Butterfly Craft: Watercolors and Clothespins

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 inexpensive and easy for kids to use. They dry in vibrant colors, making this a perfect spring craft.

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

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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...]

Faux Stained Glass Paper Snowflakes by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Faux Stained Glass Paper…

Kids make paper snowflakes every year around the holidays. Ask your grandmother and she’ll remember making them with her mom. This year, turn your ordinary paper snowflakes into these colorful … [Read More...]

DIY Chalkboard Pyrex Dishes, Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Chalkboard Pyrex Dishes…

I love my Pyrex storage containers. They don't absorb odors from food, they don't stain (think tomato and plastic, ick!) and they are stackable and see-through. If you’re looking for a useful gift for … [Read More...]

Homemade Button Christmas Cards by Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda

Homemade Button Christmas Cards…

I recently put together some ideas for homemade Christmas cards using buttons, perfect for kids to make. You can make a snowman, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, a Christmas tree and a garland of … [Read More...]

Ugly Sweater Christmas Ornaments by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Ugly Sweater Ornaments…

What? An ugly sweater ornament? Of course! For the past decade or so, ugly sweater parties have become all the rage. In the 70s and 80s it was actually quite the fashion statement to wear gawdy … [Read More...]

Paper Bag Pirate Puppet by Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda

Paper Bag Pirate Puppet…

Arrgggh, swab the deck matey, and hoist the anchor! It’s time to make some cute paper bag pirate puppets and create your very own puppet show. Make this ornery little sailor and create a few more … [Read More...]

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...]