I am overly quick when it comes to the “buy now” button for gaming products. That is not to say I am not discerning, but there is a certain dollar threshold where I find it easier to purchase something than to debate about it.
While money is never a problem, I want my child to appreciate some of the simpler things in gaming. That means I needed to dust off my sub-par arts and crafts skills and try a few projects–so I can say to my child that this is “how its done”. I think perhaps seeing Randy Farmer‘s magnificent papercraft also sparked the hands-on notion as well.
For the past few weeks I have dropped dice on the floor during Monday D&D, so naturally, I went searching online for a dice box. I also wanted one for the teen’s D&D game I am running starting April, a sort of “rule of the conch” item. But before I dove into a Wyrmwood box, a friend spoke up. He is a father of five, which means there are concern beyond the next gaming item. He told me about an easy do-it-yourself trick, so off to the dollar store I go…
Start with a picture frame with deep edges…
Then pick a lining material…
(Apologies for the blurry photos.)
Remove the frame backing, cut the lining to size, pull the picture frame stand off the cardboard, then put everything back in and secure tightly.
Total time to make three dice boxes: 15 minutes.
Wow, that was a lot easier than I ever imagined it to be. The felt was difficult to cut with regular scissors, but that only took effort to complete, no frustration. The cork was awkward and crumbly, but really padded in well. I would recommend glue or silicon to finish the box underneath. It is not required in case you want to switch or repair the lining. These boxes are solid, sturdy, and cheap. Each frame cost $2–that is Canadian dollars–and the cork and foam lining were $3 for a lot of material. The felt I selected is self-adhering, so it cost $3 per sheet, but your dollar store might have something different.
So was this a success? I really enjoyed it, enough to go back to the store the next day to grab more materials. Does it mean I will always DIY projects? No, but I am adding this to my repertoire. Try it yourself and let me know how it goes in the comments below.
But… what do I know…?