Board games are dying out for some families, replaced by new electronics. But for other families, the thrill of the board game is still alive. If you’re one of those families, you might be interested in creating a fun board game theme for your den or family room.
There are lots of game room decor pieces you can make using pieces or parts from old games. Over the years, games can get ruined or have lost pieces, but there’s no need to toss them out. Use the various parts to create new and unique items for your game room at home.
Double-sided tape allows you to hang entire boards on the walls. Place them randomly around the room or just decorate one wall. Hang them at angles or hang them straight in a particular area. You can stick the boards to tables, walls, doors and other solid areas.
Make unique stands from old boards by using coffee cans or other items around the home. Temporarily tape three or more coffee cans together to form a pillar. Roll fabric or adhesive tape around the cans then attach the stack to a flat piece of wood – even a game board. Glue your choice of game boards on top of the stack to form the small end table.
Make a taller pillar, with the game board on top, to create a plant stand. Make a really short stack, with the game board on top, and you’ve created a small table for a child. Instead of coffee cans you can use a log or even a sturdy cardboard box. Protect the game board itself by attaching clear, adhesive shelf paper. That way, you can easily wipe the board off as often as you wish.
Make fabulous coasters using things like poker chips or Monopoly cards. Glue poker chips to a piece of cork and you’ve created easy coasters that work great. Place one poker chip in the center, then surround it with additional chips, and trim off the excess cork. Laminate Monopoly cards and glue them to a piece of cork, a fabric-covered piece of cardboard, or just use them as-is, without a bottom.
Using a sharp craft knife you can create all sorts of items from old boards. Cut deep into the board, cutting out a particular image, property or other board detail. Carefully peel the paper from the board itself. These paper pieces can be decoupaged onto any number of things in the room. If you don’t have decoupage adhesive make your own by adding a little water to ordinary white glue. Use the adhesive to glue the Monopoly properties – or other images – to walls, lampshades, baseboards, light switches, trash cans, cabinets, doors and other surfaces.
Flat game pieces, like checkers or poker chips, can be used to make unique decor items in the room. Glue them to trash cans, curtain tie-backs, some doorknobs, picture frames and mirrors. Larger pieces, like chess pieces, can be glued to the corners of tables to create a unique look. These are great for end tables and coffee tables.
Fake money – found in many board games – can be used to decorate many things in the room as well. Create a wall border with the money or scatter it on a table and cover with a piece of glass. Laminate the money to make coasters or decoupage the paper bills to the walls or lampshades. Cut pictures of the players out, glue them to the center of the bills, then laminate. Use these as place markers for the game table or as coasters.
Old board games – intact or with missing pieces – can easily be found at many yards sales and flea markets and are generally inexpensive. It’s a small investment to make several different crafts for your game room. Get the kids involved and let them make game board card magnets for the fridge or other decorative items.