Crafts Kids

DIY Board Game They’ll Love

I know you’re curious.  Or is that mild amusement?  Have I finally lost my marbles?

Why make your own checker board game?

  • Because you can – it’s an easy project.
  • It’s unique and adorable.
  • You can customize it for different seasons/holidays.
  • These board games make interesting gifts.
  • They are an exciting way to use old scrapbook paper.
  • AND they fit perfectly in your new game stash case.


You will need:

  • 1 sheet of 12″ x 12″ solid card stock paper
  • 1 sheet of 12″ x 12″ patterned scrapbook paper OR any scraps of paper that you love
  • Adhesive (dots or liquid glue)
  • 12″ ruler
  • Your favorite pencil
  • Scissors or paper trimmer
  • Clear contact paper


Start marking the squares on the solid card stock paper – draw lines exactly 1.5″ apart, horizontally and vertically.  You will end up with a total of 32 squares.


1.5″ lines become cute little squares. Wait and see!
You did it! Not bad, huh?


Now, grab your scrapbook paper, old magazine pages or anything at all that you want to use as the contrasting squares.  I used scrapbook paper for this demonstration.

Cut the paper  into 1.5″ squares using either a paper trimmer or scissors (that requires you to draw lines – slightly more work but hey, you’re already here!).

You can go wild with mixed patterns or themed holiday patterns.  Anything goes for this board game!

You really only need 4 strips of paper if you’re using a full 12″ x 12″ sheet.


Now, you should have exactly 32 proud little squares.  Pat yourself on the back.  That was the hardest part.

Choose your favorite adhesive and go ahead and glue each paper square to the board, leaving a space between each one.

Ha! Switched my glue on you – I used liquid for this one.
(drumroll)… did it!



Using clear contact paper, cover the entire board game.  This can be frustrating if you’re in a hurry to see the final product.  Simply lay the contact paper on the table (sticky side up), tape the four corners  and gently place your board face-side down on top of the sticky stuff.  Flip it over and gently smooth out any bubbles.


If you don’t have checker pieces, I’d highly recommend buying  wooden or plastic stackable ones from Etsy or Amazon.

Of course, you can take this board game project all the way by improvising the game pieces – let me know what you come up with!

Just don’t use marbles.




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