We have a game shelf, in a utility closet and it is a hot mess. There are parts everywhere, and random game boards out of their boxes. It hardly makes you want to sit down and play a game when you have to waste a bunch of time tracking down all the pieces to play! But, I am a firm believer in family game night. Everyone puts the electronics down, and we play. We learn who is patient, who is lucky, and who is a cheater! And we always end up having a great time, laughing together.
I am happy to say, I found a way to mount and organize our board games, and in a way that doubles as colorful wall decor for our family room.
I had a similar project pinned to my Pinterest board for a long time. The original project required power tools to cut and miter wood. This is why I never attempted it. It seemed like a lot of work, but I did like the concept! I did a little happy dance when I found these unfinished wooden painting panels.
Supplies needed to make your own DIY board game storage organizer:
- Unfinished Wooden Painting Panels (I used the 10×10″ size for this game board)
- Board Game of your choice (I used “Sorry” for this tutorial)
- Gorilla Glue
- Black Paint
- 1/2″ Screw Hooks
- Sawtooth Photo Hanger
- Plastic Zip-top Baggies
- Hole Punch
- Damp Cloth
The first thing you will want to do is measure your game board to see what size of panels you will need. “Sorry” measured 20″x20″, so it was an easy one to mount. I just needed 4 (four) 10″ x 10″ panels.
If your game board has odd measurements, choose the panels to fit the board, leaving a slight border. Here is an example. My “Scrabble” board measured 15 1/4″ by 14″. I choose 4 (four) 8″ x 8″ panels for this DIY board game. You can see there is a slight border on this one.
Not every panel is going to be perfect on each side. Make sure they fit together well. This may mean turning the panels to find the straightest side. When you have them arranged well, you will glue the panels together. Gorilla Glue is a great choice for this project. It expands as it sets, and will fill in any uneven-ness between the panels. Follow the manufacturer directions for the glue- it requires water to “activate” the glue. I used a damp cloth on both surfaces that would be adhered together. It worked like a champ!
Apply the glue in a thin layer.
Fit all your panels together and use some clamps to hold them into place. It takes 1-2 hours for the Gorilla Glue to set. I used weights so the boards would level out, I had a couple that were a little uneven. You want the panels to lay flat.
When the paint is dry, you can adhere your DIY board game to the glued panels. I used Gorilla Glue for this as well. Take care not to get the Gorilla Glue right next to the edge of the game board- the glue will expand, and leak out of the edge of the board. If this happens, you can use your damp cloth to clean it before it dries.
Once the glue has dried, and your game board is attached, flip the mounted DIY board game over.
I used some screw hooks to create places to hang the game pieces inside the hollows of the wooden panels.
I love the whimsical look of the DIY board game organizers hanging on the wall- and with easy accessibility, I know we will be spending more quality family time away from electronics, playing board games.