Monster Crafts & Recipes

Halloween is almost here! Of course, monsters are synonymous with the Halloween holiday, so why not make some fun monster crafts? Whether it’s Frankenstein, mummies or vampire bats, here are some fun goodies to make and eat. Many of these are crafts I have made over the years for FC :) Tin Can Frankensteinby Amanda Formaro Make this darling little   Read More »

DIY Spooky Tree Painting for Halloween

DIY Spooky Tree Painting for Halloween by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

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 left over from another project, so I found a great tree stencil and made this easy painting, which is perfect for your Halloween mantle.   Read More »

Creepy Hand Luminaries for Halloween

Creepy Hand Luminaries for Halloween by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

I love Halloween, it’s such a fun holiday to craft for. It’s that one time of year where people don’t think you’re weird for decorating with creepy, spooky things! I’ve made different types of luminaries for Halloween, including my very popular Painted Jar Luminaries and my Colorful Skull Luminaries. But when I happened across these Handy Halloween Lights from Family   Read More »

Jack O’ Lantern Halloween Door Hanger

Jack O' Lantern Halloween Door Hanger - Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda

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 would work for fall too, not just Halloween. Because I love to make luminaries, I tend to have a lot of canning lids   Read More »

Spooky Eyeball Treat Bag

Spooky Eyeball Treat Bag

Last year I made these cute monster treat bags for my blog, and I also made this spooky eyeball bucket for Disney’s Kaboose.com. So this year I decided to combine the two and throw in some color, and that’s how I came up with the spooky eyeball treat bag! I’m all about color for Halloween, I’m sure you’ve seen that   Read More »

Halloween Ghost Crafts

I’ve made a few ghost crafts for FamilyCorner, so I thought I would share them here. One of the most popular is the Ghost Luminaries. Ghost Luminaries Greet this year’s trick or treaters with a frightfully fun lighted path to your door. Kids can make these fun luminaries with very few supplies and plenty of imagination. Get started today! You   Read More »

New Halloween crafts

I’ve added a few new crafts for Halloween to FC. The kids will love these. They are easy to make and oh so cute! Chenille Stem Skeleton – Bend him, twist him, hang him from the ceiling! This cute little skeleton is perfect for Halloween. Kids will love making this craft from chenille stems! A fun Halloween craft for kids.   Read More »

Halloween Treat Cups

Halloween Treat Cups - CraftsbyAmanda.com

Halloween parties are really fun for kids, and these days there are so many creative and crafty ways to celebrate! Takes these little Halloween themed treat cups featuring Frankenstein, a Jack O’Lantern, a one-eyed monster and lots of eyes peeking out from the dark. Fill them with edibles and trinkets and they make a great take away when the kids   Read More »

Colorful Skull Luminaries for Halloween

Colorful Skull Luminaries for Halloween @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

I am all about color when it comes to crafting. There’s something about lots of different colors that just makes me smile. These skull luminaries use four common Halloween themed colors and will light up the night on Halloween! You’ll get a lot of comments and compliments on Halloween night as trick or treaters come to your door. They even   Read More »

Halloween Monster Yard Lights

Halloween Monster Yard Lights

We’ve all seen the fun Halloween and Christmas luminaries made from milk jugs. This is a different twist  on that basic idea and a fun way to light up your yard or walkway for Halloween! I recently guest posted over at Someday Crafts with this project, but in case you missed it, here it is! Let’s get started, shall we?   Read More »

Halloween Felt Ghouls: Last Minute Easy Craft

Halloween Felt Ghouls: Last Minute Easy Craft

I was sitting here yesterday trying to decide what would be the easiest, least expensive, last minute Halloween craft. At first I was going to use construction paper, and you certainly could, but I really like felt so much better. These are such cute little ghouls and they can literally be made in a few short minutes! So if you   Read More »

Halloween Hand Print Ghoul Banner


Halloween brings out the creativity in me more than any other time of year. Not even Christmas conjures of the ideas that go through my head at Halloween. If you visit this blog regularly, you know I am obsessed with creating fun crafts for kids that use inexpensive or recycled supplies. I know that when I was a young mother   Read More »

Halloween Painted Jar Luminaries


This isn’t the first time I’ve made luminaries for Halloween. Several years ago I made these painted Ghost Luminaries which are posted on FamilyCorner, these decoupaged Pumpkin Luminaries and this Candy Corn luminary which are both posted on Disney’s Kaboose. Today I made some colorful luminaries inspired by the ones I saw on this cute blog called Not So Idle Hands.   Read More »

Bleeding Place Cards for your Halloween Party

Bleeding Place Cards for your Halloween Party

If you are hosting a Halloween party for kids, especially kids 5th grade and up, they are really going to love these place cards. They are quite simple, kids will just need a little patience to allow the paint to dry, so be sure to start very early in the day or even a day ahead. I’ve even included a   Read More »

Halloween Craft: Paper Bag Puppets

Halloween Craft: Paper Bag Puppets by CraftsbyAmanda.com

The brown paper lunch bag has been made into numerous different paper bag puppets over the years. This year, grab the kids and have them make these Halloween puppets, complete with a Jack O’Lantern, black cat, a witch, the mummy, Frankenstein and Dracula! If you prefer happy faces over scary faces, that’s totally in your control. Simply make facial pieces   Read More »

Eek Door Banner for Halloween

Eek Door Banner for Halloween by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Here’s a fun way to dress up your front door this Halloween. It’s easy to paint eyeballs peering out of the darkness using black paint as your back drop. You will need some wooden or paper mache letters for this project, or you can get creative and cut them from cardboard! If you do decide to use cardboard, you’ll want   Read More »

Bubble Wrap Stamping for Halloween

Bubble Wrap Stamping for Halloween @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

This is such a fun way to create, kids adore it and the results are always adorable. You can get small rolls of bubble wrap at WalMart or the dollar store. A little goes a long way and one stamp will make many pictures! I posted these Halloween Bubble Wrap Stamps over at KixCereal.com. Come on over and find out   Read More »