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About: I am IT professional, living in Bangalore, India. As new gadgets come out everyday, we indulge in spending significant time and money on these gadgets. And our kids are learning from us, they know how to use...

Hi All,

Today I will share how to make a dice tower, Though Dice towers are not as popular in India, I wanted to make it as decoration, So one can use this to play with kids or as a decoration. Most of the things used are avaliable at home and you do not need a 3d printer to build one

Few years back I made "falling dominos", which I made for my son, which he was not using / playing with, any more. So I decided to reuse them as stairs in the dice tower.

This helped in reducing build time too

Hope you like it, Please share your comments, Video Link

Step 1: What Do We Need ?

Material

  • Empty Pringle box
  • Wooden strips or blocks
  • Cardboard ( Corrugated box )
  • Tissue paper
  • Acrylic Paints
  • PVA glue / fevicol
  • Paper cutter
  • Scissors

Step 2: Stairs

To Make Stairs

  • Measure inner diameter for the pringle box (Mine 70 mm)
  • Now we need to drill holes at 35 mm from corners
  • Refer the diagram, I drilled holes from flat edge at 30mm
  • Glue the wooden strips with inserting a skewer
  • Add a 70mm wood block, at the end to stop dice to roll on the back side, as shown
  • Add support dowels to it
  • Add a SemiCircle cover on the top
  • Slide everything inside the pringle box

Step 3: Tower

  • Cut a door at the bottom of the box
  • Cut 10mm strips for corrugated box
  • Glue these strips as shown to give a brick work
  • Leave sufficient gap of atleast 1 to 2 mm in between

Step 4: Top

  • To make a the top, we need two 90mm circles and long strip on 30mm
  • Stick the two circles together with one strip on the sides to make a small cylinder
  • Cut 15mm squares on another strip as shown 15mm and stick it on the cylinder as shown

Step 5: Base

  • For Base, cut a 100mm circle and 20 mm strips of cardboard
  • Glue the strip on the side of the circle to make as small cylinder as shown

Step 6: Paper Mache

  • Before we paint anything, we want to close holes and fill gaps
  • mix PVA glue ( fevicol ) + water in equal ratio in a container
  • Apply tissue paper and this mixture on base, top and tower as shown
  • Let it dry for few hours
  • We do not want to overdo, one or two layers are enough
  • Do not apply too much of the liquid mixture, as this could harm the overall shape of each structure

Step 7: Paint Job

  • I used acrylic colors
    • Brown paint as base
    • Dry brush : Green, White and hint of black
  • I highlighted all bricks using a black sketch pen
  • Even drew brick work on the base and top

Let it dry for few hours and then You are ready to play with it

I hope you like this, Please share comments and suggestions

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    Lorddrake

    4 weeks ago

    Nicely done.
    What is the largest sized die you are able to use in this tower without it getting stuck?

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    Amit_JainLorddrake

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    I have tested with 13mm and it works. I hav another 20mm, whixh doesnot work