DIY Wes Anderson Guess Who Board Game

DIY Wes Anderson Guess Who Board Game

This is it, gang! The grand finale of our DIY Game Night series: Wes Anderson Guess Who! (Or, as Mr. Lovely so aptly named it, Wes Who.) Our incredible illustrator Hailey…

DIY Wes Anderson Guess Who Board Game

DIY Wes Anderson Guess Who Board Game

DIY Wes Anderson Guess Who Board Game

This is it, gang! The grand finale of our DIY Game Night series: Wes Anderson Guess Who! (Or, as Mr. Lovely so aptly named it, Wes Who.) Our incredible illustrator Hailey Nowak pulled out all the stops and illustrated some of our very favorite characters from our very favorite Wes Anderson movies so you can get all hipster on your next game night and play this rad board game. And in case you need a refresher on your Wes Anderson characters, might I suggest making it a theme night and playing The Royal Tenenbaums or Moonrise Kingdom in the background? Let’s make it!

Materials

Make Time: 2 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Wes Anderson Guess Who Board Game

Step 1: Download and print the Wes Anderson Guess Who file. You’ll need two sets of each page.

Step 2: Cut your wood. If you don’t have a saw, you can take your wood to a local hardware store and they will make cuts for you. Cut the craft plywood to two pieces that are each 12″ x 14″. Cut the basswood strip to four small pieces that are each 3″.

Step 3: Cut out all of the printed cards from the file.

Step 4: Paint your two 12″ x 14″ boards on one side only.

Step 5: Use a toothpick to spread E6000 on to one side of the inside of a hinge. Glue this to the bottom of a wood rectangle, so that the rounded part of the hinge butts up against the bottom of the wood. Lay it down to dry so that the unglued side of the wood is face down and the hinge is hanging over the side of the wood (this will help avoid your piece getting stuck to your surface while it dries). Repeat this with all 42 wood rectangles.

Step 6: Once the glue is dry, place all of your cut out cards face down on a piece of scrap cardboard. Lightly spray them all with spray adhesive. Carefully pick up the cards one by one and adhere them to the wood rectangles, covering over the side of the hinge that is glued to the rectangle. Use tweezers to pick up the cards if you find it easier.

Step 7: Lay out your rectangles on the painted (and dried) game board. There will be 3 rows of 7, with some extra space at the front of the board for the two basswood strips. Place them all evenly (get out a ruler if you’re particular!). Glue down the hinges one by one with a toothpick to spread E6000 on the other side of the hinge.

Step 8: Glue down two of the basswood strips centered at the front of the board, with just enough room between the two to hold up a card.

Step 9: Repeat Steps 7 and 8 with the other game board.

Step 10: Be sure you have your other set of cards cut out so that you can choose characters to guess. If you need a refresher on the rules, you can find them here!

I just love this thing. Just. LOVE. it. And while it’s one of our more labor-intensive DIYs, it’s such a feeling of satisfaction when you’re done and it’s so much fun to play. Hailey’s illustrations are so fun to look at, and all of the details make for a perfect game of Guess Who! Hope you try this one out! I have big dreams of doing different sets, too — who’s up for Real Housewives Guess Who?! xoxo

DIY Wes Anderson Guess Who Board Game

DIY Wes Anderson Guess Who Board Game

DIY Wes Anderson Guess Who Board Game

DIY Wes Anderson Guess Who Board Game

DIY Wes Anderson Guess Who Board Game

DIY Wes Anderson Guess Who Board Game

How to Make a DIY Mancala Game for Game Night

DIY Mancala Game

I had never actually played mancala before I decided to make a DIY version, but now I have to say I’m hooked! It’s simple enough to play but really makes…

How to Make a DIY Mancala Game for Game Night

How to Make a DIY Mancala Game for Game Night

I had never actually played mancala before I decided to make a DIY version, but now I have to say I’m hooked! It’s simple enough to play but really makes you think ahead and get a strategy going, which is probably why Ryan trounces me every time. Whatever. As long as I get to shuffle sparkly rhinestones around the board, I’m happy. This is also one of our easier and quicker DIY games, so let’s get on it!

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour

How to Make a DIY Mancala Game

Step 1: Take the lids off of all your boxes to use for the game. Set the lower portion of the boxes aside for later, because we’ll have a DIY coming up soon that will use those!

Step 2: Start glueing together the hexagonal box lids to form the mancala board. I suggest glueing together 3 hexagons at a time; apply a thin strip of E6000 to one flat side of a box lid, and place the flat side of another lid against it. Secure with a clothespin while the glue is drying. Make four sets of three lids each.

Step 3: Once the glue is slightly tacky, take two sets of three lids and glue them together at the points with a dot of glue. Then take a rectangular lid and glue one long side to the end of the two sets of hexagons.

Step 4: Repeat Step 3 with your remaining materials.

Step 5: Glue the two pieces together in the center, creating a full game board. Allow the glue to dry.

Step 6: In a well-ventilated area, spray paint your board. We created an ombre effect by painting one half of the board a dark color, then painting the other half a lighter color. While you’re applying the lighter color, move your paint can away from the board as you near the center to help get the ombre look.

That’s all! Let the paint dry, gather up your rhinestones, and don’t forget the rules! This one is so pretty it’s a shame to hide it away in a drawer, so be sure to leave it out on display on your coffee table. It would even be pretty on a table at a party, and give your guests a little ice breaker while they’re playing. Stay tuned for a few more DIY game projects, coming up soon! xoxo

How to Make a DIY Mancala Game for Game Night

How to Make a DIY Mancala Game for Game Night

How to Make a DIY Mancala Game for Game Night

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

DIY Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

You guys. YOU GUYYYYYSSSS!!! This project has been a dream of mine for a couple of years and we can finally share it with you! I had the idea to…

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

You guys. YOU GUYYYYYSSSS!!! This project has been a dream of mine for a couple of years and we can finally share it with you! I had the idea to do Chutes and Ladders games based in various cities but I didn’t really know how to tackle it. Turns out all you need is a really amazing illustrator and graphic designer, which is where Hailey Nowak comes in. We teamed with her to make a Los Angeles-based Chutes and Ladders game for you to play on your next game night! I am so, so pumped today and I hope you absolutely love this one.

Materials

Make Time: About 5 Minutes (See Below!)

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

We’re taking a bit of a different approach to “making” this game because we found a totally rad site online that lets you print out your own board games! So I admit it, we cheated. But the quality of the printed game board is really fantastic for the price (about $12 before shipping), and I didn’t think that we could DIY it any better or cheaper. So here’s how you do it!

First, download our file. (Note: The colors will look a little weird on the download page but after you save the file they’ll be just right.) Then head over to Print Play Games and select an 18″x18″ Deluxe Board from the dropdown menu. Upload the Chutes and Ladders file on the same page and add it to your cart. We also bought a couple of little men to move around the board (they’re just a few cents each, and the site has a minimum of $12 for an order so that should bring you up to the right price). Then just check out and your game will arrive in a few days! (FYI, Print Play Games isn’t a sponsor for the post, they just happen to be a perfect solution for our little project.) By the way, the dice from our DIY Yahtzee Game are perfect for rolling on this game too. Just use one to roll for your turn and move the correct number of spaces.

Now, a few things! I have big dreams of making a series of Chutes and Ladders games in different cities, so I have to know — which other cities would you like to see?! And within those cities, what are some of the things you’d have happen in the game? I’d love to do NYC and have a subway breakdown send you all the way back to start, because that happened to us way too many times.

Leave a comment and let us know! And if you download and make the game, be sure to share a photo on social with #TheLovelySquad! xoxo

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

How to Make a DIY Yahtzee Game

DIY Yahtzee Game

Yaaaaaaay it’s BACK! I think our DIY game night projects are my favorite ones of the year. We’ve been dreaming and scheming more DIY games to share with you this…

How to Make a DIY Yahtzee Game

How to Make a DIY Yahtzee Game

How to Make a DIY Yahtzee Game

Yaaaaaaay it’s BACK! I think our DIY game night projects are my favorite ones of the year. We’ve been dreaming and scheming more DIY games to share with you this summer and I can barely restrain myself from telling you about all of the fun stuff that’s coming up! But let’s just start with this old chestnut — DIY Yahtzee! I cannot tell you how many summers I spent with my Grandma, laying on the floor playing rounds and rounds of it. We had this special banshee yell that we would do when one of us rolled a Yahtzee that I still do to this day any time I get five of a kind. Ohhhhh man, I love this game. Let’s make our own DIY Yahtzee game!

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Paint Drying Time)

How to Make a DIY Yahtzee Game

Step 1: Download and print our Yahtzee Score Card template (how ’bout those pretty colors, huh?!). Trim around the edges; each player gets one score card.

Step 2: Paint your dice in the shades that you wish. I love different colors for each one! Allow paint to dry fully.

Step 3: Using the wrong end of a small paintbrush, add the dots to your dice. Dip the end of the brush lightly in paint and carefully make dots by setting the end of the brush directly down on the wood block. Be careful not to come at it at an angle; place the tip directly down to get nice round dots. There’s good info right here about which numbers go on which sides of each die. Paint all of your dots and let them dry thoroughly.

Step 4: You can always roll the dice with your hands, but if you’d like to make a cup for rolling follow steps 4-6. Cut your bentwood box down so that it’s about 3-4 inches high, according to your preference. Trace an even line around where you’d like the top of the cup and you should be able to cut the thin wood with scissors.

Step 5: Use a piece of sandpaper to sand down the top edge of the cup, removing any sharp areas.

Step 6: Cut a piece of leather to the correct size to cover the outside of your cup. Spray the wrong side of the leather with spray adhesive and place the leather carefully around the cup, smoothing as you go. Trim any excess along the top edge.

Now let’s play! I confess: I forced Ryan into a Yahtzee tournament one night after Henry went to bed and got waaaayyyy too competitive about it. I guess my Grandma trained me a little too well. 😉 Stay tuned for more fun DIY games, coming at you for the next 5 weeks! xoxo

P.S. See all of our past DIY games right here.

How to Make a DIY Yahtzee Game

How to Make a DIY Yahtzee Game

How to Make a DIY Yahtzee Game

DIY Chinese Checkers

DIY Chinese Checkers Game

Here it is, gang! The grand finale to our DIY game series! I don’t know why I chose Chinese Checkers for the grand finale but it just felt right. Maybe…

DIY Chinese Checkers

DIY Chinese Checkers

DIY Chinese Checkers

Here it is, gang! The grand finale to our DIY game series! I don’t know why I chose Chinese Checkers for the grand finale but it just felt right. Maybe I just love how organized and symmetrical it is. That’s probably it. In any case, I hope you’ve had fun with the series and maybe even made a game or two of your own! We’ll be featuring a few of these games in some of our other upcoming summer projects, so stay tuned for lots more summer fun. In the meantime, let’s make Chinese Checkers!

Materials

  • 3/4″ round balls (60)
  • 18″ wood round (find it in the lumber section at Home Depot or Lowes)
  • 5/8″ drill bit with drill
  • circular saw
  • sander
  • ruler and pencil
  • washi tape
  • craft paint in 7 colors
  • paintbrush

Make Time: 4 Hours (Plus Drying Time) 

To make the board:

1. Draw a hexagon on the board. Use your circular saw to cut off the edges of the circle and make it a hex.
2. To draw all the dots for the holes on the board, draw a dot one inch in from each point of the hex. Connect the dots to create a six-point star. Make a dot at each intersecting point. Start filling in the dots along the lines. You should have a dot every 1 1/8″. Keep filling in, using your ruler to keep the dots in straight lines.
3. Drill a hole at each dot, placing the drill bit carefully centered on the dot. Drill about halfway through the wood.
4. Give the entire board a good sanding and brush off all dust.
5. Choose 7 paint colors. Paint the inside of the holes. Each point of the star and its corresponding 10 holes should have its own color, and all of the center holes can be another color. Allow the paint to dry completely.

To make the game pieces:

1. Wrap a piece of washi around a wooden marble at the halfway point.
2. Apply a thin layer of paint on the unmasked part. Use the washi to stand the marble up while drying.
3. If desired, add a second coat of paint. Remove the washi tape and set the marbles in the board to dry and cure.
4. Repeat the process with 60 marbles, 10 in each color. Make the colors correspond to the colors you chose for the points on the board.

DIY Chinese Checkers Steps

Eeeeee I love it! This one turned out so cool that we leave it out on our coffee table! (At least, we will until Henry can walk around and then we’ll have to put it some place where he can’t eat the marbles.) Guys, I hope you’ve loved all the games! Did you have a favorite or try any of them? Leave a comment and let me know! And if you did put some together, be sure to share on Instagram with #thelovelysquad. Have fun! xoxo

P.S. See all of our past game night DIYs right here!

DIY Chinese Checkers

DIY Chinese Checkers

DIY Chinese Checkers

Tutorial photos by Lovely Indeed. All other photos by Scot Woodman.

DIY Backgammon Game Art

DIY Backgammon Game

When I was looking around for materials to put together a DIY backgammon game, I couldn’t quite figure out what I wanted to use. We toyed with the idea of…

DIY Backgammon Game Art

DIY Backgammon Game Art

When I was looking around for materials to put together a DIY backgammon game, I couldn’t quite figure out what I wanted to use. We toyed with the idea of building it out of wood, or chipboard, or doing another leather roll-up game. But then my eyes fell on a bunch of blank canvases in my office and my brain was like ding! What if we make a game that doubles as art for your walls?! So we did. DIY backgammon game… art.

Materials

Make Time: 2 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

1. Paint your entire canvas in a bold, fun color. Set aside and allow it to dry.
2. While your canvas is drying, cut your backgammon points out of vinyl. The triangles for the points should have a base that’s one inch across and should be four inches tall. You’ll need 12 gold and 12 white.
3. In a well-ventilated area, spray paint your dice and doubling cube. Allow the top and sides to dry thoroughly before flipping them over to paint the bottom.
4. Once the canvas is dry, add a border of washi tape around all four edges, placing the tape flush with the edges of the canvas. Starting at one corner, add your points to the board. With the canvas placed vertically, place your first point in the lower left corner. Align the base with the edge of the washi tape. Place six points, alternating colors. Repeat the process, starting at each corner, so there is a space between the points in the center of the board. Be sure you’re alternating colors correctly!
5. To make the game pieces, follow the same instructions from our DIY checkers tutorial, cutting all measurements in half. This includes the amount you pour into each well of the ice cube tray — be sure to only use a half teaspoon to create each piece. Allow to dry and paint them in the same manner as the checkers. You’ll need 30 game pieces total.

DIY Backgammon Tutorial Steps

DIY Backgammon Game Art

The end! I confess: I had no idea how to play backgammon when I decided to make the game, but I’m learning now and it’s awesome. And our game board sits on a shelf in our office because it looks so cool to boot. Bam! Game art! Double win. What color would you paint your board? xoxo

DIY Backgammon Game Art

DIY Backgammon Game Art

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P.S. See all of our past game night DIYs right here!

Tutorial photos by Lovely Indeed. All other photos by Scot Woodman.

DIY Connect Four Game

Ahhhh, Connect Four. The stuff of my youth. Many an hour was spent on our old plastic Connect Four game, with my sister outsmarting me almost every dang time. I…

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DIY Connect Four Game

DIY Connect Four Game

Ahhhh, Connect Four. The stuff of my youth. Many an hour was spent on our old plastic Connect Four game, with my sister outsmarting me almost every dang time. I had to make a new version so I could play her again and try to even the score! Ryan and I have been playing at night after Henry goes to bed so I can brush up my skillz and challenge her to a Connect Four duel! Wanna make one and relive your youth, too?

Materials

  • 1/8″ plywood
  • 1/4″ square dowel
  • 1/2″ drill bit with drill
  • miter saw
  • sander
  • spray paint in two colors
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • air dry clay
  • small circular cookie cutters – we used the smallest size of these
  • water glass or rolling pin
  • craft paint in two colors
  • paintbrush
  • E6000

Make Time: 3 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

To make the board:

1. Cut two pieces of plywood, each 6 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. Cut 7 lengths of the dowel, each 5 1/2″. Cut one length of dowel to 6 1/4″. Cut two triangles from the plywood, each with a base of 2 1/4″ and a height of 1 1/4″.
2. On the two pieces of plywood, use the pencil and ruler to draw a grid for your holes. There should be 6 across and 7 high, evenly spaced so that horizontally there is 1/2″ between each hole and vertically there is 1/4″ between each hole.
3. Get your drill out and go to town! Drill your holes in each piece of plywood. Once the holes are drilled, sand the plywood to get rid of any splinters.
4. Glue the long dowel to the bottom of one of the boards so that it’s flush with the bottom. On the same board, glue the short pieces of plywood vertically across the board (one flush on either side, and the others separating the vertical columns of holes).
5. In a well-ventilated area, give all of your wood pieces a few light coats of white spray paint on both sides. Let dry thoroughly between coats.
6. Mask off a diagonal half of the outside of each board. Cover the unmasked portion with a coat of gold spray paint.
7. Allow to dry thoroughly. Glue the two boards together, sandwiching the dowels between them. Glue the two triangles on the bottom of the boards to serve as legs. Allow all glue to dry and cure.

To make the game pieces:

1. Roll out a piece of air dry clay to 1/8″ thick.
2. Use the cookie cutter to cut at least 42 small circles (cut a few more in case of mistakes!).
3. Pull away the excess clay and allow the pieces to dry.
4. Paint 21 pieces one color and 21 pieces another color. I chose to leave the edges unpainted. Paint one side first, allow to dry, then flip and paint the other side. Allow all pieces to dry thoroughly.

DIY Connect Four Game

There! Aren’t you proud of yourself? I’m seriously loving making these DIY games. I know that some of them take a little longer or are more difficult than our usual DIYs around these parts, but I know that they’re projects that I’ll have around forever. I love that they’re becoming regulars at our family game nights and that our niece and nephew love to play them, and that Henry will play them one day too. We’re literally making memories here, people! Happy playing! xoxo

DIY Connect Four Game

DIY Connect Four Game

DIY Connect Four Game

DIY Connect Four GameP.S. See all of our past game night DIYs right here!

Tutorial photos by Lovely Indeed. All other photos by Scot Woodman.

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DIY Instagram Memory Game

DIY Instagram Memory Game + Giveaway

It’s time for more DIY games! I looooved Memory when I was little. I was a Memory champ. These days, I play it with my four year old niece and…

DIY Instagram Memory Game

DIY Instagram Memory Game

It’s time for more DIY games! I looooved Memory when I was little. I was a Memory champ. These days, I play it with my four year old niece and she totally trounces me. Remember when you were little and had a mind like a steel trap? Yeah, my steel trap is kind of like a wet cardboard box these days. But I digress. DIY Instagram Memory! This here is the easiest little DIY you can imagine — because the “DIY” part means you just hop online and order it. Be sure you get to the end of the post to see how you can win a set of Instagram Memory cards with your own photos!

I’ve introduced you all a few times to my very favorite way to print Instagram photos, with the gang over at Social Print Studio. SPS has a new product that I was checking out and immediately knew this was the perfect purpose for it. (They’re really supposed to be contact cards or business cards, but psh. This is way better.) Here’s how to put together your very own Memory game with your very own Instagram photos!

DIY Instagram Memory Game

Make Time: 10 Minutes

1. Pull up SPS’s Contact Card page and click “Create Yours.”
2. Select a set of 60.
3. Sign in using your Instagram account.
4. Browse your Instagram photos on the next screen and click on the images you’d like to use. You’ll choose 30 images. On each image, click the Up arrow once to order 2 of each (so you can match them, duh!).
5. Once your photos are selected, click “Choose Template.” This is where you decide what you want the back of your Memory cards to look like. Choose the one you’d like best! You can pick one with text and type in a message, or you can upload your own image. If you like the image we created, you can download it right here and upload it for your own game!
6. Click “Preview Your Print.” If everything looks on the up and up, you’re ready to order and finish the purchasing process.

DIY Instagram Memory Game

Isn’t this just the most fun? Mr. Lovely and I had a ball choosing which photos to use. And we’ve already played with our niece, and yes, she won again. I think this could be such a fun gift for grownups or little ones!

Now! Wanna win a set of your own? Head over to my Instagram account to enter — it’ll just take you a few seconds. Then you can make your own set and give your Memory muscle a little exercise! Big thanks to the gang at Social Print Studio for the game night throwback! xoxo

DIY Instagram Memory Game

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P.S. See all of our past game night DIYs right here!

Tutorial photos by Lovely Indeed. All other photos by Scot Woodman.

DIY Leather and Cement Checkers Game

DIY Leather and Cement Checkers Game

Hey hey game night lovers! We’re kicking off this year’s DIY game night series today! I’m starting to think these DIY games are my very favorite things to make. Aside…

DIY Leather and Cement Checkers Game

DIY Leather and Cement Checkers Game

Hey hey game night lovers! We’re kicking off this year’s DIY game night series today! I’m starting to think these DIY games are my very favorite things to make. Aside from the fact that I love me a game night, it’s just been so fun to reimagine these old classics that I used to play for hours on end. Up today: DIY Checkers! This one’s getting a leather, gold, and cement twist. Because that’s how we do. And it’s perfect for rolling up and taking with you on the road. Let’s get cracking!

Materials

Make Time: 2 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

To make the board:

1. Cut a piece of leather 13″ x 13″.
2. Mask off the outer 1/2″ of each edge with washi tape.
3. Mask off the first set of squares. Measure 1.5″ from the edge of the outer washi tape, and mask off with the top edge of another line of tape. Then from that top edge, place another line of tape so that the bottom edge is 1.5″ away. Keep masking with these same measurements.
4. Paint the large open squares. Once you’re done, gently and carefully pull away the washi tape.
5. Once the paint is dry (ours took about 10 minutes), mask off the opposite set of squares. Use the same process as #3, but you’ll be masking over the squares that are already painted gold.
6. Paint these squares and remove the washi tape. Allow all paint to dry.

To make the checkers:

1. Mix 1/2 cup of Cement All with 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon of water. Stir thoroughly with the popsicle stick until all lumps are gone.
2. Spoon a teaspoon of the cement mixture into each hexagon tray. Work quickly (but carefully!) so that the cement doesn’t start drying — it will start to harden shortly after you mix it.
3. Tap the sides of the hexagon tray to get rid of any bubbles or uneven spots in the cement.
4. Allow the cement to dry for about an hour and pop the hexagons out of the tray. You’ll need to make 24 pieces, so repeat the process a second time.
5. Once all the pieces are made and dried, paint ’em up! For a colorblocked look, tape off half a checker with washi tape and paint the other half. Remove the tape while the paint is still wet. Set all the checkers aside to dry.

DIY Leather Checker Board Tutorial

Boooom! Set up your checker board and get all Bobby Fischer up in there! (Yes, I know he was a chess player. It’s the only reference I could think of. Cut me some slack here.) This board is perfect if you’re traveling and want to take some games along — just roll it up and squish it into the bottom of your suitcase. Or if you love it way too much (like I do), you can just leave it out on your coffee table forever and ever. Come back next week for our next DIY game! xoxo

DIY Leather and Cement Checkers Game

DIY Leather and Cement Checkers Game

DIY Leather and Cement Checkers Game

DIY Leather and Cement Checkers Game

P.S. See all of our past game night DIYs right here!

Tutorial photos by Lovely Indeed. All other photos by Scot Woodman.

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…

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.

 

DIY Sky Blocks

DIY Sky Blocks

Next up in our DIY game night series, we have something for the little ones! Thought it would be fun to share this one this week, what with the exciting…

DIY Sky Blocks

DIY Sky Blocks

DIY Sky Blocks

Next up in our DIY game night series, we have something for the little ones! Thought it would be fun to share this one this week, what with the exciting news and all. These actually turned out way cooler than I thought they would! Do you ever have one of those ideas that you think will probably work but you’re not really sure? This was like that. But I love these, and maybe someday our kiddo will be flipping them around with chubby little fingers. Let’s make ’em!

Materials

  • natural wood blocks (these are 1 1/2″)
  • nontoxic craft paint
  • paintbrushes
  • pencil
  • painter’s tape

Make Time: 3 Hours (plus drying time)

DIY Sky Blocks

Begin by deciding what you’d like on each side of the blocks. We did four different skies (sun, moon, clouds, and stars), and a diagonal line on the two remaining sides. Paint the base color on all sides — dark blue on opposing sides, and light blue on opposing sides. In between painting, allow each side to dry fully.

DIY Sky Blocks

DIY Sky Blocks

With the blues painted, paint the two remaining sides white and allow them to dry. Then lay a piece of painter’s tape on the diagonal on both of the white sides. Paint the untaped section gold, remove the tape before the paint dries, and allow all of the base colors to dry.

DIY Sky Blocks

Now the fun part! Arrange the blocks in a tidy square and lightly sketch the first design with a pencil. Keeping the blocks in a square, gently paint inside the pencil marks. I needed two coats for this part.

DIY Sky Blocks

Allow the design to dry and repeat with the other skies! Be sure that while you’re adding the designs, you flip the blocks over the same way every time so that you stay organized with which sky goes on which side.

I love these! They’re great for arranging into the different sky pictures, and also making patterns with the diagonal sides. And we didn’t have a baby handy to come in and play with them, but Mr. Lovely seemed to really like stacking them…

Have fun! xoxo

DIY Sky Blocks

DIY Sky Blocks

DIY Sky Blocks

DIY Sky Blocks

DIY Sky Blocks