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!
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.
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
P.S. See all of our past game night DIYs right here!
Tutorial photos by Lovely Indeed. All other photos by Scot Woodman.