How To: DIY Dominoes

Jackie's February Jumpstart Project 2009

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Title: DIY Dominoes
Name: Jackie
Time: One Week (on and off)
Cost: Under $20

Fun, fresh and a great re-use of old paint swatches! Click above for pics, below for the how-to and be sure to give Jackie a THUMBS UP if you find this project helpful....

Tools:
• 28 wood or cardboard pieces (mine are 2 x 4, but you can make them any size you like) • sharpie • ruler • jar of mod podge (I like the matte one, but it also comes in glossy) • paint brush • exacto knife or scissors • paint swatches, wrapping paper, newspaper, vintage book, art paper, etc.

Steps:
1) Cut 28 pieces of wood or cardboard to the size of your choice. The pieces that I used are 2 x 4, which are a generous size for little kids to play with (and not chokeable if you have a little one crawling around).
2) Collect a bunch of paint swatches from the hardware store. You can also use wrapping paper, old books, newspaper, art paper, old shopping bags, etc.
3) Using your sharpie, draw the lines (using the ruler) and dots for the dominoes on one side of the wood pieces. I did these by hand with a ruler and a sharpie so they look very handmade. If you are more of a perfectionist, you could use rub-on decals instead.
4) Once the ink dries, you can tackle the other side of the dominoes. I experimented with the colors and the images until I came up with pairings that I liked. Once those were set, I trimmed down the paint swatches and pictures, then painted on the mod podge to adhere the paper to the wood. It dries pretty quickly and the surface is surprisingly smooth.
5) 28 wood chips later and voila! You have yourself a set of dominoes.

Sources:
I only used things we had sitting around the house. The paint swatches were left over from previous projects. The images are from a little book I bought on the remainder table a while back called "How To," which includes vintage images of how to do everything from baking a cake to wrapping an ace bandage to doing the butterfly stroke.

Give Jackie a THUMBS UP if you find this project helpful....

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.