Oliver with trainPROJECT KID is a craft book and so much more—it’s a way of seeing the world and interacting with your children. PROJECT KID shows you how to craft clever creations from almost everything around you. Spaghetti boxes become skyscrapers and juice boxes are transformed into owls. Plastic fly swatters are needlepointed and an oven mitt becomes a miniature sleeping bag. And that’s just the beginning. Once you begin crafting with your kid, filling your house with delightful pieces to play with and admire, you will bask in an enchanting sense of accomplishment. Plus, you will be part of an exciting, growing craft movement. Welcome to PROJECT KID.

It’s time to refocus time spent with our kids. While screen time is relaxing, entertaining, and, in this day and age, necessary (you are, after all, looking at a screen right now), there is something unrivaled about unplugging and focusing on the here and now with your children. Here being the room in which you sit, and now being that exact moment in time, not caring who responded to your email or how many likes you got on that last Facebook update. We are programmed to check into our devices, but taking time to power down will exercise creative muscles that yield amazing results for you and your family.

Unplugging is a favorite catch-phrase among parenting advisors these days. And crafting together is a common recommendation of how to spend meaningful time together. But you need a playful manual to convince your kids that creating something together has a purpose and a reward. That is PROJECT KID. The crafts in the book and on this website are not toss-away coloring pages. They are objects that can decorate, enliven, and beautify your home. And, that’s just a bonus of bonding over crafts with your kids.


AmandaAs the Lifestyle Director for Parents from 2007 to 2013, the most read parenting magazine in the country, Amanda has established herself as the expert in the world of kids’ crafts. At Parents, she oversaw all D.I.Y. content for the print magazine, the iPad edition, and Parents.com, including holiday craft stories, birthday party ideas, family activities, stylish home makeovers, and organizing solutions. In this 6-year post, she crafted, wrote, edited, and art-directed over 50 middle-of-book feature stories.

Before joining the staff of Parents, Amanda worked as a craft, garden, and decorating stylist for Katie Brown, a nationally recognized lifestyle personality. She produced and appeared in seasons one and two of Katie Brown Workshop on PBS and co-wrote and co-crafted two books, Katie Brown Weekends and Katie Brown’s Outdoor Entertaining.

Her newest creation, PROJECT KID: 100 Ingenious Crafts for Family Fun (Artisan Books, April 2014), is the ultimate crafting book for parents and kids—DIY gurus and novices alike. Complete with full-color, step-by-step photographs and easy-to-follow instructions, this book is packed with inventive, stylish projects made from reusable and affordable materials.

Amanda has wielded her glue gun on Lifetime’s I Do Diaries: Beg, Borrow, and Steal, NBC’s LX New York, ABC News Now, Better TV, Parents TV, Good Morning, America! and various other local television news programs.

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Amanda currently lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband Michael, son Oliver, and daughter Sommer.