Go out and purchase huge game sets, and several of them, and you’ll soon rack up a huge tab that will definitely hurt the wallet! Make them yourself, though, and you’ll have a really nice game collection that puts regular game collections to shame. They’re really easy to make when you use foam board, and since it’s so cheap, it will cost very little to make each game.
Large pieces of foam board from craft stores or even home improvement stores works great to make the game boards. You’ll find that it’s not too expensive and comes in a variety of sizes. Although it’s fairly easy to cut the foam board to the size you want it’s much easier, of course, to just purchase the board in a size that works well to make a game set.
You’ll have to do a little math, and just a little calculating, to determine how the game will look. For instance, if you’re making a chess or checkers set, you’ll have to divide the amount of rows needed, by the width of a square foam board, to determine how large to make each square. It’s simple math that anyone can do. If you end up with a fraction of an inch that’s in the way, simply make a border around the top of the board with metallic or colored tape.
Make virtually any game board by using markers, tape, rubber stamps, stickers and similar craft items. You can find a pattern that you can look at while creating the board simply by going online and searching for that game. Make your own kids’ games, classic games and more just by viewing a picture of the board online as you create it. Create one game on each side of the foam board and each game will really be two – or more! Many games feature the checkerboard arrangement so one foam board can sometimes make several games. Used colored tape, flat ribbon or a similar choice to cover the raw edges around the perimeter of the board to give it a more professional look.
Make markers and game pieces by using painted bottle lids, poker chips, cardboard, buttons, small plastic novelties, pieces of felt, beans, foam shapes and similar items. Other things you can use to complete the game sets include dice, play money or pencils and paper. Make holders for the assorted pieces by using a tin or even a cigar box. Create compartments inside by cutting cardboard or thin plastic pieces and gluing them in place. Purchase tiny zipper-lock bags at a dollar-theme or craft store to hold other small pieces. The finished games are perfect for playing with friends on the picnic table or for sitting around the dining table with the family.