Learn how to make these large yard dice and download your free printable Yahtzee® score sheets.
Last summer, we made our grandson a set of these large dice so he could play a game of Yard Yahtzee with his friends. The dice were such a big hit, that we decided to make seven more sets to gift to each of our other children for Christmas.
How to Make Yard Dice
Unfortunately, I didn’t take pictures of my husband cutting the lumber and sanding the wood to make this set of large yard dice, but I think I can explain how to make yard dice well enough without the step-by-step pictures. I promise if we make another set, I’ll definitely include pictures and a video tutorial!
Supplies for Yard Dice
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There are a few supplies you’ll need to get started with this DIY yard dice project:
- 1 – 4″x4″x6′ Lumber (You won’t need all 6′, but I believe this is the smallest length of 4″x4″ lumber you can purchase.)
- Carpenter’s pencil
- Tape Measure
- Circular Saw or Hand Saw
- Sand paper or Sander (I used this one)
- Stain (optional)
- Rags for stain
- Black Paint
- 3/4″ Sponge Pouncer
- Paper plate
- Polycrylic (optional)
Instructions for Yard Dice
- Start by measuring and marking your 4″x4″ lumber in six 3-1/2″ sections. (A 4×4 isn’t really 4″ by 4″, it’s actually approximately 3-1/2″x3-1/2″.)
- With your circular saw or hand saw, cut your lumber at the marks indicated. You will need 6 blocks.
- With your 6 blocks cut, use your sander or sand paper to smooth and round the edges of the blocks. Rounding the edges slightly will help the dice to roll more easily.
- Once you have your blocks all sanded, you can stain them if you like. Allow the stain to completely dry before proceeding.
- Once your stain is dry, pour a small amount of black paint onto a paper plate. Dab your sponge pouncer into your paint and onto a dry spot on your paper plate to remove excess paint. Stamp or pounce the painted pouncer onto your block of wood, using the below image as a guide.
It may help you to know that the opposite side of the dice should add up to 7. In other words, 5 should be opposite 2, 6 should be opposite 1 and 4 should be opposite 3.
I painted the 6 (saving the 1 for last) on top of my dice, then painted the 5, 4, 2 and 3. Once the painted dots were dry, I flipped the dice over and painted the 1.
- Allow the paint to dry and apply a protective coat of polycrylic. I don’t know that this step is completely necessary, but I thought it might help give a longer life to the painted dots.
Printable Yahtzee Score Sheets
What fun is a game of Yahtzee without a way to easily keep score? My thoughts exactly! So I re-created your typical Yahtzee score sheet into these large print printable Yahtzee score sheets. I printed out two of the score sheets and then sandwiched them in a laminating pouch and laminated the score sheets.
Supplies for Yahtzee Score Sheets
There are just a few supplies you’ll need for these printable Yahtzee Score Sheets:
- Laminator Sheets
- Dry Erase Marker
Simply print out the large print Yahtzee score sheet and laminate according to your laminator manufacturer’s instructions. Mine took a few minutes for the laminator to heat up and probably less than a minute to actually laminate.
I also sewed burlap bags, similar to my DIY Burlap Gift Bags but much larger, and placed six dice, the laminated score sheet and a dry erase marker in each bag. No gift wrapping required as the burlap bag and oversized gift tags made for a nice gift wrap.
TIP: We have found that placing the dice in a 5 gallon bucket really makes collecting and rolling the dice a lot easier.
Download Yahtzee Score Sheets
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I hope you
get take the opportunity to make these yard dice and enjoy countless hours of outdoor fun with your family playing Yard Yahtzee!
Til next time…
(Yahtzee is a Registered Trademark of Hasbro.)