Game Board Storage Art

If you have been around Infarrantly Creative for any length of time you know about my disdain for children’s game boxes here and here. Well…here’s a little storage and a little art in one!  The game board storage art takes your love of games to a whole new level.  It displays it on the wall while serving as storage.
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Storage!!!…LOVES! Are you FUH-REAKING out yet? Board games makes the perfect art, in my humble opinion. They are beautifully designed and large enough to be substantial art pieces. Want to see how I did it? Basically it is a reversed shadow box.

Supplies:

1” x 4” wood boards (I used poplar but you could use anything)

game board of your choice

spray paint

table saw

miter saw

3M Sticky back hooks

Finishing nails

Hammer or a nail gun

1. Pick out your game board of choice. Measure the length and width of your boards and add an inch. Example… If your board measures 21” x 15” you will cut two boards 22” x 1 1/2” and two boards measuring 16” x 1 1/2”. I used Cranium, Monopoly, Chutes & Ladders, and Candyland.

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2. Purchase 1” x 4” boards from Home Depot or another home center. Set your table saw to rip them to 1 1/2” in width (you measure from the fence to the inside of the blade). You will get two equal pieces and a little scrap left over. I recommend doing it that way rather than trying to cut them in half exactly. It doesn’t work too well.

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3. Next we are going to create a dado. That is fancy schmancy carpenter terminology for cutting into the board so that your game board will fit inside. What you do is set your fence at 3/8” inch from the edge of the blade. Lower the blade 1/4” above the table. The blade is thick enough that when you create the dado it will fit your board perfectly inside.

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4. Using a miter saw cut your pieces to the correct size mitering the corners at a 45 degree angle. You could also use a hand saw and miter box if you don’t have a powered miter saw.

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Here’s all the cut boards waiting to be painted.

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5. Spray paint your boards. I used Canyon Black by Rustoleum.

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6. Slides the boards in place and with some finishing nails tack it in place. You can patch the nail holes if you want and touch up paint them.

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7. Now take some sticky back hooks and tack them on the back of the game board. Using a hole punch and some ziploc bags hang them on the back of your board.

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Now hang them on the wall and SMILE REALLY BIG. I want my whole house decorated in game boards now simply for storage sake. I am in love with this idea. What do you think?

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  • jillyjill32

    This is freaking ingenious! I wish I was that handy with a power saw! :)

  • Kari @ Ucreate

    Beckie,
    I LOVE this idea!! I will definitely be featuring soon!

  • amber

    LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!
    Seriously, your thought process fascinates me!
    Also, loved getting to hang out with you tonight! :-)

  • Anna @ The Owl and The Phoenix

    Awesome job! I love that they are still functional =)

  • Denise ~ Paper Ponderings

    Pure genius!!

  • Jessica

    Now THAT is a great idea!

  • The Mom @ Babes in Hairland

    Yes – you are Freakin awesome! I love this! Maybe I should start hiding things behind all my pictures that I don't want my kids to find! LOL JK … but seriously this is amazingly awesome!

  • Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful

    You are my hero woman!!! That is the most fan-freakin-tastic thing I've ever seen!!! I will absolutely do this when we add on our playroom. I have one word for you. BRILLIANT!

  • Rachel

    Beckie this is by far my fav of all you ideas! LOVE IT! You are ever-so-clever!

  • Tracy

    I love it! I'll be featuring your creativity on my blog :)

  • Jenn

    Smart. So, so smart!!!

  • Missy

    I love it! You have so much creativity I am truly amazed.

  • Kristen

    AH-DOR-ABLE!!!

  • Ells

    Genius!!!

    (LOVE the picture of you in pigtails with power tools!)

  • BJ_Mama

    This is AMAZING!!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

  • Sonja, Queen of Crafts

    simply ingenious, Beckie! what else can one say!

  • Mom in High Heels

    That is great! Where do you do all your woodwork? I'm definitely going to do this one day.

  • Patricia L

    I wonder if my neighbor would do all the cutting on his table saw if I bribed him with some homemade cookies….hmmm.

  • Jenn @ Livin’ the Simple Life

    WHOA! I love it! I'm definitely filing this away for when I have kids in 5 years :) I love the playful color it adds to your gameroom. Function + Form!

  • kpmattingly

    I LOVE this idea. I have seen before about putting the game boards on the wall as decoration, but not with the pieces. I love it!

  • Alex

    I love this idea!

  • Adrienne

    not only is it adorable, but the kids will actually think about playing the games more because they seeeeee them! brilliant! way cool set up for the power tools… is that your home?

  • Anonymous

    Amazing! By far my favorite idea you've come up with, I LOVE it!! I will definitely be using this one!

  • Michelle Hoad

    You are my hero. Can I bow down down?

  • Cheri

    This idea was fantastic! I LOVE IT! This put a smile on my face and I don't even have kids at home anymore to do this great idea (nor a room). You have to put this one in your e-book.

    Does your brain hurt from all the ideas floating around in there?

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now

    You are brilliant. :) Makes me wish I had a game room!!

  • pk @ Room Remix

    I've seen gameboards used as art before but never with STORAGE behind them. That's just plain clever. Love the idea!

  • O Mom

    I feel in complete shock right this moment. I can't even begin to explain how amazing this is. Who are you? Your like some adorable organizer from the future……..
    I love how cute they look as art too!

  • Erica

    OMG! Totally brilliant! Probably gonna feature you in my Funky Find Friday post later today.

  • pink and green mama

    So clever and fun too!!! Great idea : )

  • Jingle

    This is SUCH a great idea!

  • Annette @ Designs By A Rose

    That is an awesome idea!!! Perfect art for a game room…if only I had one of those. :) Thanks for sharing!

  • Heather

    What an amazing idea! I never would have thought of doing something like this, but it makes so much sense. Thanks for the great idea!

  • RootsAndWingsCo

    Brilliant! I LOVE it!
    Rebecca of the R&W Gals

  • Sturgmom

    I am SO learning how to use my husband's power tools THIS WEEKEND!! Brilliant idea!

  • Stephanie

    Great idea!!!

  • Julie

    I am fuh-reaking out! LOVE that idea . . . a reno is in my near future of the "play-room" thanks to you!

  • Erica

    Brillant. I love it.

  • Beverly

    Are you kidding me?! How awesome is that???!!!!
    I had to post that to my facebook page!

  • Beck

    Beckie!!!! You are my FUH-REAKING HERO!!! I love this…was just fuh-rustrated last night over my game closet and pondering the questions over how to decorate my "gameing" loft…really? Who knew? I am still spazzing out over this….puttin' this at the top of my "to-do" list…right after my son's party this weekend, though my anxiety over the game board messes he and his friends will make is officially GONE cause I am sooooo doin' this! Thanks Beck!!!

  • Carrie

    OH MY WORD! I'm speechless. Literally.

    Love.

  • Lisa B

    They turned out fabulous!!!! What an awesome shop you were able to work in….you need your new friend on speed dial. Now you have a great reason to drive right by my house….

  • BARB TOPPING

    Becky, I have always liked you, since you were a baby! Your mom said you had become quite creative, but I had no idea you had taken it to the top! Love the game board idea, really ingenious! I just never pictured you with a power saw. Do you do any scrapbooking? Probably to quite and mild for your tastes.

  • Michelle

    Love it! Love it! Love it! Now I only need a freaking huge game room to go along with it!

  • Mrs. Priss

    That's an AWESOME idea!

  • frillsfluffandtrucks

    Those are adorable and I love that they're functional too. No more beige overload in your gameroom! :) (I say "beige overload" with love because I'm experiencing that in my family room right now with my dropcloth drapes and beige walls–I need some wall decor, stat!)

    Unfortunately it wouldn't work for me because my children are game freaks and play everyday–and they get them out themselves (which I *love*!!)

    By the way, is that YOUR shop? Please tell me that is Home Depot or some place like that. Otherwise I think I might fall over with jealousy. ;)

    ~ Sarah

  • Christian

    VERY clever!

  • Caroline

    awesome!

  • Anonymous

    Love This!!!!! So practical and it looks great!

  • Tracy Suzanne

    OMG ~ why hasn't someone thought about this before. This is totally amazing and as jillyjill32 said so freaking ingenious! Very cool. Perfect art and perfect way to organize.

    Hugs….Tracy :)

  • The homebodies

    Wow, I am amazed! This is genius! I love the idea of combining art and storage!

  • Nancy

    That is great. But, what do you do with the boxes? Under the Pin pong table? The games make great wall art. Love you site. Nancy P.

  • Colleen @ MuralMaker&More

    You know what? This makes me want to create a Blog Awards and you win the Most Ingenious something or other; or Best Craft; or Most Artistic Storage; or . . . well, you get the idea.
    Fan.Frickin'.Tastic!

  • Colleen @ MuralMaker&More

    You know what? This makes me want to create a Blog Awards and you win the Most Ingenious something or other; or Best Craft; or Most Artistic Storage; or . . . well, you get the idea.
    Fan.Frickin'.Tastic!

  • Colleen @ MuralMaker&More

    You know what? This makes me want to create a Blog Awards and you win the Most Ingenious something or other; or Best Craft; or Most Artistic Storage; or . . . well, you get the idea.
    Fan.Frickin'.Tastic!

  • Colleen @ MuralMaker&More

    You know what? This makes me want to create a Blog Awards and you win the Most Ingenious something or other; or Best Craft; or Most Artistic Storage; or . . . well, you get the idea.
    Fan.Frickin'.Tastic!

  • Sarah

    What a simply marvelous idea!!!
    God's blessings,
    Sarah :D

  • Cris

    Amazing!!! I love how you come up with all these ideas

  • Molly

    Wow. Great idea, fun project, colorful artwork! I love it.

  • happyhome

    I was just telling my husband yesterday about your amazing curtains out of drop cloths idea, now this confirms it – you are a decorating genius! Love it!

  • Meghan

    Omg! This is freakin amazing.
    Who woulda thunk!

  • Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia

    WOW, you are a genious. I love this, too bad I'm terrified of power tools :)

  • [email protected]

    FANTASTIC idea!

  • Dawn

    Wow, there is nothing that I can say that hasn't been said 60 times above me, but just… wow.

  • Jennifer

    AMAZING!! Love it!

  • Sarah Robbins

    Brilliant! I am totally going to try that!

  • Sheri

    This is seriously one of the coolest things I have EVER seen! We'll be copying you! WOW!

  • Clean and Classic Interiors

    One of the coolest ideas EVER! I dread taking the games out of the boxes – you are a life saver and time saver!

  • Lynne

    This is the coolest project I have ever seen! Wow!

  • Janey

    Awesome! I'm so doing this. One question–when they are playing the game, how do you stabilize the game board where it usually folds? Doesn't it collapse some in the middle where the crease is? Or does the fact that all 4 sides are in a dado keep it level? I suppose you could fasten another board across the middle…

    Now you've got me thinking that maybe I could frame the picture on a puzzle box and hide the pieces on the back! Hummmm….

  • Vickie ~ BGlad Papercrafts

    Oh, you are so very clever!
    What a great idea.

  • Lorie

    BRILLIANT!!! I am posting this TOMORROW! Love it!

  • kirsty

    Freakin AWESOME! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

  • mamabeck

    You. SO. RAWK!!!!

    Just showed my hubby, and (as I was hoping) he was impressed. Said "That's a great idea! And I could DO that!" YESSSS!!!

  • Infarrantly Creative

    Janey no you do not have to worry about the fold in the middle of the board. Since it is locked in place in the dado that makes it perfectly level and does not crease when you play the game.

  • Cori

    WOW! Now this is an awesome project. I just might have to do this for my girl's room.

  • Kandi

    This is so great! I just posted a link to this post on my blog so others can see your genius!! Thanks for the idea!

  • Katie

    Love it! Posting it on my organization blog!

  • jennie w.

    My husband was just complaining about our board game storage situation (a.k.a. total disaster).

    THIS IS PERFECT!

    Except I have no power tools.

    ANd we have about 20 board games.

    Where there's a will, there's a way, though!

  • Stephanie

    What an awesome idea. I totally LOVE it!

  • Becky Ann

    You take the phrase "thinking outside the box" to a whole new level. Absolutely "brilliant". :)

  • Hollis

    LOVE this idea! Soooo Smart! I love that you just take them down, play with them and put them back! A Wonderful idea! Adds great colors to the room too… Fun

  • H.H. Addict

    FUH-REAKING?? No… I think it was PAST THAT!! I almost wet my pants with excitement!!!! What a totally GREAT IDEA!!! I bet you could sell these on Etsy for the most common board games! I know I would buy one! Thanks for the amazing idea! I have to go find me a saw now! lol. I featured your idea on my blog at http://herhobbyaddiction.blogspot.com/2010/01/time-to-craft.html

  • [email protected]

    WOW! This is GENIUS! I love this so, so much. I'll be linking. I'm so excited about this!

  • Wendy

    You are my new best friend. Seriously. Oh. My. Golly. Gosh.

  • **Amy**

    Girl…You are a creative genius! I am so doing this. I HATE game boxes. Ours are literally in shreds! Brilliant!

  • Tammy

    Genious! Now I know what to do with my extensive Trivial Pursuit collection. Thanks!

  • Pam

    How do the boards stay flat when you're playing? Or do you have to replace the hooks each time?

  • Jill

    Mwahahaha. You couldn't do that with some of the games that I own! :-D

    Like: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/31260/agricola (six mats for a two player game!) or http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/13/the-settlers-of-catan, especially because in the second game it's a modular board with hex pieces that change around every game to create a new landscape. Now for a game like http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/9209/ticket-to-ride it'd be perfect, or for a proto-type game board! Great idea though!

    By the way if you like board games with quality pieces (and boxes) you could browse through boardgamegeek.com and find some great lists for kids' games that even adults can enjoy. Plus there are reviews and pictures and ratings to help decide what to buy.

  • Anonymous

    Love this idea…you should send it to ohdeedoh!!!!

  • Jill

    That's awesome that you like board games so much. Most of the time in the area where I live people only know of the typical Wal-mart games (Rook and Uno being favorites– everyone has his or her own home rules for Rook), and those aren't the only ones out there! :-D I've been playing Eurogames since I was about sixteen, my first introduction being Bohnanza, Tikal, and Settlers as I recall. I'm lucky enough to have a family that likes to play games as well.

    I always like introducing people to Euro games so I thought I'd bring it up in my post, but I can see that wasn't necessary!

  • w

    um. YES PLEASE. awesome idea.

  • Kristen

    AH-MA-ZING! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea. You are so creative and talented !

    Way to go!

  • Tabitha

    Wow! You're total awesome Wonder Woman!!! Thanks for the idea–it's a definite MUST DO! I can't stand game boxes either!

  • Jen @ Just for Rachel

    I think it's genious, I am super impressed! So cute, and nothing is worse than broken game boxes!

  • Steph

    This is the best thing I've seen in….well…. FOREVER!

  • Infarrantly Creative

    Pam – you don't have to do anything to keep the board flat. Since it is in the wood it frames it out and you just take the bags of pieces off the back to play. I hope that helps.

  • KatrinkaJane

    Wow. My husband is crazy for this idea…except we don't have enough walls (and we couldn't take them with us to friends' houses). Adding it to our "to-do when we build a house" list!

  • SkylarKD

    SO cool!!!

  • Amy {The Red Chair Blog}

    Brilliant!! Fabulous idea!!

  • Wendy

    LOVE IT! Totally doing this in our basement!

  • Jessi @ Yankee Belle Home

    Genius! What an awesome idea. Thanks for sharing!

  • ashley morgan

    I guess it's no surprise that this is a great idea since I'm comment 100. Seriously awesome.

  • Ginger

    Love the looks of the games,Wow your making ideas for me for a kids game room love this idea!!!

  • Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage

    Seriously AWESOME!!!!! You rock!

  • Jennifer

    This is a GREAT idea! You could even do a piece that was just a board (and could decorate it however) but then put all those puzzles in ziplock bags on the back and have them in one spot, with a place to do the puzzles too! I so plan on doing this to my home! Thanks so much for the wonderful idea!

  • Angie @ tomandangie.blogspot.com

    un.be.liev.able.

    where did you come up with this??? speachless. now i just need a gameroom to hang all our games in!

    items 6,745 and 6,746 have been added to THE LIST.

    angie

  • Susan

    What a cute idea!!!

  • Anonymous

    Too Cool! I need more wall space or need to get around to finishing the basement. Maybe the ceiling? Thanks for sharing!

  • Sylvain

    I find a link to this article in LifeHacker and I find this idea terrific ! I will definitively try it !

    Kiss from France,

    Sylvain

  • Anonymous

    but what happens when you press down to hard on the board?

  • rlflight

    This is a wonderful idea! But, what do you do with all the boxes from the games? Just throw them out? What if your kids outgrow the games and you want to pass them on to somebody or give it to Goodwill, wouldn't you need the box?

  • Courtney

    love it! and I have a few solutions:

    I'd stick a piece of foam core behind the game board to give it a bit more stability. I'd also attach thin plastic boxes for pieces if possible. Also, I'd probably put a mat around the board to not cut off the edges of the board.

    Also…lots of cheap shadow boxes available in this world…cutting a mat to size and you could potentially have a lot of art in the same size frame. Yes it's cool to do your own woodworking, but I'm not.

    Grew up in a frame shop, can you tell?

  • Infarrantly Creative

    If you press down it will not move because all four sides are secured in about 1/2", so no worries. I throw the boxes away. But store them somewhere..in an attic…basement, etc. But can you really pass down the game boxes after your kids have used them anyway? Most of the time they end up in a bag anyway…at least mine do.

  • Jameson

    I love this idea! I definitely will consider doing this myself.

    Too bad there's no obvious way to do this with Settlers of Catan or Carcassonne. Two of my favorite games.

  • Anonymous

    Sent to your site from BGG (www.boardgamegeek.com), as a crafter and a gamer I found this truly awesome! For those that want to step it up, you could easily create little attached "boxes" with sliding or latching lids to hold the pieces instead of zip lock baggies.

    As for those that are looking at games like Settler's of Catan, here's an option for you:

    Follow Beckie's amazing plan, but add a sheet of 1/8-1/4 plexiglass or art glass at the front (the no-glare kind), a thin piece of plywood or foam core for the back and use the game board frame (from 4th edition or make one) to hold the pieces in place. On the top piece of the "picture" frame instead of nailing it down you could use a hinge and latch approach or two latches so that it was removable. Take it down slide it out, play, replace the hexes in a different pattern and you have "living" art that changes with each play! Would also work for games like Carcassonne, but a custom frame for the pieces would be required, unless you used pressure to hold the pieces in place.

  • Renata

    For Settlers- and Carcasonne-like games: what about you frame the top of the box and just store the pieces in the back as she did? OMG, I need more wall space ASAP!

  • Sadie from allnaturalme.com

    Dreg sent me here as he was so impressed with this idea. Me too! I would love for him to do this for us. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  • Nancy Rygiel

    absolutely love the idea! I am a consultant with a home party company called Simply Fun that sells board games and I love our artwork on our game boards, so this is such a great idea! (http://nancyr.simplyfun.com)
    Thanks for sharing such a great idea…and I LOVE the storage concept!

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  • Stacey @ Fun to Craft

    I love this!! SO awesome! I am going to feature this on my blog tomorrow.

    Thanks for the amazing idea!!

  • Christy

    This is an amazing idea! I will have to use this when remodeling my gameroom in the near future!

  • Chaylon

    Well, I would like to see some men (who are not trying to impress girls over the Internet after this post) say this is awesome. This idea is terrible and tacky. Here kids, come down stairs and play your dangerous-GLASS incased snakes and ladders…and when you guys get into a fight and roll onto the game, you can use the shards of glass to stab eachother with. INGENIUS! FUH-REAKING stupid. just like saying FUH-REAKING.

  • Infarrantly Creative

    Chaylon – if you actually read the post there is no glass in it, so I have no idea what you are talking about.

  • The How-To Gal

    Sooooo cool!! How did you even think of this? You are infarrantly creative :)

  • ashley

    THANKS!!! Our dining room is actually an art room and we keep all the art supplies and games in the china cabinet. This is awesome. It will go a long way to helping me decorate this room and make it so cute. Can't wait to do it.

  • Tina

    I'm new to your blog. Love the framed board games. What I LOVE most is the table skirt for you ping pong table. Oh do I have some people to recommend that to!

  • Hopewell

    Excellent! I totally love this! Wish I'd thought of it when I had little ones!!!

  • Crystal

    Holy smokes is all I can say!!!

    Amazing….

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  • Rana

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  • Karen

    Really cool idea! Wish I had more wall space :-(

  • Netta

    YES! I am "FUH-REAKING" out… over the fact that you have a GAME ROOM! That in itself it SO COOL! What a blessing!
    And, the game board idea is priceless. Someday… I'll have space to do this same thing!
    Thanks for such a great idea!!!!!!

  • **** April ****

    Can I just say… WOW… WOW WOW WOW! That's AMAZING! Now, unfortunately, MY playroom offers ZERO wall space BUT… this idea is up in my top 3 for whenever I were to have some! I'm totally stalking your blog now!

  • Glenda

    Beckie,

    I'm so excited about this idea! I blogged about your idea and pointed people here to your blog to get all the instructions. Thanks for a creative solution to a common problem!

  • Katie

    That is about fantastic and a half. I'll have to do this when I live somewhere we can put holes in the walls.

  • Alison@howdoesshe

    O MY!!! I am so jealous of your work station!!!!
    I am a big fan of the glasses…yep I wear them too:) This is an amazing tutorial and idea! I stumbled it BTW. The world needs to know about this one!

  • Nancy in Dallas

    Love it! I collect Monopoly games! (15 so far) So this is wonderful. Thank you for sharing and for my daughter Desiree for bring this to my attention.

  • Erin

    I think you must be the coolest person I have never met! I am now a follower. THANK YOU! My kids love games and I have trying to find cheap wall art…problem solved. I am off
    to check out the rest of your blog!

  • Shannon

    This is amazing. I love this.

  • Bridget Willard

    Fabulous idea!

  • Kat from California

    This is such a great idea. It could work for puzzles too. I love it!!

  • Metal Wall Art

    This is impressive! I think this Wall art can be found almost anywhere online as well as in department and retail stores world wide.

  • Sara Baker

    Such an awesome idea. *Rummages around in basement for Candy Land board*. I don't know if I'm capable of all that intense woodshop work, but I can definitely frame a game board! Thanks for the brainstorm!

  • SheBear

    I love you. You just saved my sanity. I found you googling "board game storage" btw….that's how desperate I've become! Googling! ;-)

    Thanks for this awesome tutorial! I can't wait to try it!

  • Anonymous

    I love this idea!!!!! THANKS!!!!!!!

  • Juliana

    Love it!

  • Candice

    I love this idea! I'll be moving in to a new house in a few months, and I definitely want to do this in our family room/play room.

  • Sarah

    This is GREAT! I just wish I had more patience and skill with a saw… Might have to ask a friend for help! Thanks.

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  • Lisa

    Everyone has taken the words right out of my mouth!!! You are amazing, ingeious, Pure genius, Freakin awesome, etc!!! This I have to say is the most crative idea I have ever seen! I linked it to my Facebook page for all my friends to see! You are fantastic! I will be making this for my game room for sure!

  • Aimee

    I LOVE this idea and can't wait to get a game room so I can make my own! I featured them here. So clever!

  • mallorymallorah

    GENIUS!!!!

  • The Extra Ordinary Bree

    Okay I know this is almost a year old now but I am totally FUH-REAKING out!!!

  • Lil Mama Stuart

    this is pretty awesome. but i don't think i can do all that sawing business. :(

  • Craftasauras Rex

    Amazing idea! Definite air-five for that one. Now I want to go out and buy board games! I think I want to try vintage boards, I need the 1984 version of Candy Land- Classic!

  • http://momandpopsframeshop.com Doug Hartwick

    Hello,
    My name is Doug, I am a friend of Amber Lappin, she told me about this great idea you had with the frames for the game boards. I also thought it was a great idea but had to wonder how many of your readers would have the time, talent and tools to create the craft.
    I did some research and found the materials to create the frames with all the goods. I found a way that I can make one with a commertial finish for only about $39:00 not much more than going to the store and buying the raw materials and a whole lot less work for those who want one and do not have what it takes to make one.
    I would so much appriciate your input.
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  • http://epicycledesigns.etsy.com Tabitha @ Epicycle Designs

    I saw your super-cool craft over on Pinterest, and had to come over here to check it out and say AWESOME!
    I love board games too, but our game cabinet is quickly running out of room. Perhaps I will turn a few of our flat, one-board games into something like this. I love it!

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  • http://www.infarrantlycreative.net/2010/01/game-board-storage-art.html Audrey E.

    Your gameboard idea is truly genius! Several people mentioned needing a gameroom for this but you should be able to do it using just a portion of a wall in any room or several rooms, especially children’s bedrooms. I even envision 2-4 frames on both sides of my daughter’s china cabinet since the dining room table is where everything happens. I would be interested in alternatives to the dado since most people don’t have access to that kind of tool. Thanks so much!

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  • http://growingkiwis.blogspot.com/ Meg

    Thanks so much! We made up five of these yesterday and they’re so cute. Have blogged them (still unfinished) if you’d like to see.

  • http://growingkiwis.blogspot.com Meg

    In about 12hrs the finished ones will be on my blog.

    Thanks again.

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    This is sooooo simple and such an awesome idea! I wish I had this idea 40-50 years ago (or my parents did).

  • Stephanie

    I LOVE this!! Wish you made/sold them, I totally buy a whole bunch!!!

  • http://jennisrandomramblings.blogspot.com/ Jenni

    You are amazing!!!! The most creative idea I’ve seen in a long time. :-) I must say, I’m very impressed!

  • Margaret

    Thanks so much for the step by step. I want to do this with the games I have in my middle school library. I plan on keeping the game pieces in plastic storage boxes students can check out (this keeps them honest) and we can keep track of them.

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  • Melissa

    Cute idea! I personally wouldn’t be able to stand cartoons and primary colors on my walls :) but I also disdain board game boxes, so I put all game pieces in thick freezer ziplock baggies and then place the game board and baggie of pieces in a clear zippered vinyl case (like what blankets and sheet sets come in) and then label the bag with my label maker. It has REALLY freed up mega-space in our games cabinet! and much easier for the kids to put things away NEATLY. :)

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      I am glad you found a system that works for you. My game boards are in our game room so it makes sense for decor. My kids love it and I like the bright colors.

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  • http://bestinbabies.com Amanda

    I have a custom monopoly board that I had made for my husband as a gift and it just sits in it’s box. But I don’t have the tools to make a frame like you did :(

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      http://momandpopsframeshop.com/ they can do it for you if you mention my post.

      • http://bestinbabies.com Amanda

        Great Thanks. But when I got to fill out their contact form, it just brings you to http://doughartwick.zenfolio.com, it does not allow you to type anything, strange. Oh well.

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  • Amy

    What an idea! I love it because you can see all the board games you have so nothing is forgotten. Just pinned you in pinterest :)

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    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Amy, you are too sweet:) thanks for Pinning me! I just love this idea too.

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    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Thank you so much for showing my game board ideas….. Just love them too, and thanks for linking back to me :)

  • Lindsay

    I too had to pin you recently. This would be cool even if they weren’t “kids” games. Especially for vintage games like scrabble or your chutes & ladders. Is it dumb to turn my dining room into a game room? Hmmmm….

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Of course not. We play games way more than fancy dinners {giggle}

  • Pete Brenneman

    the only thing that i..personally think it might make it better is a pain of glass or even plexi glass that shields the board form sun damage and wear and tear..seems like most people dont do this with a brand new game..so why not a little extra barrier between the playing and the board..just have to use a router table to create a thicker dato peace

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      That’s something to think about Pete. Thanks!

  • Katherine

    How did you work Cranium? Did you just make an extra thick frame, or did you store the cards elsewhere?

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      No I just added a lot of hooks on the back and separated them out.

  • Pete Brenneman

    thos really dont look like 1″x 4″s looks more like a 1×3 but really like a 1×2 there is no way thos are sitting 3.5in. away from the wall..might want to change that

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Oh my you are right! Thanks for the catch. I changed it.

  • Pete Brenneman

    sorry i was incorrect about the 1×4′s didnt see at the time of the post that you were ripping them.. im just going to buy 1×2′s insted.. thanks for the great ideas

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      It’s ok Pete… Thanks for being such a loyal reader:)

  • Lisa

    I LOVE this idea!! Do you happen to be selling them? I would LOVE to order them from you seeing as I am not skilled with wood and/or power tools :(

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Lisa thanks for the compliment. But I don’t sell any projects. I just do them for fun :)

  • Bonnie

    I have the same question as Pam. What about the hook on the back of the board. I’m assuming that you have to remove the hook every time the kids want to play. I love the look of the framed games as decor. Not sure how practical this would be for families who play games weekly.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      The hook isn’t an actual hook. It is a command hook. They don’t come out past the wood so you cam just lay the wood on the table and the hooks don’t interfere. I hope that helps.

  • http://tinyhousetrio.blogspot.com/ Kirsty

    Awesome! I found this through iHeart Organizing just after I did my new board game storage. This probably wouldn’t fit in our tiny house I’ll be building soon (it’ll be around 200sq feet) but I might end up using this idea one day.
    I put all of our board games together into two square game boxes and covered them with fabric so they’ll fit nicely in our tiny home and can be out on display if there isn’t a cupboard for them. http://tinyhousetrio.blogspot.com/2013/01/board-games.html

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  • Brent

    Beckie help! I thought this was a fantastic idea as I’m a board game fanatic. I got all the materials and my dad cut everything to spec and …I’ve come up short! I added the extra inch for each piece and my corners aren’t lining up. I know this has been several years ago, but do you think I just measured wrong? Is there supposed to be an inch on each side of the tape 17 3/4 becomes 19 3/4? If you have any ideas, please let me know. It’s seriously one of the best ideas I’ve seen and I’d like mine to look as good as yours.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      You have to make your measurements to spec for each board. If you board measures 10 x 12, then cut them 11 x 13. I hope that helps.

  • LCOOS

    great idea!! Thinking we might do this at our childcare centre!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Oooo, that would be very cute! I’d love to know if you try it.

  • Kelly Coholich

    Why don’t you sell these?! Who has a mider saw?! LOVE this idea.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Ha! A miter box is actually very inexpensive. You should give them a go!

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  • Heather Porro

    I am seriously in love with this idea and so excited that I have just bought my hubs a miter saw, so many great ideas.. !

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      I am glad you like it, Heather. I’d love to know if you give it a try with that new miter saw. ;)

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  • Bonnie Metcalf

    LOVE this idea! but I may be a bit thick- how did you attach the game board to the frame?

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      I cut a little groove into the frame so the board slides in. Then I tacked it into place with some finishing nails. (See steps 3 and 6). I hope this helps!

    • Bonnie Metcalf

      thank you so much for your reply. That’s what I had envisioned but didn’t see it in your directions. Makes total sense!

      • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

        No problem. So glad I could help! :-)

    • Lindsay Tetlow

      I missed this too. Is the dado only cut into the top piece of wood? I guess I’m wondering how you get the board out.
      I have to do this. So cool!

      • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

        The boards don’t come out. The point is that they are framed and don’t ever need to come out since you can grab it off the wall and play the games anytime. That’s what makes it so cool! ;)

      • anonymous

        I’m pretty sure its meant to be played with the frame still attached. the frame goes a long the border so its not really covering anything. Also I think the dado goes along all 4 edges and the board just slides in. :-) It’s a cool idea.

        • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

          You are exactly right! :)

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  • Jennifer

    Does the board game bend at all when it’s being played on? What I mean is, do you need to reinforce the back where the game board naturally folds? As it’s suspended in a frame, I envision little hands pressing the board from the top/surface while playing and it collapsing/folding. Does the dado keep it taut enough that this doesn’t happen?

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Yes, I haven’t had any problems with that. However, I did have a conversation with my kids about not doing that and treating our games with respect. Hope that helps!

    • AFMomXs2

      That was what I was wondering also.

  • Holly Gannaway

    So, do you just take it down from the wall when you want to play? I know, my brain is not ready for the school year to begin yet, so I need a little help, lol.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Ha! Yep, you just take it down. :-)