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!
- printable Wes Anderson Guess Who file
- 42 1″ hinges
- 42 wood rectangles (we recommend buying a few extra)
- 1 basswood strip
- 2 pieces of craft plywood
- craft paint
- saw (or a local hardware store!)
- spray adhesive
- tweezers (optional)
Make Time: 2 Hours (Plus Drying Time)
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