DIY checkers game

March 12, 2014

"DIY checkers game"

I love a good board game and always have ever since I was little.  It does bring out my competitive side but that’s all part of the fun.  As Anya is getting older, she is getting more and more in to board games and so we often spend an entire afternoon playing game after game.  But she’s not the best loser but we’re working on this and hoping she will learn to try harder or at least be a better loser! Our latest obsession is this DIY game of checkers created by Marie-Laure of La Maison de Loulou especially for my readers. 

I’m delighted to be working with Marie-Laure as she is really creative and has many more beautiful DIY projects on her site.  Marie-Laure made one and sent it for Anya and at first I thought at 5 years Anya may be a bit young for a strategic game like checkers but I was so wrong.  Even though she does often lose (and yes cries!) she still wants to play all the time.  We must’ve already played over 30 times and we’ve only had the game a few days!  If you want to make your own, here’s how.

What you’ll need:
12 x 12 square plywood board
24 wooden stars (available at most craft stores)
masking tape
paint (at least 3 colours but more if you want 2 toned stars like these)
brushes
ruler
pencil
a small drawstring pouch or similar to store the stars

"easy DIY checkers game"

Step 1: using your ruler and pencil, draw 64 equal squares on the plywood board to make your basic checkers board outline.  Leave a small border as seen in the picture as this gives a nicer finish.

Step 2:  use your masking tape to mask the squares and paint alternate squares in white (or the colour of your choice).  The masking tape isn’t essential but it gives a very clean finish.

Step 3:  now paint the stars – 12 in one colour and the other 12 in another colour.

Step 4:  allow everything to dry well.

Step 5: play!

"DIY checkers board game""DIY board games for kids"

And that’s it.  You’ve got a great board game that is fun to make and will last ages.  A big thank you to La Maison de Loulou for creating this DIY especially for my readers and if you want more DIY inspiration, check out Marie-Laure’s blog where you’ll find lots of ideas. 

P.S.  If you’d like to see some more DIY’s take a look at our dotty elephant gift tags, DIY water xylophone, and DIY fruity diaries

{all photos by La Maison de Loulou for ebabee} 

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