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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 »

Cereal Box Winter Diorama

Cereal Box Winter Diorama @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

It’s been so cold outside this week and is expected to get even colder by next week. Dangerously cold in fact. The kind of cold that kids shouldn’t be outside in. That means no snowman building or sledding, just being bored inside and staring out the window in longing. So if your kids are wishing they were outside playing in   Read More »

Paper Plate Aquarium

Paper Plate Aquarium @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

If there’s one thing that I love to do, it’s make things that are just plain cute. Googly eyes add a certain cuteness to simple pieces of paper, cardboard tubes and other such recyclables. In this particular case, the cuteness is inside two paper plates made to look like an aquarium. It’s a classic kid’s craft that’s been done many   Read More »

Facebook Giveaways on Crafts by Amanda

Facebook Giveaways on Crafts by Amanda's Page!

Last night Crafts by Amanda reached an exciting milestone – 100,000 likes! To celebrate, I am running some giveaways on Facebook, could be gift cards, craft stash, items I’ve made, etc. You have to be a Facebook “liker” of my page to win. Go to Crafts by Amanda on Facebook and look for the giveaways on the wall. Thanks so much   Read More »

Confetti Champagne Glasses

Confetti Champagne Glasses @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Here’s a pretty way to dress up your glasses for the big New Year’s Eve celebration. They sparkle and shine as the lights bounces off the glitter drips. Your guests will love them! A fun way to usher in the new year with friends. FYI – air drying is 21 days HOWEVER you can still use these once they are   Read More »

Paper Plate Party Animal

Paper Plate Party Animal @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

While I originally made this adorable little guy for New Year’s, it also makes a really fun party favor, or even a make and take, for a birthday party! If you would like to do the project as a make and take, I would suggest having the plates painted first so the kids don’t have to do that step and   Read More »

Cardboard Tube Cardinal

Cardboard Tube Cardinal @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Make this adorable cardinal from a cardboard tube and construction paper! I’ve drawn patterns for you as well, so be sure to print those out when you grab the tutorial from Spoonful here — Cardboard Tube Cardinal Several people have commented that this reminds them of Angry Birds :) I have a cardboard tube angry bird tutorial as well!

New Year’s Fortune Cookie Messages

New Year's Fortune Cookie Messages @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Celebrate New Year’s Eve by sharing personalized messages through these easy to make paper fortune cookies. You can use the printable messages I created, or make up your own. Fun to give to friends, family and neighbors! Get my tutorial over at Spoonful — New Year’s Fortune Cookie Messages

Paper Plate Noise Maker

Paper Plate Noise Maker @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Are you looking for a fun craft to celebrate the new year? This one is colorful, classic and yes, it makes noise, but not enough to drive a parent batty! I’ll show you how to make this pretty noise maker over at Kix here — Paper Plate Noise Maker

Duct Tape Holly Berry Pins

Duct Tape Holly Berry Pins by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Holly berries aren’t just for Christmas you know. They are a wintertime symbol and these brooches, made from duct tape and jingle bells, would be perfect to wear on New Year’s Eve! I’ll show you how to make them over on Spoonful — Duct Tape Holly Berry Brooches

Recycled Canning Lid Angel Ornament

7.361 by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

If you do your own canning, you know that while the bands are reusable, the lids themselves are not. So anyone that cans ends up with a bunch of lids that they can’t use for preserving produce anymore, but they can be turned into fun crafts! I made this angel ornament using some lace and a recycled canning lid. I’ll   Read More »

Sharpie Snowflake Apron

Sharpie Snowflake Apron by @amandaformaro for ABC Family

Recently I made a couple of projects for ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas campaign. This adorable apron was one of them! They don’t use the step by step photos, but it’s pretty straight forward. If anyone has questions, please let me know. And thank you to my friend Debra’s adorable grandson for not only being my model, but for   Read More »