade Bubble Solution
(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.
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!
Square Petal Envelope
(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.
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.
Patriotic Star Garland
Friday Fun (May
- 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
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.
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.
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.
(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.