How to Make a Dice Tower

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Things You'll Need

  • Long, thin cardboard box
  • Utility knife
  • Pencil
  • Empty cereal box
  • Scissors
  • Double stick tape
  • White school glue
  • Masking tape
  • Spray paint
  • Acrylic paint

Dice towers add a facet of interest and mystery to any games involving dice. They also help eliminate cheating attempts by taking the dice out of the players’ hands very quickly. These towers are small wooden or cardboard buildings with slanted slats and ramps secured on the inside. Players toss their dice into the top of the tower and the dice fall down through the slats and out an opening in the bottom of the castle. Game play resumes according to what the dice say. Though some games come with dice towers, you can create one at home to supplement an existing game or create an original game.

Measure a section of your long, thin box no more than 1 ½ feet high, measuring from the bottom of the box up. Draw squared notches, or castle crenellations, around the top cut of the box. Draw a large, arched doorway on one of the sides near the bottom. Cut out the crenellations and door with your scissors. Slit the box open all the way up at one of the corners.

Open up the box. You should see a left wall, a right wall and a back wall inside. Draw straight, horizontal lines on the right and left walls. Stagger them so the highest line on the right is about an inch below the line on the left and so on. Variation in the spacing between lines is fine as long as the spaces are slighltly larger than your dice. You may make as many or as few lines as you like and use different numbers of lines on either side.

Draw lines on the back wall slanting downward from the ends of the horzontal lines you drew on the left and right walls. Make sure your slants move toward the center of the tower and do not touch. There must be enough room between your lines for dice to fall through. These lines mark where your tower ramps will be.

Cut pieces of cardboard from an empty cereal box as wide as your box and about 1 to 2 inches long. Snip a tiny 90 degree angle into one corner of each of your rectangles. Fold the sides adjacent to the cut corner up to make glue tabs.

Place pieces of double stick tape along all of the pencil lines inside your tower. Smear a thin layer of white school glue along the glue tabs of each of your cardboard rectangles. Stick the rectangles into the tower, pressing the tabs down onto the tape. The tape holds the tabs in place as the glue dries.

Close your tower and tape the cut corner up with a long piece of masking tape. Smooth the tape so it has no ripples or ridges. Let the glue cure overnight, then spray paint the outside of your tower. Decorate it with acrylic paint, painting stones, bricks, vines, dragons or whatever else you like.