I finally made a Sorry game board box. A thrift store find, the sorry game board has been hidden away. When I cleaned out my kitchen island so I could give it an update I found it. You can see kitchen island project next week.
See the game board stored in the back of the kitchen island? After I dug it out, I decided that it would be perfect for this month’s Thrift Store Décor Project. Be sure to check out the other projects from my friends before you go.
Materials you will need to make a sorry game board box
- Game Board
- Straight Edge (I used a yard stick)
- Tape Measure
- Utility Knife
- Cutting Mat
- Hot Glue Gun
- Hot glue
- Electrical Tape
I have no idea where I got this, I only had the board, not the box or any of the pieces.
I measured and marked my lines on the board. They may be a little faint, so I made an image to help you out. (see below)
Mark and Score your game board
I hope this helps you visualize how you will draw, cut and score the lines to make your game board box. The solid lines are for cutting and the dashed lines are for scoring. (more details on scoring/folding in a minute)
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Cut game board on solid lines
Is it making sense now? The bottom portion is the front flap. The portion at the top of the image is the lid and the back of the box.
Mark interior “fold” lines
Because the game board is thick cardboard, you can’t simply fold up the sides, front and back. Measure and mark four more lines parallel to your first set of lines.
- 1/16” below the top marked line
- 1/16” below the bottom marked line
- 1/16” to the INSIDE of the LEFT line
- 1/16” to the INSIDE of the RIGHT line
Score all eight of these lines making sure not to cut all the way through the cardboard. I found that if you do the very first pass with a light hand, it gives a good path to go deeper on the next pass.
Score and peel interior lines
Patiently score and peel away layers of cardboard. That will allow you to fold each of the four sides up in order to make the box. This is trial and error. If your side will not easily fold, score and peel again. Repeat the process on all four double lines.
Fold game board box on interior lines
Using the edge of a table may be helpful to get a good fold.
While cleaning out the kitchen island I found this set of colorful rolls of colored electrical tape.
Apply and secure joints with electrical tape
This is the left side of the box. Notice how the left side is slightly higher than the front flap? This is normal. I cut the tape and secured it to all seams of the box.
I ran the tape along all the folds as well as all the joints to give it a more cohesive look.
Voila! My repurposed Sorry game board box is complete! It was late and I went to bed. . . .
THIS is what I woke up to. hahaha The box collapsed overnight-as though some little elves came out and sat on it. Those printed directions are the ones I followed to make this Sorry board box. I printed them out years ago and couldn’t find the original source as I was writing this tutorial.
For added strength-secure all seams with hot glue
Plan B – I taped all the joints up again and then used hot glue to secure all of the joints/seams of the game board box.
Isn’t the repurposed game board box so cute! It makes me want to make more! See how the lid closes flat, but sort of fits inside the two sides? That is because of the way the extra lines were scored.
Add shred and ribbon to use game board box as a gift box
The game board box would be great to hold trinkets and or treasures, or as in this case a gift! Jennie won a custom engraved hammer from the Clean Up Your Act Challenge. Look how perfectly it fits in the Sorry Game Box.
I got the burlap ribbon from The Dollar Tree.
What game board do you have at home that you could make into a box?
I made this project for this month’s Thrift Store Décor Challenge, see more great thrift store décor ideas below:
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