Ski Chalet Checkerboard

Create a woodsy winter wonderland with wooden stir sticks, toothpicks, felt and some simple wood rounds.

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Let's take a thrilling downhill ride into the world of crafting with our latest project: a Ski Chalet Checkerboard! Remember those old ski chalets where we used to sip hot cocoa after a long day on the slopes? Those cozy spots are about to get a playful makeover. With game pieces that are cute as a button, like handmade mini skis and adorable little bottle brushes, this isn't just a DIY project—it's a nostalgic trip back to the good ol' days. So, ready to slalom your way into some crafty fun? Let's do it!

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Things You'll Need

  • Slim wooden stir sticks

  • Utility knife

  • Paint and small paintbrushes

  • Round wooden toothpicks

  • Paper punch

  • White paper

  • Hot glue gun

  • Embroidery thread

  • Small wooden discs

  • 12 small bottle brush trees

  • Round wooden live-edge trivet

  • Felt

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1. Create 12 miniature pairs of retro skis

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Use a sharp utility knife to cut 24 2 1/4-in. pieces from the wooden stir sticks. The rounded edges will become the tips of the skis.

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It's time to add some color to our little ski buddies. We went with a bright, Rudolph-the-red-nosed-reindeer kind of red to give our board a dash of that vintage yuletide vibe. But hey, maybe you're feeling more in tune with the Grinch today? Go green! Or perhaps you fancy channeling your inner Olaf? Ice blue it is! Once you've chosen your base color, add a couple of white accents here and there. Think of them as marshmallows in your hot cocoa—they just add that extra bit of sweetness.

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2. Craft the ski poles

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Cut 24 toothpicks to 1 3/4 in. with a sharp utility knife to become the miniature ski poles.

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Paint the pole tops to represent the handles and then slip a hole-punched white paper circle over the sharp tip for the basket. Voila! A pair of ski poles.

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3. Make the checker pieces

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Crisscross the skis and poles and then connect them all together with a hot glue gun. Wrap some embroidery thread around the middle to tie it all together. Next, attach the 12 little pairs of skis to the wooden discs. If you're lucky enough to own a miter saw and have access to a branch, feel free to cut your own. Otherwise, you can purchase sets of wooden discs on Amazon or Etsy.

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Attach the 12 bottle brushes to the wooden discs with a hot glue gun for the opposing team to use.

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4. Create the checkerboard

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You'll need 64 pieces of felt, each cut into a 1 1/4-in. square.

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Now, let's get these felt squares onto your wooden live-edge trivet in a classic checkerboard pattern. If you're one of those lucky people who owns a chainsaw and just so happens to have a few logs lying around, then hey, feel free to slice and sand away!

But what if you don't have logs or a chainsaw? No sweat! You might have some scrap wood lying around that your table saw has been eyeing. If not, Amazon and Etsy are bursting with options.

If you're feeling extra artsy, why not paint the town red—or rather, the checkerboard? Grab some painter's tape or a stencil and let your creativity run wild.

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Of course, you'll need appropriate refreshments for game night. How about some mind-blowing cocoa made with these Pinecone Hot Cocoa Bombs!

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