Recycled Village of Gingerbread Houses

I’ve always loved the look of a gingerbread house, and I adore a Christmas village scene, but I haven’t had a village for several years. Gingerbread houses are fun, but all too often are temporary because they are made from actual gingerbread, icing and candies. I wanted a Christmas village made up of gingerbread houses, but one I could bring out each year. And, of course, you know I’m all about recycling, so using milk and juice cartons was exactly what I wanted to do.

Recycled Village of Gingerbread Houses by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

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DIY Spooky Tree Painting for Halloween by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

DIY Spooky Tree Painting for…

Halloween is my favorite holiday. It’s such a fun holiday to decorate for, but looking through all of my Halloween crafts I realized I didn’t have anything in the spooky tree category! I had some wood … [Read More...]

How to Use Transfer Paper for crafting, painting, etc! Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

How to Use Transfer Paper…

Ask any tole painter what transfer paper is and chances are they have used it many times over. However, for many crafters, this is a little gem of a tool that most hadn’t considered or didn’t even … [Read More...]

Jack O' Lantern Halloween Door Hanger - Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda

Jack O’ Lantern Halloween…

I wanted to make a festive Halloween door hanger from recycled materials. Last year I used wooden letters from the craft store to make this Eek Door Hanger, but this year I wanted a door hanger that … [Read More...]

Mason jar Football Centerpiece by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Mason Jar Football Centerpieces…

My son is on the high school football team. A friend of mine is very involved with the football committee and asked me if I had any ideas for football centerpieces. I have to admit, craft ideas … [Read More...]

Outdoor Play with Duct Tape

Outdoor Play with Duct Tape…

My books, Duct Tape Mania and Rubber Band Mania, are finally available for purchase. Amazon started shipping out copies on August 26th and they should be available in Target stores now as well! I … [Read More...]

Paper Bag Fireplace by Amanda Formaro

Paper Bag Fireplace…

Here's another craft that went missing from Kaboose. I created this project for them several years ago (had to be prior to 2008) and it's disappeared from the site. This is such a cute project for … [Read More...]

Mosaic Penguin

Mosaic Penguin…

I made this a long time ago for Kaboose but the link to their site doesn't seem to be working anymore. I was able to find the pdf for the pattern I drew though, so I've attached it below. I always … [Read More...]

Make adorable craft stick monsters from jumbo craft sticks and paint! Perfect for back to school bookmarks or just a fun monster craft or Halloween craft! From Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Craft Stick Monsters…

I have been making monster crafts for kids for years. They are probably one of my all time favorite things to create! I realized I have 20 different monster craft projects on this blog alone, and … [Read More...]

Clothespin Dinosaur Craft by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Clothespin Dinosaur Craft…

Clothespins make perfect chomping jaws for this fun dinosaur craft. While dinosaurs are often more appealing to boys, I'm sure there are plenty of girls out there that will love this too! So, pull out … [Read More...]

Heading Back to College & a Giveaway!

Heading Back to College & a…

This post brought to you by Brita. All opinions are 100% mine. My daughter Kristen is in her third year of college. Unlike many students, she didn't stay in a dorm. She teamed up with three … [Read More...]