Recycle Craft – Altered Dominoes

altered dominoes 018Having small children in my house, I cannot tell you how many games and puzzles are missing pieces. But instead of pitching them in the trash, recycle those game pieces into wearable art.

Today I’m using dominoes to alter, but you can use this technique for poker chips or puzzle pieces as well.


(Make sure you have a heat tool handy to set the ink, too!)

There are a couple of ways to go about making these fun, little gems, but here’s the easiest way.

Start off my adding a few drops of ink to the back of your domino. Only a few drops are necessary.

altered dominoes 010Using an make up dabber, sponge, or q-tip, dab the ink to gently spread it around with out mixing up the colors too much. I like to add a scant drop of silver or gold metallic ink to the dabber to add a little shimmer.

Dab the ink around- try not to mix the colors too much!
Dab the ink around- try not to mix the colors too much!

In just a few moments, the ink will dry (for more information on using alcohol-based inks, read our review HERE.) You can also color the edges at this point- I like to use the gold or silver metallic to finish them off.

altered dominoes 008Select the stamp you want to use and position it on the mounting block. Using the black ink, carefully stamp on top of your domino. You’ll want to heat-set the ink using your heat tool- usually just 10-15 seconds of heat will do the trick. (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of this step!)

Since I like a high-gloss shine, I like to coat mine with Aileene’s Paper Glaze. (We have a review of that product HERE.) Start by making a line of glaze around the border of the domino, and then, using the tip, add a little more to fill in. If you get bubbles, just pop them or drag them to the edge using a straight pin.

Paper Glaze goes on milky, but dries clear.
Paper Glaze goes on milky, but dries clear.

The drying time your glaze will need will depend on temperature, humidity, etc- mine dried in about an hour. Once your glaze is nice and dry, use your E-6000 adhesive to secure a pin back or a jewelry bail on the back.

Use E-6000 in a well-ventilated area.
Use E-6000 in a well-ventilated area.

These little mini works of art are completely addictive to me. I’ve also used metallic stickers in place of stamping for another fun look. So get creative and have FUN recycling!

Let your imagination lead you...
Let your imagination lead you…

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  1. Melinda says

    Wow, wow is all I can say about these amazing, beautiful, pieces of art. I so want to do this, this has me driven to try, to accomplish this art form. So much room for expression and growth. I ned to be honest and let you know I don’t own any of these products, don’t know alot about them and am very curious about the initial investment total to get started. Could you please give me an estimate and any pointers that may help me get started? What a wonderful way to express yourself in so may ways. Thank you in advance…Melinda

  2. says

    This is such a fun activity. I use recycled items to make jewellery and I’ve done dominoes in the past with my children. We used napkins to cover ours but I like the ink it looks cool. Keep up the great work! x

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