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How To Make A Dice
How To Make A Dice Out Of Paper
If you are looking to make a dice out of paper at home then follow these instructions to get one that is of the correct configuration. The configuration should be correct in terms of where the numbered dots should go in relation to each other - you can find further info on this below.
Perhaps you are at home and wanting to play a game the involves dice and you don't have any so you need to make your own. Maybe you are just having fun with some arts and crafts with the kids and making a dice is one of those things that everyone should do at some time. Maybe there is some other reason that I can't think of that you want to make your own dice for! In any case, you have come to the right place and here I will give you a template that you can copy and use, or just instructions in how to draw and create your own dice out of paper.
Obviously to make the best dice you should use card instead of paper if you have it but if not you can certainly make a dice out of paper, it just won't be quite so sturdy :-)
In fact you can make a dice out of any material you like and you could even use this template to make and sew up a material dice (furry dice must come back into fashion soon...) If you do use this for a material dice then you will need more flaps to sew the dice together so it is worth adding a bit of extra material at each point that the dice joins together.
So if you want to draw up your own dice template then draw six squares in the formation shown above. There are other dice template patterns that also work where the squares are joined differently when the template is flat, but I find this one easiest to cut out and they all end up looking the same.
Add in the tabs that stick out of the squares also as shown so that you can use these to attach the sides of the cube together at each joint.
The key to making a dice is the pattern (so that it does end up as a cube) and in the numbering. Traditionally a dice should have the numbers applied on each side so that the opposite sides' numbers add up to 7 (hence 6 and 1, 5 and 2, 3 and 4 being opposite each other).
Cut the template out and fold at the lines of each square. Fold the flaps so that they are at 90 degrees to the sides of the dice and use glue or tape to stick the flaps to the matching sides and there you have it - your own dice.
If you do want to just make one quickly though click on the image above and it will be shown in full size. Download it to your computer and either print it out as it is or import the image into word and make it to the size you want (it may be a bit big as it is so you could put a couple of small ones onto a Word page).
Making Dice Out of Wooden Blocks
If you want something a bit more substantial then you could make dice out of wooden cubes. You can make them any size from standard small dice to be used for a board game, to large wooden dice that you can use in the garden.
Make sure that the cubes are truly square so that there is no bias on the dice and then drill holes in the blocks as follows:
- 1 dot opposite 6 dots
- 2 dots opposite 5 dots
- 3 dots opposite 4 dots
You can use the patterns shown above in the paper template to drill the holes for the dots - this will give you the correct configuration for wooden dice blocks.
Once you have drilled the holes, paint them out with black paint (or whatever colour you have handy).