I have had this big blank piece of wood for some time now and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it exactly. Then the kids were talking about board games the other day and I realized we didn’t own checkers and I didn’t think they knew how to play. Instead of going to buy the game at the store, I decided to just make a big one of our own.
- I started by sanding the board, then I painted it and let it dry.
- The board measured 24 x 24 so I sized squares in Silhouette studio to fit on the board with a 1 inch border.
- I lined up all of the squares in rows for quick and easy cutting.
- Once it was cut out, I removed every other square alternating each row, and set aside the squares I took out.
- I measured out an inch on each side and drew lines with a pencil to create squares on the board. I started laying out the squares to make the checkerboard pattern.
- For the checkers I cut 24 disks from an extra large 2″ dowel.
- Once they were cut I sanded the edges and painted them silver and black.
Once everything was dry I set it on the kitchen table and have started teaching the kids how to play. The Silhouette vinyl will hold up for a long time, so I might even make it into a table eventually.