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Recycled Denim Flower Magnets Great Craft Ideas – March 2014 Make Your Own Corsage and Boutonniere for Prom Recycled Yogurt Container Herb Pots Geometrical Decoupage Spring Vases

Recycled Denim Flower Magnets

What a fun Mother's Day or Teacher Appreciation gift for the kids to make! Flower magnets from old blue jeans.

Kids not only outgrow their jeans, but they are pretty hard on them as well. The cuffs get torn up from getting stuck in bicycle chains and the knees are usually blown out before they outgrow them. For jeans that aren’t worthy of a donation pile, I save to make denim crafts. This recycled denim craft is great for Mother’s   Read More »

Great Craft Ideas – March 2014

Great Craft Ideas - March 2014

Yikes, I’m late posting this aren’t I? These are all projects that I shared/discovered during the month of February on my Crafts by Amanda Facebook page. They have been selected to be featured here because the Facebook audience says they should be! These projects received the highest number of “likes” for the month, and are therefore voted by the CBA   Read More »

Make Your Own Corsage and Boutonniere for Prom

Make your own corsage and boutonniere for prom or homecoming!

1 It’s been two years since my daughter, Kristen, went to her senior prom. She graduated high school in 2012, and now my 16 year old son is getting ready to attend his junior prom at the end of this month. Where we live, the prom queen is actually crowned as a junior, not a senior, and I am gushing   Read More »

Recycled Yogurt Container Herb Pots

Take your recycled yogurt containers and turn them into little herb pots. Great for starting your plants until they are ready to go in the garden!

I have super quick tutorial for you today. I tend to save all my recycled yogurt containers and had a bunch sitting around. DecoArt asked me to come up with an easy project for Michaels Craft Stores using Craft Smart paint. That’s not hard, since I use Craft Smart for all my kid’s crafts. They wanted a more adult type   Read More »

Cardboard Tube Polka Dot Tulips

Cardboard Tube Polka Dot Tulips by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

There’s kind of a running joke in my house. Any guest who uses the bathroom will probably notice a few empty toilet paper tubes sitting in a basket on the floor next to the garbage can. That’s because my family knows not to actually put them IN to the garbage can. They are being saved. For cute projects like these   Read More »

Geometrical Decoupage Spring Vases

These pretty vases are a great springtime decoupage craft for adults and kids alike!

When I think of spring, I think of bright colors, flowers, rain, and chirping birds. It’s a time of renewal and freshness, which is what these cheerful vases represent as well. This decoupage craft project is great for kids and adults alike. They are wonderful for Easter flowers or as a Mother’s Day gift. I used glass vases I bought   Read More »

Foam Cup Bunnies

How cute! Bunnies made from foam cups, what a great Easter craft for the kids!

You already saw my foam cup chick and foam cup sheep, so here’s the cute little bunnies you can make too! If you want to make this a little easier for the little ones, you can skip the pipe cleaners on the ears. Get my tutorial for these Foam Cup Bunnies at Spoonful.

Rubber Band Stamps

Make your own stamps with rubber bands! Love it!

This is a great activity for a rainy day. Make your own stamps using recycled items from around the house, or you can use wood shapes as a base, and rubber bands! Use paint or ink stamps to create all sorts of fun pieces of art. Make your own stationary or gift wrap too! See my tutorial for these Rubber   Read More »

Easter Egg Sun Catcher

Fun! Make a cute sun catcher shaped like an Easter egg!

Tissue paper sun catchers have been around forever. They are fun to make and so pretty to look at! You can adapt them for every holiday and kids love to make them. You will need clear contact paper. One roll will make a ton of sun catchers! I made this candy corn sun catcher for Halloween a few years ago   Read More »

Foam Cup Sheep

Aww what a cute little sheep craft, great for preschoolers!

I showed you my foam cup chick earlier, and that inspired me to make this really easy sheep. It’s a great project for preschoolers because it doesn’t require a lot of detail work, and NO painting. So there’s no mess, making it a great “busy time” project for the Easter holiday. Here’s the tutorial for my foam cup sheep at   Read More »

Layered Felt Flower Magnets

Cute flower magnets made from layers of felt, great for Mother's Day!

I drew a little inspiration for these layered felt flower magnets from one of my previous projects. I’m actually running a little low in my felt stash, so I was digging through the containers and came across some felt circles I had brought home from the CHA show a few years ago. They were from a make and take demonstration   Read More »

Foam Cup Chick

isn't this Easter chick craft adorable!? A foam cup, pipe cleaners and paint. So sweet!

I actually drew a little inspiration from somewhere else when making this adorable springtime chick from a foam cup. I was browsing Pinterest and found this picture (below) of a cute stuffed chick pot sitter. As soon as I saw it, a foam cup popped into my head. The rest is history. :) Get the tutorial for my Foam Cup   Read More »

Cardboard Tube Polka Dot Pig

What a cute little cardboard tube piggy! I love polka dots and he's so sweet :)

This idea literally popped into my head while I was sitting at the craft table doing something completely different. I had some polka dot duct tape sitting on my table, but there was only a small amount left on the roll. Then there it was. A polka dot pig. Amazingly, I used what was left on the roll to make   Read More »

Seed Packet Decoupage Clay Pots

These decoupage clay pots are so cute! I need to get some seed packets :)

I was at the Dollar General one day and saw that they had a big display of flower and vegetable seeds. I grabbed several, but then the “must recycle everything” portion of my brain kicked in and said “hey, what are you going to do with the empty packets? Hmm?” I like to decoupage clay pots, they turn out so   Read More »

3D Tropical Fish Painting on Canvas

This tropical fish painting is three dimensional and full of beautiful colors!

This tropical fish painting is near and dear to my heart. It was inspired by a large piece of wall art I saw while on vacation a couple of years ago in Florida. We stayed with my good friend Jodi and she had a large tropical painting hanging in her guest bathroom. I loved the textures and the three dimensional   Read More »

Stick Tree Silhouette

This Stick Tree Silhouette from @amandaformaro would look great in my front entryway! So easy too!

If you’ve followed this blog with any regularity you probably know that I love tree crafts. I’ve painted several trees and even used recycled denim to make one, and this tree silhouette is no exception. I have a board on Pinterest where I collect things that inspire me. If I’m thumbing through a catalog and see something I’ll look it   Read More »

Recycled Spring Jars with Texture

I love how bright and cheerful these recycled jars are. The three dimensional effect is so cool!

You’ve probably noticed that I’ve been posting a lot of colorful spring crafts lately. That’s because winter is clinging to my little town in southeast Wisconsin and is just refusing to remove its claws. It was snowing this morning, and the other day I woke up to more snow. It’s not sticking, thank goodness, but the temps really need to   Read More »