DIY: Portable Checkers Game (Dogs vs Cats Edition)

Hello Everyone!

If you have ever thought about making your own checkers game (I know you have), then you have come to the right place! Today I will be showing you how to create a dog/cat inspired checkers game that is portable.

Now today's project is part of my collaboration with Xyron since I'm a member of their design team! This means that you will be seeing a Xyron machine in action! For this particular project, I will be showcasing the Xyron® 1.5″ Sticker Maker. I've talked about the Xyron® 1.5″ Sticker Maker before, so if you want to learn more about it, then click here.
Also, in this project, I will be using items from Maya Road! If you have never heard of Maya Road, they are a company that offers high quality but affordable scrapbooking products! However, with that being said, Maya Road offers a variety of craft products which can be used in different types of crafting. For example, they offer die cuts, charms, ribbon, tassels, chipboard pieces, and so much more! In this project, I will be using some mini wood slices and a cute ATC wooden box.  

As I mentioned before, this checkers game is going to be dog/cat inspired but you could use any type of stamps to create your own style of checkers!

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Maya Road: Mixed Mini Wood Slices (2 packs)
Maya Road: Wooden ATC Box
Avery Elle: Furry Friends Clear Stamps
Scrapbook Paper
Dimensional Magic
Acrylic Block
Black Ink
 DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint: Snow (Titanium) White
DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint: Sweet Mint
  DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint: Purple Cow (not pictured)
Scissors (not pictured)

Step 1: Grab you mini wood slices and paint the tops of each of them. Then set each one aside to dry. You will want to paint 12 in one color and 12 in another color.

Step 2: Take your stamps and decide which two stamps you want to use for your checker pieces. Then stamp out those two images 12 times onto your paper, for a total of 24 stamped images. Finally, cut out each image.

For my checkers, I decided to use the tennis ball for dogs and the ball of yarn for cats. 

Step 3: Grab all of your stamped paper pieces and begin sliding them through your Xyron 1.5 Inch Sticker Maker. Keep repeating this process until you have run each stamped paper piece through your Xyron Sticker Maker.

Step 4: Now take each stamped paper piece and rub the top of the sticker paper. Then peel each stamped paper piece off the sticker paper and adhere them to your mini wood slices.

Step 5: Now apply a thin coat of Dimensional Magic to the top of your mini wood slices. When applying the Dimensional Magic you may want to have a toothpick handy so you can pop any air bubbles. At first, the top of your mini wood slices may look ''cloudy'' but that's ok because it will dry completely clear. After you finish applying the Dimensional Magic set your mini wooden slices aside to dry for 24 hours.

Step 6: Paint your wooden ATC box white both inside and out. Then set the whole thing aside to dry.

Step 7: Grab your stamps and begin stamping the box. Once the ink has completely dried, grab your colored pencils or markers and color in each of your stamps.

Once your mini wood slices and box are completely dry, you are now ready to play checkers! 

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This new set of checkers turned out much better than I originally thought! The mini wood slices from Maya Road make the perfect set of checkers.

Now, you may be wondering about the actual checkerboard (lol)!

The reason why I didn't show you how to make a checkerboard is because I wanted you to have some options. For example, you could A) buy a piece of fabric that had a checkerboard pattern on it, B) draw out your own checkerboard on a piece of paper and then laminate it, or C) paint your own checkerboard on a piece of canvas fabric. Personally, I went the fabric route because it could be folded up and then placed in the wooden box. However, you can make whatever floats your crafty boat!

Also, before I go, Xyron is giving away one sparkly blue Xyron® 1.5″ Sticker Maker EVERY DAY on the Xyron Facebook page this week! To enter to win one, all you have to do is leave a comment on their Facebook page.

As always, to follow along with all the crafty fun and to never miss a new design team member's project, check out Xyron's Facebook and Pinterest page!

What do you think? Do you like this portable checkers game?

xo Katie

p.s What checker pieces would you want to play with, dogs or cats?

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