Friday, April 17, 2015

DIY Yard Yahtzee

The The Pinning Mama had such a cute idea ...

  • Wooden 4×4 (approx 2 feet)
  • Acrylic Craft Paint 
  • Round sponge brush
  • Sealant
You will need 6 wooden cubes for this project.  I found the easiest and most economical way to get them was to cut down a wooden 4×4.  You can find one easily at your local Home Depot.  To cut the cubes you have a few options.  First some stores have the ability to cut them for you.  In that case make friends with the guy in the wood department and keep all that saw dust in the store!  If they don’t have an electric saw to cut them, they will always have a regular saw you can make cuts with for free in the stores.  Or if you have a saw at home, you can cut them there.
When you cut the 4×4 into cubes, it is important to measure the actual width of the wood first.  A 4×4 isn’t actually 4″.  The wood has experienced shrinkage while it was waiting for you to buy it, and so it is probably closer to 3.5″x 3.5″  So after measuring the actual size of your 4×4, use that measurement to cut the length of the wood into cubes.
Now we get to the part where our little guys can help out!  The next step will be to paint your cubes.  I let my kiddo pick out his own color palate and he went with a bunch of bright colors!  If you would rather you can make them all matching or even use stain instead to give them a more natural look.  Whatever color scheme you choose, use a foam brush to cover each side with the paint and let dry.  You will probably have to come back and do the bottom after the other sides have dried.
Once ever thing is painted and nice and dry, we will use our round foam brush and a contrasting acrylic paint color to paint the dots onto our dice.  You can find the round sponge brush in the stencil section of any craft store, mine was 1 inch in diameter.

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