DIY Dartboard

DIY Dartboard

DIY Dartboard

This is it, guys! The grand finale to our game night series! Mr. Lovely has been bugging me forever about getting a dartboard. And obviously I have been holding off because, ya know, I don’t live in a college frat house. But I got to thinking that maybe if I could make a dartboard that looked a little less… ugly, I could get into the idea. I thought and thought about the best way to make a dartboard, and came to the conclusion that it would probably be best to just get one and customize it. So follow all the links below for the materials I used, along with a freebie download for the dartboard numbers!

Materials

Make Time: 3 Hours

First, take your dartboard and remove the metal ring with numbers around the outside. You should be able to pry it off with pliers.

DIY Dartboard

DIY Dartboard

If the board has any branding on the black portion, paint over it with black paint to make a clean background.

DIY Dartboard

Choose two colors you love to replace the green and red (those colors are my main complaints about a darboard! Ugh.). Use one color to paint over all the green, and another color to paint over all the red. Try to stay tidy! You might need two coats.

DIY Dartboard

Now! Here’s the number template. If you are super patient and really amazing, print it onto an 8.5 x 11″ piece of contact paper and cut out the numbers with a craft knife. I am totally not that patient any more, so all of these delicate cutting jobs get sent through my Cricut machine! Seriously, you can just take the template, open it with the Cricut software, insert some contact paper, and all of those little numbers will be cut in about a minute flat. It’s a beautiful thing.

Starting with the 20 at the top center of the board, stick the contact paper to the dartboard to stencil on the numbers. Smooth thoroughly  to be sure no paint seeps through, and stencil each number carefully. Remove the contact paper while the numbers are still slightly wet for the best results. Be sure to use the metal number ring as a guide to remember the order of the numbers on the board.

DIY Dartboard

DIY Dartboard

While the board is drying, fancy up your darts. Cover the metal tip with painter’s tape. In a well-ventilated area, cover the plastic portion with spray adhesive. Sprinkle with glitter and tap off the excess. Cover with one or two coats of glitter sealant. Allow everything to dry thoroughly.

DIY Dartboard

DIY Dartboard

DIY Dartboard

DIY Dartboard

Yes! A dartboard that doesn’t look like it belongs in a beer-soaked pub. We’ve been having a ton of fun with this in the house, even though I admit we’ve had to spackle a few holes in the wall (I’d recommend a backboard to protect from people with poor aim!). And I’m pretty sure I’m leading Mr. Lovely on the ol’ scoreboard. Have fun! xoxo

DIY Dartboard

DIY Dartboard

DIY Dartboard

DIY DartboardTutorial photos by Lovely Indeed; all other photos by Whitney B. Lucas.

 


21 comments

  1. Wow you truly did such a great job! love how it looks in the end

  2. rachael on said:

    How cool – way to spice up something old and worn out! It looks so chick now and for next to pennies!!

  3. Just found your blog, and I am smitten! It’s adorable. I am so excited to follow along! Oh, and I would hang that sparkly dartboard in my house any day.

    • chelsea on said:

      Thanks Ashley! So glad you made your way over here!

  4. Jessica on said:

    Love those sparkly darts! I wouldn’t have even thought about sprucing up the darts too! This is such a great project!
    xoxo,
    Jessica

    • chelsea on said:

      Haha! I love the darts — my husband isn’t so sure if they’re manly enough. ;) I say real men aren’t afraid of a little glitter.

  5. Elle on said:

    Wow, I never thought a dart board could look so fabulous! This definitely inspires me to break out my old dart board, fix it up, and actually use it. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Okay, this is amazing. We have a dart board but it’s removable from the wall because I am embarrassed of it. :P I so need to do this!!!

    • chelsea on said:

      Definitely! I love darts but geez they can be ugly. ;)

  7. zdress on said:

    I Like those sparkly darts,even I want to own them

  8. Kristy on said:

    Any thoughts on how to protect the wall behind it while still looking cute? I don’t have great aim. :)

  9. Mandy on said:

    YES! Glittered some darts ages ago and at the time tried to figure out how to make my own dartboard and gave up didn’t even think of modifying one!

    • chelsea on said:

      Awesome Mandy! That was a hesitation of mine too, until I realized I could just customize an existing one and it would be just as cool.

  10. nanci on said:

    At our house we absolutely LOVE darts! (we used to be in a dart league). you did a fantastic job on this project. What we do is get a large framed corkboard for the dartboard to set in the middle of. This way missed darts go in corkboard, not wall. and, of course, we all know how to “pretty up” a corkboard!!! Have Fun!!

  11. nanci on said:

    And I also found “dry erase” whiteboard contact paper that I have “prettied up” and use as a scoreboard!

  12. Eliza on said:

    Awesome customization, standing out from crowd is inspiring. Thanks. Eliza :))

  13. Lisa on said:

    Who knew a dart board could look so nice. Absolutely love the glittered darts!

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