How to Make Game Board Pieces

By Amy Shelleby
Small board game pieces
chess pawn image by Daniel Wiedemann from Fotolia.com

Game boards generally come with plastic playing pieces that sometimes get lost. But you can avoid having to search for replacement pieces by making your own personalized game pieces.

Using scissors or a box cutter, cut the foam board into rectangles 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. Set those pieces aside. Using the scissors cut smaller rectangles 2 3/4 x 1/2 inch. Cut as many pieces as you need for each family member.

Paint the larger pieces different colors and set them aside to dry. Leave the small rectangles unpainted.

Use the all-purpose glue to glue a picture on each rectangle. There should be a thin colored boarder going around the picture.

Use a paintbrush to paint the PVA on the picture and foam board. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the number of coats and drying time for the PVA.

Glue the foam board pieces together. Hold the large square upright. Use the hot glue to glue the bottom edge of the large foam board onto the long side of the small foam board piece. The piece should look like an upside-down "T." The small piece will enable the piece to stand.

Use your game pieces to play any board game.