DIY Game Pieces Craft: Dominoes

My junk drawer is full of game pieces.

Random little trinkets, long gone from their original packaging, never to see board game victory again. There are game timers with sand that won’t fall, Scrabble tiles from who knows which era, and dice moved so often they’ve ended up in a game that doesn’t even need dice.

What is one to do with this mish-mash of gaming?

Repurpose of course!

I’m going to show you how to make coasters out of a domino set that is ready to see new life. This project is incredibly fast, it took me less than fifteen minutes! These coasters will be a hit at the next game night.

What you’ll need for domino coasters:

What you'll need to make Domino coasters

What you’ll need to make Domino coasters

Dominoes 8 for each coaster you’d like to make

Hot Glue Gun

Hot Glue Gun Sticks

Cardboard

Scissors

Step-by-step directions for making domino coasters:

1. Heat up the hot glue gun.

2. Measure the cardboard to the size of the coasters. I used an already existing coaster as a template, but you can either lay out the dominoes and trace them or measure out a 4″ by 4″ square.

I used a coaster to measure the cardboard, but this part is not exact science!

I used a coaster to measure the cardboard, but this part is not exact science!

3. Cut out the cardboard. This piece is the back of the coaster. It is okay if the size is not exact; in fact a little bit too small might make it look even better!

Cut the cardboard out to make the backing for the domino coasters.

Cut the cardboard out to make the backing for the domino coasters.

4.Arrange the dominos on the cutout. You may use whatever pattern you’d like. It took me eight dominos for the size coaster I created. If it doesn’t quite fit together right, cut the cardboard until it does.

Arrange dominos on the cardboard.

Arrange dominoes on the cardboard.

I used a criss cross pattern with alternating the direction of the dominos in sets of two.

I used a criss-cross pattern, alternating the direction of the dominoes in sets of two.

5. Flip the dominoes face down onto your work surface so you can begin gluing them on.

Flip the dominos face down on workspace.

Flip the dominoes face down on workspace.

6. You’re ready to start gluing! You’ll want to start at one of the corners. Pick up the first face down domino. Put hot glue on the domino back and quickly place it glue down on the very edge of the corner you’re starting with.

Glue and place the dominos very quickly as the glue dries fast!

Glue and place the dominos very quickly as the glue dries fast!

7. Continue in this manner gluing down all the dominoes. I tried putting glue on the sides of the dominoes to glue them together which worked well. I also tried putting the glue on the cardboard instead of the domino, which also worked just fine. There are many ways to try this project and I don’t think any of them are wrong!

Be careful where you hold the dominos and cardboard. Hot glue is just that...HOT!

Be careful where you hold the dominos and cardboard. Hot glue is just that…HOT!

As you glue down each domino place it tightly against its neighbor. This will help keep them together.

Glue the dominos one by one in the pattern you originally laid out.

Glue the dominos one by one in the pattern you originally laid out.

8. Glue down all the dominoes and you’ll quickly have a domino coaster.

Finished product of the domino coaster.

Finished product of the domino coaster.

If something goes wrong: don’t worry! Hot glue is pretty easy to fix. Just wait for the glue to cool, chip it off the domino with a finger nail and try again.

9. Use the awesome new coasters at your next game night!

Domino Coaster as it is intended to be used.

Domino Coaster in its intended use!

Make a whole set of coasters for your next game event.

Make a whole set of coasters for your next game event.

I hope to bring you another board gamer’s craft project soon!

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2 responses

  1. What a stellar idea! Love it!

  2. […] DIY Game Pieces Craft: Dominoes (readysetplaygames.wordpress.com) […]

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