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Valentine Heart Letter Boxes

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Not sure I remember these from when I was little, but I think they’ve been around for a few years anyway. Turn a cereal box into a heart shaped hanging basket to hold all of your Valentine’s greetings! Kids will have fun decorating the box, whether they are boys or girls, as they can use whatever colors and embellishments that   Read More »

Cardboard Tube Penguins

Cardboard Tube Penguins by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

I don’t know about where you live, but here in southeast Wisconsin, I’m pretty sure a flock of penguins would be quite comfortable. It’s been that cold! Penguins are adorable, and they are often the subject of preschool and elementary learning, so I thought it would be fun to create some from cardboard tubes! These are really easy for kids   Read More »

Make Glow in the Dark Stars

Make Glow in the Dark Stars @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

This is a really fun project, but it does involve a little help from a grown up as there’s a spray can involved. However, paintable glow in the dark paint is also available and can be applied with a sponge applicator. I’ll show you how to make these glow in the dark room decorations on Kix Cereal’s website. Get my   Read More »

Cardboard Tube Dangling Hearts

Cardboard Tube Dangling Hearts @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

As soon as I learned that paint makes cardboard tubes shapable, I’ve been thinking up fun projects for adults and kids. These cardboard tube dangling hearts are a great example of how you can shape cardboard tubes into whatever you want, let the paint dry and they’ll stay that way! I actually have this cute mobile type hanger suspended from   Read More »

Secret Message Valentine

Secret Message Valentine @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Shhhh. It’s a secret! A secret message that is! One that your kids will “decode” using a little watercolor paint. Totally fun and a great way to surprise your Valentine. These would be great at a Valentine’s Day party. Have them all set out on the table. Put out watercolor paints and small cups of water and let the kids   Read More »

Sweetheart Plastic Cup String Lights

Sweetheart Plastic Cup String Lights @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

I’ve always wanted to make these, but each holiday keeps going by and I keep forgetting. Well I finally did it, and glammed them up a bit with a feather boa. Yep, it was messy, but that’s what being in the craft room is all about! These string lights can actually be changed out for different occasions or holidays simply   Read More »

Valentine Hugs for Preschoolers

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This Valentine’s Day project is a classic. It’s been around for years and years and I probably even made one when I was a little girl! It’s a great project for preschoolers and they absolutely love the accordion arms. Head over to Kix Cereal for my post — Valentine Hugs for Preschoolers 

Cardboard Tube Valentine Pillow Boxes

Cardboard Tube Valentine Pillow Boxes @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

These are so easy and too cute, perfect for a Valentine’s Day party or just packaging up goodies for your friends. Wrap a little surprise gift up in tissue paper and tuck it inside the tube before closing. These are great for kids and adults alike and take almost no time to make! Head over to Spoonful for my tutorial   Read More »

Freedom Friends for MLK Day

Freedom Friends for MLK Day @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

It’s been a few years since I made these for Kaboose (now Spoonful) but the message remains the same. A great craft for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and a great teaching opportunity for parents. Freedom, equality, diversity. Get the tutorial on Spoonful here – Freedom Friends.

Plastic Lid Friends

Plastic Lid Friends @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Martin Luther King Jr Day is on January 20th. It’s a great time to teach kids about all sorts of things, like diversity, freedom, being kind to others, and that it doesn’t matter what color your skin is, it only matters about the person inside. The old adage of “don’t judge a book by its cover” applies here as it   Read More »

Glow Stick Ice Luminaries

Glow Stick Ice Luminairies @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

The kids are off of school again today here in southeast Wisconsin as the Polar Vortex continues to beat this side of the country. So it’s seemed a fitting time to share with you these ice luminaries I made for Kix Cereal. Have you ever heard of a Scandinavian Ice Candle? They are actually made with a big five gallon   Read More »

Monster Valentines

Monster Valentines @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Sometimes it’s hard to find Valentines that both boys and girls can agree on. I was watching a rerun of Home Improvement the other night where Brad was going to give a GI Joe Valentine to his girl. Turned out he wouldn’t give it to her at all because some other boys had Made her a Valentine with his own   Read More »

Preschool Valentine Party Crackers

Preschool Valentine Party Crackers @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Party crackers usually have a long strip that is placed inside a tube then wrapped up so that the strip sticks out of the end. Then when you grasp both ends and pull a loud “pop” sound is made. Some small kids are more sensitive than others and those parents may not want to use the loud crackers, so instead   Read More »

Realistic Duct Tape Roses

Realistic Duct Tape Roses @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

I’ve been playing around with duct tape lately. Funny thing is, when the rage started I really had no interest. But the more projects I try, the more I can see how people get hooked! As long as you have the right tools, like a cutting mat with measurements and a craft knife, it’s actually quite fun. Here’s some realistic   Read More »

Ice Cube Painting

Painting with Ice Cubes @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

They’ve cancelled school around here on Monday as we are expecting some truly frigid temperatures. That means all over town and in the surrounding areas, there will be little ones who are bored. Can’t go outside to play, little minds are not occupied in school, and they’ll be looking to you for something to do. So get started now and   Read More »

Scratch Off Valentine Gift Certificates

Scratch Off Valentine Gift Certificates by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Give these gift certificates to your favorite Valentine and let them enjoy the gift of giving all year long depending on how many you make! Fun to create and kids will love the scratch off hidden messages. Below (in the printable instructions) I have provided both a PDF pattern for the gift certificates with predetermined gifts and a Word document   Read More »