We did it! We finally did it! I figured out a way to make my DIY game dreams come true. I had been thinking and thinking of a new take on Battleship and just couldn’t quite figure out how to do it. But then one day in the Michaels dollar bins I saw these foam sweets and BAM we got it figure out! So here it is, our next installment in this year’s DIY game series: DIY Battleship Sweets! Or Battlesweets? Or Sugarship? I’m still not too solid on the name. But it plays just like classic Battleship and you get to look at these cute little macarons and donuts, so obviously it’s an upgrade.
- 2 wood boxes
- toy sweets or candy in various shapes and sizes (ours are from the dollar bins by the kids’ section in Michaels)
- metal rivets or brads
- craft knife
- craft paint
- metal alphabet stamps and hammer (optional)
- ball point pen
- tiny wood balls (two sets of 100)
- tiny magnets (two sets of 100)
- magnetic strips (optional)
- rope or twine
- scrap paper
Make Time: 3 Hours (plus drying time)
Step 1: Paint the inside of your boxes with craft paint. You can choose any color scheme you like; we painted opposite colors on the tops and bottoms.
Step 2: Measure out a piece of paper that’s the same size as the inside of your box (ours is 8″x8″). Use the ruler to measure a grid of dots on the paper. Our grid is 7×7 dots. Use the craft knife to poke a hole on each point.
Step 3: On each side of the interior of both boxes, place the grid and use the pencil to trace all the dots.
Step 4: Use E6000 to glue a magnet on each dot. Important! Make sure all of the magnets are facing the same way in their polarity. This will ensure your game pieces will stick properly.
Step 5: If you like, use your metal alphabet stamp to place a letter by each horizontal row of magnets and a number by each vertical column of magnets. Fill in the stamped wood with ball point pen to make it easier to see. If you want to skip the stamp, just write the letters and numbers with a pen.
Step 6: Glue a small section of rope or twine to the inside of each box so that the top of the boxes stays upright when the lid is open.
Step 7: Make your markers. You’ll lay down as many magnets as you have in each of the lids of the boxes (in our case, 98). Be sure to lay them down so that the polarity matches the magnets you glued on the box lids. Glue a small wooden ball to each of the magnets.
Step 8: Paint 12 of the wooden balls in one color and 12 in another color. These will be the markers you use when you hit one of the other player’s pieces.
Step 9: Add the rivets or brads to the tops of your sweets. For our game, the ice cream has four, donuts have three, macarons have two, and the cupcake has one. You can arrange them however you like as long as they correspond to the magnets on the bottom half of your game. Make a small slit in your game piece with a craft knife, add a dab of glue over the slit, and then sink a brad into the slit. This way, since the brads are metal, you can attach a magnet ball to the corresponding brad when your opponent correctly guesses at the placement of your game piece.
Step 10: This step is optional, and probably best if you plan on playing with little kids or taking the game on the road. Add a magnetic strip to the bottom of your candy pieces so that they stay in place when you set them on the magnetic board.
Eeeeeeeek! This one is so, so fun. We’re dying to play it with our seven year old niece, because I think she’s gonna lose her mind for it. Rules are just like standard Battleship! Place your game pieces and let your opponent guess where they are. If they guess correctly, add a magnet to the brad that they guessed on your sweets. When you’re guessing, if you guess wrong, add a plain wood ball to the grid on your box lid. If you guess correctly, add a colored one. First person to sink all their opponent’s sweets wins! xoxo
P.S. See all of our DIY game series here!