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!
- plastic darts
- craft paint
- contact paper
- craft knife (or a Cricut Machine!)
- spray adhesive
- spray sealant
- painter’s tape
- printable number template
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.
If the board has any branding on the black portion, paint over it with black paint to make a clean background.
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.
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.
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.
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
Tutorial photos by Lovely Indeed; all other photos by Whitney B. Lucas.