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03 05 12 make your own twister board
From time to time, I craft. It may not seem relevant to my design and photography work, but whether it turns out useful, ugly, pretty, or messy, it always inspires. Plus, it’s a great excuse to shut down my computer.
Twister, also known as “sex in a box”, is a game of physical skill created in the mid-1960s. I decided to put a new spin (no pun intended) on this friendly game and rebuild it with a handmade touch.
I’m not going to lie. The building process took longer than I imagined. After getting all the materials, you’ll need a few hours to complete it. If you’re interested in making your own, below are my step-by-step instructions.
An extra incentive. The board doubles as a picnic blanket when you’re not gaming.
» One 4×5′ drop cloth
» Four small bottles of craft paint
» One can of spray adhesive
» One pencil, exacto knife, screw driver, and a few paint brushes
» A ruler, preferably 18″
» A paper cutting board
» One 3/32x2x24″ piece of bass wood
» Four 9″ paper plates
» One 11×11″ piece of chip board or other heavy stock, like cardboard
» Two printed copies of the Twister board template. (click here to download!)
» One Newspaper
» One 1/4″ post screw (the brass hardware that holds the spinner together)
» Four small washers
1. Throw your drop cloth in the washing machine with warm water. Iron or lay flat right out of the dryer. This step is to soften the fabric.
2. Print off the twister board template twice before you begin the next step on an 11×17″ printer. I went to FedEx Office to print mine off. Download the template here!
3. Cut out the square template so that you’re left with the 11×11″ board. Save the other print out just in case you mess up on the first.
4. Using your ruler, pencil and one paper plate, measure and draw out 4 rows and 5 columns of 9″ circles.
5. To protect your floors, spread newspaper under the drop cloth. Now, using one color per paper plate, carefully paint inside the traced circles on your drop cloth. Be careful not to overuse the paint per circle or you’ll run out! Let the drop cloth dry overnight.
6. Meanwhile, as your painting the drop cloth, have your print out handy. You can either paint imperfect circles like I did or paint in the lines for each square. The board should be dry within an hour.
7. Time to make the spinner. Take the piece of bass wood and your ruler and measure a 5 1/2″ triangle with the larger end being 1″ wide, similar to the one shown in the image above. Then, cut out the shape using the exact-o knife, ruler and cutting board. Don’t worry if your measurements aren’t on the nose.
8. If you’re piece of chip board isn’t already cut down to an 11″ square, do so now with your exact-o, ruler and cutting board.
9. Now that your paper board is dry, go outside, follow the spray adhesive directions, and mount the 11″ paper to the 11″ chip board. Carefully line up the top edge then slowly press the sheets together from top to bottom, smoothing out any air bubbles along the way.
10. Now, with your wooden spinner, measure 1 3/4″ from the wider side. Make a pencil mark in the dead center of the spinner at 1 3/4″. Take your screw driver and gently turn until you make a hole the width of the screwdriver where your pencil mark is.
11. Use the same method with the screw driver to make a hole in the game board where the x is in the center of the print out.
12. The last step is to take your post screw and connect your spinner and game board. Place the 3 or 4 washers on the back of the post screw, on the underside of the board. Finally, connect your spinner and board with the post screw and washers.
Now it’s time to enjoy! Reach out if you have any questions about this project.