Tuesday, April 6, 2010

big dice

Once, during a visit to Hobby Lobby, I saw large wooden dice that I fell in love with. I did not take one home with me. Big mistake. The next time I went with money in hand ready to purchase, it was long gone.

Oh, well. I wiped the tears and thought of a way to make one myself.

I found a plain cardboard box for $2.99 at Hobby Lobby. It had a lid, which I didn't want but that was not a problem. There would be an opening on one side, but every side can't be showing anyway so nobody would ever know. The bonus was that it was just cardboard and not wood so if it were to fall into a little one's hands or on their head, it wouldn't hurt at all.

I got real dice out for my "model" and then found some stickers in my stash that were the exact size I needed for my dots. I began to apply them to each side. I decided to make the open side where the 1 dot would go since that is the most boring side anyway, right?

I just grabbed white paint from the garage that we use for whatever and painted the whole box right over the stickers...

When it dried, I removed the stickers and got really excited because I was getting closer and loving it already...

Next, I got out these supplies and painted the circles black. That part was tedious but fun.

I sanded the corners and edges next. Then I just grabbed some stain that we had in the garage and rubbed it on the edges and corners with a paper towel to get the antiqued look I wanted...

I was so excited with the finished product and it only cost me $2.99 for the box. The rest of the supplies were already bought and have been used for tons of other projects so that was great!

I was not excited, however, about where I first put it. It was too large next to the lamp and didn't fit great on the stool. So, I ended up moving it next to our computer on the desk and it is much happier there.

This was one of those "one nap" projects, which are my favorite because I love a quick result!

Be sure to check out these link parties I will be participating in this week. As always, you will be inspired and get some amazing ideas from super talented bloggers all over the place. Happy Tuesday!


Jessica @ This Blessed Life April 6, 2010 at 6:46 AM  

I love this - and it is totally something I could get accomplished during naptime! :)

Jessica April 6, 2010 at 7:04 AM  

This is such a great idea!

Beth April 6, 2010 at 7:56 AM  

Love it; looks like the real deal!

Julie, Aimee and Kristy April 6, 2010 at 10:56 AM  

Love it! I am going to make this so when I host Bunco or game night, I have an instant centerpiece!

TheCraftInMe April 6, 2010 at 12:39 PM  

Very nice, using the stickers for dot templates was a great idea!

Jaedyn April 6, 2010 at 7:20 PM  

Wow, you are awesome! I generally feel like it's too much work trying to do it myself... but then I'm worried about it not looking good and that looks awesome! :-)

Patrice April 6, 2010 at 7:49 PM  

I love this! And your cute wall with the orange family sign is soo cute!

Morgan//Nuts and Bows April 7, 2010 at 12:26 AM  

This is way too cute! What a super fun idea!


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Jessica Marie April 7, 2010 at 12:48 AM  

You are so stinking creative! I love it! Great...now I want one! I love how you made it too! Thanks for sharing your techniques! :)

Erin A April 7, 2010 at 8:44 AM  

Yeah, this is perfect!! So has it rested in one place for more than an hour yet?! :) I always move whatever I have just made around constantly, especially if it is small enough to work almost anywhere. It's so so cute, and a 1 naptime project is always a winner :)

One Cheap B*tch April 7, 2010 at 10:45 AM  

I've been wanting to try this for forever! Thanks for sharing the DIY. I'm definitely adding it to my list of spring/summer projects!


Bibliochic April 7, 2010 at 1:12 PM  

simple but perfect! i am going to add this to my DIY list for sure! thanks for sharing!

Laurie in SC April 7, 2010 at 1:17 PM  

Loving your dice!!! Or is it die (singular)? Anyway, you did a great job, it's so much fun when a vision evolves and comes to life!

Come see me sometime at sceneofthegrime.blogspot.com

Have a great day!

Megan Gunyan April 7, 2010 at 2:47 PM  

How cute is that?!? I'll tell you--so cute! And great execution. I may have to give it a try! I'm on a black and white kick these days and that would be a perfect addition.

Come say hi sometime! :) alittleknickknack.blogspot.com

Sherri April 7, 2010 at 6:09 PM  

Very neat! Easy enough and looks great.

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese April 8, 2010 at 7:14 AM  

So cute! I really love these. They look so old. Great job distressing.

Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something April 8, 2010 at 10:33 AM  

absolutely delightful! great job! Hope to see you back at my place again real soon. until later...

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans April 8, 2010 at 11:58 AM  

Very cool! I love it! Great job! : )

jerriann April 8, 2010 at 12:09 PM  

I love this. I am going to make this. And I love the table/stool very nice.

Thanks for sharing your project and for the inspiration.

Unknown April 8, 2010 at 1:31 PM  

This is terrific! I want to make some big dominoes that I saw somewhere on the web, but now maybe I'll find boxes instead of wood.
Hey, shoe box lids would be perfect!

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Melissa Haws April 8, 2010 at 8:58 PM  

oh this is such a great idea! is it ok if I link on my blog to this? I want to remember this project so I can do it soon!

KimMalk April 9, 2010 at 6:49 PM  

Very cute! I really like it.

Army Wife Quilter April 10, 2010 at 9:07 AM  

i have been on a dice making adventure for my bunco group. that dice is awesome

Anne April 10, 2010 at 9:26 AM  

I LOVE this idea!!! Definitely going to be making one for our home. Thanks for sharing!

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes April 10, 2010 at 9:56 AM  

That's funny-- I did this exact same thing about a month ago.

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden April 10, 2010 at 5:53 PM  

I love these! When my kids were younger I loved those "one nap" projects too!

Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day!

Object of Maya*ffection April 11, 2010 at 10:42 PM  

FAB project! LOVE it....hmmm, do I have a box on hand that I can paint? Thanx for the idea AND tutorial :)

Jamielyn April 12, 2010 at 1:21 PM  

another awesome project! great job. Come link it up http://iheartnaptime.blogspot.com/2010/04/sundae-scoop-link-party.html

Kaysi April 12, 2010 at 1:38 PM  

What a great idea!!! I love how it turned out!

Allison Shops April 12, 2010 at 5:20 PM  

Very cute - it turned out great. Came over from BNOTP.

Unknown April 12, 2010 at 6:54 PM  

I so want to give these a try! They are fabulous! Yet another project added to my never ending list :) Great job on them!

Andy Porter April 12, 2010 at 10:37 PM  

Darling! I've seen them done with 4X4's before, but I would have never thought to use a cardboard box, or round stickers! Clever girl!!


Alison @ Oopsey Daisy April 14, 2010 at 8:57 AM  

These are too cute! I featured this idea on my blog today. Here is the link:


Thanks for the inspiration!

Stacey April 14, 2010 at 3:31 PM  

I love this! What a great idea. So CUTE!! Thanks for sharing at 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' at Fun to Craft!!

Cherie Nelson April 19, 2010 at 1:51 AM  

I ABSOLUTELY love this! I can't wait to make this for my future game room! Thanks for sharing!


Cami April 20, 2010 at 3:19 PM  

I've linked to you on my site. You inspired me!

Allison @ House of Hepworths April 28, 2010 at 8:18 PM  

I gave you a shout-out today on my blog!


Steph @ somewhatsimple January 5, 2011 at 10:01 AM  

I have had this saved for a while now and I am finally featuring it today! Thanks for the inspiration! I love this!

Amanda January 5, 2011 at 12:30 PM  

So funny you have this. I want one! My living room is in vintage games. LOVE it! I saw a girl holding a vintage dice in a mini boden catalog and tore it out. And let's not talk about Hobby Lobby...I saw that they had these paintings of chess peices that I want - perfect for my family too knight, queen and rook. :) And they have vintage game boards! Ahh basically I love it.

Amanda January 5, 2011 at 1:50 PM  

Love it!! I featured you today on Today's Top 20!


Amber Polk January 5, 2011 at 10:34 PM  

I had the same thing happen to me at Hobby Lobby with the same dice! I'm so excited you made a tutorial. Thanks.

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