Metallic Vintage Bird Decor

Make these Metallic Vintage Birds using vintage costume jewelry and paint! Project by @amandaformaro

I don’t use metallic paints a lot, but they can add that special something you are looking for in a room. Normally I would associate metallic paints with Christmas projects, things that require a shiny finish. But in this particular case, I combined this paint finish with some mismatched jewelry from a garage sale to make this super easy vintage   Read More »

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 »

Stenciled Chalky Finish Table Makeover

Stenciled Chalky Finish Table Makeover by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

I’ve been dying to try the new chalky finish paint that arrived a few weeks ago. We just had our floors done so we had to move several pieces of furniture to make that happen, so I took advantage of that time to redo this rickety old corner table I have. The changes I’ve been making to my living room   Read More »

Weathered Paint Stick Beach Flag

Paint Stick Beach Flag by CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

Beach decor is probably my all time favorite. I love making things with starfish, seashells, and sand dollars. There’s something about beach decor that brings the ocean indoors and reminds me of how relaxed I feel when I’m there. I live in the midwest, quite a ways from the ocean, so bringing it into my decor is the next best   Read More »

Snowman Painted Jar: Snow Place Like Home

Snowman Painted Jar: Snow Place Like Home by Amanda Formaro

I created this snowman pattern back in 2002 when I was pretty heavy into tole painting. I haven’t tole painted in a while, but used to do it quite a bit, and snowmen were one of my favorite subjects! I painted this onto a glass jar, but you could use any surface that you like. It would be adorable on   Read More »

Silk Screening at Home

Silk Screening at Home

If you’ve ever wanted to try silk screening at home, there’s a new kit on the market that allows you to create your own custom designs. You can certainly buy pre-cut screen stencils as well, but I think the fun part is being able to create your own. My daughter is a senior in high school and there have been   Read More »

Beach Starfish Plaque


I have decided to give my bathroom a beach makeover. The biggest problem with this bathroom is the overabundance of green tile. It is everywhere. To top that off, there’s an entire wall of cabinets, and they were painted green to match! There was also some really hideous wallpaper and some very ugly ornate fixtures. In order to spruce it   Read More »

PB Inspired Rustic Colonial American Flag

PB Inspired Rustic Colonial American Flag

I have always had a soft spot for Americana decor. When I came across the great big American flag in the Pottery Barn catalog I was immediately drawn to it. So were several other crafty bloggers, it’s probably one of the most popular PB knock offs I’ve seen yet! I have known for a while I wanted to make it,   Read More »

Great Craft Ideas – February 2014

Favorite Craft Projects for February 2014 @amandaformaro

I am constantly out perusing for great craft ideas. Everyday I share things either that I’ve made myself or things others have made that I’ve found around the web. There are so many amazing project ideas out there. The Internet has provided us with a free and simple way to find just about anything, something we couldn’t do 20 years ago.   Read More »

Clock Redo


This is a very simple revamp I did of a clock we’ve actually had for years. Our design tastes have changed over time, and while the clock is still in excellent shape, it just doesn’t blend with my decor any longer. A can of black satin spray paint can really work wonders! This took almost no time at all. There   Read More »

Weathered Newport Beach Sign

How to make a Weathered Newport Beach Sign from CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

My bathroom decor is beach themed. Renovating the bathroom of this old house would be quite expensive, so I have been adding little touches here and there over time. We painted the green cabinets, peeled the ugly Victorian wallpaper, replaced the very 70s ornate light fixtures and painted the walls. I’ve finally started working on artwork for the bathroom, and   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 »

Numbered Decorative Orbs


When DecoArt first introduced their new product Magikote, they asked me to try it out. I made these numbered orbs to use as a decorative accent inside a glass vase or displayed in a basket. I love the crackled look and the colors are very neutral and warm. You could use any colors your heart desires, but I’ve provided you   Read More »

Road Map Birdhouses

Road Map Birdhouses from CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

When I go to the flea market during the warm months, I’m always looking for old maps to use in craft projects and home decor projects. Last fall I picked up a few state road maps, but each time I tried to use them in a project they just weren’t the right fit.   However, when I saw and saved   Read More »

Distressed Eat Sign


In the fall of 2010 I was a contestant in Round Two of Crafting with the Stars. The theme for the second round was “paint” and we could pretty much do whatever we wanted! My first thought was to redo this bookshelf that I have, but it wasn’t really floatin’ my boat, if you know what I mean. Then I   Read More »

Weathered Beach Signs

Weathered Beach Signs

  Spring break has come and gone and many people hit the beach during this time of year. We come back home with a bag of seashells, the sound of the ocean waves crashing in our ears, and the smell of warm, summery air in our nostrils. Bring a little of that beachy feeling home even farther by making some   Read More »

Rusty Wall Hanging Redos


Ok so it’s a really crappy post title, but I really couldn’t think of anything better. LOL! There are two projects in this post, one more detailed than the other, but they both ended up on the living room wall. :) Over the summer my husband brought home a rusty old cat weather vane ground stake. He knew I would   Read More »