Shibori Tie Dye – Cool Hues

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 ways to do it, and the results are different every time. You’ll often see indigo used for shibori but colors are beautiful too, as I’m about to show you.

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

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DIY Refrigerator Scrabble Game by Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda

DIY Refrigerator Scrabble Game…

We used to love playing Scrabble, but with everyone’s busy schedules we haven’t played board games as a family in quite some time. So I decided it would be fun to create an ongoing game on the … [Read More...]

Top 10 Crafts and Tips for 2014 on Crafts by Amanda

Top 10 Crafts and Tips for 2014…

I haven’t done a top 10 post for several years. I’m not sure why, because each year it’s always fun to see which tutorials got the most attention. So I’ve decided to go ahead and post my top ten from … [Read More...]

26+ Kid’s Puppets You Can Make

26 Kid’s Puppets You Can…

I was poking around the Internet looking for some fun ideas for kid’s puppets and found myself in a wonderland of cuteness! The sheer number of ideas for kid’s puppets is astounding and I couldn’t … [Read More...]

I just signed up for this year long photography class and the price is amazing, I cannot WAIT for it to start. So excited!!

The Photography Course…

One of my goals for 2015 is to improve my photography skills. I took four years of photography throughout high school, but things have changed so much since then that it’s a whole different world! … [Read More...]

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

Recycled Village of Gingerbread…

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 … [Read More...]

Seashell Angel Ornament by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Seashell Angel Ornament…

Every year I make a couple new ornaments for Christmas. This seashell angel ornament was one of those and she looks lovely hanging on the tree. This would be a fun project for older children, and … [Read More...]

Paper Plate Paddington Bear by Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda

Paper Plate Paddington Bear…

Have you heard? Paddington Bear is coming to the big screen! That’s right, you can see one of your favorite book characters come to life in theaters on January 16th. Paddington comes from the beloved … [Read More...]

Paper Bag Reindeer Puppet by Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda

Paper Bag Reindeer Puppet…

This cute paper bag reindeer makes a fun puppet. It's a great way for kids to have a Christmas themed puppet show with their friends! Make several reindeer so each child can have their own puppet. … [Read More...]

Paper Plate Elf by Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda

Paper Plate Elf…

Christmas elves are those adorable little helpers that Santa employs to make toys and care for his reindeer. These days the elf has also taken on a new role: The Elf on a Shelf. Whether or not you … [Read More...]

Pinecone Snowman Ornament by Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda

Pinecone Snowman…

I made this adorable pinecone snowman several years ago when I was working for a website called Kaboose. Isn't he cute? I love that he looks like he's skiing downhill when he hangs from the tree … [Read More...]