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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 »

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 »