Hey everyone! It’s Jamison from Rogue Engineer again. This time I wanted to share a super cool yet very easy DIY project that the whole family can enjoy. Every year we go on a beach vacation with a bunch of our family. We often find ourselves out side playing yard games and enjoying the pool or beach. Well this year my wife, Jamie, saw these awesome yard dice online but they were selling for $50! We had some scrap 4×4 and she made them in no time. Below I’ll show you exactly how she made them! Oh and you can find a list of yard dice games here.
How to make your own DIY Yard Dice
Start by marking your 4×4 at 3-1/2″.
Then cut six 3-1/2″ pieces of 4×4.
Since a 4×4 is actually 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ you will have a perfect cube.
The next step is to sand the cube smooth on each side and round the corners.
Sand to a smooth finish as shown below.
Next, find a dice or photo of a dice and mark where your dots should go on each side.
Then, using a 5/8″ forstner bit, drill a shallow hole, about 1/8″-1/4″ at each point.
To finish, stain the cube as desired. Jamie used American Walnut stain from Varathane.
After the stain has time to dry, paint the dots with a dark paint. We used charcoal chalk paint.
Keep score with these printable Yardzee Score Cards:
Keep a crowd happy with even more DIY Backyard games:
Build a kid-sized Cornhole set for the little ones:
and you’ll be the hit of the party if you bring your own DIY drink caddy filled with cold beverages or treats!