Monday, September 29, 2014

Free Printable Monster Bingo

Free Printable Monster Bingo at artsyfartsymama.com

Most of my Bingo printables are for the holidays, so I decided to make one that can be used almost any time of the year! This Monster Bingo would still be fun to play at a Halloween party, but could also be used at a monster-themed birthday party, or for every day use with your own little monster fan. I tried to make the colors fun for both boys and girls, so I hope you have a lot of fun with it!!
 
Download the Monster Bingo Set
(single PDF file includes 8 Bingo cards and calling pieces)


I've gotten a lot of requests to make more than 8 Bingo cards for larger groups that will be playing Bingo. To help solve this problem without having to create a whole bunch of card designs, I've put together a version that will make it easy for everyone to customize their own Bingo card.

Free Printable Monster Bingo at artsyfartsymama.com

Print out the Blank Summer Bingo Set, which comes with a blank card (with the "free" space already added), all 24 Bingo pieces, and the calling cards. Print out the cards on cardstock, and the Bingo pieces on cardstock or regular copy paper.

Cut the Bingo pieces by following the lines. Glue the pieces wherever you want on the card with a glue stick until all the spaces (except the "free" space) are covered. This would be a fun activity for older kids to do all on their own. Younger children will need some assistance with the cutting, but my daughter had no problem gluing all the pieces down herself.

(single PDF file includes blank Bingo card, Bingo pieces, and calling pieces)


Just like my Halloween Bingo, Under the Sea BingoThanksgiving BingoChristmas BingoEaster BingoBirthday BingoSummer Bingo, and Back to School Bingo, I'm sure this version will be a hit with everyone, young and old!

Game Instructions 
1. Pick some kind of object to mark your squares: buttons, candy, beans, M&Ms, wrapped candy, cereal, or any other small items work great!
2. Give each player a Bingo card and markers (or put your own together with the DIY set). Have each player put a marker over the free space.
3. The caller will draw a calling piece and announce the item on the card. Each player will cover that item on their card with a marker. Once a player has 5 squares covered in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally), they call out "BINGO!" and win the game!

Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you post this on the internet, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to my blog.

Download Instructions:
On the top left under "File", click the "Download" option. A pop-up window should appear. Make sure the "Save File" option is selected, then click OK to download.

To lengthen the life of the prints, I would recommend printing the Bingo cards and calling pieces on cardstock and then laminating. All files are 8.5x11 inches and put together in a single PDF format.


Have fun!! Would love to hear from you if you play using my printable!


Sunday, September 28, 2014

30+ DIY Kids Halloween Costumes

30+ DIY Kids Halloween Costume Ideas at artsyfartsymama.com

One of my favorite things about Halloween is seeing all the adorable and creative costumes on all the kids! Sometimes just the idea of making your own costumes can be overwhelming, but it can really save you so much money in the end and your child will be sport something unique on the big day!

Today I'm sharing over 30 DIY Halloween costume ideas for kids that you can modify for any age. There is a mix of no-sew, sewing, crochet, and some that are made simply with materials you probably already have at home!!

30+ DIY Kids Halloween Costume Ideas at artsyfartsymama.com

1. Labyrinth: The Goblin King Costume by @leapdaredance
2. DIY Scuba Diver Costume by Artsy-Fartsy Mama
3. Mario & Luigi Costumes by Smashed Peas and Carrots
4. Ariel Costume by Life with Poot-n-Toots
5. No-Sew Minnie Mouse Costume by Girl Loves Glam
6. Where's Waldo Crochet Hat Pattern and Costume by Repeat Crafter Me
7. Handmade Lalaloopsy Doll Costumes by Birds and Soap, Soap and Birds
8. Clark Kent Toddler Costume by Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home
9. Elsa Dress Tutorial by Girl. Inspired.
10. Viking Costume by I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar
11. (Not So) Cowardly Lion Costume by Girl Like the Sea
12. Thing 1 & Thing 2 Wig Tutorial by How Does She?
13. Flynn Rider Costume by Make It and Love It
14. No-Sew Donut Costume by Atkinson Drive
15. Homemade No-Sew Supergirl Costume by Mama. Papa. Bubba

30+ DIY Kids Halloween Costume Ideas at artsyfartsymama.com

16. Cute Little Witch Costume by Wine and Glue
17. My Little Pony Rainbow Dash Costume by Craftiness is Not Optional
18. Baby Frozen Anna & Kristoff Costumes by Rae Gun Ramblings
19. DIY Bee Costume by Cutesy Crafts
20. DIY No-Sew Kids Buzz Lightyear Costume by Fun at Home with Kids
21. Little Red Riding Hood Costume by Artsy-Fartsy Mama
22. Olivia Costume by Making It Lovely
23. DIY Mickey Mouse Costume by The Chirping Moms
24. Lumberjack Costume with Beard and Axe by Make It and Love It
26. No-Sew Cat Costume by Artsy-Fartsy Mama
27. Star Trek Halloween Costumes by Tried & True
28. Pinocchio Costume by Eclectic Momsense
29. DIY Olaf Costume by Desert Chica
31. Up Baby by Auburn Soul Photography
32. DIY Cheshire Cat Costume by Sugar Tart Crafts
33. Quick & Easy Garden Gnome Costume by Adventure in a Box

Which costume(s) are your favorites? What are your kids going to be for Halloween?


Follow my Costume Shtuff board on Pinterest for even more costume inspiration:


Friday, September 26, 2014

Halloween "It's All About the Candy" Sign

Sponsored by FloraCraft Make It: Fun®

Halloween "It's All About the Candy" Sign at artsyfartsymama.com #MakeItFunCrafts

It's so much fun decorating for Halloween!! I like to go more for the fun side of Halloween decor rather than the creepy, so I made a cute (and honest) sign to hang up with my other decor. The other fun part? The sign is made of styrofoam so it weighs practically nothing!

Halloween "It's All About the Candy" Sign at artsyfartsymama.com #MakeItFunCrafts

To make this sign, you'll need:
FloraCraft® Make it: Fun® foam block 12" x 18" x 1"
FloraCraft® Smooth Finish (1-2 containers)
Acrylic Paint - black, white, orange, yellow
Vinyl or stencils

Halloween "It's All About the Candy" Sign at artsyfartsymama.com #MakeItFunCrafts

Using a putty knife or spatula, stir up the jar of Smooth Finish. It should be the consistency of frosting. If it seems clumpy, just add a little bit of water to thin it out. Then, spread the Smooth Finish over the front and sides of the board until it is completely covered (one 8 oz. container covered the front and sides of mine). Let the Smooth Finish dry completely.

While one container did the job just fine, I would recommend having another container to give the board an extra coat on the front and to cover the back with a coat. I didn't have enough to do the back, so the styrofoam would "snow" all over everything every time I moved it.

Halloween "It's All About the Candy" Sign at artsyfartsymama.com #MakeItFunCrafts

Once the Smooth Finish is dry, you can paint the board! If you don't like the texture, you can lightly sand it down. I kept it as-is. I painted two coats of a metallic black acrylic paint to the front and sides. Since the Smooth Finish has covered the styrofoam, you could even use a spray paint if you wanted to. I also painted the back with some regular black acrylic paint using a sponge brush to help keep the foam from flaking every time I touched it.

Halloween "It's All About the Candy" Sign at artsyfartsymama.com #MakeItFunCrafts

While the paint is drying, I put together my design in Cricut Design Space™ and cut it out with my Cricut Explore™. Weed out the words, apply the vinyl to the board with transfer paper, and you're left with a great vinyl stencil!!

Halloween "It's All About the Candy" Sign at artsyfartsymama.com #MakeItFunCrafts

The vinyl should stick pretty well (but not too well) to the board so that you can paint the words on. Dab a sponge brush in the paint, then tap off excess before painting. Too much paint, and you'll get paint bleeding under the stencil. Just remember to paint thin coats, and you should be fine.

Halloween "It's All About the Candy" Sign at artsyfartsymama.com #MakeItFunCrafts

I wanted the word "candy" to look like candy corn, so I started by painting the top 1/3 or so with white paint. To cover the black, you'll need at least 3 coats. Work slowly so that each coat can dry before you add another coat. Once the white section is done, work on the orange section, then the yellow. No, my lines aren't perfectly straight or even, but I figured that neither are candy corns, so it works. Right??

Halloween "It's All About the Candy" Sign at artsyfartsymama.com #MakeItFunCrafts

Slowly peel up the vinyl as soon as you're done painting. If you have any paint peel up or bleed, just touch it up with a small paint brush. Attach some of the jute twine to the back of the sign, and you're done! Hang it up with your other Halloween decor and enjoy!

Visit FloraCraft on Pinterest and Facebook for inspiration and to see what the rest of the Make It: Fun Team has created!


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