Dino v. Lego Men Checkers!
Hi! I’m finally back after a taking a break for a couple of months. I’ve been busy working on interior design projects for a couple of clients, so RayneBo has had to take a backseat. However, I’m looking forward to sharing some of the projects I’ve been working on with the kids, so more of that to come next month. Just wanted to write-up a quick post about the checkerboard I made for Jackson last week. Jackson has been interested in playing checkers for some time now, so I thought I would surprise him with his own custom Lego Men v. Dinos Checkerboard! Here’s a quick how-to.
Things You’ll Need:
1. A checkerboard. If you want to make your own board like I did, you’ll obviously need a board. I bought a 12×12 black stretched canvas panel for about $5 at Michaels. You could also use black stock paper or even just construction paper for a temporary fix. A checkerboard is square in shape, so it just needs to fit that criteria.
2. Sharpie Pen. I used a Sharpie Paint Oil Based marker with a medium ballpoint. This was perfect because it dried fast and had a pretty glossy finish on the canvas. And I thought gold was more fun than white!
3. Lego Men. Or small figurines for whatever your kid is into right now. The fun thing about this DIY is that you can really use anything for your pieces, so it can be custom-designed!
*Hint: You can find cupcake toppers for almost any character out there at party stores or on Amazon. Figurine cupcake toppers would probably work really well because many of them are attached to a little stand that will make them they stay upright.
4. Small Dinosaur Figurines
1. There are 64 squares on a checkerboard, so you’ll want to measure your board and divide it into 8 equal columns with 8 straight lines. Then turn your board sideways and measure out 8 equal columns again to create 64 squares.
2. Fill in your colored squares. Start with the very bottom left-hand corner and color that square (see below) and alternate squares, moving across the bottom row. Then move up a row and start on the right-hand side this time. I went for a vintage look with my scribbled-in squares.
That pretty much wraps it up – really quick and easy DIY. Have fun with it!
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