Make a Homemade Board Game for Your Next Party!
Say goodbye to being "board" by making your own game. This is super fun because you can be creative and customize the game to match your own interests. You only need some basic supplies, such as paper, cardstock, markers, tape and glue. You could also design your game on the computer and just print it out.
Check out the fun ideas below for inspiration! These are mostly geared towards adults, but some games can be modified to play with kids, too.
Giant Connect 4
People of all ages love Connect 4! A jumbo version of this classic board game is a fun activity for a birthday party or family gathering.
Use any light-coloured background in your house for the board, like a door or a wall. Then, use blue painter's tape to lay out the grid. Use red and yellow paper/plastic plates for the counters! You can either include a dot of double-sided tape within each square or put loops of tape on the backs of the plates to make them stick.
Everyone will want to play this, probably multiple times. It will provide hours of fun!
Homemade Wheel of Fortune on Foam Board
Prize wheel games are incredibly fun and surprisingly easy to make. First, you'll need a big piece of foam board that you can cut into a circle for the wheel. You'll need another piece to mount the wheel on; this could be more foam board, plywood or whatever you have handy.
For the turn feature, you can use a fidget spinner (ingenious!). You can either search online to find printable numbers to put on the wheel or just draw them on yourself with markers. Popsicle sticks or thin dowels work well for the wheel pins, and you'll want a flexible piece of plastic for the part that makes the wheel stop spinning.
You can find a lot of tutorial videos on YouTube to help you make this craft. Just search for "homemade wheel of fortune."
DIY Family Feud Game Board
This colourful board has several different sections you'll need to prep to make the game go smoothly. I recommend laminating many of the sections so you can reuse them, but if you don't have access to a laminator, you can skip it; those pieces will just be one-time-use.
- Answer Blanks: Cut a piece of paper into strips, then laminate each strip. Use tape or glue to attach the laminated strips to the board. Write the answers on the strips with a dry-erase marker (that way, you can erase and reuse the board over and over!). Place a numbered piece of cardstock over the answer to cover it until it's time for the reveal; you could use poster putty to temporarily attach it to the board.
- Red Xs: Print these out and glue them to pieces of cardboard, or draw them straight onto the cardboard with red marker. Use Velcro to attach them to the board so they're easy to remove.
- Score Tally Spots: Just laminate some coloured paper to make these, and use dry-erase markers to write and update the score throughout the game.
- Family Nameplates: Again, laminate paper for these and add the names with a dry-erase marker.
- Decorations: Search online for Family Feud–themed stuff, like the logo, and glue it to the board. To make it more durable, laminate these pieces before you glue them on, too.
Painted Beer Pong Table
Beer pong counts as a board game, right? For this project, you'll need a foldable table that you're willing to dedicate to beer pong. Use paint or decoupage to decorate the top with beer-themed jokes or private jokes from your friend group. Here are a few ideas for slogans you can put on the table:
- Just Drink It
- Drink, Drank, Drunk
- Sip Sip Hooray
- Buy You a Drank?
- Buzzed (with a picture of a bee)
- Parental Advisory: Explicit Content
- Beer Pong (drawn like the Friends logo)
Make it colourful, and don't forget to add spaces for placing the cups on each end!
Naughty Drinking Card Game
For this game, you'll need a standard deck of playing cards that you're willing to modify. Prepare the deck by covering up the center of each card; you could do this with label paper, stickers, Post-It Notes or even paint if you have time to let it dry.
When the cards are ready, write a task onto each card that the player must do. For example, the photo shows a naughty drinking game with tasks like, "Twerk," "All boys take a shot," "Do a body shot," "Drink if you're single" and "Safe" (meaning the player doesn't have to do anything that round). A truth or dare theme also works well, with cards listing various dares the player must do or truths they must tell.
The rules for this game are simple: On their turn, a player draws a card and does what it says!
Adult Spin the Bottle
This adult version of Spin the Bottle turns it into a drinking game. It's really easy to make the board—just get a big piece of paper, draw a circle in the middle where the bottle goes, and draw lines to divide the rest of the board into zones.
The most difficult part of creating this DIY game is coming up with the tasks for each zone! Here are a few ideas for this grown-up version:
- Play rock, paper, scissors. The loser drinks.
- Safe Zone
- Flip a coin. Heads: Do two shots. Tails: Do three shots.
- Take another turn.
- Ask me anything.
- Never have I ever...
- Truth or dare?
- Compliment the person to your right; roast the person to your left.
- Do a waterfall. (Drink from another player's bottle/glass without letting the rim touch your lips.)
- Kiss the person to your left.
- 2 + 1 = 3 shots
- Play kiss, marry, kill.
It's super easy to make a personalized Jenga set to suit any occasion! This photo shows a romantic set for Valentine's Day, but you could make Christmas Jenga, trivia Jenga, a Jenga drinking game or anything else you want.
All you need is a Jenga set that you can modify and some permanent markers. Check your local thrift stores; you can often find cheap used Jenga sets. (You could also use any kind of wooden block that's roughly the same shape.) Using the permanent markers, write a task, a message or a fun memory on each block. Here are some examples from the romantic set:
- Say "I love you!"
- Have a staring contest.
- Give three kisses.
- Switch seats.
- Take an extra block.
- Special dates: the date you got engaged, your wedding day, the day you met, etc.
To play the game, every time you push out one of the blocks, you have to follow the instructions. For the memories, you have to share something you remember from that day.
Custom Cards Against Humanity Cards
Here are some hilarious and creative ideas for filling out the blank cards that come with Cards Against Humanity.
- All supermarkets should have an aisle just for _____.
- I never understood my family until _____.
- OMG... so this bitch _____.
- I'm not emotionally equipped to deal with _____.
- If all else fails, attempt _____.
- On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me _____.
- You're probably a jerk if _____.
- I know it's taboo, but I freaking love _____.
- Happy is the bride who _____.
If you don't have any blank CAH cards, no problem; you can make DIY cards using any kind of spare card you have, even playing cards. Use label stickers to cover the card, then write on the labels with a permanent marker.
Battle Shots (Battleship + Shots)
Got some pizza boxes handy? Turn them into an awesome game of Battle Shots! This is just like the board game Battleship, except your ships are make from shot glasses, and you'll have to take a drink each time your opponent hits one.
- Two empty pizza boxes
- Permanent markers
- Pushpins in two colours
- Shot glasses (plastic ones are best)
- Draw a large 6x6 grid on the interior bottom of both pizza boxes. Label it with A, B, C, D, E, F along the top and 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 along the left side.
- Draw a smaller version of the same grid on the interior top of both boxes. This is where the player will track what spaces they've targeted on their opponent's grid.
- Have the shot glasses handy, plus whatever drink you want to fill them with. You're ready to play!
How to Play
- To play the game, each player will secretly lay out their "ships" by placing shot glasses next to each other in the grid; for example, in the photo above, the player has one 2-shot ship and one 3-shot ship.
- Players then take turns targeting a square in their opponent's grid, like "B3!"
- If that grid has a shot in it, the opponent must drink it.
- Players can record their attempts in the mini grid by using one colour of pushpin for hits and the other colour for misses (in the photo, clear pins are misses and red pins are hits).
- The first to destroy all of their opponent's "ships" wins!
The object of this game is to create the best 5-card poker hand by hitting cards with darts. For the board, you'll need a big piece of Styrofoam or a thick corkboard or foam board. Glue a standard 52-card deck of playing cards to the board, placing the cards in a random order.
Make sure you set up the board in a safe area so there's no risk of people getting hit by darts (or of darts piercing your furniture/appliances). Give each player a certain number of throws (five, or you can be generous and give them the best out of ten) and record the best poker hand they're able to hit.
If you're worried about playing with metal-tipped darts, then make sure you use Styrofoam for the board, and draw the cards onto it with permanent marker instead. Players can then use plastic-tipped darts. Another safe idea is to draw the cards onto a whiteboard and use suction cup darts!
"How Well Do You Know Me?" Relationship Game
This is a good game to make for that special someone on Valentine's Day or your anniversary. Draw a typical game board on paper, and write a trivia question about you or your relationship in each space. Here are a few examples:
- What is my favourite (colour, animal, place, food, subject, celebrity, song, etc.)?
- Where were we when we told each other "I love you" for the first time?
- What is our anniversary date?
- Where did we meet?
- How long have we been together?
- What's my favourite thing about you?
- What are my parents' names?
- Where did I grow up?
- Where did we share our first kiss?
Add some dice and two player pawns, and take turns rolling the dice and seeing which space you land on. You must answer the question printed on the space. (One benefit of making this game is that you'll get some time to think about the answers to the questions!)
This well-known trivia game has you answer questions in the form of a question. It makes a great activity for an office party or an event at a school or library. You can even make a silly version with facts about your friends! This example is a health-themed game that's both fun and educational; it would be a good game to play at a college health fair, for example.
- Poster board
- Colourful construction paper
- Make your game board out of the poster board.
- Write the number values on the envelopes (for example, 100, 200, 300, and 400), then glue the envelopes to the game board in columns.
- Cut speech bubbles from the construction paper. Write your categories on the bubbles. For a health-themed game, you could have categories like "A Good Night's Sleep," "Stress Buster," "Get Physical," "Eat Right" and a category that's just for fun.
- Glue the bubbles above the envelopes on the game board.
- Create a set of questions and answers for each category. Write them on slips of paper and put them in the envelopes. Remember that contestants must answer in the form of a question, like "What is vitamin A?"
- Add the title of the game at the top, like "Health Jeopardy."
Paint Chip Game Board
This is an easy way to make a game board for any kind of roll-and-move game: Get some free paint chips from the paint store, and lay them out on a piece of paper (or a placemat!) to form a path. Ta da—now you have a bunch of board game spaces that you can modify as you see fit!
The photo shows a simple math game, but you can fill out this board any way you want. Just add dice and some player pieces, and you're ready to play!
More Ideas for Homemade Games
Scroll through the photos below to see other ways you can create a custom board game for your next party or event. From themed versions of Monopoly to Drunk Uno, you'll be ready to have a blast!
Enjoy Playing Your Personalized DIY Games!
Remember that you can customize all of these ideas however you like. Most of them are surprisingly easy to make! Try a homemade board game at your next party to get all of your guests laughing and having fun together. Good luck, and keep rolling sixes!
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