Family Game Night Board{{tutorial}}

posted on April 12, 2010 by  |  posted under Crafting, Family, Family Time, Fun With Kids  |  30 Comments

Family Game Night Board{{tutorial}}

Family Fun Game Night!game-night-board

We need some fun!  How about initiating a family fun game night?  No phone, ipod, computer {gasp}, TV,  and pull out the ol’ game boards.  Make a little popcorn and pour some root beer.  On with family game night!

Items Needed:

A 2×4 12 inches long (I just used scrap wood…check Home Depot.  Sometimes in the back by the wood they have scraps that you can buy for like a quarter or two!)

And a 3 inch x 11 inch metal sheet.

Family-night-chart-002Sand your wood down.  I hate getting slivers…they hurt!

Family-night-chart-005Mod Podge paper onto your metal.  Remember to use pretty paper with small print.  Plain, one colored paper doesn’t look good.  At least that’s my opinion and maybe I should just keep that to myself, but I’m writing the post so I guess I can say just about anything:)

Stain the edges of the metal and the 2×4.  I just used a stamp pad to stain the edges.

Family-night-chart-007Measure where you want to drill your holes.  I placed the handle on the top of the 2×4 so I could see where I wanted the holes.  Nothing technical.  Drill a hole in your metal.  The drill bit doesn’t have to be a specific size because all you will do is thread ribbon through.

Family-Game--chart-016Drill all the way through the 2×4.  Both sides:)

game-night-boardTie your handle on with ribbon.  If you need a handle contact Amy...she can get them for you.

Put the vinyl on for:

Gamer:  The person who chooses the game.  We try to switch that often or we’d be playing ‘Mouse Trap’ each game night.  Fun game, but it’s only fun for so long!

Starter: The person who starts the game or chooses how the game will start.

Referee:  The one who settles disputes…like if you moved 4 spaces when you were supposed to move 3. (I am never guilty of that;)

Banker:  Money Money Money…choose some one that knows how to count.  My 2 year old couldn’t hack this job…or maybe he could, but the rest of us would be confused!

Treats:  Hello…any way they can be added!

Cleaner:  How come ‘Mom’ always gets this job?  I should go on strike!

Vinyl font is Pea Laura BTW

For the circle things with names on them.  I used MDF and cut them out with my band saw…if you don’t have one of those…which I can’t believe they are not standard…like having a fridge- LOL, crafting stores usually have something similar and circular.  Mod podge on cute paper and put your names on.  Stain the edges and glue a magnet to the back.

Great way to bring back non ‘techy’ fun!

HowDoesShe doesn’t sell vinyl {{we just like to give you ideas}}, but if you need info on where to find pre cut vinyl, vinyl sheets or vinyl cutters click here to find out about vinyl!

For easy to Make Popcorn, Marie had a great idea: Easy to Make Popcorn

For Carmel Popcorn, Cindy has a great recipe: Carmel Popcorn

Pop away!

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Family Game Night Board{{tutorial}}

    1. April 12th, 2010 at 6:31 am
      Kim says:
      What a great project! I bet the kids would have fun moving who does what around!

      Kim @
      party inspiration
      .-= Kim´s last blog ..New Giveaway! =-.
    2. April 12th, 2010 at 6:41 am
      Liz@HoosierHomemade says:
      How fun! I have had Game Night Cupcakes on my agenda for a couple months now, I need to get them done.
      Thanks for sharing!
      .-= Liz@HoosierHomemade´s last blog ..Ultimate Blog Party ~ 2010 =-.
    3. April 12th, 2010 at 7:46 am
      Heather says:
      I love this idea! It's too bad that my little one isn't at game night yet, but this will be great when he's older!
      .-= Heather´s last blog ..Introducing.........Pink Baby! =-.
    4. April 12th, 2010 at 8:17 am
      Shelley says:
      what a cute idea!
    5. April 12th, 2010 at 8:59 am
      B @ Sweet Limes says:
      Great idea!
    6. April 12th, 2010 at 9:15 am
      becca says:
      this is such a cute idea! it won't work for us yet, because we are only two. i wish i could have it for family holidays though, because it would solve a lot of issues. thanks for sharing.
    7. April 12th, 2010 at 1:03 pm
      Bobbi says:
      I have to say everytime I look at your site, I am in awe! We love you over here! I have so many projects of yours saved. I have to get the wood and the metal for them and start crafting. Thanks for the wonderful ideas!
      • April 12th, 2010 at 1:10 pm
        Alison says:
        Okay, can you be my best friend? Thank you for your kind comments! We really love them:)
    8. April 12th, 2010 at 2:38 pm
      Suzanne says:
      This is such a cute idea. Definitely going to copy this one.
    9. April 12th, 2010 at 2:58 pm
      Kathy says:
      I was thinking of doing something like this during the Summer months. However, I was thinking of incorporating OTHER families into it...maybe have multiple games going throughout the house....then after, say, 15 minutes the family switches to another table/game and picks up where the previous players left off. I haven't figured out all of the logistics of it yet. Any ideas? What do you think? Would it work?
      • April 13th, 2010 at 12:06 am
        Alison says:
        Ya...make it work and invite me:)
        Have the same color pieces at each game table so when players switch the are always the 'red' or whatever color game piece they started with...
        This sounds super fun!
    10. April 12th, 2010 at 6:30 pm
      Jen says:
      This is a great idea...I am going to have to make one myself!
      .-= Jen´s last blog ..It's Monday... =-.
    11. April 12th, 2010 at 8:53 pm
      Beckie says:
      I stumbled this. We are huge gamers in our house. Such a great idea girls. You rock the 2 x 4's!
      .-= Beckie´s last blog ..My Design Guide Giveaway =-.
    12. April 13th, 2010 at 1:50 pm
      Gwen B says:
      Can you tell me where you got the super cute forged iron hook? I love that look but have not been able to find anything similar in my area.

      On another not, I found the black annealed wire at Lowes (I think thats what you used for your picture wire) but found that the black finish sort of rubs off. I took some wire coat hangers and cut them, bent them and spray painted them with cheap flat black spray paint (Lowes Home Improvement) and they worked out great for my 2X4 picture holders.

      • April 13th, 2010 at 2:17 pm
        Alison says:
        Sweet Idea!!!
        Thanks for letting us know!

        Email Amy at and she can get you the handles!

        Really that is a good idea on the hangers!
    13. April 14th, 2010 at 6:45 am
      googiemomma says:
      What a cute idea! I'm all about signs/assignments clearly marked--so my kids would totally dig this! Thanks for sharing!
      .-= googiemomma´s last blog ..Shirt to Dress Refashion--AGAIN! =-.
    14. April 15th, 2010 at 8:38 am
      sandra says:
      This is so dang cute. I LOVE this idea. (and oh you're in Boise, I'm from Kuna, HI!)
      .-= sandra´s last blog ..I need a New Header. Anyone? Anyone? =-.
      • April 15th, 2010 at 9:11 am
        Alison says:
        Go Idaho!!!
    15. April 15th, 2010 at 10:13 am
      kristi says:
      So cute! Come plant your creative seeds at my blog party on Friday: Plant a Punkin Seed at Punkin Seed Productions.

      Hope to see you there.

      Punkin Seed Productions
      .-= kristi´s last blog ..Mom-You Taught By Example, I learned By Love =-.
    16. April 16th, 2010 at 10:01 am
      Sunny's Life in Rehab says:
      That was hilarious! And what a great project. I found you on Tatertots and Jello, and I just adore this. What a great way to get your family to unplug!
      .-= Sunny's Life in Rehab´s last blog ..Fire Room Update =-.
    17. April 19th, 2010 at 12:48 am
      Cherie says:
      I think we are going to do these for our church craft night and make them into FHE boards! If not, then I WILL be doing one on my own! LOVE it!

      I Linked you up!
      .-= Cherie´s last blog ..Thursday Thirteen Inspiration (A few days late!!!) =-.
    18. April 24th, 2010 at 11:29 pm
      Rachel says:
      This is so cool, what a fun idea. Thanks so much for the how-to, I'll be linking.
    19. April 27th, 2010 at 2:16 pm
      Jen R. says:
      Brilliant! I'm a little intimidated by Home Depot but maybe I will venture in and ask about 2x4s and cutting them.
      .-= Jen R.´s last blog ..Back From Hawaii =-.
    20. October 21st, 2010 at 3:08 pm
      homeandheart says:
      SO cute! Can you share where you got the plastic candy containers?
    21. December 2nd, 2011 at 8:47 am
      Katie says:
      I love this idea, so cute! I'm actually doing a family game night basket for my brother's Christmas gift and this will fit perfectly! Do you have any ideas for the actual basket part of the gift? I've already used a large popcorn bowl in the past for his movie night basket and now I'm stuck for this one!
    22. January 16th, 2012 at 9:36 am
      Charissa says:
      I think I might use this for my kids weekly chores! So much better than printing out a boring calendar! :) thanks
    23. February 28th, 2012 at 8:51 am
      Lucie Hale says:
      This idea is brilliant. Our high school asked me to come up with a quick craft project for the kids who come to our AfterProm party and the theme is Fun and Games. I would just have to have about 25 pieces of 2 X 4s.
      Where can I get the sheet metal ? Home Depot?

      How long do you think it will take for the kids to make this?
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