Military Clothespin Airplanes

I’m not sure when Memorial Day turned into a picnic and barbecue fest, but it was meant as a day to remember those service men and women that have fallen defending this country. Somewhere along the line Memorial Day also became the unofficial start to summer for theme parks, public swimming pools and campgrounds. And while I’m not trying to be a buzz-kill, it’s important that we take a moment on Memorial Day and remember those that fought for our freedom. I’m talking about that freedom that allows us to have those picnics whenever we want.

Military Clothespin Airplanes by Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda

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Duct Tape Twirling Bee Craft by Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda

Duct Tape Twirling Bee Craft…

It’s funny that I like to make bee crafts. See, I’m allergic to bee stings and they scare the bejeezus out of me. Bees are fascinating little creatures and they are extremely important to our … [Read More...]

Beach Frames: Cottage Slat Style, Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda

Beach Frames: Cottage Slat Style…

During the past year I’ve been switching my home decor over to a more soothing coastal look. I love the beach and the serenity that comes with the sound of the crashing waves, the warmth of the summer … [Read More...]

4 Seasons Button Tree Wall Art by Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda

4 Seasons Button Tree Wall Art…

I have been waiting to make this season-inspired button tree for over a year. I saw a gorgeous painting that inspired me, but I kept putting it off because I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do … [Read More...]

DIY Flower Wall Letters - Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda

DIY Flower Wall Letters…

Have you seen them? The flower wall letters that have been "sprouting" up around the Internet lately? Well, I have. I've always wanted a place to put big letters up on the wall, and now that I have my … [Read More...]

Avenger Craft: The Hulk Party Bag, Amanda Formaro - Crafts by Amanda

Avenger Craft: The Hulk Party…

If you and your kids are fans of The Avengers, you'll probably be headed to movie theaters May 1st for their new movie, Age of Ultron. If you're looking for something fun to take along to the movies, … [Read More...]

Craft Room Stool Makeover: Easy Reupholstering - Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda

Craft Room Stool Makeover: Easy…

I never realized how easy reupholstering actually is. I had these stools in my basement craft room, they were the perfect height for my craft table. I had picked them up at a flea market last summer … [Read More...]

Butterfly Craft: Watercolors and Clothespins - Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda

Butterfly Craft: Watercolors and…

It wouldn’t be spring without at least one butterfly craft for the kids! This activity uses paper instead of coffee filters, which I’m sure you’ve seen many times before. Watercolor paints are … [Read More...]

My New Craft Studio - Amanda's Creative Studio, Amanda Formaro - Crafts by Amanda

My New Craft Studio…

After eighteen wonderful years of working from home I have finally decided to take the plunge and rent a space in town that will serve as my craft studio and office. Working from home has been a … [Read More...]

Shibori Tie Dye - Cool Hues by Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda

Shibori Tie Dye – Cool…

Last summer I learned about shibori tie dye, an ancient Japanese resist method that involves scrunching, twisting, folding and/or mashing a fabric and then dying it. There are quite a few different … [Read More...]

How to Make a Rubber Band Car by Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda

How to Make a Rubber Band Car…

This rubber band car tutorial comes right out of the pages of one of my new books, Rubber Band Mania. While you can certainly use a paper towel tube for your car, I chose a sturdier tube that came … [Read More...]