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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Glitter Christmas Tree Luminaries by Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda

Glitter Christmas Luminaries…

One of my favorite things to make are luminaries. Doesn’t matter what holiday.. Christmas, Halloween, Easter, there’s always a reason for luminaries! Of course, their popularity skyrockets during the … [Read More...]

Thanksgiving Napkin Rings & Placecards by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Thanksgiving Napkin Rings &…

Need a fun craft for the kidlets this Thanksgiving? This is a great project to keep them busy while dinner is cooking, and a great way to get them to help set the table! Have them make these kid … [Read More...]

Zoo Crafts: Clothespin Hippo and Zebra Magnets by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Clothespin Hippo and Zebra…

Did you know that during the calendar year there are three separate days that focus on or celebrate zoos? There’s Zoo Lover’s Day in April, June is Zoo and Aquarium Month and December 27th is Visit … [Read More...]

Paper Weaving: Batman vs Superman Checkers by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Paper Weaving: Batman vs…

Paper weaving and making a checkerboard pattern is an age old craft, often used to make placemats with children. With the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie in production, I thought it would … [Read More...]

Pilgrim Thanksgiving Napkin Rings by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Pilgrim Thanksgiving Napkin…

These Thanksgiving napkin rings are made to look like the outfits that pilgrims wore, but they aren’t the kid’s craft pilgrim napkin rings that you’ve seen around the Internet. These are fun for … [Read More...]

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Watch Cake Boss Live and a…

That’s right, Buddy Valastro, star of TLC's hit TV Series, Cake Boss will be appearing live with his 11-year old daughter, Sofia Valastro, and Carlo's Bakery lead decorator, Gabrielle Parisi. Together … [Read More...]

Jack O' Lantern Treat Bags - Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda

Jack O’ Lantern Treat Bags…

If you’re having a Halloween party it wouldn't be complete without Jack O' Lanterns! If you just want to give a goodie bag to friends, your teacher or family, it’s fun to dress up plain paper bags and … [Read More...]

Patchwork Mosaic Acorn by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Mosaic Acorn…

This is one of my all time favorite kid's crafts for fall. I drew an acorn shape (I have provided a pattern for you below) and used finger painted paper to create an acorn mosaic. With this project, … [Read More...]

Acorn Frame - Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda

Acorn Frame…

Acorns are a sure sign of autumn and make great crafting supplies! Make this adorable acorn frame to hold one of your favorite fall snapshots. The picture you see in this frame is of my (now) 15 year … [Read More...]

Clothespin Crafts: Hungry Fish by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Clothespin Crafts: Hungry Fish…

Lately I’ve been making a lot of clothespin crafts. I have a huge supply of wooden clothespins, and if you don’t you can pick them up from dollar stores and places like WalMart really cheap. They are … [Read More...]