8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY

By Ashley Marcin on 2 November 2015 1 comment

Getting tired of the same old board games? Why not make your own? Several clever DIY games can be made with stuff you have in junk drawers or otherwise hanging around the house. Others come together as quickly as you can print a template. Liven up your game night with these awesome DIY options. (Related: 15 Fun Toys You Can DIY)

1. Guess Who

This DIY Guess Who will have your whole family laughing. Get photos of 25 of your nearest and dearest friends and family and print three copies (one for each board and one for the bag). Then cut them into squares and attach to plywood squares using Mod Podge. Drill pilot holes into your base for the hinges that will attach each individual person's block to the board.

2. Monopoly

If you're bored with your Monopoly game, try creating your own using these free templates. The maker of the templates also offers a totally customizable one for just $2. You can print these out at home and then glue or tape onto an old board. Park Place can be whatever you want. I suggest getting them printed onto a single sheet of high-quality paper at a local office supply store.

3. Checkers

Is there anything more classic than a game of Checkers? Make your own board and pieces using milk jug lids, fabric, and paint. You'll pencil in a grid and then color in alternating boxes. Then decorate your milk jug lids with permanent markers.

4. Tic Tac Toe

Here's a super way to keep your little ones occupied: DIY Tic Tac Toe. Find eight smooth rocks and pick up an inexpensive chalkboard at a craft store. This particular game has a Minions theme — but you could paint the rocks however you'd like.

5. Memory Game

This paper Popsicle Memory Game is a great exercise for the mind. Print out the free template, cut out the pieces, and attach them to sticks using double-sided tape. Then mix them up, face down, and let your kids try to find the matching treats.

6. Rainbow Game

The Rain and Rainbow Game will give some color to your rainy day. It's a fun variation of Snakes and Ladders. After you print and assemble the game, the rules are easy. When you reach the bottom of a rainbow, climb up. When you land on a black cloud, slide back down.

7. Cereal Box Game

You probably already have all the materials you need to create this Cereal Box Game on hand. Simply cut up your box, draw a path, and color it in. The rules are up to you. This is a wonderful project for younger kids who might just be learning how to play.

8. Family Memories Game

If you're looking for an inexpensive, personalized gift to give family this holiday season, try crafting this Family Memories Game. Take an old board game, cover it with white cardstock, draw your path on top, and decorate it with family photos. Use more cardstock to make your deck of questions. Ask about anything about birthdays, anniversaries, and even personal jokes.

What's your favorite DIY board game for when you're bored?

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You forgot Aggrevation! Make a board from cardboard or wood, use a drill to make holes to hold the marbles, and spray paint. If you use wood there may be some sanding, depending on the wood used. Pick up 2 dice and marbles in 4 to 6 colors. Fun, fun, fun!