DIY: Yard Dice

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What you need

  • Five 4”x 4” pieces of wood
  • Sand paper (120 grit)
  • Paint or a wood burner
  • Wood sealer
  • Bucket to store dice in and to roll them from


How to do it

1) The cheapest way to get five square shapes from wood is to head to your local lumberyard, Home Depot or Lowes. If you can’t cut it yourself or don’t have someone to help you, most stores will cut it for a small fee. The ideal size is 4”x 4” but 3.5”x 3.5” or 5”x 5” is okay.

2) You will want to sand the pieces down, making them smooth to the touch. This can be done by hand or with a sander.

3) Next, you want to add your pips (the dots on the dice). If you don’t have dice handy to model from, then just make sure your opposite faces of the dice always add up to seven. For my dice, I used a burning tool purchased from a local craft store. I heated it up how I wanted and pressed down on the wood for a few seconds to leave a burn mark. Using paint and a circle template would work just as well.

4) Sealing your dice will make them last longer; the kind of wood sealer you choose is really up to you. You can use a clear one or one that has a slight stain. You just want to have some sort of waterproofing to it. This part takes the longest, since you will only be able to paint certain parts at a time.

5) Once you have finished your dice, you will want to store them in a nice, big bucket. This bucket will also act like a giant cup when you roll them on the lawn. Some fun games you can play with these dice are Yahtzee and Farkle.


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