Even if they no longer have all of their pieces, old board games offer crafting potential long after your family has outgrown them. Craft projects using old board games are the perfect gift for die-hard gamers. The trash-to-treasure crafts can become quirky accessories for a game room or decorations for a community game night.
Decoupaged Paper Play Money
You can use paper money torn into smaller pieces to decoupage paper mache boxes, shoe boxes or old food tins. By dipping the money pieces into water-thinned craft glue and applying them to the surface of the boxes, you can create a collage-covered box. For a long-lasting surface, spraying or coating the finished product with sealer will protect the box's surface. The boxes can be used for storing game pieces of newer games or as extra storage in a game or child's room.
Game Board Journal Cover
The hard cardboard of old game boards can become covers for a journal or diary. Use the best and most colorful part of the boards and a notepad with binder holes as a pattern. By poking holes in the cut boards, in the same places as the holes in the notepad, you can attach the book together using key rings, ribbon or craft wire. You can use a notepad without binder holes, but you will have to use a drill to drill holes through the notepad to attach the game board cover.
If you want a more finished look to the edges of the cut game board, you can ink or paint the edges with a sponge. Once the journal is assembled, you can embellish your game board journal with old game pieces, buttons, sequins or glitter.
Board Game Picture Frame
You can recycle old picture frames from your own personal stash or those you have picked up at thrift stores or garage sales for this project. The frames might require a coat of paint in any color you like. Then you can glue game pieces to the surface using tacky or craft glue or a hot glue gun. As an added touch, you can create a photo mat using an old game board or even the game box. For a perfect fit to the frame, it's helpful to trace a photo mat onto the game board first before you cut it out. A craft knife works well for cutting through the thick cardboard of game boards.
These picture frames make nice favor gifts for guests at a game night party. For an abundance of supplies, you can purchase extra board games at a second-hand store.
Game Night Coasters
You can use the leftover bits and pieces from previous game board crafts to make simple coasters. A craft knife works well for cutting the game boards into squares, circles or simple cookie cutter shapes for your coasters. You can experiment with glitter or stamp painted images for extra embellishments.
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