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Weird Sh*t Bingo

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

#weirdshitbingo

Weird Shit Bingo is a second hand item scavenger hunt. No need to purchase the objects you find, but photographic evidence is mandatory.

This is a PG-13 gameMost people 13 and over have some idea in their mind of what these things are, even if they are wrong, this game is about interpretation, therefore they are right.

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How Did I Come up With This Sh*t?

Several months ago I ran across a Facebook Group, “Weird Secondhand Finds That Just Need To Be Shared“, and found my tribe. The admins do an awesome job keeping it friendly and politics free. Before I joined the group, there must have been some discussion on making a bingo game of it because a member posted a bingo card shortly after I joined.

A little over a year ago I won a awesome GoPro set up at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, from the GoPro people. This spring I decided I would give YouTube video blogging a try. And what better place to start… my first game of “Weird Shit Bingo” with my best yard sale buddy, Irene!! (She’s such a good sport!)

Watch Irene and I’s first time playing Weird Shit Bingo & Please Subscribe

After our game of Bingo it was clear that it would be more fun if we were looking for different items. We also needed some standard rules to add to the fun and make it more competitive.

I got this grand idea to make my own cards out of a car bingo game I had in my stash of stuff. The car bingo game windows were WAY too small for my old eyes, so I started searching the net. I found these Jumbo Bingo Cards that would be perfect! I could not wait for my order to arrive!

The project took me what seemed like FOREVER to complete due to trial and error, shopping for the perfect supplies, preparing the PDF cards, taking photos, writing down the instructions that worked, writing this blog, and finishing the YouTube vlog. If you decide to make your own cards, it should take several hands-on hours to complete a set of cards with the instructions below. There is a lot of drying time between sessions though.

Should you decide to make the cards why not invite a friend and split the work, cost, and cards… then go out and play a game! If you are not that enthusiastic, or want to play a round before investing your time, you can just download the PDF and play a game directly from it. (The PDF download is just above the instruction below.)

How to Play the Game:

Everything on the cards is possible to find, but many will be hard to find. You will have more fun it you use your imagination to interpret the items you are looking for. Be careful though, if you interpret too loosely you may get vetoed.

All items must be second hand, found in garage sales, estate sales, thrift shops, antique stores, etc. No new items or items not for sale allowed.

Before you get started, do yourself a favor and download this handy Yard Sale Treasure Map app: http://yardsaletreasuremap.com
(I do not get anything for posting this link, it’s just too handy to not share.)

Basic Rules: 

  • No Object shall be just an ordinary object. 
  • All Items must have photographic proof, video for musical instrument bonus. 
  • Each object may be used as only one entry. 
  • All Items must be found during the game time period. 
  • Everyone shall buy a trinket to award the winner. 
  • A Vomit Clock is a wild card. 
  • Everyone in group gets 1 veto to squash an opponent’s item if it is too ordinary. 
  • Any Item with an earned bonus cannot be vetoed. 

You may decide on some rules of your own prior to starting the game. Let me know what rules you added in the comments.

Prior to starting the game decide on what constitutes a win. Ideas for wins:

  • First Bingo
  • Most Bingos
  • Most Items found
  • Ugliest Taxidermy Bonus is the tie-breaker
  • OR each person can award their trinket to the person (other than self) they think is the winner under their own criteria.

I envision a group of 10 friends meeting up for breakfast on a Saturday morning at their favorite coffee joint. Over coffee, draw for their cards and divide into teams of two. Decide on what time the game is over and a place to meet and compare Bingo to declare the winners. Then all take off in teams, one team per car. Each team would get a win for the most Bingos (ugliest taxidermy bonus is the tie-breaker), and individual wins would be decided by each player by awarding their trinket to who they think won. Everyone would pitch in to buy the winning team lunch or a drink.

Definitions for Newbies:

Grandma wasn’t so innocent: Turtles with Human Genitalia.

  • Adopted Family Picture: A photo of somebody’s family member, the older the photo the better, that is being sold to strangers. Also a fun FaceBook group.
  • BDSM: An abbreviation for Bondage and Discipline (BD), Dominance and Submission (DS), and Sadism and Masochism (SM). (There is likely a FaceBook group, I don’t want to know about it!)
  • Return of the Thing: A second hand item that has been repurposed or made into something else. Also a fun Facebook Group.
  • Uranium Glass: Glass which has had uranium added to a glass mix before melting for coloration. It glows under UV Black Light. Also a fun FaceBook group.
  • Vomit Anything: Anything suspended in resin. Also a fun FaceBook group.

If you need another definition please comment on this post.


Transforming my Cards – Trial and Error

The sizing of the card openings were perfect, however the back was raw and unfinished cardboard. So I started looking on the net for ways to paint cardboard without warping it. Gesso seemed to be the common fix. My plan was to paint both sides of the card chalkboard black, Mod Podging the instructions on the back, and stenciling the name of the game on the front.

I started by painting just one card’s back with the Gesso to see how well it worked. FAIL! The cardboard did warp. After it was dry I painted the front with the black chalkboard paint. It took two coats to get full coverage over the green and was messy to try to color within the lines. I painted the back black over the Gesso and let it dry overnight. Most of the warping went back to the original position but it still looked a bit off, the coverage was not perfect and it looked like a caveman did it. I ended up only painting the top part of the card and it looked much nicer.

The Caveman Card

While the cards were drying I played with the stencils to come up with an efficient plan. I had purchased the stencils at the Dollar Store, they were stick on reusable letters about the correct size for the cards. However when I tried to line the words up it became clear they were a tad too wide and were a bear to work with, so I bagged that idea. Then it hit me, one of the categories has to do with crimes, so I cut letters out of an old magazine I had laying around. I added embellishments to each card so they would all look different, giving the player an easy way to know which card is theirs.

To Sh*t or not to Sh*t, That is the Question

Since I knew I would be blogging this, I gave some thought into the name of the game, was it used by a big company? The first thing I did was google ‘Weird Shit Bingo”, and I learned something I didn’t really need to know, Chicken-shit bingo is a thing! (Google it!! OMG). Good news, Weird Shit Bingo is not a name of a marketed game. YAY!

My other concern was can I say “Shit” on the internet without getting banned? I Googled it… Guess what… There is a plethora of information on the internet about the word shit. Wikipedia has a whole page dedicated to shit thanks to George Carlin and his 7 deadly words. Yup, a shit-load of shit about shit.

I found that as long as I keep it in good fun, or it is appropriate for the content, and I’m not vulgar, I’ll be fine. And it is probably not the best idea to use the full word “shit” in my titles. So, “sh*t” for my titles and “shit” for my content. How’s that shit?

This link was very helpful.

Composing a List of Weird Shit

I purchased 10 Jumbo Cards, 25 spaces each including the center “free” spot. That is 250 squares to fill! There were a few fun items I wanted to be the on every card, so that helped but YIKES!!! So I solicited my tribe for ideas and copied all of them into a spreadsheet. The discussion was as fun as the game! I ended up with 214 ideas for items and used most of them.

The Holy Grail of Weird Shit shopping is a Vomit Clock, I decided a Vomit Clock as a wild card would be fun. And any “Weird Shit Bingo” game would not be complete without a “Vomit” item, and they are easy to find, “Vomit Anything” would be the center of every card instead of the “Free Spot”.

Vomit: A mid-century trend where it was fashionable to suspend pieces of rocks and glass in color resin, often made into mantlepiece clocks. The result looks like regurgitated gelatin salad full of fruit bits.

https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Vomit%20clock

I wanted to make sure everyone who is playing was picking stuff up, trying stuff on, looking in books, pockets, etc. I spent several hours organizing the list by category and difficulty to make sure the cards were all balanced. Putting it all together was a little like a logic puzzle to make sure I did not have 2 similar items on any given card.

I’m a musician so I had to add a musical instrument on each card, with a bonus for playing it. All the cards have A musical Instrument, A call from a decade, something haunted, taxidermy, and Turtles/Frogs with Human Genitalia. Then I added one item from each of the categories. The cards came out nice and balanced, and difficult but not impossible to bingo.


How to make your own WSB cards:

Printed Materials

This PDF allows you to play without making cards, however reusable cards are more fun and always ready to play if you keep them in your car.

  • Print on nice paper stock but not super thick.
    (Thin copy paper may try to curl in humid environments.)
  • A variety of pastel colors makes each card more unique.
  • I included a download for “Vomit Anything” in case you want to make it a completely different color.
  • Use an ink-jet printer. Laser printers sometimes deposit ink in a way that can scrape off over time when opening and closing the windows.

The Mr Chips Jumbo Bingo cards can be purchased in smaller quantities at the link below. (Today 10 are $26.99.)

Weird S— Bingo Cards

Weird Shit Bingo is a second hand item scavenger hunt. No need to purchase the objects you find, but photographic evidence is mandatory.
Total Time3 d
Course: crafts
Cuisine: Games
Keyword: Bingo, Thrifting, Yard Sales
Servings: 10 Bingo Cards
Author: TetonTrekker
Cost: About $3 per Card

Equipment

  • Brush for Mod Podge
  • Sponge type paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Pinking Shears
  • Exacto Knife
  • 1" Square paper punch
  • Craft Tweezers

Ingredients

  • 10 MR CHIPS Bingo Cards Slide Shutter for Senior and Kids – Jumbo
    https://amzn.to/32QZc67
  • Mod Podge
  • Tacky Glue (Craft Glue)
  • 1 Glue Stick
  • 1 or 2 Old Magazines You will be cutting letters from them
  • Black Craft Paint
  • 10 Assorted Buttons Each a different color
  • 10 Pieces Fabirc Ribbon Assorted colors, cut slightly longer than the bingo card is wide.
  • 1 to 2 Rolls Clear Stick on Shelf Paper Need 18" x 1.5 yd

Printed Materials

  • 1 set Weird Shit Bingo PDF Cards
    TetonTrekker.com/weird-shit-bingo

Instructions

Painting the Cards

  • Using a dry sponge brush carefully paint the top of the card with black craft paint to cover the words, making a straight line across the top.
    (Later the line will be covered by a ribbon to give it a finished look.)
  • Let completely dry then add a second coat.
    If some of the green is still showing through, let completely dry then add another coat.

Back of Card

  • Cut the rules from the bottom of the printed PDF card.
  • Trim edges of the rules with pinking shears.
  • Use glue stick on edges of the paper rules then stick it onto the back of the bingo card.
  • For each card, cut a piece of the clear shelf paper a bit larger than the card.
  • Apply the glue stick or Mod Podge to the edges of the back of the card, from edge to about a ½" in from edge, around the entire card.
    The glue stick dries faster but uses a lot of the stick per card.
    The Mod Podge is messier and takes longer to dry but the finished look is much nicer.
  • Take the backing off the shelf paper and lay sticky side up on your table.
  • Put the card, back down, onto the sticky side of shelf paper. Press down with your hands.
  • Turn over and rub any bubbles out.
  • When the glue/Mod Podge has dried trim the exposed edges off the shelf paper, using either the Exacto knife or scissors.

Game Title

  • Lock your cat in out of the room for the rest of the project.
  • Clip a piece of ribbon a bit longer than the card is wide and lay it out over the paint line. (do NOT glue down yet.)
  • Cut enough letters from the magazine to spell "WEIRD SHIT BING" for each card, the buttons will be the "O".
    Letters should fit between ribbon and top of card but be random in font.
    I found it handy to sort them in a deviled egg rack.
  • Lay out the letters using, a button for the O, across top of card for your desired look.
  • Set the letters, ribbon, and button aside.
  • Brush a think coart of Mod Podge over the painted area and about a ¼" over the line where the ribbon will go.
  • Place the letters back in their positions.
    If you work fast and dont press the letters in the Mod Podge will allow you to move them a little until you get them just right.
  • Gently press all the letters down so there are no bubbles and the edges are down.
  • Cover with a medium coat of Modge Podge.
  • Place ribbon in place and press into the Mod Podge.
  • Let completely dry.
  • Check with fingers that there are now loose edges.
    If needed add second coat of Mod Podge, careful not to cover ribbon, and let completely dry.
  • Trim the ribbon edges.
  • Glue the button into the "O" position with Tacky Glue.

Add the items to the Slots

    – I highly recommend doing this part one card at at time.

      – Do not mix up the tiles from one card to another, you will not have an even playing field.

        – Be sure your hands are clean and dry while handling the tiles.

        • Cut the grid into strips.
        • Use the 1" hole punch to cut out the squares. Be sure to center up as much as possible by turning the punch over and looking through the window.
          Doubling up with a blank strip of paper, a bit wider, helped get cleaner edges and it was easier to fine tune the position before punching the square.
        • Using the Bingo Card PDF as a guide match the tiles in the matching windows.
        • Pull down the window a bit and tuck a corner of the paper tile under it.
        • Position each paper tile, using the craft tweezers to keep one corner up. Use the glue stick to adhere the bottom ½ of the tile inside the bingo card window. Be sure to get both bottom corners.
          Be careful not to glue the window slide. The slide will hold the top of the tile in place.
        • Let completely dry with all the windows on the card open.

        Optional

        • Put small buttons, using the same color you used on the cards, in a small jewelry bag. When starting the game, each player blindly draws a button to see what card they will be using.
        • Purchase a hand held UV black light (under $10) and keep with the game. The person who gets the card with the "Uranium Glass" carries the light for the day, https://amzn.to/2yvUXir
        • While out shopping second hand things look for the perfect "weird" case to keep cards in.

        Notes

        The shelf paper on the back of the card is to keep it clean and readable.And it will help keep spills from soaking into the cardboard. It is also cheap and easy to push out the bubbles.
        Use the 1″ square punch, they are not expensive and will save you a BIG headache. The lines between the tiles on the PDF are not exactly 1″.
        This project took me several days to complete due to trial and error, shopping for the perfect supplies, preparing the PDF cards, taking photos, and writing down the instructions that worked. It should take a total of a few hands-on hours to complete a set of cards with these instructions. There is a lot of drying time between sessions though.
        Store your cards in one gallon zip lock bags, with the windows closed to protect the paper tiles.

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        Shrunken Doll Heads

        Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

        Even though Halloween is in the fall, spring is the best time to start planning. It gives plenty of time to shop thrift stores and garage sale for appropriate items, and I can work on the crafty stuff while glamping.

        In anticipation of making a “Head Shrinker” costume for our next Halloween concert, I started shopping doll heads and supplies in spring of 2017. The large second hand stores had rows and rows of dolls to choose from, looking something like a Frankenstein Assembly line. Since the costume will be worn at a concert for children, I wanted shrunken heads that are not too gross or scary, and I was lucky enough to find appropriate subjects in new condition. I put the dolls and some craft supplies in a bag and took it on my next glamping weekend at the river.

        Creepy rows of once loved dolls.
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        My subjects for transformation
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        Sitting under the camper awning with my coffee, I took a good look at the dolls, my supplies, and came up with a plan. The first thing I did was snap the heads off at the neck and put the bodes back in the bag. This took some effort but was not too difficult. Yes, it did make a nice snapping sound.

        My dolls had painted faces, I knew once they were covered in goop they would not have any definition so I decided to poke some eye sockets into them with a punch tool. When I pulled out the punch tool, the plastic went back to its original position – almost immediately. #UGH

        I had some spent 22 shells in my metal detecting finds pouch so I used them to shape the holes and I set them in the hot sun for the day. At this point my husband looked at what I was doing and gave me a funny look, not funny “ha ha”, funny “WTF”. I told him these are for [my psychiatrist friend], she’ll vouch for me if I’m arrested. Although, I’m quite sure when I post this on my blog for the world to see, it will send up some red flags at the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit. ESPECIALLY if they see the Valkyrie Costume where I plucked the feathers out of angel wings and cut the wings off Christmas doves.

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        Roadblock:

        When I was surfing Pintrest for ideas, all the really good looking ones were painted dark. I liked that “rotten” look and decided to mix some black chalkboard paint with some Mod Podge. It looked great when it was wet, it had a “gooey” look and the color was varied enough to look rotten.

        BUT – When it dried it looked inappropriately like black-face. Totally not what I was going for! After having an “oh poop” moment, I retreated to my craft room to see what I had to change the look. I had some metallic paints so I grabbed a gold bottle and went to work. MUCH better! Bronze or copper would have probably worked too. Be sure to let me know what color comb you used in the comments.

        A little jute and the heads came out awesome! I also made an adjustable headdress (will post on a later date) , added some hula skirts and the costume was a success! Once of the flute players was Beetlejuice that year, the costume fit in perfect!

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        Jackson Hole Community Band, Halloween Concert 2017

        Shrunken Heads

        These creepy shrunken heads are made from doll heads found at second hand stores or a dollar store. You should find six (or as many as you want to make) the same size or similar size. They should have enough hair to ponytail at the top of the head and the material should NOT be brittle or ceramic.
        Total Time2 d
        Course: crafts
        Cuisine: Halloween
        Keyword: Creepy, Doll Head, Dollar Store, Halloween, Head Hunter, Second Hand, Shrunken Heads
        Servings: 6 Shrunken Heads
        Author: TetonTrekker
        Cost: < $10

        Equipment

        • Awl or Punch Tool
        • Brush for Mod Podge
        • Exacto Knife
        • Hot Glue Gun
        • Sponge Brush

        Ingredients

        Thrift or Dollar Store

        • 6 Doll Heads of same or similar size

        Craft Supplies

        • 1 Roll Jute Twine
        • 1 Stick Hot Glue
        • 1 Bottle Mod Podge
        • 1 Bottle Mat Black Craft Paint I used chalkboard style
        • 1 Bottle Metallic Craft Paint Bronze, Copper, or Gold
        • Tacky Glue

        Household Items

        • Facial Tissue or Toilet Paper White
        • Paper Plates

        Instructions

        Prep Doll Heads

        • Break Head from Body. Save the body parts for other projects.
        • Clean the grime off the doll head. A little rubbing alcohol will work. If your dolls were extra loved in it's previous life a good scrub with Dawn, then a thorough rinse might work better.
        • Hair: Ponytail the dolls hair on top of the head so that when it hangs from the hair, the face looks out not down. Use rubber bands or wire ties, whatever you have handy. It will be covered later. Doing this first gives you something to hold onto for the rest of the project, and keeps the hair out of the Mod Podge and paint.
        • The head needs exaggerated eyes, nose, and mouth so when all the goop is added it still has depth.
        • Eyes: You will need divots for the eye sockets. If your doll's eyes are separate parts carefully remove them so you can use them for other projects. If the eyes are painted use an awl to poke eye holes into the head.
        • The plastic will want to return to it's original shape. Find something to put in the holes and set in the sun for a day or two. I used spent 22 shells, leaving my husband questioning my intentions. These will be removed before the Mod Podge steps.
        • Mouth: If your doll has painted or small mouth, use the hot glue gun and add a single line of glue to shape the lips. Don't worry about detail, they just need to stick out from the head so when all the goop is applied there is a protruding line where the mouth should be.

        "Shrink" the Heads

        • Tear up the tissue or TP into random shapes between quarter and half dollar size. and set aside.
        • If you trained the plastic by leaving something poked in the eyes, remove them now.
        • Put some Mod Podge on a paper plate, Brush the doll head with the Mod Podge and press in the tissue pieces, working in sections and overlapping tissue. Cover the whole head, being careful not to get any goop in the hair. Be sure to press in the eyes so that they are covered but are sunken in. (there sould not be a hole showing, just an indent.)
        • Once the doll head is covered in tissue brush another layer of Mod Podge over all the tissue is there are no dry areas. Hang from hair to dry, or set on edge of plate resting on hair so wet Mod Podge does not stick to other things.
        • When the heads are completely dry use an Exacto Knife to trim any excess tissue around the hair line.
        • Mix some Mod Podge and black craft paint at a 50/50 ratio on a paper plate. Paint the doll heads covering all the white tissue. Let dry.
        • The dry head should not have any "white" showing but should also not be heavy black. Touch up and trim where needed.
        • Using a dry sponge brush lightly brush some metallic paint over the black areas so the black is still showing and the metallic is just highlighting the details to give your dead head some life.
        • Tie enough jute twine to each pony tail so that the knot looks rustic and there is enough twine hanging to tie the group together later. About 18" of twine works but don't worry about making them all match.
        • Unravel a section of jute twine to make 5 thin pieces of jute with a knot for each head. I cut long sections and tied several knots then cut them appart. Leaving a little extra on each piece to trim to size later.
        • Tacky glue a knot to each eye socket, and 3 knots to each doll's lips. Set asside to dry completely.
        • Trim the eye and lip knots to desired lengths.
        • Tie all the heads into a group with a simple knot so they can be untied if decorating needs change.

        Notes

        I covered a TV tray with foil to do this project without making a big mess.

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        A Pirate Hat with Style

        Thursday, March 29th, 2018

        Every year the Jackson Hole Community band performs a Halloween Concert and the whole band wears a Halloween costume. The concert is for the children but adults enjoy it as well. In 2014 I decided to be a pirate.

        When I started planning my pirate costume, [future post],  I knew I wanted a unique pirate hat to bring it together. I browsed Pintrest for ideas, adding the word “steampunk” to the search terms to find that swashbuckling look I wanted.

        Once I had an idea in my brain of what I wanted my hat to look like, I dug through my craft supplies, and shopped dollar stores, craft stores, and yard sales for unique bobbles and scraps that would work in my color scheme.

         


         

         

        I needed a plain pirate hat that would fit my head and I could glue and hand sew things onto. I found this hat on Amazon.com, I would not recommend this hat for someone with a small hat size, but it worked perfectly on my medium to large hat size head and it is very comfortable. The price is well worth it.  I gathered my supplies and spread them out to see my palette and went to work.

        Junk and broken jewelry and some perfectly good pieces from the 80’s. Funny how the jewelry I wore in the 80’s is now appropriate for a Halloween costume!

        Sewing box, buttons, tools, craft flowers, doilies, and some fabric scraps to get me started.

         

        The first thing I wanted to do to the plain hat was dress up the smooth top into something more feminine. I had a few lace and crocheted scraps I picked up at garage sales. I dyed them brown to use in various places on the pirate costume, [future post]. Learning from the mess I made dying some things black for my Gray Lady Costume, I used the liquid, not the powdered Rit dye. 

         

        I used the crochet scrap with the peacock design and some Tacky Glue to glue the doily to the top of the hat and let it dry completely before doing anything else. I dry brushed the scrap with some gold craft acrylic paint to give it some depth and sewed some old looking buttons to the front to give it a finished look.


        For a really great costume remember to add detail as many places as possible. With this in mind, I added bobbles to all three sides of the brim.

        On the left brim I stacked some doilies with parts of a burlap flower I took apart. I added an old broken broach to the center and used my jewelry tools to add some dangles. When I sewed it all together I added a couple peacock feathers behind the flowers. Later I added some felt to the back of the dangles because it was making sounds while I was playing my flute.

         

        On the right brim I sewed on an old broken bracelet with coins, added a trio of buttons near the front, and a skull and cross bone button above the bracelet.

        Fot the back brim I used a fancy Gothic black lace choker i had purchased for another costume but didn’t use. I used a needle and thread to tack the ends down, allowing it some movement. 

        To finish it up I added a big set of pink ostrich plumes behind the brim, by the peacock feathers, and secured it by sewing it on with a heavy duty needle and thread, (a thimble on my thumb and finger was a life finger saver for this project). The bottom of the set of plumes is tied with a leather strip so if seen it looks finished, and the plumes stay in place. I found the plume at a garage sale back the 80’s and had used it on a couple other costumes and for decoration over the years.

         



        In 2015 I brought the pirate costume, [future post], with me on a trip to to Cabo San Lucas, we planned to attend a Halloween event on the marina. I had to wear the hat on the plane because it would not pack, it made for an interesting flight. While there I was given this mask that gave the costume a less kid friendly look. And when I returned… I was wearing the hat when customs took my photo.




        I took the photos with the black background with my new iPhone 8.

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