Introduction: Sketchy Christmas: a Family-Friendly Drawing Game
Harry Burns: I love that you get cold when it's 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.
Some of the things you love most about people are the weird things because it's completely out of your hands. Granted, you might hate it at first, but it will all start to slowly grow on you like a fungus without a cure.
So in honor of When Harry Met Sally, love, friendship, cherished family games, and how the holidays can bring all that together, I'd like to present Sketchy Christmas which ought to cause a few chuckles and hopefully create some wonderful holiday memories.
Step 1: Materials
If you want to take it to the next level and have a game that you can store on shelf and use for years (or give as the most awesomest present EVER), you will need this junk:
- First page of Sketchy Christmas.pdf printed on cardstock with laserjet toner
- Second and third page of Sketchy Christmas.pdf printed on normal printer paperwith laserjet toner
- Popsicle sticks
- Small bolt and nut
- Glue stick
- 12 oz Can (preferably empty and clean)
- Can saver lid (the pet food kind)
- Mod Podge
- Hole puncher
- Wax paper
- Sand paper
Step 2: Mod Podging
Cut out the items/people and trim them down a bit.
Brush a bit of Mod Podge to a popsicle stick and apply an item/person face down.
Press down, wipe away excess, and allow to dry (approximately 1 hour).
Step 3: Removing the Paper
Dampen a finger and carefully rub away the remaining bits of paper. Again, don't get too crazy, and don't use too much water when rubbing.
Place on towel and allow to dry.
Step 4: Clear Coating
Apply a couple layers of clear spray paint to the sticks (front and back) and allow to dry.
Apply a layer of clear spray paint to the page with the label and spinner base.
Step 5: Making the Spinner
Scratch up the surface of the lid with a bit of sand paper.
Apply the spinner base with a good helping of glue and punch out the center exactly the size of the bolt you're using.
Drill a hole in a blank popsicle stick slightly larger than the bolt and cut a point out with scissors.
Assemble the bolt, spinner, lid, and nut, and apply a thick layer of glue to the end of the bolt to keep the nut from spinning off during play.
Step 6: Apply Label
Apply the label to the can using a good amount of glue.
Step 7: Alternatives and Other Thoughts
- Allow each person to choose between drawing without a handicap (worth 1 point) and drawing with one (worth 2 points).
- Add more handicaps to the game, or switch some of them out.
- Add more items/people.
- Do it like charades!
Please let me know in the comments how you've played the game and what works for you.
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