Wall Reveal


I’ve been working on this wall for a few weeks, though I’ve been wanting to do it since we bought this house over 2 years ago. It’s been empty all that time, so it’s nice to finally have something to look at! Almost everything on this wall is one of my projects, with the exception of the two little hearts   Read More »

Paint Chip Clock


This clock is one of my favorite projects. It’s a paint chip craft taken to a different level. There are some really awesome paint chip projects out there, but I was determined to come up with something a little different. That’s when crackle medium entered the picture and this paint chip clock was born! UPDATE: This paint chip clock is   Read More »

Shamrock Tree on Canvas

Shamrock Crafts: Shamrock Tree on Canvas by CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday for adults and children alike. Decorating for St. Patrick’s Day has become more and more popular with the adult crowd over the past decade and shamrock crafts are always big. Adding little touches of lucky green to your decor is fun as long as it’s not overwhelming. This tree shaped like a lucky   Read More »

Love Birds in a Heart Tree

Birds on a Branch: Love Birds in a Heart Tree on Canvas - CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

I’m sure you’ve seen a variety of different birds on a branch silhouette designs out there, I know I have. But what about love birds on a branch? Amazingly enough, there are lots of those too! I wanted to paint a small canvas with love birds on a branch, just for Valentine’s Day as a fun piece of decor that   Read More »

70′s Butterfly Wall Hanging Redo


Do you remember those little ensembles hanging in your grandma’s bathroom? This one came with two butterflies and a little oval mirror. I found it at a thrift store just dying for a new home. I still have plans for the mirror, but for now I’ll show you the butterfly metamorphosis. ;) It really is amazing what a little spray   Read More »

Updating My Switch Plates with Renu!


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Leviton for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Do you watch the DIY Network? When I can pry the remote out of my husband’s  hand I do! Kidding, he watches it too, he’s all into that remodeling stuff.  We both love when we can update things in our home   Read More »

Giving is Better Than Selling

Manny and April of Manny's Snack Shack in Twin Lakes, WI with EAT Sign by Amanda Formaro @amandaformaro of Crafts by Amanda

This is Manny and April. They own Manny’s Snack Shack in the little hidden country lake town that I live in, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. The cafe has been around awhile and has earned a great reputation, which keeps locals and visitors alike flocking to their doors. It’s quite small, what many people would refer to as one of those amazing   Read More »

Quick Decorative Bottle Transformation


I have a small collection of pretty bottles. Whenever I see one with a cool shape or design at a thrift store I grab it. The collection like I said, is quite small, so I can keep it contained, but it was also rather plain. Where I used to live the “plain” worked fine. But here in my kitchen of   Read More »

Tie Dye Decoupage Monogram Frame


How fun is this letter frame? My daughter found it at the thrift store. There were 3 of them, J, F, and W. She bought the “J” frame as a gift for her friend Jordan, and the “F” for our last name, Formaro. Jordan’s birthday was last month and we made this stenciled frame for her. She’s also the one   Read More »

DIY Milk Glass Cake Plate


I think milk glass is one of the prettiest things on the planet. I don’t entertain much, so I don’t need lovely items to show off my food to guests too often, but because of my food blog, Amanda’s Cookin’, I need these type of lovelies for food props! I’ve wanted a milk glass cake plate for a long time.   Read More »

Bleached Burlap Vintage Jewelry Luminaries

Bleached Burlap Vintage Jewelry Luminaries - CraftsbyAmanda.com

These pretty luminaries are dressed up with bleached burlap and old costume jewelry. A great way to use up miss matched clip on earrings from your grandma or for those fun thrift store finds. I found mine at the flea market, a big bag of mismatched earrings, necklaces and other baubles all waiting to be repurposed into something fun and   Read More »

Vintage Quotation Frame

Vintage Quotation Frame

Frames are an easy and inexpensive way to accessorize any room in your home. They also make fabulous gifts and can be tailored to anyone’s tastes. These wooden frames are only a dollar at most craft stores, making them a really frugal gift too! This vintage looking frame holds a simple quotation and it’s very easy to make. I put   Read More »

Bathroom Wall Sconce Makeover

Bathroom Wall Sconce Makeover - CraftsbyAmanda.com

We have an ugly bathroom. Well, I really shouldn’t say that. It’s not as ugly as it was when we first bought the house. We’ve made little improvements here and there such as changing out the shower curtain, removing the Victorian wallpaper, replacing the pink toilet, and painting the cabinets. Then there were these ornate wall sconces that just had   Read More »

My Plate Wall


This house was built in the mid 1950′s. That means it has a lot of charm, but it also means that it lacks an open floor plan like the newly constructed homes of today. So instead of a kitchen with a big eat in type dining room, I have a dining room that connects to my kitchen and living room   Read More »

Beach Flag Suncatcher

Beach Flag Suncatcher - CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

Using a piece of glass from an old picture frame and glass stain paints, I created this fun suncatcher. Its design was inspired by the American flag, but I chose a starfish for the flag’s star and light blue and green as my colors since it was for my bathroom. I had no idea how fun these glass stain paints were going   Read More »

Scandinavian Bird Plaque

Scandinavian Bird Plaque - CraftsbyAmanda.com

Scandinavian Christmas decor has been around for a long time, but has really grown in popularity in the last few years. Scandinavian bird ornaments are very popular, so why not a pretty door plaque to welcome friends and family to your home? The beauty of this project is that you don’t have to be a “painter” to do it. If   Read More »

A few cool parties

If you are a craft blogger, I want to tell you about some cool parties that are currently or will be happening soon. If you’re not a craft blogger, but love to see other’s projects, you’ll want to check them out too as people start adding their projects. It’s a great way to find new ideas all in one place!   Read More »