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Step-by-step instructions on making a folding game board.

- pressed (not corrugated) cardboard about 1/16" thick
- duct tape
- printable full-sheet labels
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Step 1: Cut boards

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Cut 4 7.5"x7.5" squares from pressed cardboard. I used Bienfang illustration board
but any pressed (not corrugated) cardboard that's about 1/16" thick will do.

Step 2: Attach Hinges and Trim

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Place two squares side-by-side, face up. Join the two squares with a strip of tape. Duct tape works well. Repeat for the other pair of squares.

Place the two pairs side-by-side, face down. Join two of the squares with a strip of tape.

Add a strip of tape to the outside edges of each square. Use a separate piece of tape for each square.

Step 3: Create Playing Surface

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Print 4 7" x 7" images on adhesive paper, one for each quardrant of the game. I used Avery full sheet labels for this.

Trim the adhesive paper down to 7 1/4"x7 1/4", leaving 1/4" of white space on the outside edge of each square.

Peel off the backing of each sheet and apply to the board.

Step 4: All Done

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Your board should fold up like this.
voltan2 months ago

What game is this?

I love this instructable, very detailed and clear. I might have to use this soon als my boardgame "kolonisten van de lage landen" is wearing fast due to excessieve use :-)
joegatling4 years ago
 Thanks for the simple instructions.  I have been trying to find ways to make a game board using just a desktop printer.  Having 4 A4 size sections works perfectly.
Kaiven7 years ago
nice. I might use this idea for my math project you know pi? tell me if this is right 3.14159265358979323846323846264332643383279502884197169399375105820974944592307816406286208998. that's all i know by memory :P
it is wrong. the first bit is 3.1415926535979323
i know, i forgot to change it. I know more now, all the way to hundred if you add to where i left off, 6280348253421170679
degroof (author)  Kaiven7 years ago
Kaiven degroof7 years ago
or look up the pi forum with 1 million digits. it might print it today... thanks for the reminder
Mr. TiKi7 years ago
Where did you get the pressed cardboard
degroof (author)  Mr. TiKi7 years ago
I've found it at OfficeMax, Staples and occasionally Michael's. I've seen it sold under the brands Bienfang and Elmer's. Usually comes in 20"x30" sheets. The description is typically something like "14 ply illustration board". You can get it online but only in packs of 12, and you only need half a sheet for the game board.
Thanks for the reply. I'm going to swing by office depot and see if they carry it.
That's pretty awesome. I wonder if I could use something like this for a Settlers of Catan mat. Did you design the board game as well?
degroof (author)  MaskedLioness8 years ago
Yes, my son and I decided on the general layout and I grabbed some images off the web to create the background.