Monday, December 19, 2011

Wooden Dominoes DIY

I made this set of wooden dominoes for my nephew for Christmas. They turned out to be super easy and pretty fast to make, so if you need another quick Christmas gift idea, you still have time to make a set of these!

What you will need:
  • 1" X 3" piece of wood. I used a 10' long piece for the size of set I was making.
  • Belt sander
  • acrylic paint
  • clear coat spray paint

Cut the wood in to 1.5" size blocks.
Use a belt sander to smooth out all of the sides and to round off the corners and edges. This might take a while. Luckily I had two belt sanders and the help of my Mom and Grandpa :) so it didn't take me too long.

After you sand them on the belt sander, you might want to go over them with a fine sandpaper to make it more smooth.  

Paint a black line down the  center of each block.

Paint the dots! You can do them all one color or do each number different. I used the end of an acrylic paint brush handle to do my dots so that they were all the same size.
After they dry, cover them with clear spray paint. Be sure you get all the edges. I did a few coats on the top to make sure the dots were protected. After they're dry, turn them over and spray a couple coats on the back.
Let them dry completely and you're finished! You can also print off some domino game rules HERE to add in with the set.

How many domino blocks you will need for a set:
You will want to figure this out before you start because I ended up being 2 short and having to do a smaller set.

Use the formula (n+1)(n+2)/2, where n is the number on the highest double in the set.
So for a double 10 set it will be: 11 + 12 / 2 = 66
11 set = 78
12 set = 91
13 set = 105
and so on...
I went to my Grandpa's house to do all the sanding and after we were finished he gave me the perfect box to put them in that he had made a long time ago and they fit perfect! So I wrote on the bottom of the box that they were from Aunt Brenna and Great Grandpa Spider Webb (my nephews nick name for him).
I'm really glad with how it all turned out and I liked even better that they were so easy to make!



  1. These turned out so well! Great idea.

  2. That is a beautiful set of dominoes. The colors are bright and cheery!