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Scratch Art Rainbow Tree

Scratch Art Rainbow Tree

Scratch art has been around for a long time. I remember doing this activity when I was in grade school, it’s a favorite among art teachers! All you need is paper, crayons and black paint. There are so many different possibilities for creativity! To get my tutorial head to Spoonful – Scratch Art Rainbow Tree

Coiled Cardboard Tube Caterpillar

What a cute Coiled Cardboard Tube Caterpillar for the kids to make!

I can’t resist turning cardboard tubes into fun crafts for kids! There’s something about them, they are so easy to work with and for some reason, when I look at one I can just “see” what I’m going to turn it into. This cute caterpillar uses a coiled cardboard tube, just like I did with this rainbow mobile, this candy   Read More »

Make an Eagle from a Cardboard Tube

Make an Eagle from a Cardboard Tube by @amandaformaro of Crafts by Amanda

The American Bald Eagle is not only the National Bird of the United States of America, it’s also the National Animal. While this majestic bird is hailed all year long, special attention tends to be drawn to it during patriotic holidays such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, Veteran’s Day and Patriot Day. To help kids celebrate and learn more about   Read More »

Great Craft Ideas – April 2014

Great Craft Ideas – April 2014

As usual, I’m running behind on these recaps! The projects listed here were featured on my Crafts by Amanda Facebook page during the month of March. These are the 20 most liked projects for that month as voted by YOU, the Facebook readers. There are some truly amazing projects here, so be sure to check them all out! Projects here:   Read More »

Giving is Better Than Selling

Manny and April of Manny's Snack Shack in Twin Lakes, WI with EAT Sign by Amanda Formaro @amandaformaro of Crafts by Amanda

This is Manny and April. They own Manny’s Snack Shack in the little hidden country lake town that I live in, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. The cafe has been around awhile and has earned a great reputation, which keeps locals and visitors alike flocking to their doors. It’s quite small, what many people would refer to as one of those amazing   Read More »

Beaded Seashell Jellyfish on Canvas

Pretty jellyfish made with a seashell and gorgeous beads, I love this!

I have a coastal theme happening in my house these days. I’m slowly moving away from rustic country decor to full on rustic coastal. I’ve painted most of the house in cool coastal colors, and am slowly but surely switching out everything I’ve made over the past 6 or 7 years. I have a boatload of seashells to use up,   Read More »

Cardboard Tube Chili Pepper Maracas

How cute! Cardboard Tube Chili Pepper Maracas by @amandaformaro of Crafts by Amanda

You know I can’t resist a cardboard tube craft. I don’t know what it is about those little rolls, but my wheels always start turning. When I was meeting with my editor over at Kix Cereal, we were talking about a Cinco de Mayo craft and for some reason chili peppers and cardboard tubes just popped into my head! And   Read More »

School of Cardboard Tube Fish

Cardboard Tube School of Fish by @amandaformaro of Crafts by Amanda

I have a lot of cardboard tubes. Seriously, it’s become a standing joke around here that no one is allowed to throw out the cardboard tubes from the toilet paper or paper towels because I need them for craft projects! And see, if they were throwing them away I wouldn’t be showing you these cute cardboard tube fish you can   Read More »

Jackson Pollock Inspired Tee

Jackson Pollock Inspired Tee by @amandaformaro of Crafts by Amanda

I buy a lot of those plain tees from WalMart. They’re cheap, they fit pretty well, and if I stain them I don’t feel like I burned a huge hole in my wallet. That’s something I do a lot… stain them. I’m a messy crafter, and I’m also a messy cook. So buying cheap tees is definitely the way to   Read More »

10 Tips for Coloring Eggs with Toddlers

10 Tips for Coloring Easter Eggs with Toddlers by @amandaformaro

Do you have little ones at home and you’re ready to color some Easter eggs? There are a few things you should consider, and a few tips that will help make things easier and more fun for all. Check out my 10 tips over at Kix Cereal (link below). 10 Tips for Coloring Easter Eggs with Toddlers – Kix Cereal

Recycled CD Lamb

What a cute project for spring or Easter! Recycled CD Lamb by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

15 minutes. Or maybe even less. That’s all you will need to make this adorable lamb from a recycled CD or DVD. I hope you’ve been saving the obsolete discs as there are tons of craft projects to be had with these! Get my instructions for this lamb at Kix via the link below. Get the tutorial for this Recycled   Read More »

Garage Sale Metal Fish Makeover

Garage Sale Metal Fish Makeover by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

There will most likely be varied opinions on this project. Some will like it, some will not. I’ve found that with makeovers, some people are resistant to change and prefer to keep things the way they were. I’ve found that to be truer with the Baby Boomer age group, and I guess that makes a lot of sense. Because the   Read More »

Recycled Denim Flower Magnets

What a fun Mother's Day or Teacher Appreciation gift for the kids to make! Flower magnets from old blue jeans.

Kids not only outgrow their jeans, but they are pretty hard on them as well. The cuffs get torn up from getting stuck in bicycle chains and the knees are usually blown out before they outgrow them. For jeans that aren’t worthy of a donation pile, I save to make denim crafts. This recycled denim craft is great for Mother’s   Read More »

Great Craft Ideas – March 2014

Great Craft Ideas - March 2014

Yikes, I’m late posting this aren’t I? These are all projects that I shared/discovered during the month of February on my Crafts by Amanda Facebook page. They have been selected to be featured here because the Facebook audience says they should be! These projects received the highest number of “likes” for the month, and are therefore voted by the CBA   Read More »

Make Your Own Corsage and Boutonniere for Prom

Make your own corsage and boutonniere for prom or homecoming!

1 It’s been two years since my daughter, Kristen, went to her senior prom. She graduated high school in 2012, and now my 16 year old son is getting ready to attend his junior prom at the end of this month. Where we live, the prom queen is actually crowned as a junior, not a senior, and I am gushing   Read More »

Recycled Yogurt Container Herb Pots

Take your recycled yogurt containers and turn them into little herb pots. Great for starting your plants until they are ready to go in the garden!

I have super quick tutorial for you today. I tend to save all my recycled yogurt containers and had a bunch sitting around. DecoArt asked me to come up with an easy project for Michaels Craft Stores using Craft Smart paint. That’s not hard, since I use Craft Smart for all my kid’s crafts. They wanted a more adult type   Read More »

Cardboard Tube Polka Dot Tulips

Cardboard Tube Polka Dot Tulips by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

There’s kind of a running joke in my house. Any guest who uses the bathroom will probably notice a few empty toilet paper tubes sitting in a basket on the floor next to the garbage can. That’s because my family knows not to actually put them IN to the garbage can. They are being saved. For cute projects like these   Read More »