Board games are a great way to keep busy and connect with friends and family members. Don’t have any on hand? You may not have known that you can make your own! These 12 DIY board games below could help save you from boredom if you happen to be stuck in the house. Plus, it’s a reason to break out the crafting supplies!

  • Paint a Colorful Backgammon Board Backgammon Game. Lovely IndeedIt might be faster and more convenient to buy a backgammon board, but where’s the fun and creativity in that? By painting your own, you can match the style and colors of the game to your existing decor. That way when you’re not playing, the game can stay out in the open and look good in the process. DIY Backgammon Game from Lovely Indeed
  • 02of 12Convert a Dry Erase Board Into a Scrabble Board Giant Word Game. Garrison Street StudioLife-sized board games are more fun when playing with a large group. When you’re thinking of making your own board game, consider making it larger to make it more memorable. This version of scrabble uses a large dry erase board as its base and magnetic squares as the letters. DIY Giant Word Game from Garrison Street Studio
  • 03of 12Use a Mat for Classic Games on the Beach Beach Game Mat. Kojo DesignsIf you want to partake in some board games at the beach, chances are a typical board game will get too sandy and pieces will get lost. Paint a roll out mat instead and collect seashells for game pieces. That way if one gets lost, no worries. You can go out and replace it with another. DIY Outdoor Classic Board Games from Kojo Designs
  • 04of 12Craft a New Version of an Old Classic Harry Potter Monopoly. Charlie LouMonopoly sells a ton of expanded versions of the original classic. However, what these versions sometimes lack is attention to detail. For instance, a monopoly game dedicated to your city might entirely miss the point because the creators weren’t experts. If you are an expert on something and love monopoly, challenge yourself to make a custom version like this handmade Harry Potter monopoly game. DIY Harry Potter Monopoly from Charlie Lou
  • 05of 12Craft a Chess Board Using LegosLegos ChessTeach Beside MeTeaching your children how to play chess at a young age has a wide range of benefits, from an added focus to increased problem-solving skills. However, if a chess board is too intimidating for your child to play on, consider making one out of legos instead. We guarantee any lego-loving child would get on board with this idea. How to Make a Lego Chess Set from Teach Beside Me
  • 06of 12Print Photos of Friends for This Version of Guess Who Guess Who. Almost Makes PerfectWith its silly faces and bright colors, ​Guess Who is a game geared toward young children. Create a version for adults using pictures of all your friends and family. By using people you know, the game becomes much funnier and more conversational. DIY Guess Who Game from Almost Makes Perfect
  • 07of 12Bring Your Passion for a Game to the Next Level Settlers of Catan. Life of Gregory DThere are some board games that have a large group of dedicated and diehard fans. These people throw parties dedicated to playing and celebrating the game. One such game is called Settlers of Catan. This blogger took his love for the game to the next level by sculpting a completely original version of the game. Now that’s dedication!Homemade Settlers of Catan from Life of Gregory D
  • 08of 12Repurpose Printables Into a Memory Game Donut Printables “Memory” Game. Oh Happy DayThese printable donuts are incredibly versatile. Not only can they be used to fashion a garland, but they also double as an inexpensive and fun memory game for kids. To make this DIY memory game officially a board game, fashion a board to place the donut pieces on. Donut Printables from Oh Happy Day
  • 09of 12Convert a Serving Tray Into a Board Game for a Child Serving Tray Board Game. Bluet and CloverYou can make a DIY board game by using things you already have in your home. In this case, an old serving tray is lined with patterned paper. Then cut out circles are adhered to the surface to create a path. After making some Candyland style cards, little animals were used as the game pieces. Serving Tray Board Game from Bluet and Clover
  • 10of 12Print Off Board Games for Your KidsShapes & Colors Board GameI Heart NaptimeKids like variety, so sometimes you can have dozens of board games and in time, they’ll tire of them. To keep things interesting (and inexpensive), print off different board games that other bloggers and teachers have created. Shapes and Colors Printable Board Game from I Heart Naptime
  • 11of 12Get Artistic With Stickers and DoodlesDIY Board Game IdeasAt the Fire HydrantSometimes it’s easy to mimic an existing board game when you’re creating. Other times, it’s more fun to let your imagination run wild. This DIY board game idea is half game, half art project. To keep this project somewhat manageable, consider picking a theme before you start doodling and adding stickers. Here, the family opted to go with a travel-themed game. DIY Board Game from At the Fire Hydrant
  • 12of 12Strategize Different Ways to Play the Game Create Your Own Board Game. Nerds and NomsenseYou don’t need to be super artistic to create a fun DIY board game of your own. More than that, you need to be innovative with new ways you can play a game. If you start a game from scratch, come up with a basic set of rules and build from there. If this seems too intimidating, search for a template instead. 

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