Shibori Tie Dye – Cool Hues

Last summer I learned about shibori tie dye, an ancient Japanese resist method that involves scrunching, twisting, folding and/or mashing a fabric and then dying it. There are quite a few different ways to do it, and the results are different every time. You’ll often see indigo used for shibori but colors are beautiful too, as I’m about to show you.

Shibori Tie Dye - Cool Hues by Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda

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Barbie Zombies: Inspired by The Walking Dead - by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Barbie Zombies: Inspired by The…

I’ve been watching The Walking Dead ever since it first started. We are huge fans and never miss an episode. I also love Halloween and wanted to do something new and different this year. The season … [Read More...]

How to make a CD/DVD Mummy - fun craft for the kids this Halloween, and a great last minute idea from Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

CD/DVD Mummy Craft…

If you're looking for a simple mummy craft, it doesn't get much easier than this! Using up those obsolete DVDs and CDs is definitely a bonus, and these cute CD mummies make great Halloween … [Read More...]

Owl Craft: Scrapbook Paper Decoupage by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Owl Craft: Scrapbook Paper…

I love all the owl crafts that have been really popular over the last couple of years. I really like using decoupage because it truly opens up the doors for design possibilities. There are just so … [Read More...]

Football Craft: Referee Chair Cover by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Football Craft: Referee Chair…

Hey football fans! Looking for a fun football craft or party idea? Make chair covers that look like a referee's shirt with a pillow case and black electrical tape or duct tape. I made this project … [Read More...]

How to Tie Dye Cool Stripes by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

How to Tie Dye Cool Stripes…

I really love creating my own designer shirts, but I tend to steer away from traditional tie dye designs. Instead, I like to experiment with various different ways to make a piece unique. A great … [Read More...]

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...]