Introduction: DIY KATAMINO POCKET- PUZZLE BOARD GAME From Popsicle Sticks

About: Crafts, Toys, and Games out of Popsicle Sticks, Cardboard, Paper, etc.

Hi everyone!

KATAMINO is a puzzle game with 500 challenges of progressive difficulty, and also offers a strategic game challenge for two players. It is a building game that helps children enhance their thinking capabilities to three levels up and understanding the basics of geometry. An intelligent activity for growing intelligent minds.

In this project, I’m gonna show you how to make a very cool KATAMINO POCKET Board Game out of Popsicle sticks.

You can find all the materials at your local arts & crafts store.

Template (A4 format, 2 Page) can be downloaded at the end of this Instructable.

Video Tutorial:


- Popsicle sticks: size 6" length

- Ruler with centimeters

- Ballpoint pen or pencil

- Wood glue

- Utility knife

- Abrasive sandpaper (approximately 180 grit)

- Coping saw

- Paint brush and assorted colors

- Binder clips

Let's get making!

Step 1: Marking and Cutting

Take 8 Popsicle sticks and mark out the center line then cut in half lengthwise with a utility knife. CAUTION! Using a sharp tool on a small object is problematic.

Step 2: Gluing

Glue 4 slats together, carefully glue each slat one at a time (4 layer sticks with an 8.5mm overall thickness).

Clamps are important because most of the Popsicle sticks aren't flat, so if you don't clamp them when you glue them together your sticks won't hold together very well. So I clamped them with binder clips.

Let this sit to dry!

Step 3: Cut Out the Pieces

Mark 29 sections as shown then cut out the pieces with a coping saw. Sand all pieces with sandpaper until everything is smooth and perfect.

Step 4: Building the Playing Pieces

Carefully glue each piece one at a time as shown.

Step 5: Paint the Playing Pieces

Paint the pieces in different colors. Leave to dry and you got 12 colorful playing pieces.

Step 6: Cutting the Playing Board

1. Making the Back panel

The back panel is 2 layer thick.

Take 8 popsicle sticks, start by cutting sticks down to 132(mm) so they have two flat ends.We are going to carefully glue the 4 flat end sticks side by side.

You need 8 sticks for the back panel (4 for the front, 4 for the back).

Draw a 5x13 square grid on the back panel as shown.

2. Making the Frame

For the frame you are going to need to cut:

  • 1 44x11(mm) stick for the top frame
  • 1 64x9(mm) stick for the bottom frame
  • 2 123x10(mm) sticks with slots for the side frames

All the frames are 2 layer thick.

Draw as shown, carefully cut out 20 slots (10 for the right frame, 10 for the left frame).

3. Making the separating rod(the slider)

The slider is 4 layer sticks.

Draw and cut as shown.

Step 7: Gluing the Playing Board

Start by gluing the top frame to the back panel followed by the right frame, the left frame, and finally the bottom frame.

Let this sit to dry.

Step 8: Complete!

Your DIY KATAMINO POCKET is now finished. I hope you enjoyed it!

Thank you for reading my Instructable. 😉

In the next Instructable, I’m gonna show you how to turn DIY KATAMINO POCKET into KATAMINO FAMILY 2 Players.

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Feel free to comment and ask if you need to know something!

See you on the next project! 👋

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    2 years ago

    Wow, very impressive work! : )

    Craft DXN
    Craft DXN

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thanks and see you later!