Introduction: Sketchy Christmas: a Family-Friendly Drawing Game

Some of my favorite funny family moments involve Pictionary and people guessing the oddest things similar to Jess calling out, "BABY FISH MOUTH!" in When Harry Met Sally, and strangely enough When Harry Met Sally actually makes several classic Christmas movie lists.  My favorite is the New Year's party at the end:

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

You will minimally need the following (because the guests are already arriving):
  • Scissors
  • Glue
Print out the Sketchy Christmas Minimum.pdf, cut out the people/things into strips, toss them into a hat (or stocking if you want to be festive), assemble the die, and follow the instructions (or guess what the rules might be - I won't judge).

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
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • 12 oz Can (preferably empty and clean)
  • Can saver lid (the pet food kind)
  • Mod Podge
  • Hole puncher
  • Wax paper
  • Sand paper
  • Brush
  • Drill
It's important to print in laserjet to make the magic happen.

Step 2: Mod Podging

Tape a couple feet of wax paper to your working surface to prevent things from getting stuck and to protect the surface.

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.

Note:  Try to do this in the center of the stick and only apply as much Mod Podge as necessary for the next item/person that you've lined up.  Be careful to not overly adjust the paper once it's in the Mod Podge - this will lead to the lettering not transferring well.

Press down, wipe away excess, and allow to dry (approximately 1 hour).

Step 3: Removing the Paper

Tear off whatever little bits of paper you can, but don't get too crazy about it.

Note:  This is not completely necessary, but it helps a lot!

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.

Tip:  I did this at the kitchen sink, and after rubbing, I gave it a quick hose (1 second) under the faucet.

Place on towel and allow to dry.

Note:  Don't worry about the hazy bits.  So long as it looked good wet, it'll look good after the next step.

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

Alternative Game Play:
  • 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!
The popsicle sticks require a little swirling to get them nicely under the lid.

Please let me know in the comments how you've played the game and what works for you.

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