Artsy-Fartsy Link Party #151

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party!! I hope you've had a great week and that you're ready to share what you've been working on! Here are just a few of the fantastic recipes and projects shared at last week's party:

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Adirondack Chairs for Kids by The DIY Dreamer
Instant Pot Spaghetti by Cooking with Curls
Supernova Pleather Drawstring Duffel Backpack by Sew Can Do
Hazelnut Mocha Cheesecake by The Simple Sweet Life
Unicorn Yogurt Bites by Fun with Mama
DIY Scramble Laundry Bag by Exodus Treasures
Dry Rub Recipe for Ribs by Burlap & Blue
Watering Can Garden Art by Create and Save

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Captain Underpants Movie Night Ideas with Free Printables

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Captain Underpants Movie Night Ideas with Free Printables

My daughter is a bookworm and really enjoys reading the Captain Underpants series. When we first heard about Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, we couldn't wait to see it. We went to the local drive-in to see it a few months ago and absolutely loved it! We are counting down the days until we own it on DVD (September 12th!) and have a fun movie night at home!

If you are new to the world of Captain Underpants, rest assured that it is not just a bunch of crude humor. With the incredible voice talent like Kevin Hart (George) and Ed Helms (Captain Underpants and Mr. Krupp), it's a fun and light-hearted story of the great friendship between Harold and George and their connection through a love of writing and creativity told with outrageous humor that even gets parents laughing.

Captain Underpants Movie Night Ideas with Free Printables

Snacks are must-have for movie nights. At our Captain Underpants movie night at home, we are incorporating the best sidekicks: Pop Secret popcorn and Lance crackers found at Walmart!

Popcorn is the most "pop"ular snack to enjoy with a movie, and is a delicious, high-quality snack with a great buttery taste that you can feel good about sharing with your family. Crackers are also a fun snack to share! With real peanut butter (or real cheese) sandwiched between crispy baked crackers, up to 5 grams of protein, and no high fructose corn syrup, Lance sandwich crackers are a tasty and satisfying snack solution for family movie night! They're also flavorful, wholesome, filling and portable, so any extras you have will go great in lunch boxes.

Make some Captain Underpants Popcorn for Captain Underpants Movie Night Ideas with Free Printables

To add a little bit of Captain Underpants pizzazz, I decided to dress up our popcorn for the occasion! It's super easy to do, and it tastes amazing!! Pop a bag of Pop Secret butter popcorn according to package directions. Pour it out on a cookie sheet and carefully pick out any un-popped kernels.

Place about 20 red candy melt wafers into a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 1 minute. Stir to help distribute the heat, and cook for an additional 30 seconds until all of the wafers have melted. Carefully pour the candy melt into a baggie and cut the corner off. Drizzle the red deliciousness over the popcorn. Immediately top with red sugar sprinkles to give a bit of sparkle and extra crunch!

Let the popcorn cool while you assemble some awesome Captain Underpants printable popcorn/snack boxes!!

Captain Underpants Movie Night Ideas with Free Printable Popcorn Boxes

These popcorn boxes are going to be a hit at your movie night! To make your own, simply download the free printable Captain Underpants popcorn box template and print on white cardstock. Cut out the box following the outer guideline.

Captain Underpants Movie Night Ideas with Free Printable Popcorn Boxes

Next, use a ruler and a scoring tool to score all of the dotted lines. Carefully fold the paper along the score lines and make a crisp crease. 

Captain Underpants Movie Night Ideas with Free Printable Popcorn Boxes

Use some glue, double-sided tape, or a tape runner and add some stickiness to the tab on the left side of the popcorn box template.

Captain Underpants Movie Night Ideas with Free Printable Popcorn Boxes

Carefully bring both ends of the box together. Line up the edges and place the tab underneath the opposite end of the template. Press well and hold in place until it is stuck together well.

Captain Underpants Movie Night Ideas with Free Printable Popcorn Boxes

Last, but most importantly, assemble the bottom of the box. Fold in the "U" shaped side first, then place the opposite tab through it. Then fold in both of the side tabs. I've shared the images above so you can see both the bottom and the inside of the box when it's assembled.

Make some Captain Underpants Popcorn for Captain Underpants Movie Night Ideas with Free Printables

Now that the popcorn has cooled and the candy melt has set, it needs to be broken up so that it can be easily shared with the whole family! Carefully pick up some of the popcorn, and separate it into single or a couple of attached popcorn pieces. Try not to handle it too much since your hands will be warm enough to melt the topping!

Captain Underpants Movie Night Ideas with Free Printable Popcorn Boxes

Now that the popcorn is ready, you can package it in the boxes for your guests! The oils from the popcorn will leave marks on the cardstock. So to prevent that from happening, I put the pieces of popcorn into clear favor bags and tied the top closed with some red jute twine. To go along with the popcorn, I'm also going to put a package of crackers in each treat box for guests to enjoy. Now our snacks will be in one convenient and personalized-size box while we watch the movie!

Captain Underpants Movie Night Ideas with Free Printable Captain Underpants Bingo

Another fun idea for a movie night is to play bingo!! This Captain Underpants Bingo includes all of your favorite characters, including Captain Underpants (of course), George, Harold, as well as a few new ones you might not recognize yet if you haven't seen the movie! The bingo set includes ten bingo cards, so it's easy to print and use for parties. It's fun for every age to play. The calling cards also include the names of the characters in case you don't know who they are.

(Set includes 10 bingo cards and calling cards in a single PDF file)

Captain Underpants Movie Night Ideas with Free Printable Captain Underpants Bingo

The blank set works a little differently. You get one bingo card with empty spaces (except for the "free" spot). Then print and cut out the bingo pieces so you can assemble the bingo cards yourself! Just glue the pieces in place and you're ready to play!

This is a great option for little hands that want to be creative, or if you have a larger group of people and don't want multiple cards that are the same. The blank bingo set includes all the same characters as the full set, but you can create your own bingo card setup.

(Set includes one blank bingo card, bingo pieces, and calling cards in a single PDF file)

Game Instructions
1. Pick some kind of object to mark your squares (popcorn, candy, glass gems, buttons, etc)
2. Give each player a bingo card and markers (or put your own card together with the blank set).
3. Have each player put a marker over the free space.
4. Have one person choose a calling card and say it out loud. Each player will cover that item on their card with a marker.
5. Once a player has 5 squares covered in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally), call out "BINGO!" and win the game!

Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY (classroom, home, libraries, etc).
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you'd like to share this printable, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to this post.

To lengthen the life of the prints, I would recommend printing the bingo cards and calling cards on cardstock. All sets are 8.5x11 inches and combined in a single PDF format.

Who's your favorite Captain Underpants character?

Now you're ready to plan your own movie night! The Captain Underpants DVD will be available in Walmart stores 9/12! Be sure to reserve your copy now by pre-ordering today (while supplies last)!

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Mini Messenger Bag Pattern

Thanks to Therm O Web for sponsoring this post. As always, all of the opinions and text are my own. This post also contains affiliate links.

Make a Mini Messenger Bag with FREE pattern using Therm O Web and Moda fabrics!

My daughter may be obsessed with unicorns, but her other favorite animal is DOGS! She loves playing with our Chipin, Lulu, and taking her for walks. In honor of National Dog Day (on August 26th), I used a selection of Woof Woof Meow fabrics from Moda Fabrics to make her a Mini Messenger Bag for her to hold both dog and human essentials while on their walks to the park!

Make a Mini Messenger Bag with FREE pattern using Therm O Web and Moda fabrics!

As you can see, I finally received a Cricut Maker machine! What better way to break it in than to cut out the pattern for a Mini Messenger Bag?

To make your own Mini Messenger Bag, here's what you'll need:
2+ cotton fabric choices (for main bag, straps, liner and flap)
Rotary blade, scissors, and cutting mat
Sewing machine, thread, etc

For Cricut users:

Make a Mini Messenger Bag with FREE pattern using Therm O Web and Moda fabrics!

After all of the excitement about the new Cricut machine, it was finally time for me to try cutting fabric with it! For me, cutting fabric is the part I hate most. Throughout the process I make so many mistakes, and each piece comes out a little differently. Sometimes I put off starting a sewing project because I get anxiety just thinking about the cutting process. Anyone else??

After uploading the pattern pieces into Design Space (don't adjust the size!), all I had to do was load my fabrics onto the mat and each pattern piece was cut in at least half the time it would have taken me to cut them by hand! Now that I have personal experience, all I can say is: If you are someone who sews a lot, I highly recommend getting a Cricut Maker ASAP!

Make a Mini Messenger Bag with FREE pattern using Therm O Web and Moda fabrics!

Now that I shared a few tips, let's get to the Mini Messenger Bag tutorial! To create the flap portion of the bag, you need:

2 pieces of fabric - I used two different patterns for the outside and the inside

Make a Mini Messenger Bag with FREE pattern using Therm O Web and Moda fabrics!

For the bag, you'll need:

2 pieces of outer bag fabric
2 pieces of lining fabric

Make a Mini Messenger Bag with FREE pattern using Therm O Web and Moda fabrics!

Last, but not least is to cut out the strap pieces. You can adjust the length of the straps to fit however you want. My daughter wanted shorter straps so that the bag hit around her waist. I cut these by hand using a rotary cutter, but only because I didn't have a larger FabricGrip mat.

To make the strap, you'll need:
2 pieces of fabric (I chose two patterns), 4" x 22" (adjust length as necessary)

Make a Mini Messenger Bag with FREE pattern using Therm O Web and Moda fabrics!

HeatnBond Craft Extra Firm Non-Woven Interfacing is essential to this Mini Messenger Bag. It helps give the cotton fabric more stability and will help the bag keep its shape. It's also easy to use! Place the shiny/rough side of the interfacing on the back side of the front flap piece, and both sides of the outer bag pieces. Place a cloth over top, and iron the interfacing onto the fabrics for 10-15 seconds. Let cool completely, and re-iron any parts that didn't stick for 5 more seconds.

Make a Mini Messenger Bag with FREE pattern using Therm O Web and Moda fabrics!

Start by making the bag flap. Line the two flap pieces up, right sides together. Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew along the sides and bottom of the flap and leave the top open. Clip around the curves, being careful not to cut through the seams. Flip it right-side out and iron, then topstitch around the sides and bottom. Set aside.

Make a Mini Messenger Bag with FREE pattern using Therm O Web and Moda fabrics!

Next, put the strap together. Place the fabrics right sides together, and sew around both sides and one end using a 1/4" seam allowance. Flip the strap right-side out and iron. Topstitch around the edges of the strap. Just for fun, I also added another line of stitching down the center.

Make a Mini Messenger Bag with FREE pattern using Therm O Web and Moda fabrics!

Making the bag can seem intimidating, but I promise it's SO simple! Place the outer bag pieces right sides together. Sew both sides and the bottom edges together with a 1/4" seam allowance. Do not sew the corners or the top! Do the same thing with the bag lining.

Press the seams open, then line up the side seam with the bottom seam at the corner on each side and sew them together. Sew the bag lining the same way.

Make a Mini Messenger Bag with FREE pattern using Therm O Web and Moda fabrics!

Flip the outer bag right side out and pop out the corners. Now it can stand all on its own!

Make a Mini Messenger Bag with FREE pattern using Therm O Web and Moda fabrics!

Line up the ends of the strap on each side of the bag and tack in place. Make sure it isn't twisted before sewing on the other end of the strap! Next, line up the open end of the flap with the top of the back of the bag. Carefully fold the flap over to make sure that the side of the flap you want showing is on the right side before you tack it in place. 

Make a Mini Messenger Bag with FREE pattern using Therm O Web and Moda fabrics!

While the lining is still inside-out, place the bag inside of it and line up the top edges of the bag, straps and flap with the lining. Pin in place and sew all the way around with a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving a 4" gap open.

Make a Mini Messenger Bag with FREE pattern using Therm O Web and Moda fabrics!

Bring the bag through the opening of the seam and flip it right-side out. Press the lining down into the bag and press the top edges if needed. Topstitch around the entire top of the bag, making sure to sew the gap that you left open for turning gets closed up.

Make a Mini Messenger Bag with FREE pattern using Therm O Web and Moda fabrics!

This Mini Messenger Bag is the perfect size for kids to use to hold their favorite items, or fill it with your dog walking essentials! You can fit dog treats, toys, waste bags, and a whole lot more. I love how this bag turned out, and think this pattern will be a great (and simple) gift idea!!

Make a Mini Messenger Bag with FREE pattern using Therm O Web and Moda fabrics!

I think Lulu totally approves of this Mini Messenger Bag for my daughter to use when she takes her on walks! What do you think?

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Artsy-Fartsy Link Party #150

Happy Thursday and welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party!! I hope you've had a wonderful week and are ready to share what you've been working on! Here are just a few of the awesome projects and recipes shared at last week's party:

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DIY Chalkboard with Mail & Key Holder by Simply Beautiful by Angela
Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks by Fluster Buster
Reading Punch Card Printable by Satusuma Designs
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Brownie Bottom by A Sprinkle of Joy
Sensational Peanut Butter and Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies by My Favorite Finds
Printable Anchor Cards by White House Crafts
IPA Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers by Craft Beering
How to Upholster a Square Stool by Neli Design

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DIY Magnetic Classroom Attendance & Lunch Count Board

Make classroom management easier with a DIY Magnetic Classroom Attendance & Lunch Count Board!

DIY Magnetic Classroom Attendance & Lunch Count Board

My husband's classroom is ready to go! The last thing he needed was something that would help him be able to record student attendance and lunch counts in an easier and faster way. He's a big fan of allowing the students to become independent in his classroom, so I think this DIY Magnetic Classroom Attendance & Lunch Count Board is going to be really helpful!

DIY Magnetic Classroom Attendance & Lunch Count Board

I started by making a magnet for each student. They are really simple to make, but it takes a little bit of time for the glue to dry. Here's what you'll need:
  • Large, clear glass gems
  • 3/4 inch magnets
  • 1 inch circle paper punch
  • Aleene's Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Names (or numbers), printed on copy paper with a laser printer

DIY Magnetic Classroom Attendance & Lunch Count Board

Print each student's name out on copy paper with a laser printer. Cardstock is too thick and peels up around the edges (just trust me). If you use an inkjet printer, the glue can make the ink run and make the words unreadable. If you don't want to write names, you can assign each student a number instead! Do what works for you. Just make sure that when you type up the names/numbers that they look best when they are 3/4" wide.

Cut out the names with the 1 inch paper punch. Add a small drop of glue on the flat side of the glass gem. Place the paper circle face down onto the gem and press to evenly distribute the glue. Let the glue dry.

Next, add a small drop of glue to one side of a magnet, then press it down onto the back side of the paper circle. Hold it in place for a minute or two, and set it aside away from the other magnets to let dry completely. Repeat the process until all the magnets are assembled!

DIY Magnetic Classroom Attendance & Lunch Count Board

To make your board, you'll need a few supplies:

DIY Magnetic Classroom Attendance & Lunch Count Board

Here's what you'll need to cut out for a 14x16 board:
  • One 14"x1/4" strip
  • Three 5"x1/4" strips
  • "Attendance" or "Absent" wording, 1" high
  • "Home", "Lunch 1", and "Lunch 2" wording, 1" high

I used Design Space to make the strips and to type up my wording with a superhero-style font. Once I was done, I loaded some turquoise foil adhesive vinyl into the machine and cut everything out.

DIY Magnetic Classroom Attendance & Lunch Count Board

Weed out the vinyl by taking away all the parts you don't need - don't forget to remove the insides of the letters! Cut a piece of transfer tape and place it over the vinyl. Press it down well, and use a sraper tool or a credit card to get the vinyl to stick to it well. Gently peel the transfer tape back (re-scrape if the vinyl didn't stick) away from the vinyl backing.

Carefully place the vinyl where you want it on the board. Press well and scrape again to get the vinyl to stick. Peel the transfer tape back and re-scrape the vinyl down if it didn't stick.

DIY Magnetic Classroom Attendance & Lunch Count Board

After everything has been placed on the board, you're almost done! Make sure you don't have edges peeling up or any bubbles.

DIY Magnetic Classroom Attendance & Lunch Count Board

Place your magnets on the board under "Attendance". When the students come into the classroom, they can move their name down to the lunch option of their choice. Now all my husband has to do is look at the board to easily mark attendance, and the student responsible for turning in the lunch count can do their job quickly.

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Superhero-Themed Classroom Tour

Thanks to Oriental Trading for all their help in making our classroom a success! As always, all opinions are my own.

My husband is a 3rd grade teacher and is simply amazing at his job. He's great with the kids, and creates the perfect atmosphere for both fun and learning. I'm someone who would be terrible at teaching kids, but I can't resist jumping in to help him decorate and organize his classroom! Now that school is back in session, I wanted to take you all on a back-to-school classroom tour to show off our handiwork!

3rd Grade Classroom Tour with Superhero Theme

We'll start our classroom tour with the bulletin board outside the classroom. One of the most exciting moments during back-to-school season is finally finding the class you've been placed in. I always loved finding my name on a door or bulletin board outside the classroom. Using the Superhero Bulletin Board kit, we were able to put together this eye-catching superhero-themed bulletin board complete with blank starburst cutouts to write the names of the students in.

If you're looking to decorate a classroom, bedroom, or office with a superhero theme, I highly recommend purchasing this kit! You get SO many pieces for an unbeatable price!

3rd Grade Classroom Tour with Superhero Theme

As the students come in, they can mark their attendance on the Magnetic Attendance Board (tutorial coming soon) by moving their name under their lunch plan for the day: home, or one of the two school lunch options. The girl superhero cutout above the board is also from the Superhero Bulletin Board kit!

3rd Grade Classroom Tour with Superhero Theme

Here's a view from the student desks. We found caddies at Walmart for a steal of a deal and placed one on each group of desks. I've also found similar caddies for just a few dollars at Target and dollar stores. I designed labels for each caddy, laminated and stuck them on with packaging tape. To keep things from getting misplaced, I labeled each set of rulers, pink erasers, scissors, and crayons with the number of each table caddy they belong to. We also purchased 99¢ superhero cups to keep the markers, colored pencils, and regular pencils together and prevent them from falling out of the holes.

After one assignment, my husband will find multiple pencils all over the floor. To keep pencils from rolling away and falling into the great abyss, we cut milkshake straws into thirds and taped them to the desks with packaging tape. Students can now slide their pencil through the straw to keep their pencil in place!

3rd Grade Classroom Tour with Superhero Theme

The front of the classroom is where it's at! Starting from the left, we placed another superhero cutout next to the flag. I hand painted some foam discs to resemble Captain America and Wonder Woman shields to stand proudly on top of the bookshelf.

Math is one of my husband's favorite subjects and one that students struggle with the most. We put together a math-themed bulletin board with posters I designed with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division symbols with vocabulary words listed in the center. I also incorporated letters and an "amazing" cutout from the Superhero Bulletin Board kit!

Above the Smart Board, we placed the "Bam!" Jumbo Superhero Word Cutout. I also put together an alphabet line with both printed and cursive letters that were printed, laminated and placed above the other whiteboard.

The right side of the whiteboard is where my husband can write the "I Can" statements to help students know what they're going to be learning in each subject every day. The letters are from the Superhero Bulletin Board kit, and we used Superhero Dry Erase Magnets to add the titles for each subject.

On the far right of the wall, I put together a schedule to be placed in the pocket chart to help the students have a visual of the daily routines. Above that, we placed another jumbo superhero word cutout.

3rd Grade Classroom Tour with Superhero Theme

On the left side of the classroom is all of the cupboards that hold classroom supplies. We made use of the space by adding an alphabet to start a word wall, and added another superhero cutout from the Superhero Bulletin Board kit. Above the cupboards was an open space that was perfect for a jumbo superhero word cutout.

Past the sink/hand washing station and drinking fountain is some crates that will work at tablet charging stations. Next to that is the pencil sharpener with a dull/sharp pencil cups. Homework will be placed into in/out bins, and following are bins for papers with no names, and folders for other subjects.

We found the perfect wooden "mailbox" for students at the thrift store. We cleaned it up and stuck the students names next to each opening so they can find all of their important papers in one place at the end of the day. Blank paper and lined paper are stored in the double letter tray.

3rd Grade Classroom Tour with Superhero Theme

The opposite side of the room has a table for math and reading groups. Right now it is filled with Superhero Goodie Bags for back-to-school night! The reading nook is probably my favorite part of the room! Tips for teachers: always check thrift stores for books! You can get them for cheap and usually in really great condition! Because books can get really loved, we found a container at the dollar store and turned it into a "Book Hospital" so that my husband knows which books need to be fixed.

Our reading bench is really a bookshelf from IKEA turned on its side. We then covered a piece of foam with some superhero fabric with velcro on one side so it's washable. You can also find dining chair cushions for good deals, and they work great as sitting pillows to read on. 

The center bookshelf was another fantastic thrift store find and holds SO many books!! It definitely needs to be repainted, but I think we'll save that for next summer's project...

The red bookshelf on the right is another find from IKEA. Because of its color, it was on clearance and we got it for a steal!! To keep books organized inside, we used some plastic bins (shoebox size) and stood books up inside each one. We organized them by Lexile level and labeled the outside of the box with each number range so the kids can find and return books easily.

We made a faux bulletin board above the reading nook using a cityscape poster from a party store and adding the border from the Superhero Bulletin Board kit. The words and superhero cutouts are also from the kit. I told you that Superhero Bulletin Board kit is a must-have!!

3rd Grade Classroom Tour with Superhero Theme

For my husband's workspace, we tried to organize the best we could with letter trays and bins for daily worksheets. He loves collecting superhero Funko Pop! characters, so he lined them all up along the top of his cupboards to watch over the classroom. We found some metal vintage comic book covers and stuck them to his cupboard doors with Command Strips. The sign "Even superheroes have to do their homework" was a fun find from Walmart. See that photo of my daughter? Learn to make that ruler frame at MyPrintly!

To the right of the teacher workspace is another jumbo superhero word cutout, and the clock with some labels I made to help the students learn minutes and quarters of an hour. I cut out the "Number Corner" letters out of poster board with my Cricut Explore machine.

3rd Grade Classroom Tour with Superhero Theme

Of course, my husband incorporates prizes into his classroom. Students can earn items like Superhero Erasers, Superhero Pencils with Capes, Superhero Saying Rubber BraceletsSuperhero Stickers and more through drawings, and through their "Fun Friday" classroom store!

3rd Grade Classroom Tour with Superhero Theme

Thanks for stopping by and coming along on this tour with me! Please let me know if you have any questions about our classroom. Be sure to visit Oriental Trading to get some affordable and fun superhero decor and accessories for your own classroom, home or office.

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