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Pilgrim Thanksgiving Napkin Rings Jack O’ Lantern Treat Bags Acorn Frame Clothespin Crafts: Hungry Fish Creepy Hand Luminaries for Halloween

Pilgrim Thanksgiving Napkin Rings

Pilgrim Thanksgiving Napkin Rings by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

These Thanksgiving napkin rings are made to look like the outfits that pilgrims wore, but they aren’t the kid’s craft pilgrim napkin rings that you’ve seen around the Internet. These are fun for adults to make using pretty patterned scrapbook paper to add some color to your Thanksgiving table. These are the kind of craft projects that make me happy.   Read More »

Watch Cake Boss Live and a Giveaway!

Watch Cake Boss Live and a Giveaway!

That’s right, Buddy Valastro, star of TLC’s hit TV Series, Cake Boss will be appearing live with his 11-year old daughter, Sofia Valastro, and Carlo’s Bakery lead decorator, Gabrielle Parisi. Together they will co-host Holiday Baking Live with Cake Boss – an interactive demonstration broadcasted live from Buddy’s Cake Boss facility in Lackawanna, NJ. You can tune in via the   Read More »

Jack O’ Lantern Treat Bags

Jack O' Lantern Treat Bags - Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda

If you’re having a Halloween party it wouldn’t be complete without Jack O’ Lanterns! If you just want to give a goodie bag to friends, your teacher or family, it’s fun to dress up plain paper bags and give them personalty! These Jack O’ Lantern bags are easy to make, and if they are available near you, you can skip   Read More »

Mosaic Acorn

Patchwork Mosaic Acorn by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

This is one of my all time favorite kid’s crafts for fall. I drew an acorn shape (I have provided a pattern for you below) and used finger painted paper to create an acorn mosaic. With this project, your child can create a beautiful piece of artwork just in time for the falling of the leaves. Download the free pattern   Read More »

Acorn Frame

Acorn Frame - Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda

Acorns are a sure sign of autumn and make great crafting supplies! Make this adorable acorn frame to hold one of your favorite fall snapshots. The picture you see in this frame is of my (now) 15 year old son Dominic when he was 8 years old. He’s sitting with our beloved dog, Angel, who turns 13 years old in   Read More »

Clothespin Crafts: Hungry Fish

Clothespin Crafts: Hungry Fish by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Lately I’ve been making a lot of clothespin crafts. I have a huge supply of wooden clothespins, and if you don’t you can pick them up from dollar stores and places like WalMart really cheap. They are great for lots of things, but also make really fun puppet-type crafts for kids, just like my clothespin dinosaurs from a couple months   Read More »

Creepy Hand Luminaries for Halloween

Creepy Hand Luminaries for Halloween by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

I love Halloween, it’s such a fun holiday to craft for. It’s that one time of year where people don’t think you’re weird for decorating with creepy, spooky things! I’ve made different types of luminaries for Halloween, including my very popular Painted Jar Luminaries and my Colorful Skull Luminaries. But when I happened across these Handy Halloween Lights from Family   Read More »

Cardboard Tube Superman

Cardboard Tube Superman Craft by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

I’m going to show you how to make a Superman craft from an ordinary cardboard tube. A couple days ago I shared the instructions for my cardboard tube Batman too. It’s funny how things work out. There was really no rhyme or reason for me to make both Batman and Superman, I just did. Then I found out that there’s   Read More »

Cardboard Tube Batman

Cardboard Tube Batman by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Batman. From a cardboard tube. That’s right. Don’t think I’m weird, but I seem to have some special ability to see creative things when looking at toilet paper and paper towel rolls. I can’t even count how many cardboard tube crafts I have made over the years, so turning one into Batman was just another day in the craft room.   Read More »

Comic Book Crafts: Superman & Batman Boxes

Comic Book Crafts: Superman & Batman Boxes by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

I’ll admit that I was never really into comics, but the rise in comic book crafts has peaked my interest in the last couple of years. I like to go to the local flea market and noticed that a lot of vendors have comic books for sale. Some are collectible and others are not, but just the same there are   Read More »

Paper Plate Ghost

Paper Plate Ghost by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

I made this paper plate ghost for Kaboose several years ago. It never made it in the transfer from Kaboose to Spoonful, and now that Spoonful is closing I didn’t want it lost forever, so I’m posting the instructions here. After all, it’s one of my favorite ghost crafts yet! This cute ghost makes a great door decoration for Halloween,   Read More »

Paper Plate Ship’s Porthole

Paper Plate Porthole by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

There have been many versions of this classic paper plate craft. This paper plate porthole has a different version as well, called the paper plate aquarium. When I created this particular project several years ago, I wanted it to look like your were peering through a ship’s porthole. This was originally published on Kaboose, then that site sold to Spoonful   Read More »

Batman Craft: Cardboard Tube Wrist Cuffs

Batman Craft: Cardboard Tube Wrist Cuffs by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

If your child loves Batman, then this Batman craft is the perfect project! They only take five minutes to make and use supplies you most likely have around the house. Spend a few minutes making these cute cuffs and your superhero fan will be courageously saving Gotham City in no time flat. Kids love superheros, and in the coming weeks   Read More »

Creative Ways to Ask a Date to Homecoming or Prom

A creative way to ask a date to a dance!

I have four kids, currently aged 15 through 22. I’ve seen my fair share of proms and homecomings. I’m even the proud mama of a Prom Queen! My daughter, now 20 years old, attended three proms and at least a couple homecomings. My 17 year old went to his first prom last year. In fact, I was away at a blogger conference   Read More »

Easy Yarn Crafts: Creative Ways to Use Yarn Without Knitting or Crocheting

Easy Yarn Crafts: Creative Ways to Use Yarn Without Knitting or Crocheting

Do you avoid the yarn section of the craft store because you don’t crochet or knit? Think of all those beautiful colors and soft, fluffy textures you’re missing out on! There are plenty of yarn crafts that you can make, and you don’t have to know how to manipulate a pair of knitting needles or a crochet hook to make   Read More »

Barbie Zombies: Inspired by The Walking Dead

Barbie Zombies: Inspired by The Walking Dead - by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

I’ve been watching The Walking Dead ever since it first started. We are huge fans and never miss an episode. I also love Halloween and wanted to do something new and different this year. The season premiere is about a month away, just in time for Halloween, and I’ve had this Barbie zombie idea in my head for a while   Read More »

CD/DVD Mummy Craft

How to make a CD/DVD Mummy - fun craft for the kids this Halloween, and a great last minute idea from Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

If you’re looking for a simple mummy craft, it doesn’t get much easier than this! Using up those obsolete DVDs and CDs is definitely a bonus, and these cute CD mummies make great Halloween decorations! The kids will love this craft, and so will the parents as there isn’t a lot of mess. There are tons of things that you   Read More »