How to Make a Parcheesi Board

By Dan Chruscinski

The goal of Parcheesi is to move each of your four pegs around the rectangular spaces of the game board and into their Home space. You can make your own Parcheesi board to use when you play the game. The board is made with a square piece of cardboard that is divided into the 96 spaces of a Parcheesi game. Color is then added to direct players on where their pegs begin and the roads that lead the pegs home.

Measure 3.5 inches over from the top-left of a square piece of 13-inch cardboard. Draw a vertical line down to the bottom of the cardboard.

Draw another vertical line 6 inches to the right of the first vertical line. Rotate the cardboard clockwise 90 degrees.

Measure 3.5 inches from the left and draw a vertical line straight down. Draw a second line 6 inches from the first. The cardboard will be split into six areas with a 6 inch by 6 inch square in the center.

Measure 1 inch inward from each side of the central square. Draw a 5 inch by 5 inch square inside the larger square using the measurements as a guide.

Draw a straight line connecting the top-left corner of the outer-center square to the bottom-right corner of the outer-center square. Draw a straight line connecting the top-right corner of the outer-center square to the bottom-left corner of the outer-center square.

Measure 2 inches to the right of the left side of the top-center space. Draw a line down to the top of the inner-center square. Draw another vertical line 2 inches from the first extending down to the top of the inner-center square.

Rotate the cardboard clockwise 90 degrees and draw two vertical lines 2 inches apart extending from the top of the upper-center space down to the top of the inner-center square. Repeat with the additional two sides of the cardboard. A rectangle flanked by two trapezoids will be in the outer-center square.

Start at the top of the upper-central space. Measure .5 inches down and draw a horizontal line across the space. Continue down the space at .5 inch intervals until you reach the outer-center square. Repeat on the other outer-central sides of the board. The game board will now have four sections of 21 rectangular spaces.

Draw a small circle in the rectangle five spaces down from the top-left of the outer-center area on the board. Draw a small circle in the top space on the center of the outer-center area of the board. Draw a circle five spaces down from the top-right of the outer-center area on the board. Rotate the board and repeat with the additional outer-center areas.

Draw a circle in each of the corner squares of the board. The circle should extend to cover the whole of the spaces. Color the top-left circle yellow, the top-right circle green, the bottom-right circle red and the bottom-left circle blue.

Color yellow all but the top space in the second row of rectangular spaces in the top center square, and the rectangle in the upper part of the outer center square. Turn the board counterclockwise and do the same, but with green. Turn the board again and do the same with red. Turn the board again and do the same with blue.

Color the small circled space to the left of the red circle red, above the blue circle blue to the right of the yellow circle yellow and below the green space green.

Write the word “Home” in the very center of the board to complete your Parcheesi game board.

About the Author

Dan Chruscinski has written pieces for both business and entertainment venues. His work has appeared in "Screen Magazine" as well as websites such as Starpulse.com. Chruscinski graduated in 2006 with a degree in English literature from Illinois State University.