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Board Game Crafts

Updated on June 2, 2014

Crafting with Game Boards and Pieces

Board games often have beautiful graphics that are screaming to be made into crafts. Vintage game boards are especially nice!

And don't forget the game pieces, instructions, and cards that come with board games. A simple board game craft is to glue a magnet to the back of game pieces like checkers or Monopoly pieces like the shoe or thimble.

Try one of the more involved game board crafts to show off your crafting skills like this Monopoly Mini-Journal by 366thday, a talented Etsy seller.

Photo Credit: 366thday on Etsy

Crafts Using Game Boards

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Harry Potter board game journal. Photo Credit:  Etsy seller 366thdayOuija board coasters. Photo Credit:  Chaos to Art
Harry Potter board game journal. Photo Credit:  Etsy seller 366thday
Harry Potter board game journal. Photo Credit: Etsy seller 366thday
Ouija board coasters. Photo Credit:  Chaos to Art
Ouija board coasters. Photo Credit: Chaos to Art

Board Game Crafts - Crafts That Use Pieces of the Game Board

If you're missing the board and most of the parts and pieces, don't fret. Here are some great ideas for using pieces that you do have left of that favorite board game.

Start Crafting with Board Games - Craft Supplies for Board Game Crafts

Some board game crafts use simple craft supplies like Mod Podge, duct tape, and something to display it like a plate hanger.

Mod Podge CS11202 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Gloss Finish
Mod Podge CS11202 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Gloss Finish

Seal game boards with Mod Podge to protect them.

 
Duck Brand 280410 Printed Duct Tape, Checker, 1.88 Inches x 10 Yards, Single Roll
Duck Brand 280410 Printed Duct Tape, Checker, 1.88 Inches x 10 Yards, Single Roll

Use duct (or duck) tape for edges on board games when making coasters or journals.

 
OOK 50472 Deluxe Plate Hanger with Steel Pro Supports Up to 30 Pounds, 10-Inch to 14-Inch
OOK 50472 Deluxe Plate Hanger with Steel Pro Supports Up to 30 Pounds, 10-Inch to 14-Inch

Cut out an especially pleasing part of a game board, finish the edges with some good ol' duct tape and display it on the wall.

 

Parcheesi Anyone?

Parcheesi Anyone?
Parcheesi Anyone?

Game Boards for Display and Crafting - Click a small photo to enlarge it.

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A "Fun on the Farm" game board that is so beautiful with farm animals, barn, farmer. Display this on the wall, as is. Photo Credit:  Peggy HazelwoodVintage Stratego game board. It's damaged so I won't feel bad making crafts with it. Photo Credit:  Peggy HazelwoodWooden marble game. Photo Credit:  Peggy HazelwoodVintage Whitman BINGO game. Photo Credit:  Peggy Hazelwood
A "Fun on the Farm" game board that is so beautiful with farm animals, barn, farmer. Display this on the wall, as is. Photo Credit:  Peggy Hazelwood
A "Fun on the Farm" game board that is so beautiful with farm animals, barn, farmer. Display this on the wall, as is. Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood
Vintage Stratego game board. It's damaged so I won't feel bad making crafts with it. Photo Credit:  Peggy Hazelwood
Vintage Stratego game board. It's damaged so I won't feel bad making crafts with it. Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood
Wooden marble game. Photo Credit:  Peggy Hazelwood
Wooden marble game. Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood
Vintage Whitman BINGO game. Photo Credit:  Peggy Hazelwood
Vintage Whitman BINGO game. Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Vintage Board Games for Crafting - Choose from some great boards with fabulous vintage graphics

Altered Art: Techniques for Creating Altered Books, Boxes, Cards & More - by Terry Taylor

This book features several crafts using board games. The projects include using vintage game boards with the fabulous graphics they almost always have in the following ways:

~ as the base for an altered art collage or project

~ to make gift tags and tags as invitations

~ to make artist trading cards

~ puzzles pieces together part way then glued together as the base of a collage

Craft with Game Pieces

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A BINGO card used as the base of a mini-collage.Monopoly bracelet by Etsy seller sweettreatsjewelry. See the link below to visit her Etsy listing.Game board pieces with magnets glued on the back.
A BINGO card used as the base of a mini-collage.
A BINGO card used as the base of a mini-collage.
Monopoly bracelet by Etsy seller sweettreatsjewelry. See the link below to visit her Etsy listing.
Monopoly bracelet by Etsy seller sweettreatsjewelry. See the link below to visit her Etsy listing.
Game board pieces with magnets glued on the back.
Game board pieces with magnets glued on the back.

Crafts with Game Board Pieces - Crafts That Use Cards and Pieces That Come with Board Games

Here's a list of great ideas for crafting with board games. A special finished piece using a favorite game from childhood makes a one of a kind, unforgettable gift. Take a look and see if you get inspired!

Find Old Board Games

Places you might find old board games:

~ thrift stores

~ yard sales

~ your kid's closet

~ your parents' attic

Vintage Poker-Keno Game Set

Vintage Poker-Keno Game Set
Vintage Poker-Keno Game Set

Journal Made with Board Game Box

Operation Journal. Photo Credit:  Etsy Seller BetheAbsurd. See the link below to this Etsy listing.
Operation Journal. Photo Credit: Etsy Seller BetheAbsurd. See the link below to this Etsy listing.

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Peggy Hazelwood is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

Have you made crafts with board games?

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    • AcornOakForest profile image

      Monica Lobenstein 

      4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      I haven't made any game board crafts hut you have my creative gears turning. Brilliant lens idea!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I have never thought of crafting with board games, what a wonderfully clever idea to hold those smiles from games loved in days gone by that are just in a shelf somewhere. I had forgotten about Fun on the Farm, I sued to play it when I visited some cousins. It worked out good that we had different games to play at each other's house. Now that I think of it, that may have been planned by our parents because we were kept busy. Fun idea once again and very creative! :)

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      DreamsBloom 

      5 years ago

      I've used vintage bingo cards for some crafting and I've made Scrabble tiles into magnets. I have a few game things I've collected and planned on making things with, but haven't gotten to it yet.

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      kathryn-gillespie 

      5 years ago

      Great ideas! That farm board would be awesome hanging! Keep up the good work!

    • Gypzeerose profile image

      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      Wonderful craft, reminds me of my childhood. Blessed for creativity and thoroughness.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I like the ideas.

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      marsha32 

      6 years ago

      cool ideas!

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I made a few crafts with puzzle pieces. I always wanted to locate some used Scrabble tiles, but they're a hot item these days.

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I like seeing vintage board games hanging on the wall like artwork. Old checkerboards look great for this. I hope you are going to make a companion page about using game pieces in crafts (scrabble pieces, dominoes, etc.)

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