Free Printable Monster Bingo

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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!

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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?


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Halloween "It's All About the Candy" Sign

Sponsored by FloraCraft Make It: Fun®

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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??

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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!

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Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to Artsy Corner link party! I hope you had a great week and are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm always blown away by the projects and recipes shared and am looking forward to seeing all your new posts this week!

artsy-fartsy mama

Thanks to all those who linked up last party. There were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week!!

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Pumpkin Donuts

Donuts are one of my most favorite foods...ever. I really shouldn't love them so much (for obvious reasons), but I just can't let them go. Luckily, they have the reputation of being incredibly time-consuming to cook yourself, so that has kept me from cooking some every.single.day.

Pumpkin Donuts Recipe at artsyfartsymama.com

Then, I discovered the donut pan. Baked donuts might not be the same as our favorite fried ones, but they are delicious nonetheless. These Pumpkin Donuts are everything autumn. They've got the pumpkin, the spices, and enough sweetness to curb your donut craving. They are even simple enough for me to make, so I promise that you can do it, too!!

Ingredients
1 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 3/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin puree
1 tsp vanilla extract

Coating
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Pumpkin Donuts Recipe at artsyfartsymama.com

Directions
  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Add in granulated sugar and brown sugar and whisk until well combined (you don't want any clumps, so break them up with fingertips or spoon if necessary).
  2. Add oil, pumpkin puree and vanilla extract and blend until mixture is well blended. Add eggs and mix until well combined.
  3. Spoon or pipe batter into buttered donut wells, filling each about 3/4 full (almost 1/4 cup for each).
  4. Bake in preheated 350º degree oven for 13-16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a donut comes out clean.
  5. Mix together 1/3 cup sugar and 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon until well combined in a small bowl.
  6. Cool donuts slightly, then add one warm donut to the bowl, and roll it around in the sugar mixture to coat.
  7. Place on wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
    *Donuts can also be frozen for later: freeze donuts after cooling, then thaw and cover with sugar mixture before serving.
Recipe Source: adapted from King Arthur Flour

I'm also teaming up with other bloggers to share more delicious autumn recipes!

10 of the Best Autumn Recipes at artsyfartsymama.com

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Kids DIY Autumn Leaf Wreath

Kids DIY Autumn Leaf Wreath with Free Leaf Printable at artsyfartsymama.com #fall #kidscraft #Elmers

It's starting to look more like autumn around my house, and we're so excited!! My daughter knows the names of the different seasons and that winter is cold and summer is hot, but was asking what exactly happens in the fall. I explained that besides the weather getting a little cooler, the biggest change would be that the leaves change color and fall off the trees.

She has been having a lot of fun helping me get our fall and Halloween decor put up throughout the house, and wanted to make something herself that we could put up with the other decorations. Of course I said yes, and we decided that you can never have too many wreaths!! This Kids DIY Autumn Leaf Wreath is simple enough for kids of any age to make, and is something can do with your kids after school and on the weekends that wouldn’t take up too much time.

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To make our wreath, you'll need my free leaf printable, Painters® Paint Markers (though any markers/crayons/colored pencils could work), and Elmer's School Glue. You'll also need some scrap cardboard for a wreath form.

Kids DIY Autumn Leaf Wreath at artsyfartsymama.com #fall #kidscraft #Elmers

I printed out a few copies of the free leaf printable on cardstock, and let my daughter color away with Painters® Paint Markers (Sierra Sunset). Even though you can use any markers/crayons/colored pencils, I especially love the Painters®. They are opaque, acrylic paint markers that are perfect for decorating, drawing and personalizing almost any surface, and most importantly: they didn't bleed through the paper AT ALL and dried quickly!!

Kids DIY Autumn Leaf Wreath at artsyfartsymama.com #fall #kidscraft #Elmers

Once you're done coloring all the leaves, you and/or your child can work on cutting them all out! Depending on the size of your wreath, you may end up with extra leaves or you'll need to make more. Our wreath ended up being about 12 inches, and we colored 4 pages of leaves.

Kids DIY Autumn Leaf Wreath at artsyfartsymama.com #fall #kidscraft #Elmers

Your wreath form doesn't have to be perfect!! I traced a couple of bowls onto the lid of a thin cardboard box (almost like a cereal box thickness) and cut it out with scissors. While I was cutting, I had my daughter sort the leaves by size into separate piles.

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Starting with the largest leaves, I showed my daughter how to use the Elmer's School Glue so she could handle the project all on her own. She absolutely loved being so independent with it and did a fantastic job! Glue the leaves on however you like, but I found adding them from largest to smallest was the easiest way to go.

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Once the large leaves are glued down (depending on how much glue you put on, you might need to hold them in place for a little bit), start adding the other leaves until it's covered and you can no longer see the wreath form peeking through.

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Let the glue dry completely, then your wreath is ready to put on display!! We had a lot of fun making this wreath, and it was nice spending some bonding time together and being creative.

What are you looking forward to this fall??

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Fudge Brownies

There's nothing quite like a fresh, homemade brownie! My sister used to make pans of them all the time growing up, and they were gone that day. I usually take the shortcut route by making brownies from a box mix, but after making these homemade brownies, I'm never going back. The brownies come out fudgy, chewy, and irresistible!! You can even combine the dry ingredients and make your own "mix" to use for days when you feel like doing a little less work but need to get your brownie fix! 

Easy Fudge Brownies Recipe at artsyfartsymama.com

Ingredients
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla

Directions
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder.
  2. Stir in eggs, oil, and vanilla until well combined.
  3. Spread batter (it will be thick) into greased or lined 9x9 pan.
  4. Bake at 350º degrees for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Recipe adapted from Food.com

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Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to Artsy Corner link party! I hope you had a great week and are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm always blown away by the projects and recipes shared and am looking forward to seeing all your new posts this week!

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Thanks to all those who linked up last party. There were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week!!

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Kids DIY Letter Decor


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Crafting with kids can be a lot of fun, and can sometimes really turn into something quite memorable. This particular craft helped teach my daughter that by using her imagination, she can create anything!! It was also interesting that this project also had some unexpected surprises, which taught her (and reminded me, once again) that even though you might have a "craft fail", you can still turn it around into something even better than you imagined.

Kids DIY Letter Decor at artsyfartsymama.com

This Kids DIY Letter Decor is the kind of project that will entertain kids of any age for hours. It makes for a great rainy day craft, or one that you can use for days when they are just bored.

We found a paper maché letter Z at the craft store for about $3. My daughter loves everything sparkly and shiny, so I got out some Shimmer Poms, Sequins, Peel & Stick Heart Acrylic Jewels, and Acrylic Circle Jewels (from CraftProjectIdeas.com) and used some Elmer's Gel School Glue to attach everything to the letter.

Kids DIY Letter Decor at artsyfartsymama.com

I dumped all the supplies into cups, laid down a mat for her to work on, and told her she had total creative freedom. She was able to easily peel the backing from the adhesive jewels and would add drops of glue to the letter to attach the others.

Kids DIY Letter Decor at artsyfartsymama.com

It took a bit of practice, but she quickly got the hang of adding just enough glue so that it wasn't squishing out everywhere. She's one to not really like getting her hands messy, so this was a big accomplishment! Sadly, the poms wouldn't stick with the glue, so we nixed that idea and stuck with the bling. 

Kids DIY Letter Decor at artsyfartsymama.com

Since the poms weren't sticking, it left quite a bit of empty space and I wasn't so keen about getting out paint at this point. Instead, I got out some Neon Glitter Glue and told her how it works and to have at it!!

Kids DIY Letter Decor at artsyfartsymama.com

She had a lot of fun drawing with the glues and adding some extra sparkle. These glitter glues are the perfect size for little hands, and the neon colors are so fun!!

Kids DIY Letter Decor at artsyfartsymama.com

Then, we had a bit of a glitter glue...explosion. There must have been a plug in the glitter glue bottle and squeezed too hard. We had a good laugh over the whole thing, and then I explained how sometimes things can go very, very wrong when you work on a project, but if you take a minute to calm down and take another look at it, you can fix it!! This mess looked pretty bad, but it didn't have to mean we were done.

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Instead, I showed her how to spread the glue out with fingers (and refill the empty glitter glue container with the excess) and that we would make the letter look even better than we planned. Since glitter glue is actually a glue and not just for looks, we could now put all the bling in the glitter glue spread and put the school glue away!

Kids DIY Letter Decor at artsyfartsymama.com

She worked on filling different areas with the glitter glue so that there would be blocks of different colors, then stuck on jewels in the globs. It worked out great and was even easier/faster than the way she was gluing before!!

Kids DIY Letter Decor at artsyfartsymama.com

The glitter glue takes a while to dry, so it was simple to add extra jewels and sequins in areas that needed a little extra bling. Since we had already glued on some jewels before and were already dried, we just used the tips of the glitter glues to go around the gems without a problem.

Kids DIY Letter Decor at artsyfartsymama.com

Since we had so much glue on the letter, we let it dry overnight. It was completely dry in the morning, and my daughter has been so proud of herself!! She put it on display in her bedroom, and it makes me happy to see how much fun she had even though we had a few craft fails.

What are some of your craft fails??

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"Happy" Seasonal Block

"Happy" Seasonal Block Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Decorating for each season is a lot of fun, but it can be frustrating when you have to have multiple boxes to store all of those decorations when you aren't using them, much less trying to find all your decor in the piles. This "Happy" Seasonal Block is super simple, and a bonus - you can keep it on display all year-round and it costs less than $10 to make!!

"Happy" Seasonal Block Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Supplies:
"Happy" Chunky Word Letters at Poppy Seed Projects
1 3/4" X 1 3/4" X 10" Basswood Carving Block (Michaels)
   **OR you can purchase a 2" x 3.5" x 9 Pine Block Base at Poppy Seed Projects
Acrylic Paints
Glitter
Vinyl

I chose the basswood base block instead mostly because it's square. That way, I can use all four sides of the block throughout the year instead of switching them out.

"Happy" Seasonal Block Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Start by choosing which color paint you want your "Happy" to be, and find a matching glitter. I chose Americana paint in Bahama Blue and used Recollections Glitter in Paradise. I ended up painting about three coats for full coverage, letting it dry completely between coats.

"Happy" Seasonal Block Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Once the "Happy" is dry, paint a coat of Mod Podge on the front of the letters. Then, pour the glitter over the letters. Let dry for a few minutes, then carefully stand the block up and tap lightly on the table to shake off any excess glitter. Seal the glitter by spraying a few coats of clear spray paint. This will help keep the glitter in place and you won't have a glittery mess every time you move the block.

"Happy" Seasonal Block Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Next, I painted the base block with about 3 coats of Americana paint in Snow (Titanium) White. Let it dry completely.


While the block is drying, cut out the seasons. I used my handy Cricut Explore to cut our summer, autumn, winter, and spring out of Gold Glitter Vinyl from Expressions Vinyl. Apply each word on all four sides of the block.

"Happy" Seasonal Block Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

After the vinyl was placed, the project is done! Stack the "Happy" block on top of the base, and just simply rotate the base block to change for each season!!

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