Recycled Village of Gingerbread Houses

I’ve always loved the look of a gingerbread house, and I adore a Christmas village scene, but I haven’t had a village for several years. Gingerbread houses are fun, but all too often are temporary because they are made from actual gingerbread, icing and candies. I wanted a Christmas village made up of gingerbread houses, but one I could bring out each year. And, of course, you know I’m all about recycling, so using milk and juice cartons was exactly what I wanted to do.

Recycled Village of Gingerbread Houses by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

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Coastal Branch Tree for Christmas by Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda

Coastal Branch Tree for…

I have seen some beautiful Christmas themed twig trees, driftwood trees and trees made from sticks over the past couple of years. I’ve gone with a rustic coastal look in my house and wanted to create … [Read More...]

Cardboard Tube Gnomes for Christmas by Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda

Cardboard Tube Gnomes for…

Gnomes are small creatures that have physical characteristics similar to humans. Except that they live underground. And are really small. Like an elf. Gnomes can move through dirt underground the same … [Read More...]

Spoon Snowmen in Clay Pots by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Plastic Spoon Crafts: Snowmen…

I love to make snowman crafts because you can turn pretty much anything into one! I'm no stranger to plastic spoon crafts either, so I decided to use them as my snowman base, and put them into wintery … [Read More...]

Kid's collections and how to keep them organized

Organizing Your Child’s…

Does your child like to collect things? Maybe it's toys or action figures, or little toy cars or maybe the dried flowers you made together over the summer. Rocks. Trading cards. Stamps. Bugs. No … [Read More...]

25 Thanksgiving Crafts for Adults and Kids, by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

25 Thanksgiving Crafts for…

In my opinion Thanksgiving crafts, whether they are adult crafts or for kids, just don’t get the attention they deserve. I mean, Halloween goes all out and the opportunities for projects is massive. … [Read More...]

Glitter Christmas Tree Luminaries by Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda

Glitter Christmas Luminaries…

One of my favorite things to make are luminaries. Doesn’t matter what holiday.. Christmas, Halloween, Easter, there’s always a reason for luminaries! Of course, their popularity skyrockets during the … [Read More...]

Thanksgiving Napkin Rings & Placecards by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Thanksgiving Napkin Rings &…

Need a fun craft for the kidlets this Thanksgiving? This is a great project to keep them busy while dinner is cooking, and a great way to get them to help set the table! Have them make these kid … [Read More...]

Zoo Crafts: Clothespin Hippo and Zebra Magnets by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Clothespin Hippo and Zebra…

Did you know that during the calendar year there are three separate days that focus on or celebrate zoos? There’s Zoo Lover’s Day in April, June is Zoo and Aquarium Month and December 27th is Visit … [Read More...]

Paper Weaving: Batman vs Superman Checkers by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Paper Weaving: Batman vs…

Paper weaving and making a checkerboard pattern is an age old craft, often used to make placemats with children. With the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie in production, I thought it would … [Read More...]

Pilgrim Thanksgiving Napkin Rings by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Pilgrim Thanksgiving Napkin…

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 … [Read More...]