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Superhero Comic Book Magnets

Superhero Comic Book Magnets by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

The flea market has been literally packed with boxes of comic books lately. Sure there are some collectible books for sale, but there’s an overabundance of older comic books that aren’t worth a ton of money, and those are the ones I’m after. I had a bit of fun making these superhero inspired magnets: Superman, Spiderman, Batman, Captain America, and   Read More »

Pretty Painted Mason Jar Drinking Glasses

Pretty Painted Mason Jar Drinking Glasses by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

I’m always on the lookout for mason jars. I love to make luminaries from them, but I noticed that my kids were using them occasionally as drinking glasses. My kids are teens and up, so they like the heavier, sturdy glass over a plastic cup. Plus, I think they believe that the jars actually hold more. That gave me an   Read More »

Sunshine Ombre Shibori Tie Dye Top

This beautiful shibori style top was made by Amanda Formaro - full step by step tutorial!

Have you heard of shibori? I hadn’t until just a couple weeks ago. It’s a resist method used for dying that has been used in Japan for many, many years. There are several different ways to shibori; folding, wrapping, twisting and more. I chose the method that involves wrapping fabric around a cylindrical object. I don’t do a lot of   Read More »

Watermelon Sun Visor

Watermelon Sun Visor by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Need a fun project for summer that won’t cost an arm and a leg? Make sun visors inspired by summer’s favorite fruit… watermelons! Get my tutorial for this Watermelon Sun Visor on Kix Cereal.

Statue of Liberty Crown and Torch Noise Maker

Statue of Liberty Crown and Torch Noise Maker by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Looking for something a little different for the 4th of July? Why not play dress up as the Statue of Liberty! I’ll show you how to make this Statue of Liberty Crown and Torch Noise Maker on Kix Cereal.

Paper Plate Sea Crab

Paper Plate Sea Crab by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

I can’t help it, I just think this little guy is so darn cute! See how I turned a paper plate into this cute crab, a fun summertime craft for your kids. Get the tutorial for my Paper Plate Sea Crab on Kix Cereal.

Tropical Seashell Fish Craft

A fun summer craft with all those shells from the beach! Tropical Seashell Fish Craft by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

If you’re headed to the beach this summer, chances are your kids will collect a lot of seashells. You can turn a bunch of those shells into cute little tropical fish! So pull out the craft paint to make this cute seashell craft for kids. Note: some links below are affiliate links. That means if you happen to buy something,   Read More »

Recycled Plastic Lid Windchime

Make a wind chime from recycled plastic lids! Full step by step tutorial with printable instructions from Crafts by Amanda!

I have been saving plastic lids for a while now. It’s amazing how fast they accumulate when you start collecting them. I’ve saved a few here and there and made a few plastic lid crafts, but this was different. These are things that we would normally throw away or toss into the recycle bin (although I’ve heard that many of   Read More »

Mosaic Wine Bottle Craft

Pretty! Uses enamel paints, Mod Podge and scrapbook paper. - Mosaic Wine Bottle craft from Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

I’ve acquired a taste for wine. With that comes empty wine bottles, which is usually followed by wine bottle crafts, right? That would be the logical order of things. But really what comes first is the quandary… do I save them for months (who am I kidding, more realistically it’s years) and make something, or just toss them into the   Read More »

Tropical Paper Flowers

How to make paper flowers with a tropical theme! by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

These bright and beautiful paper flowers are made from scrapbook paper and cardstock and were inspired by the gorgeous tropical flowers in warm weather climates. So if you want to have a bit of the tropics in your home year round, make these tropical paper flowers! A bonus… they never need watering. :) When I decided to make these flowers,   Read More »

Great Craft Ideas – June 2014

Great Craft Ideas for June 2014 - Amanda Formaro - Crafts by Amanda

Everyday I share creative projects that either I’ve made myself or things I’ve found on other blogs. Below is a collection of my favorite posts shared on Facebook during the month of May 2014. The creative talent that’s out there is astonishing! The Internet provides us with free access to just about anything, something we couldn’t do 20 years ago.   Read More »

Duct Tape Sports Clipboards

Duct Tape Football Clipboards by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Is your dad a sports fanatic? Or maybe he’s the coach of your little league baseball team or football league. Either way, he’ll love these cool sports themed clipboards made just for him! Try a basketball themed board too by using orange and black. These boards are easy to make and perfect for any sports fan. Here I’ll show you   Read More »

Nailed it Painted Hammer

Nailed it Painted Hammer for Dad by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Here’s a fun and easy Father’s Day gift the kids can make for their dad. And it’s useful too! You’d be hard pressed to find a dad who can’t use a hammer in his tool supplies. So it’s a perfect gift, right? Just a little decorating is all that’s needed to make it his own. Note: some links below are   Read More »

We Love You Photo Frame

We Love You Photo Frame from Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

The concept is very simple. Your kids hold up hand written signs that spell out “we love you” and they take photos of each other holding them. Then they have them printed and drop them into a multi-paned frame. Of course, if your kids are still young, you will need to help them with this. But my kids are older   Read More »

Dangling Antique Button Earrings

Antique Button Dangle Earrings by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda - great for a wedding!

I have lots of antique looking buttons. They are easy to find at garage sales and thrift stores and it doesn’t take long to amass a huge collection. These button earrings would be great for a rustic wedding; perfect for the bride and bridesmaids! I’m currently working on my fourth book, which involves lots of buttons! If you follow along on   Read More »

Mosaic Turtle Using Fabric and Canvas

Mosaic Turtle Using Fabric and Canvas by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

I have a soft spot for mosaics. I’ve always loved them, but you really have to be careful when decorating with mosaic designs. You can really only have one per room, two tends to really be pushing it, or things start to look way too busy. Mosaics have the ability to start a conversation. They are so interesting to look   Read More »

Wine Bottle Craft: Textured Beach Bottles

Wine Bottle Craft: Textured Beach Vase by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

I like to recycle and repurpose as much as I can, especially when it comes to craft projects. Sure, I could have gone to the store and bought some vases to do this craft, but instead I used some empty wine bottles I had been saving. I love beach décor and accents, and I had several starfish leftover from a   Read More »