How to Decorate a Wall With Game Boards


Decorate your den, living room, game room or a child's bedroom with a game theme for a bright and festive room. Put your collection of old board games to use by using them as accessories in your decor. Hang actual game boards on the wall to set the tone for the room in an easy and relatively inexpensive way. The games can be used solely as decor or fashioned to the walls in a way that allows for the games to still be played.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint
  • Hooks/Adhesive
  • Glue
  • Magnet
  • Paint the walls in a light, neutral color if you want something other than white. A bright or bold wall color can take the focus away from the game boards, whereas a light and neutral color will allow the board games to serve as the focus of the room.

  • Attach hooks, Velcro or picture adhesive to the back of the game boards and the walls where you want to hang them. Space the game boards evenly around the room at eye level.

  • Glue game pieces to the board if you want the boards to serve as decoration only. Glue the game pieces to magnets if you want to be able to play the games without taking them down. Place another magnet on the bottom side of the board to keep the magnetized game piece on the board.

  • Hang the boards on the wall in their assigned spot. If you want the boards to be permanent decor that isn't interactive, consider framing the boards with mats before hanging them. Or put the game boards in shadow boxes with the game pieces glued in place.

Tips & Warnings

  • Hang some of the game boards diagonally to create a more interesting look.
  • Glue the game boards to thick poster board or cork board to keep them stiff. Lean them against the wall on top of floating shelves if you want to be able to easily take them down to play with them.

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