My kids love Melissa & Doug Wooden Toys. They are such high quality toys and we always seem to ask for them for gifts. Each of the sets come with a wood crate that stores the set. While I love the crates they really could use a top on them in order to make it into our playroom (I am not a fan of pieces everywhere). So what has happened over the years of receiving Melissa & Doug toys is we have amassed a collection of these wood crates.
I used one of them to make a checkerboard for our family game collection.
This month I was challenged by Michaels to ReLove something in my home. So I pulled out the crate from one of the bead sets Kayla got for her birthday and began repurposing it into a checker game.
Old square Melissa & Box wood crate
Mod Podge (I used satin)
Two colors of cardstock
Silhouette machine or paper cutter
Spray Paint & Primer
Bottlecaps to use as game pieces
1. I lightly sanded the crate and wiped it clean. Then I spray primered and painted it a Berry Pink.
2. Next I measured the inside length and width of the crate and divided each of those numbers by 8 to determine the width of my checker spaces.
3. I cut the squares out with my Silhouette machine. If you don’t have a Silhouette machine you could totally use a paper cutter but using a Silhouette machine gave me perfect accuracy.
4. Then I used my foam brush and Mod Podge to adhere the cardstock in place. Once dry, I gave it two coats of Mod Podge over the top of the checkerboard to seal it.
5. I had some bottlecaps in my stash (you can also purchase them at Michaels) and used those for game pieces.
Kayla is still a little young to play but she pretends. She is usually on “my team” and we beat Isaac every time.
Question for you: “Do you let your kids win at games or do you play fair and try to win?”
Check out the Michaels Lookbook to find inspiration so you can RE-Love something in their home, too!