Quick Decor Items on a Budget

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Family Dollar. All opinions are 100% mine.I’m pretty crafty. :) But you all know that already! So I have the ability to crank out some fun decorative items for my home. Not everyone can do that though, and my mother in law is no exception. Not only is she not   Read More »

Paper Plate Crow

Paper Plate Crow

This cute fall crow is made from craft paint and paper plates. A fun fall craft for the kids! Scarecrows always get the spotlight, so don’t forget about the crows! This is easy enough for preschoolers, and toddlers can join the fun too with a little help. Turn paper plate upside down and paint backside black; allow to dry. Use pattern   Read More »

Paper Bag Tree

Paper Bag Tree

One day my son brought home a cute project from school. A brown paper lunch bag, cut and twisted to look like a tree blowing in the wind. The teacher said she originally found the idea in Family Fun Magazine. I used the project my son brought home to recreate it and show you how easy it is too. This   Read More »

Pilgrim Thanksgiving Napkin Rings

Pilgrim Thanksgiving Napkin Rings by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

These Thanksgiving napkin rings are made to look like the outfits that pilgrims wore, but they aren’t the kid’s craft pilgrim napkin rings that you’ve seen around the Internet. These are fun for adults to make using pretty patterned scrapbook paper to add some color to your Thanksgiving table. These are the kind of craft projects that make me happy.   Read More »

Plastic Cup Crow

Plastic Cup Crow

Here’s a fun fall craft for kids that I made a few years ago. All you’ll need are some plastic cups, a little paint, some construction paper and a few doodads. There are plenty of scarecrow crafts for fall, but let’s not forget the crows! To make this plastic cup crow you will need: 2 small plastic cups (bathroom size)   Read More »

Felt Leaf Finger Puppets

Felt Leaf Finger Puppets @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Here’s a cute fall craft for the kids. Using felt and few easy embellishments, make leaf shaped finger puppets to play with all afternoon. A great way to pass the time on a rainy autumn day. Fold felt in half. Cut a simple leaf shape from the felt, making the top point of the leaf at the crease of the   Read More »

Polka Dot Owl Magnets

Polka Dotted Owl Magnets @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Need a sweet gift idea for that owl lover in your life? Or maybe it’s you “hoo” can’t resist those cute beaks and big eyes! I love owls too and collected them for many years when I was younger. I love how fun the polka dots look on these, and the cut-outs come this way, so all you have to   Read More »

Corn on the Cob Pencil Holder

Corn on the Cob Pencil Holder - CraftsbyAmanda.com

I live in the country, and around here there are corn fields everywhere. Because of the unusually warm spring we had, many of the farmers planted early, so many of the fields have already been harvested. The county fair was just last month and I can still taste that sweet corn on the cob dipped in melted butter and sprinkled   Read More »

Paint Stick Scarecrow

Paint Stick Scarecrow

This paint stick scarecrow is one of my favorite fall crafts. I actually made it several years ago and had it up until last year. I left this poor little guy outside in the elements and Mother Nature did him in. So I’ll need to grab a paint stick and some scrap fabric to make another! Isn’t he cute?? So   Read More »

Mosaic Acorn

Patchwork Mosaic Acorn by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

This is one of my all time favorite kid’s crafts for fall. I drew an acorn shape (I have provided a pattern for you below) and used finger painted paper to create an acorn mosaic. With this project, your child can create a beautiful piece of artwork just in time for the falling of the leaves. Download the free pattern   Read More »

Craft Stick Scarecrows


Scarecrows are synonymous with autumn. Making fall crafts with your kids needs to include some of these cuties! Using some craft sticks, corks and mini straw hats, you can make these cute little craft stick scarecrows. Use them as plant pokes, puppets or stick them in some Styrofoam to hold them up. The first thing you need to do is   Read More »

Cardboard Tube Farm Animals: The Round Up!


The Farm Series has been posted! All of the cardboard tube farm animals are now officially up. I hope you enjoyed seeing them as much as I enjoyed making them. I think my favorites have to be the chicken and the pig. :) Do you have a favorite? Here are the links to each tutorial, or you can go to the   Read More »

My rustic country paintings – lots of pics

Wow, I stumbled across these photos yesterday. These are painting I did when I still owned my store, Amanda’s Attic, in Richmond, IL. I was surprised to see that I still had the photos of the store too. Man I really miss that store. I’m so sad that it didn’t work out. That town was just Deadsville, no customers, and   Read More »

Recycled Ladybug Jar


I love ladybugs. :) Ladybug crafts are always cute, they make you smile, and they are easy for kids too. I have a tendency to give everything that’s round and red a second look. Could that be turned into some sort of ladybug?? You’ve probably already seen my plastic lid ladybugs, and my paper plate ladybugs, so it’s probably no   Read More »

Crystal Enamel Drinking Glasses


My kids are old enough that we can all use glass to drink out of now. However, it seems they haven’t outgrown using a million cups everyday to drink from. There’s always a sink full of glasses because they take a new one whenever they get a drink. I thought about doing monograms or even names, but I really wanted   Read More »

Cardboard Tube Giraffe


This adorable giraffe is made completely from toilet paper cardboard tubes and some printed felt. You could paint the tubes instead, but I found the printed felt at Hobby Lobby on sale, couldn’t pass that up! He’s just busy nommin’ on my bushes… :) There’s a little story behind this giraffe. This was originally intended for Kaboose, one of my   Read More »

A Watering Can That Pours Crystals

A Watering Can That Pours Crystals @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

My neighbor and good friend, Debra, made this wonderful garden decoration from an old watering can and chandelier crystals. The light from the sun reflects off of the crystals, making it shine brilliantly. The stream of crystals look like they are pouring out of the watering can’s spout using little more than some wire and a bead to secure them.   Read More »