Beanbag Dice - Upcycle




Introduction: Beanbag Dice - Upcycle

About: Can't move these Western roots, wannabe gardener, both a giver and a taker. Bakes like a chemist. Finding God in the amidst.

Need these for a large motor skills kid's game? The goal is to help with math including rolling a die outdoors. First, the dice needed were: two 6-sided dice and one 12-sided die (a dodecahedron). A beanbag for hopscotch was the easiest need to sew. The 3D print failed so sewing it is!

Step 1: Select Material

The panel comes from a reusable shopping bag. Lots of uses for the tough, water-resistant material.

The blue die came from the side panels.

The dodecahedron material came from the bottom panel and pocket

Step 2: Cut the Base Shape

For the pentagons of the 12-sided die use a paper cut-out and tape to cut each identical piece.

The bean bag and regular dice are a simple square.

Step 3: Sew

Lay each base shape piece outside-to-outside. The dice only get one edge addition at a time and have 3 pieces to a corner.

For the bean bag example: use a sewing machine (or by hand) to stitch around 3 edges of the perimeter, 1/4 in from the material's edge. The top right and bottom right corners need stitched around the corner 3/4 in into the open side to reinforce for turning out the beanbag.

Step 4: Sew Inside-out Shape

Continue adding base shapes with the outsides all facing the center. Leave one edge open.

Step 5: Stuffing

Use a shredder to upcycle magazines. The glossier and heavier paper, the better. Turn out the shape. Stuff with handfuls of shredded paper. Alternate every 8 handfuls of paper with a small handful of dry beans.

Step 6: Finish

Tuck the open edges into a seam and hand-sew the beanbag shut. Add dots/numbers to the dice with a sharpie. To get better shape and versatility from the 12 sided one, make cardboard stock pentagons and hot glue to beanbag die. Roll to your heart's desire.

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    5 years ago

    These are really cute. You could make gigantic versions from felt or anything else plush to make a great geek gift.


    5 years ago

    These remind me of the huge plastic dice I used to use in games. I used to kid my players they were part of my new damage system - whenever their characters were hurt in the game, I'd fling these dice at the player, and whatever injury he sustained in real life was the damage his character had taken... =)


    5 years ago

    Those would be perfect for yard game! Great way to reuse those bags :)