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Stenciled Chalky Finish Table Makeover

Stenciled Chalky Finish Table Makeover by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

I’ve been dying to try the new chalky finish paint that arrived a few weeks ago. We just had our floors done so we had to move several pieces of furniture to make that happen, so I took advantage of that time to redo this rickety old corner table I have. The changes I’ve been making to my living room   Read More »

Duct Tape Mardi Gras Beads

Duct Tape Mardi Gras Beads @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

You may or may not know that I recently worked on two craft books (for kids aged 6-12) via Studio Fun (formerly Reader’s Digest Children’s Publications) and one of the books is all about duct tape projects! They will both be released in the fall, but I wanted to share something using duct tape that’s super easy and really fun.   Read More »

Paper Plate Kermit the Frog

Paper Plate Kermit the Frog by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved the famous muppet, Kermit. Whenever I see him I hear “Hi ho, Kermity Frog here!” in my head. I love his scrunched up facial expressions and his overall friendly demeanor. Did you know that Kermit was first introduced in 1955? That was 12 years before I was born! That means Kermit   Read More »

4 Fun Crafts for Presidents’ Day

4 Fun Crafts for Presidents' Day by @amanda formaro Crafts by Amanda

With all the snow we are getting yet again today, it’s probably best that the schools are closed anyway. Ours no longer close for Presidents’ Day, however they do use that day for teacher meetings. So if you’re looking for something to keep the kids busy today, here are four crafts in honor of our past presidents to choose from.   Read More »

Swirl Tree on Canvas

Swirl Tree on Canvas by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Tree art is big and canvas is pretty affordable, especially when you use an in-store coupon! I love making my own wall art. In fact, I don’t think I’ve actually bought anything for my walls in years! For this project I decided to try creating a resist-look on canvas using three dimensional paint paints and a bit of sandpaper. The   Read More »

Buttons on Canvas

Buttons on Canvas by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

This is a very simple canvas project that would make a great gift for a crafty friend, or a nice addition to your sewing or craft room/space. I promise it’s easy. Some very simple painting, a little sanding and some hot glue, and boom! You’re done. I came across these wooden buttons at Michael’s one day. They measured around 3-inches-ish   Read More »

Braided T-shirt Keychain

How to make a T-shirt Bone Braid Keychain by @amandaformaro - Crafts by Amanda

When you have kids, you go through a lot of t-shirts. Usually they outgrow them faster than you can replace them, but sometimes they end up with stains you can’t get out before they’ve finished their useful life. Some people turn them into cleaning rags, and then there’s people like me who see other ways to make use of them.   Read More »

Vintage Egg Sign

Vintage Egg Sign @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

It’s no secret that I love distressed items. Making something look vintage or distressed really isn’t that hard, but starting with the right surface can make all the difference in the world. This distressed egg sign was made by using an old grainy piece of wood. The plank itself had a lot of raised grains, making it ideal for distressing.   Read More »

Cardboard Tube Bouquet of Felt Roses

Cardboard Tube Bouquet of Felt Roses @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

I have massive amounts of felt. Massive. I have 5 different plastic containers that hold color coordinated sheets of felt because every time I go to the craft store, I grab a handful more. Why? Because it’s cheap and a great crafting medium to use with kids. Valentine’s Day is less than a week away. These super pretty felt roses   Read More »

Cardboard Tube Polar Bear

Cardboard Tube Polar Bear @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

As you already know from seeing most of my kid’s crafts here on the blog, I love to create with cardboard tubes. This little polar bear that I made for Spoonful is so cute and looks like he’s begging for a hug! I’ve made it easy by providing a printable pattern and by using paper instead of paint, less mess   Read More »

Cereal Box Conversation Hearts

Cereal Box Conversation Hearts @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without conversation hearts! This easy craft project is fun for preschoolers and young elementary aged kids. What’s great about these cards is they can personalize them to each friend, both on the front and the back! Get my tutorial for these Cereal Box Conversation Heart Cards over at Kix Cereal.

Thrift Store Ceramic Bird Makeover

Thrift Store Ceramic Bird Makeover @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

When things go out of style, it’s amazing how a few layers of paint can bring it back to life. I only wish my cats hadn’t knocked the second one off my craft table and broke it before I had a chance to paint it! I could have had a matching pair of these crisp, clean doves for my living   Read More »

Family Photo Puzzle

Family Photo Puzzle @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

National Puzzle Day has come and gone, but anytime is a good time for a fun activity with the kids. This project uses recycled materials and a simple print out of your family. Great for kids of all ages! Get my tutorial for this Family Photo Puzzle on Kix Cereal.

Paper Mache Bowls for the Game

Paper Mache Bowls for the Game @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Paper mache has been around for eons. I remember making paper mache piggy banks when I was little and it’s been used over the years to entertain thousands of kids I’m sure! Paper mache is traditionally made from dipping newspapers into a mixture of flour and water then letting it dry. A truly messy, but fun, business. Using Mod Podge   Read More »

Cardboard Tube Minions

Cardboard Tube Minions by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

I know that I’m a little late on the minion crafts. Despicable Me 2 was released in July and here it is the end of January, but I don’t think timing matters with these little guys. The little yellow minions made famous by their last two movies are just too cute and I doubt anyone would object to yet one   Read More »

Dictionary Magnets with Crafty Words

Dictionary Magnets with Crafty Words by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

These fun and super easy magnets are made using flat marbles and dictionary pages. I used crafty words from the dictionary, but you could use any words you wanted. And the great thing about using dictionary pages is that they aren’t necessarily “girly” and would make great gifts for guys. Think of words that relate to his field of work   Read More »

Paper Plate Valentine Note Pocket

Paper Plate Valentine Note Pocket @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Turn two paper plates and some embellishments into the perfect note holder to collect your child’s Valentine’s Day cards. A fun project for the day of love that your kids will enjoy making. Get my tutorial over at Kix. Go to Kix Cereal for the instructions – Paper Plate Valentine Note Pocket