Our family loves playing board 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 Deucey”. Check out this DIY Acey Deucy game for less than $5!

Backgammon is a fun half strategic/half luck game that you can play with two people. I already made a Roll-Up Travel Backgammon game once.

But this time 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
  • Hammer
  • Spray primer
  • Spray paint
  • Hinge
  • Mod Podge (I used Gloss)
  • Foam brush
  • Patterned Paper or cardstock
  • Electric Drill
  • Dice
  • Clasp
  • Paper Cutter or Exacto knife
  • 30 game pieces (15 of each color)
  • Bag to store pieces in

How To Make the Acey Deucey Game

Step 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.

Step 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

Step 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”.

Step 4

I used American Crafts new line Hello Sunshine and 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.


Step 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.


Step 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

Step 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.


Step 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.


Step 9

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


You could 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.  

Also found a random organza bag in my stash and threw the game pieces in there.


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


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  1. 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. 🙂

  2. 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. 🙂

  3. 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. 🙂

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

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

    I shared it on my TT&J FB page 🙂


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

  7. 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!

  8. 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

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

  10. 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! 😀 LOL My poor husband tries to understand…

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

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

  13. 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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