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Paper Plate Kite

Paper Plate Kite by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

My friend/neighbor, Debra, has several grandchildren, all of which love to run and play. It was a tough winter here in southeast Wisconsin, so when temperatures finally started to rise the kids couldn’t wait to get outside! Flying a kite is fun, but for younger kids with short attention spans, it can be a frustrating task. So making a kite that’s   Read More »

School Photo Chain Magnet

School Photo Chain Magnet @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

You know all those extra wallet sized school pictures you end up with? Well here’s a way to use a few to give as sweet gifts for Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, and yes, even Grandparent’s Day! Now if only I had a craft to use up the other 20 you have left over! ;-) Get my instructions for this cute School   Read More »

Birthplace Map Keychain Charms

Birthplace Map Keychain Charms by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

I often have a hard time coming up with Father’s Day and birthday gift ideas for my husband. He’s a mechanic, so many of the traditional cards and gifts out there won’t work for him as they are geared around the office or wearing a tie. In fact, that’s why I made this Blue Collar Uniform Shirt Card several years   Read More »

Cell Phone Selfie Father’s Day Card

Cell Phone Selfie Card for Father's Day or Mother's Day by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Need a fun and unique idea for your kids for Father’s Day? Kids of all ages are carrying cell phones these days and they are the kings and queens of #selfies! Make a card shaped like a phone and attach a selfie from your child to their dad. Get my tutorial for these Cell Phone Selfie Father’s Day Cards at Spoonful

Paper Plate Hamburger

Paper Plate Hamburger by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Summer is almost here, Memorial Day is literally right around the corner and people will be outside tossing Frisbees, swimming, playing volleyball and of course, cooking on the grill! This paper plate hamburger is a fun way for kids to create and they’ll love making up their own burger! Get my tutorial for this Paper Plate Hamburger on Kix Cereal. 

Galaxy Constellation Father’s Day Card

Galaxy Constellation Father's Day Card by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Your dad is definitely out of this world, so give him his very own constellation with this fun galaxy themed Father’s Day Card. I will show you how to achieve this look!  Head over to my tutorial for this Galaxy Constellation Father’s Day Card on Spoonful

Paper Plate Autographed Baseball Card for Dad

Paper Plate Autographed Baseball Card for Dad by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Is your dad a baseball fan? Here’s a fun way to give him a Father’s Day card he can really appreciate. it’s an autographed baseball with YOUR autograph! Imagine how excited dad will be. :) Get my tutorial for this Paper Plate Autographed Baseball Card for Dad at Spoonful

Dad is a Rock Star Card

Dad is a Rock Star Card by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Need something easy that’s a fun play on words? This card is simple to make and even little ones can get involved. Tell dad he’s a rock star this Father’s Day! Get my tutorial for this Rock Star Card over at Spoonful

Scratch Art Rainbow Tree

Scratch Art Rainbow Tree

Scratch art has been around for a long time. I remember doing this activity when I was in grade school, it’s a favorite among art teachers! All you need is paper, crayons and black paint. There are so many different possibilities for creativity! To get my tutorial head to Spoonful – Scratch Art Rainbow Tree

Coiled Cardboard Tube Caterpillar

What a cute Coiled Cardboard Tube Caterpillar for the kids to make!

I can’t resist turning cardboard tubes into fun crafts for kids! There’s something about them, they are so easy to work with and for some reason, when I look at one I can just “see” what I’m going to turn it into. This cute caterpillar uses a coiled cardboard tube, just like I did with this rainbow mobile, this candy   Read More »

Make an Eagle from a Cardboard Tube

Make an Eagle from a Cardboard Tube by @amandaformaro of Crafts by Amanda

The American Bald Eagle is not only the National Bird of the United States of America, it’s also the National Animal. While this majestic bird is hailed all year long, special attention tends to be drawn to it during patriotic holidays such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, Veteran’s Day and Patriot Day. To help kids celebrate and learn more about   Read More »

Great Craft Ideas – April 2014

Great Craft Ideas – April 2014

As usual, I’m running behind on these recaps! The projects listed here were featured on my Crafts by Amanda Facebook page during the month of March. These are the 20 most liked projects for that month as voted by YOU, the Facebook readers. There are some truly amazing projects here, so be sure to check them all out! Projects here:   Read More »

Giving is Better Than Selling

Manny and April of Manny's Snack Shack in Twin Lakes, WI with EAT Sign by Amanda Formaro @amandaformaro of Crafts by Amanda

This is Manny and April. They own Manny’s Snack Shack in the little hidden country lake town that I live in, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. The cafe has been around awhile and has earned a great reputation, which keeps locals and visitors alike flocking to their doors. It’s quite small, what many people would refer to as one of those amazing   Read More »

Beaded Seashell Jellyfish on Canvas

Pretty jellyfish made with a seashell and gorgeous beads, I love this!

I have a coastal theme happening in my house these days. I’m slowly moving away from rustic country decor to full on rustic coastal. I’ve painted most of the house in cool coastal colors, and am slowly but surely switching out everything I’ve made over the past 6 or 7 years. I have a boatload of seashells to use up,   Read More »

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 »