Thursday, November 14, 2013

Family Thanksgiving Project: Custom Board Game Pawns

Custom Board Game Pawns

Hi There! It's Susan from with my first Design Team project. I've cooked up a family project that is suitable for all ages and all skill levels and a perfect Thanksgiving day project for everyone to work on together between turkey and heavy napping!

Supply List:
  • Creative Paperclay® Modeling Material
  • Sculpting tools you have on hand
  • Glue (My favorites: E300, hot glue, or Aleene's tacky glue)
  • Finishing mediums you have on hand (paint, markers, etc)
  • Small embellishments (optional)
Everyone's will be different, rather than step by step, here are some guidelines to get the family started:

■ Because your pawn is going to be very small, keep your shapes simple. For example, a little one might want to make a small red car, but probably doesn't want to attempt Lightning McQueen.

■ Small pieces attached by pressing on to the main shape will likely fall off when dry. That's ok! A little dab of glue will fix that right up.

■ When finished, It needs to sit flat on the game board. No balls, hot dogs without buns, or other round things that might want to roll right off the table.

■ LeeAnn recently posted an amazing set of getting started tips for handling the clay.  It's a good refresher and reference for the true newbies.

■ Your family might be the type that produces some professional doll house quality miniatures or you could be more like my daughter and me. We're not making masterpieces. Small cracks, imperfect shapes, glued on pieces, and simple shapes are not only OK, but celebrated! This project is all about the experience and family time - no perfection required!

After the sculpting is complete for the pawns, put them in the oven at 210 degrees for 8 minutes. Turn them so the bottoms are exposed and bake another 8 minutes. They will likely be ready for painting, but if they still feel tacky or moist, give them 5 minutes at the time until your satisfied they are ready to finish.

We finished ours with some metallic permanent markers we had in the junk drawer from an old school project.  The markers worked really well for the little hands - they weren't too messy and a bit easier to control than paint. You could use any sort of finishing medium though. Good kid friendly choices could be washable markers or washable paints. 

If you all are feeling adventurous, go for it! Add embellishments like beads, threads, rhinestones, or small trinkets.

For the curious - I'm the joystick, snowman, and bluebird. My daughter is the snake and sea turtle.

The sky is the limit! Here's some my daughter and I thought of but didn't make - palm tree, coffee cup, birthday cake, baseball cap, tennis shoe, piggy face, owl, mustache, and camera.What would you make?

Optional Side Quest: Instead of making your own pawns, draw names from a hat and make pawns for each other!

Thanks so much for coming by the blog today and taking a look at my project idea. If you want to hear more about the inspiration for the project, come on to my house, I love to hear what you think! Please feel free to drop any comments you have right here on the blog. If your family gives the project a try I REALLY want to see it, send me pictures or link me to your site!  


Alyx Patterson said...

Cool, Sudre! I'd like to try my hand at a key from Kingdom Hearts! Looks like fun :D

Susan M. Brown {sbartist} said...

This is such a fun and creative idea! Who says you have to use the junky plastic "made in china" game tokens. I L <3 V E this!!! Thanks for sharing :)

Diane said...

Fun Project Susan! Our whole family will enjoy this :)


Diane said...

Fun Project Susan! Our whole family will enjoy this :)


Charmed Confections said...

Susan! What a great idea. Love this!! My favorite game is Candyland!! How cute would that be to make the pawns for that game. I can see it now! Thanks for the inspiration. LeeAnn

Susan Owenby said...

@Alyx Patterson - Thank you! Kingdom Hearts would be awesome. One of those little shadow dudes would be sweet too. As a matter of fact, video games could keep me busy for days - I can of 1000 things... Majora's mask perhaps?

Susan Owenby said...

@Susan M Brown - Thank you and I totally agree! We'll be holding on to these pretty tightly. :)

Susan Owenby said...

@Diane - You know I want to see what you all make! Be sure to send pictures. :)

Susan Owenby said...

@Charmed Confections - Candy Land is PERFECT for this! Holy moly you just made my brain spin. I'd be you'd make some pretty amazing candy pieces, maybe even too pretty to play with. :)

Dawn Barrett said...

What a great idea! My kids would LOVE it!! I might have to make some for their advent calendar!! Thanks for the tip!

TwynMawrMom said...

I don't think my 4 year olds can handle it quite yet...but when we do, totally going for coffee cup!! Thanks for the inspiration.

Janine said...

This is a great tute, Susan! I'll look out for when paperclay goes international :)