Backgammon Game

Our family loves playing games.   One of the games my husband and I played all the time in the early days of marriage was backgammon, or as well call it, “Acey Duecey.”   Backgammon is a fun half strategic/half luck game that you can play with two people.   I decided to repurpose some old wooden trays to have a custom backgammon game.

Melissa & Doug toys come in these amazing wooden trays that you never know what to do with.   One thing I know for sure, the pieces never end up back in its nice little wooden tray.   So what is a girl to do? Repurpose of course!!

melissa and doug birthday party

I have about 6 of them which have been sitting in my stash for over a year.   I just couldn’t part with them.   They are solid wood and I knew an idea would pop into my head one day.   Well, today is the day!


I thought it would be fun to make our own custom version using the wooden boxes.

Melissa & Doug Birthday Party and Pizza Party box
(others will work just make sure they are close enough to the right size)
120 grit sandpaper
spray primer
spray paint
Mod Podge (I used Gloss)
Foam brush
Patterned Paper or cardstock
Electric Drill
Paper Cutter or Exacto knife
30 game pieces (15 of each color)
Bag to store pieces in

1.   Using a hammer knock off the divider pieces on the sides so that you just have the tray with no dividers in it.   You could fill in those divots with wood filler but I kinda of like the fact that you know it was “something else” in its past.   I think it adds character.

2.   Lightly sand the entire surface down. Spray prime and paint the boxes. I used Valspar Petrol Blue because I got it for $1 on clearance at Michaels.melissa & doug piza party tray

3.   Measure the width of your tray at the narrowest end.   Mine were 8 1/2”.   Since I needed 6 triangles I divided that number by 6 and got 1.375 or 1 3/8”.   So the width of the widest part of the triangle needs to be 1 3/8”.   The height is 4”.

4.   I used American Crafts new line Hello Sunshine.   I used the papers Glow (for the letters) and Delicate (both the front and backside) for the triangles.   To cut the triangles cut them 4” tall by 1 3/8” wide on a paper cutter or with an Exacto knife.


5.   Make sure you use two different colors of paper and you alternate the colors. (Note: Across the board should be the opposite color.) Using an even coat of Mod Podge glue your triangle papers burnishing them in place so that you don’t get any bubbles.


6.   Next I used my Silhouette machine to cut out the letters “Acey Deucey” in the Pharmacy font from   If you don’t have a Silhouette machine then you can purchase scrapbooking stickers to achieve the same effect.

pharmacy font

7.   I Mod Podged the letters on as well.   When everything was dry I gave it two coats of gloss Mod Podge over the entire tray surface to seal everything in place.


8. I purchased small hinges at Ace Hardware (using a $5 gift card for becoming a rewards member so they were free ;-).   Leaving a small gap (the size of the width of the hinge part) I marked and predrilled holes 1” from the edge of the tray.   Then I screwed them in place with an electric drill.



9.   Then I purchased a clasp for $1.99 at Menards and screwed that in place.


I could have put a handle on it but I don’t plan on traveling with it so I didn’t bother.

I already had dice in my stash but I did purchase small glass rectangles (one bag of clear and one bag of turquoise) from Dollar Tree for the game pieces.   I had a random organza bag in my stash and threw the game pieces in there.


And I have myself a custom Acey Deucey game for les than $5!





  • Cassie @ Primitive & Proper

    what a great idea, and it looks adorable! much more fun than the traditional look! we have tons of those boxes, but sadly i am anal retentive and we actually use them. :)

  • Cassie @ Primitive & Proper

    what a great idea, and it looks adorable! much more fun than the traditional look! we have tons of those boxes, but sadly i am anal retentive and we actually use them. :)

  • Cassie @ Primitive & Proper

    what a great idea, and it looks adorable! much more fun than the traditional look! we have tons of those boxes, but sadly i am anal retentive and we actually use them. :)

  • Becky

    Very cute!!

  • HoopDeeDoo

    Wow! I have about 6 of these too…and the pieces just end up in baskets anyways, you're totally right. Love it!

  • Jen @

    So cute Beckie!! I love the colors that you used. So bright and happy!!

    I shared it on my TT&J FB page :)


  • tina

    great. i love it!

  • Jamie

    How cute. What a great idea. I'm your newest follower. I'm throwing my first link party today (Monday) it would be great if you would stop by and share your project.

  • D.I.M. Incorporated

    This is genius! I wish I wouldn't have gotten rid of my wooden boxes when I was "purging"!

  • Kalee

    I've always wanted to learn to play backgammon and this definitely makes me want to make a beautiful game set and give it a whirl! Thanks for sharing!

  • Catch A Falling Star

    Very crafty idea!
    How fun!
    I haven't play backgammon in ages.

  • Mhairi

    My favourite game is backgammon and I love this idea so much. Will definitely be adding this to the to-do list for this year. Thanks

  • Maggie

    luv luv that idea..
    Don't forget to add this project in our linking party where every Wednesday we showcase projects for our readers to discover.
    Thank you,

  • Lacey

    Um… WOAH!.. great work!.. your backgammon board is AWESOME!..

  • Suzy

    I love the colors! It would make a wonderful gift! I would be thrilled if you stopped by my Commercial Break Thursday at and linked this project!



    Wow. Amazing idea! Makes me think I should have kept mine for jewelry storing strays.Oh drabs. xox Sarah

  • KatrinkaJane

    Okay, how about something practical and fun for using up all those glass baby food jars I can' throw away? They're GLASS! And they have LIDS! :D LOL My poor husband tries to understand…

  • Blissful Craziness

    So Cute!

  • Kim @ KimsKandyKreations

    Such a clever idea. I will have to be on the lookout for some great trays to make these with. Thanks for sharing.

  • Megan

    just perfect! I love it.


  • Mod Podge Amy

    Just stumbled this! Can't wait for the upcoming feature. GREAT color choices!!!

  • Lauren @ YoungNester

    Wow! Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • abeachcottage

    This is a very clever idea. Nice one!

  • Stephanie

    This is going on my list of things to feature for sure!
    AND I love your new blog look! So fresh and clean!!!

  • Amanda

    Hi Becky! I’ve put together a round up of fun homemade games on Craft Gossip today and included your project. :) You can see it here

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    • Beckie

      thank you so much Amanda. I am hopping over there to see.

  • William

    I have that same problem (not being able to throw away useful containers). Reminds me I need to play backgammon again sometime!

    (Of course, I didn’t make my set – I picked it up at Goodwill for $5 :-))

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