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How to Make a Board Game
Making Board Games is Fun
It's an excellent activity for kids that encourages creativity as well as exercising their reading and writing skills, and at the end of the board game project you have an awesome keepsake of time spent together creating and playing custom board games!
Keep reading for step by step instructions for making your own board game, as well as the supplies you'll need and links to download printable board game templates.
Presto Chango Becomes Hallow-Opoly
Follow along as we convert a thrift store $1.98 board game into our own custom game.
Board Making Supplies
The most important thing you need for making a custom board game that will last is a board. I like to recycle old board games from the thrift store (because I can usually buy a game for .99 or 1.98). Plus, old board games sometimes come with game accessories (pieces, dice or money even) that we can also recycle.
Old board games can be recycled by using white contact paper. You'll also need some clear contact paper after you're finished pasting-up all the elements in your custom board game, to seal it all in permanently.
Step By Step Instructions to Cover an Old Game BoardClick thumbnail to view full-size
Carefully trim off extra contact paper
In our house an adult does this part with an exact-o blade.
Presto Chang-o with Contact Paper
Then you can decorate.
You can draw directly on your board, glue pictures down, or even print off custom board game templates to paste down. We like to do a combination of all three.
Sharpies are Awesome For Drawing on Custom Games
Game Board Making Supplies
I like this better than contact paper for covering board games because it's 20 inches wide and covers most all board games without having to use two pieces.
Sharpies are perfect for writing on contact paper. I prefer the fine tips and who doesn't want 24 different color choices?
Glue sticks are perfect for gluing down print offs, photos or paste up board game templates.
If you need to purchase dice for your game you can get them from Amazon.
A variation on a traditional dice set.