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Craft Stick Monsters Clothespin Dinosaur Craft Owl Craft Using Recycled Jar Lids Monster Bookmark Craft 55+ Cardboard Tube Crafts for Kids

Craft Stick Monsters

Make adorable craft stick monsters from jumbo craft sticks and paint! Perfect for back to school bookmarks or just a fun monster craft or Halloween craft! From Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

I have been making monster crafts for kids for years. They are probably one of my all time favorite things to create! I realized I have 20 different monster craft projects on this blog alone, and that’s not counting all the ones I’ve done prior to that. My monsters generally aren’t scary. And if they have any scary elements, like   Read More »

Clothespin Dinosaur Craft

Clothespin Dinosaur Craft by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Clothespins make perfect chomping jaws for this fun dinosaur craft. While dinosaurs are often more appealing to boys, I’m sure there are plenty of girls out there that will love this too! So, pull out that bag of wooden clothespins and spend an afternoon making these fun Jurassic characters. Then sit back and watch them come to life with your   Read More »

Heading Back to College & a Giveaway!

Heading Back to College & a Giveaway!

This post brought to you by Brita. All opinions are 100% mine. My daughter Kristen is in her third year of college. Unlike many students, she didn’t stay in a dorm. She teamed up with three friends and got an apartment instead. Splitting rent and utilities four ways keeps it affordable and has allowed her to be out on her   Read More »

Owl Craft Using Recycled Jar Lids

Owl Craft Using Recycled Jar Lids from Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Like many trends, I figured that owl crafts would have died down a bit by now. But they haven’t, they’ve lasted and I’m so glad! I love all the cute owl crafts that are out there, that’s what inspired me to create this recycled craft using jar lids. PIN IT to your Pinterest board! I save pretty much every jar   Read More »

Monster Bookmark Craft

OH MY GOSH! Cutest bookmarks on the planet, must make these! - Monster Bookmark Craft by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

If you’re looking for a fun bookmark craft, these adorable and colorful monsters are perfect for holding your place! If your kids love monster crafts they’ll definitely want to make these. I’ve provided a pattern, but you can draw your own monsters if you like! Kids are heading back to school in a couple of weeks around here. In other   Read More »

55+ Cardboard Tube Crafts for Kids

Holy cuteness! HOURS of fun for the kids! 55+ Cardboard Tube Crafts for Kids

If you’re looking for cardboard tube crafts for your kids to make, I’ve got you covered! I love to make recycled crafts, but cardboard tubes are probably one of my all time favorite supplies. I’m not really sure why, but when thinking up things to make that kids will like, it just seems so easy to create things from a   Read More »

Cardboard Tube Ghoul Family

Cardboard Tube Craft: Make a Colorful Ghoul Family! These are ADORABLE and perfect for Halloween! But monsters are great any time of year, so this works year round! From Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

It’s no secret that I make lots of cardboard tube crafts. There’s something about cardboard tubes that just immediately gets my creative wheels turning. I’ve made so many over the years that I’ve lost count! A little weird, I know. But it’s not uncommon for me to change the toilet paper roll and imagine what I could do with that   Read More »

Painting on Jars with Glass Stain

Painting on Jars with Glass Stain by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

If you visit Pinterest on a regular basis, you know there’s no shortage of ideas for painting on jars. I had experimented with glass stain paint before when I made this Beach Flag Sun Catcher. These paints give a similar result to the much more expensive and tricky process of doing stained glass. But this time I wanted to try   Read More »

Clothespin Airplanes: Snoopy and the Red Baron

Clothespin Airplanes: Snoopy and the Red Baron by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Probably not what you expected from a clothespin airplane craft, so let me explain. Snoopy’s birthday is on August 10th and I was always a big fan when I was a kid! Growing up I loved watching Peanuts, with Snoopy and Woodstock being my favorite characters. The show was on every Saturday morning if I recall, and yes, that was   Read More »

15 Fun Back to School Ideas

15+ Fun Back to School Ideas: bookmarks, pencil holders, book covers, cork boards, chalk boards, lots of ideas here! PLUS at the end links to even MORE ideas!!

You’ve shopped for your supplies, and now you’re looking for some fun and kid friendly back to school ideas. Whether it’s colorful ways to hold all those pencils you just bought, or ideas for keeping a desk organized at home, I have an idea or two for you! Over the years I’ve made plenty of back to school crafts, so   Read More »

Colorful Sun Catcher from Glue

Colorful Sun Catcher from Glue

This sun catcher is totally fun, but you will have to wait several days for it to dry. That makes this a perfect weekend project. Do the first part of the project on one weekend, and the following Friday afternoon finish it up! Gather the following supplies: White craft glue (or school glue) Plastic lid (cottage cheese, sour cream, yogurt,   Read More »

DIY Colorforms: Magnetic Dress Up Tray

DIY Colorforms: Magnetic Dress Up TrayDIY Colorforms: Magnetic Dress Up Tray

Going on a road trip? Do you remember how fun Colorforms (affiliate link) were when you were a kid (or am I dating myself here?)? You can make your own Colorforms type game, perfect for the back seat of the car or down time in the hotel room. Hit the dollar store for a cheap cookie sheet and get ready   Read More »

Rustic Starfish Craft: Wooden Ruler Plaque

Rustic Starfish Craft: Wooden Ruler Plaque by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Switching over to rustic coastal decor has been an ongoing process. I wanted to create a starfish craft for the living room, but not one that looked like all the others out there. I love weathered signs and plaques, and had a bunch of wooden rulers and yardsticks lying around, and that’s how this project was born. Rustic Starfish Craft:   Read More »

Clothespin Crafts: Birds on a Branch

Clothespin Crafts: Birds on a Branch by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

It seems that clothespin crafts have become really popular, especially with kids! A few years back when I made my clothespin art center I was really surprised by its popularity! Was that when the craze began? Maybe. Regardless, there are lots of ways to craft with a clothespin, and these colorful birds are a fun project the kids will love.   Read More »

Clothespin Airplanes for Preschoolers

Clothespin Airplanes for Preschoolers by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

There are a lot of clothespin airplanes on the Internet. A quick search on Pinterest will pull up the simplest to a bit more detailed. In fact, I’ll have some more detailed ones for you soon, ones that the elementary and even the tween kids will love! Until then, come on over and see my preschool version of this popular   Read More »

Recycled CD Crafts: Colorful Birds

Recycled CD Crafts: Colorful Birds by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

As CD’s and DVD’s become obsolete, recycled CD crafts will become more popular. I’ve been making things from old CD’s for years now, and these colorful birds are just one example. We still own a DVD player, but it’s stuffed in a closet somewhere and hasn’t been used in a long time. In this age of Netflix and streaming videos, the   Read More »

Egg Carton Crafts: Colorful Jellyfish

Egg Carton Crafts: Colorful Jellyfish by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

I’ve made several egg carton crafts over the years! I love to recycle things and turn them into cute crafts for kids to make. I love the mega-cuteness associated with just about every jellyfish craft out there, so that’s where this idea stemmed from. Egg Carton Crafts: Colorful Jellyfish I chose certain colors for mine, but you can customize them   Read More »