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Glitter Foam Monsters

Glitter Foam Monsters - CraftsbyAmanda.com

It’s Halloween season and with it comes plenty of opportunities for making cute kid’s crafts, having fun Halloween parties, and of course, dressing up and going trick or treating. If you’re planning a Halloween party, I have the perfect make and take craft for you with these adorable glitter monsters! First of all, if you haven’t seen them yet, Michaels   Read More »

Make Colorful Ghouls from Cardboard Tubes

Make Colorful Ghouls from Cardboard Tubes @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Kids love Halloween (yeah, big kids too, like me!) and making things from recycled materials. So Halloween crafts, like these cute little ghouls made from cardboard tubes, are a bonus all the way around. These little ghouls are very easy to make, but if you want to cut the mess a little, wrap the tubes in colored construction paper instead   Read More »

Upcycled Basketball Eyeball

Upcycled Basketball Eyeball by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Halloween! It’s always been my favorite crafting holiday of the year. With the massive number of blogs on the Internet these days, it’s actually hard to keep up with all the creative ideas floating around. So I do my best to contribute my part whenever I can! This is a fun way to recycle an old basketball that has served   Read More »

Craft Stick Frankenstein and Bride

Craft Stick Frankenstein and Bride - CraftsbyAmanda.com

I personally think that the Bride of Frankenstein is sorely overlooked on Halloween. She does not get the fan fare that Frankenstein, Dracula and the other Halloween characters do. You see plenty of spider crafts, Jack O’Lantern projects and no shortage of mummies anywhere! So today I am going to show you how to make the Bride of Frankenstein and   Read More »

Jack O’Lantern Wooden Blocks

Jack O'Lantern Wooden Blocks by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

This Halloween, turn ordinary wooden blocks into fun toys that double as a Halloween decoration! All you will need is some paint and markers to make this project. Both kids and adults will have fun making these. Try making creating all sorts of different facial expressions to give your jack O’Lanterns character. Kids will have fun playing with these and   Read More »

Glitter Jack o’Lantern Treat Bags

Glitter Jack o'Lantern Treat Bags @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Are you having a Halloween party for the kids this year? Or maybe you just need a fun way to send some treats in to the classroom. I’ll show you how to use a simple Jack o’Lantern stencil and some glitter paint to make these festive muslin treat bags! I used strips of waxed paper inside the bags to keep   Read More »

Recycled Bread Tag Monsters

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Eeeee! I’ve been saving bread tags (those little plastic clips that keep your bread bag closed) for months just waiting for Halloween to get close. I’ve had this craft idea for these little monsters in my head for a while and finally got the chance to make them today. You could probably make them in much simpler fashion, but I   Read More »

3D Paper Pumpkin

3D Paper Pumpkin @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Use fall or Halloween themed card stock to create a fun three dimensional pumpkin to display in your home. Add a little twine to the top and you have a simple piece of decor. Great for fall but works for Halloween or Thanksgiving as well! Add to your fall mantle or use in your Thanksgiving tablescape. It’s only been a   Read More »

Michaels Dream Tree Challenge

Michaels Dream Tree Challenge

I realize that Halloween hasn’t even passed yet, BUT as crafters we often work ahead and are already planning Christmas projects. Many crafters make Christmas crafts several months ahead to get ready for craft shows too! Well this year, I’ll be planning my Christmas tree a bit in advance. Normally my tree doesn’t go up until after Thanksgiving. However, Michaels   Read More »

Monster Bookmark Craft

OH MY GOSH! Cutest bookmarks on the planet, must make these! - Monster Bookmark Craft by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

If you’re looking for a fun bookmark craft, these adorable and colorful monsters are perfect for holding your place! If your kids love monster crafts they’ll definitely want to make these. I’ve provided a pattern, but you can draw your own monsters if you like! Kids are heading back to school in a couple of weeks around here. In other   Read More »

Top 10 Crafts of 2010

While I was able to do a top 10 post for both 2009 and 2010 on my food blog, this will be the first one for my craft blog. :) This blog means a lot to me. It has allowed me to get out of my creative rut and get back into the craft room again. Sure, I’ve been crafting   Read More »

Juice Box Jack O’Lantern

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Before you consider throwing away your empty juice boxes, why not save them and make a fun Halloween craft with your kids! Save several of them to make cute Jack O’Lanterns like this one. This would be a fun Halloween party project. You can also make these in unopened juice boxes, just leave an area open at the top for   Read More »

Canning Lid Monster Craft

Canning Lid Monster Craft by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Hopefully when you’re done with your canning jars, you aren’t throwing away those lids that can’t be used a second time. They are great for craft projects, and these little monsters are a perfect example. I always save my lids and bands, they are great for holiday ornaments too! Monsters are fun for both boys and girls, and it doesn’t   Read More »

Tin Can Mummy

Tin Can Mummy

I think mummies are one of my favorite things to make at Halloween. They can be creepy or cute and can be made out of just about any type of white material or paper. This little mummy craft was made from a recycled aluminum can and strips of felt. He would make a great lollipop holder or something to hold   Read More »

Candy Corn Softie

Candy Corn Softie

I realize that I said the craft stick spider was my last Halloween craft for the year, but I almost forgot about this candy corn softie I made last week. My kittens have inherited it, so since we don’t have any little kids running around anymore, a kitten toy seemed the perfect answer. However, if you have little ones, this   Read More »

Egg Monster

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I’m a monster freak. I love how cute they are, and coming up with different faces, expressions and body shapes is all part of the fun. With Halloween right around the corner, my monster creativity is really in high gear, but monsters aren’t just for Halloween. Boys love monsters any time of year, so why not make one of these   Read More »

Colorful Pasta Monsters

Colorful Pasta Monsters by CraftsbyAmanda.com

Dried pasta is a great craft supply! What’s even more fun is tinting it so that you have a colorful medium to work with, and your kids will love the process. Then when they are dry you can make all sorts of craft projects, like these cute little pasta monsters. Perfect for Halloween! Coloring the pasta is easy, but there   Read More »