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Cardboard Tube Chili Pepper Maracas

How cute! Cardboard Tube Chili Pepper Maracas by @amandaformaro of Crafts by Amanda

You know I can’t resist a cardboard tube craft. I don’t know what it is about those little rolls, but my wheels always start turning. When I was meeting with my editor over at Kix Cereal, we were talking about a Cinco de Mayo craft and for some reason chili peppers and cardboard tubes just popped into my head! And   Read More »

School of Cardboard Tube Fish

Cardboard Tube School of Fish by @amandaformaro of Crafts by Amanda

I have a lot of cardboard tubes. Seriously, it’s become a standing joke around here that no one is allowed to throw out the cardboard tubes from the toilet paper or paper towels because I need them for craft projects! And see, if they were throwing them away I wouldn’t be showing you these cute cardboard tube fish you can   Read More »

Jackson Pollock Inspired Tee

Jackson Pollock Inspired Tee by @amandaformaro of Crafts by Amanda

I buy a lot of those plain tees from WalMart. They’re cheap, they fit pretty well, and if I stain them I don’t feel like I burned a huge hole in my wallet. That’s something I do a lot… stain them. I’m a messy crafter, and I’m also a messy cook. So buying cheap tees is definitely the way to   Read More »

10 Tips for Coloring Eggs with Toddlers

10 Tips for Coloring Easter Eggs with Toddlers by @amandaformaro

Do you have little ones at home and you’re ready to color some Easter eggs? There are a few things you should consider, and a few tips that will help make things easier and more fun for all. Check out my 10 tips over at Kix Cereal (link below). 10 Tips for Coloring Easter Eggs with Toddlers – Kix Cereal

Recycled CD Lamb

What a cute project for spring or Easter! Recycled CD Lamb by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

15 minutes. Or maybe even less. That’s all you will need to make this adorable lamb from a recycled CD or DVD. I hope you’ve been saving the obsolete discs as there are tons of craft projects to be had with these! Get my instructions for this lamb at Kix via the link below. Get the tutorial for this Recycled   Read More »

Garage Sale Metal Fish Makeover

Garage Sale Metal Fish Makeover by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

There will most likely be varied opinions on this project. Some will like it, some will not. I’ve found that with makeovers, some people are resistant to change and prefer to keep things the way they were. I’ve found that to be truer with the Baby Boomer age group, and I guess that makes a lot of sense. Because the   Read More »

Recycled Denim Flower Magnets

What a fun Mother's Day or Teacher Appreciation gift for the kids to make! Flower magnets from old blue jeans.

Kids not only outgrow their jeans, but they are pretty hard on them as well. The cuffs get torn up from getting stuck in bicycle chains and the knees are usually blown out before they outgrow them. For jeans that aren’t worthy of a donation pile, I save to make denim crafts. This recycled denim craft is great for Mother’s   Read More »

Great Craft Ideas – March 2014

Great Craft Ideas - March 2014

Yikes, I’m late posting this aren’t I? These are all projects that I shared/discovered during the month of February on my Crafts by Amanda Facebook page. They have been selected to be featured here because the Facebook audience says they should be! These projects received the highest number of “likes” for the month, and are therefore voted by the CBA   Read More »

Make Your Own Corsage and Boutonniere for Prom

Make your own corsage and boutonniere for prom or homecoming!

1 It’s been two years since my daughter, Kristen, went to her senior prom. She graduated high school in 2012, and now my 16 year old son is getting ready to attend his junior prom at the end of this month. Where we live, the prom queen is actually crowned as a junior, not a senior, and I am gushing   Read More »

Recycled Yogurt Container Herb Pots

Take your recycled yogurt containers and turn them into little herb pots. Great for starting your plants until they are ready to go in the garden!

I have super quick tutorial for you today. I tend to save all my recycled yogurt containers and had a bunch sitting around. DecoArt asked me to come up with an easy project for Michaels Craft Stores using Craft Smart paint. That’s not hard, since I use Craft Smart for all my kid’s crafts. They wanted a more adult type   Read More »

Cardboard Tube Polka Dot Tulips

Cardboard Tube Polka Dot Tulips by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

There’s kind of a running joke in my house. Any guest who uses the bathroom will probably notice a few empty toilet paper tubes sitting in a basket on the floor next to the garbage can. That’s because my family knows not to actually put them IN to the garbage can. They are being saved. For cute projects like these   Read More »

Geometrical Decoupage Spring Vases

These pretty vases are a great springtime decoupage craft for adults and kids alike!

When I think of spring, I think of bright colors, flowers, rain, and chirping birds. It’s a time of renewal and freshness, which is what these cheerful vases represent as well. This decoupage craft project is great for kids and adults alike. They are wonderful for Easter flowers or as a Mother’s Day gift. I used glass vases I bought   Read More »

Foam Cup Bunnies

How cute! Bunnies made from foam cups, what a great Easter craft for the kids!

You already saw my foam cup chick and foam cup sheep, so here’s the cute little bunnies you can make too! If you want to make this a little easier for the little ones, you can skip the pipe cleaners on the ears. Get my tutorial for these Foam Cup Bunnies at Spoonful.

Rubber Band Stamps

Make your own stamps with rubber bands! Love it!

This is a great activity for a rainy day. Make your own stamps using recycled items from around the house, or you can use wood shapes as a base, and rubber bands! Use paint or ink stamps to create all sorts of fun pieces of art. Make your own stationary or gift wrap too! See my tutorial for these Rubber   Read More »

Easter Egg Sun Catcher

Fun! Make a cute sun catcher shaped like an Easter egg!

Tissue paper sun catchers have been around forever. They are fun to make and so pretty to look at! You can adapt them for every holiday and kids love to make them. You will need clear contact paper. One roll will make a ton of sun catchers! I made this candy corn sun catcher for Halloween a few years ago   Read More »

Foam Cup Sheep

Aww what a cute little sheep craft, great for preschoolers!

I showed you my foam cup chick earlier, and that inspired me to make this really easy sheep. It’s a great project for preschoolers because it doesn’t require a lot of detail work, and NO painting. So there’s no mess, making it a great “busy time” project for the Easter holiday. Here’s the tutorial for my foam cup sheep at   Read More »

Layered Felt Flower Magnets

Cute flower magnets made from layers of felt, great for Mother's Day!

I drew a little inspiration for these layered felt flower magnets from one of my previous projects. I’m actually running a little low in my felt stash, so I was digging through the containers and came across some felt circles I had brought home from the CHA show a few years ago. They were from a make and take demonstration   Read More »