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Batman Craft: Cardboard Tube Wrist Cuffs Easy Yarn Crafts: Creative Ways to Use Yarn Without Knitting or Crocheting Barbie Zombies: Inspired by The Walking Dead CD/DVD Mummy Craft Owl Craft: Scrapbook Paper Decoupage

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 »

Owl Craft: Scrapbook Paper Decoupage

Owl Craft: Scrapbook Paper Decoupage by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

I love all the owl crafts that have been really popular over the last couple of years. I really like using decoupage because it truly opens up the doors for design possibilities. There are just so many things you can create with it! While I certainly don’t have as much scrapbook paper as someone who actually scrapbooks, I have a pretty good   Read More »

Football Craft: Referee Chair Cover

Football Craft: Referee Chair Cover by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Hey football fans! Looking for a fun football craft or party idea? Make chair covers that look like a referee’s shirt with a pillow case and black electrical tape or duct tape. I made this project many years ago and I’m afraid that the step photos are long gone. But I still have the instructions and the final photo, so   Read More »

How to Tie Dye Cool Stripes

How to Tie Dye Cool Stripes by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

I really love creating my own designer shirts, but I tend to steer away from traditional tie dye designs. Instead, I like to experiment with various different ways to make a piece unique. A great example of this is my Shibori tie dye shirt. And to be completely honest, this particular top was a total experiment. I wasn’t really sure   Read More »

DIY Spooky Tree Painting for Halloween

DIY Spooky Tree Painting for Halloween by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Halloween is my favorite holiday. It’s such a fun holiday to decorate for, but looking through all of my Halloween crafts I realized I didn’t have anything in the spooky tree category! I had some wood left over from another project, so I found a great tree stencil and made this easy painting, which is perfect for your Halloween mantle.   Read More »

How to Use Transfer Paper

How to Use Transfer Paper for crafting, painting, etc! Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Ask any tole painter what transfer paper is and chances are they have used it many times over. However, for many crafters, this is a little gem of a tool that most hadn’t considered or didn’t even know was available. It’s called transfer paper, or graphite paper; though you may remember something similar called carbon paper. Transfer paper, shown here in grey and   Read More »

Jack O’ Lantern Halloween Door Hanger

Jack O' Lantern Halloween Door Hanger - Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda

I wanted to make a festive Halloween door hanger from recycled materials. Last year I used wooden letters from the craft store to make this Eek Door Hanger, but this year I wanted a door hanger that would work for fall too, not just Halloween. Because I love to make luminaries, I tend to have a lot of canning lids   Read More »

Mason Jar Football Centerpieces

Mason jar Football Centerpiece by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

My son is on the high school football team. A friend of mine is very involved with the football committee and asked me if I had any ideas for football centerpieces. I have to admit, craft ideas usually fall out my ears if I tilt my head sideways, but this time I was a little stumped. So I hit Pinterest.   Read More »

Outdoor Play with Duct Tape

Outdoor Play with Duct Tape

My books, Duct Tape Mania and Rubber Band Mania, are finally available for purchase. Amazon started shipping out copies on August 26th and they should be available in Target stores now as well! I wanted to show you a couple of the fun projects from the duct tape book (I’ll show some rubber band stuff later), so hopefully you’ll be like “Oh   Read More »

Paper Bag Fireplace

Paper Bag Fireplace by Amanda Formaro

Here’s another craft that went missing from Kaboose. I created this project for them several years ago (had to be prior to 2008) and it’s disappeared from the site. This is such a cute project for winter or Christmas, seemed such a shame to let it disappear into the internet black hole! PrintPaper Bag Fireplace Rating: 51 What you need:Brown   Read More »

Mosaic Penguin

Mosaic Penguin

I made this a long time ago for Kaboose but the link to their site doesn’t seem to be working anymore. I was able to find the pdf for the pattern I drew though, so I’ve attached it below. I always thought it was so cute, and apparently a lot of other sites liked my design too because I’ve seen it   Read More »