Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Day 2 of Summer... game day

Today we tackled another rainy summer day with THIS, a personalized checkerboard game for david and matthew :] Truth be told, I did most of the work, but the boys helped here and there, which made it fun for all three of us. 
I started with a plywood board- 14 in x 14 in. It was slightly bowed, so I hated to use it for a cake board, but it's perfect for this. A little paint, scrapbook paper, wooden nickels, modge podge... and voila! 
I painted the edges  and back with green acrylic craft paint, then modge-podged a 12 x 12 piece of green scrapbook paper to the center. I forgot to take a pic of the polka dot squares, but basically I took a printed piece of 12 x 12 paper and cut it into 32 1 1/2 inch squares, and glued them on in a checkered pattern. That was the trickiest part :] And then I covered the entire board with another layer of modge podge and set it aside.
While I tackled the board, the boys painted their wooden nickels. I gave each of them 15. You only need 12 per person, but I know my kids will lose one or two of these. After they finished painting, I stamped one side with their initial, and the opposite side with a crown, and sealed them with a coat of modge podge.
I grabbed a couple scraps of fabric and some hemp cord and made this tiny drawstring bag for their checker pieces. I have pics for a tutorial, but felt sort of weird posting it since I really had absolutely no idea what I was doing and probably did it wrong :] 

So, once again we fight to conquer rainy days in a house where my husband works and loud noise is more than a nuisance... I think this one will come in handy for a long time!!


  1. Wow- that's awesome! How creative you are! I bet the boys enjoyed helping you create it!

  2. Look at you, having wonderful crafternoons with your boys! How fun; you did a great job on the board!