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Mosaic Heart for Valentine’s Day

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When my daughter (now 19) was 6 years old, we came up with this cute Valentine’s Day craft made from poster board, construction paper, and magazine pages. I remember the look on my daughter’s face vividly, smiling and happy, the whole time we were making these. She loved every aspect of it, turned out to be such as easy craft   Read More »

The Loss of a Mother: A Mother’s Day Plea

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If you follow my cooking blog, Amanda’s Cookin’, then last week you may have read that it was my 45th birthday and I dedicated my cake and post to my late mother. She passed away at my age. 45. It was devastating, and it still is. It’s been 22 years and the hurt still lingers. Then I heard about Heidi’s   Read More »

Freedom Friends for MLK Day

Freedom Friends for MLK Day @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

It’s been a few years since I made these for Kaboose (now Spoonful) but the message remains the same. A great craft for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and a great teaching opportunity for parents. Freedom, equality, diversity. Get the tutorial on Spoonful here – Freedom Friends.

3D Tissue Paper Shamrock

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St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17th, so if you are looking for a last minute idea to keep the kids busy, this may just be the answer. Do you remember doing this? Tear or cut the tissue paper into squares, then twist it around the eraser end of a pencil and press onto a glued pattern. My kids always   Read More »

Conversation Marble Magnets for Valentine’s Day

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I’m sure these could be a lot neater or fancier by printing out the lettering on your printer, but if you are looking for something that’s not only fast and easy but also kid friendly, this is the way to go. All you are going to need are some flat glass marbles, a black Sharpie and some pastel paper. These   Read More »

Dictionary Magnets with Crafty Words

Dictionary Magnets with Crafty Words by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

These fun and super easy magnets are made using flat marbles and dictionary pages. I used crafty words from the dictionary, but you could use any words you wanted. And the great thing about using dictionary pages is that they aren’t necessarily “girly” and would make great gifts for guys. Think of words that relate to his field of work   Read More »

Coiled Cardboard Tube Rainbow Mobile

Coiled Cardboard Tube Rainbow Mobile by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Coiling a cardboard tube is really easy after painting it. The paint hardens the cardboard, but the trick is coiling it at the right moment. You can make so many things with this method! This Coiled Cardboard Tube Rainbow Mobile that I made for Spoonful is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day and for spring. Bring on the rainbows! Get my   Read More »

End of the Rainbow Loot Buckets

End of the Rainbow Loot Buckets by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun time for celebrations and kids love throwing a party! A party means treat cups, so I’ve put together an easy project for you. Fill these with toys, trinkets and candy to send home with party guests. Get my instructions for these End of the Rainbow Loot Buckets at Spoonful.com.

Rainbow Crafts: Layered Felt Rainbow Magnet

Rainbow Crafts: Layered Felt Rainbow Magnet at CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

Rainbow crafts are really fun for kids because they are so colorful and very easy to make. Sure, you usually see rainbow crafts during St. Patrick’s Day, but rainbows are most common in spring due to the high amount of rain and the parting of the clouds to make way for the sun. Have you ever explained the phenomenon of   Read More »

Four Leaf Clover Paper Plate Crown

Four Leaf Clover Paper Plate Crown by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

This cute hat is easy to make and fun for young kids. A great paper pasting project and a way to make something they can wear. Fun as a takeaway for a St. Patrick’s Day party! Get my tutorial for this Four Leaf Clover Paper Plate Crown on Kix Cereal.

Robot Valentines

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These cute and sparkly robot Valentines are perfect for any child, boy or girl! Use simple supplies such as construction paper, sequins and glitter to create your own fun robot designs. I was walking through Walmart’s clearance section one day when I saw this cute toddler plate. So adorable right? Well I don’t have toddlers at home anymore, but I   Read More »

Mod Podge Photo Collage Clipboard for Him

Mod Podge Photo Collage Clipboard for Him by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

I originally made this clipboard for my husband for Father’s Day, but just haven’t had a chance to post it yet. This was an awesome gift tailored just to him, and here’s why. He’s a car guy. He works on cars, watches TV shows about cars, and loves to tinker with cars. He’s had quite a few different cars, trucks   Read More »

Pipe Cleaner Rainbow Bracelet

Pipe Cleaner Rainbow Bracelet by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Anyone who reads this blog knows that I adore colorful crafts. Spring and Halloween are my two favorite crafting occasions as they are full of color. Rainbows hit the Internet by storm usually at the end of February in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day and the coming of spring. I love rainbow crafts, so I came up with a fun   Read More »

Magazine Mosaic Flag

Magazine Mosaic Flag

Made from recycled magazines, this flag is a fun art activity that kids will love. Showing your patriotism is not just reserved for adults, kids love showing off their USA pride too! This is a great way to use some of those magazines and allow kids to express their creativity. In honor of the 11 year anniversary of September 11th,   Read More »

Homemade Plantable Seed Paper

Homemade Plantable Seed Paper

This is such a fun project for kids and adults alike. I made seed paper for the first time about 4 years ago. It was so much easier than I thought it was going to be and I loved the way it turned out! It’s a fun eco-friendly craft that can be given for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or even   Read More »

4th of July Luminaries

4th of July Luminaries

I made these luminaries today to celebrate the 4th of July. These would work great for Memorial Day and Patriot’s Day as well, or just any time you want to show your patriotic spirit. I’ll be displaying them on my Independence Day table and will light them up as we sit around the campfire. They will make a great addition   Read More »

Shimmering Valentine Gift Boxes

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Need something pretty to fill with candy, jewelry, or even a little love note? Make a pretty trinket box using inexpensive paper mache boxes from the craft store, metallic paint and some pretty scrapbook paper. These little gift boxes are perfect for Valentine’s Day, but can be adapted to any occasion. As I’ve mentioned before, I have a designer gig   Read More »