Homemade Travel Games




Introduction: Homemade Travel Games

These instructions are for a 3 x 5 inch travel game you can fold up and take with you.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

- colored felt (pick colors so you can have light on dark or dark on light to be able to see the pieces better)
- Glue
- Cardstock (alternatively you can use 3x5 index cards, but they will be less like a book and be more susceptible to damage from wear)
- A cutting tool, straightedge and cutting board for cutting the paper and cardstock (I used a pocketknife for the cardstock and the instructions. You can use other cutting tools as available.)
- Scissors (to cut the felt)
- Wide colored tape (I have blue duct tape)
- Instructions for the game you want to include (optional)

Step 2: Optional - Preparing the Instructions

- I created the instructions to be a tri-fold page that is cut to be about 4" x 2" so that it will fit nicely inside the book when folded.
- When I printed the page, I put a border line at the top and the bottom of the instructions to ensure I'd end up with a page that cut properly. You can see this in the instructions displayed in the image of the materials.
- I used the straightedge and pocketknife to cut the page
- I then folded the page leaving one section to be glued to the book.

Step 3: Creating the Book Cover

- I cut the cardstock into 3" x 5" pieces
- Then, I took the duct tape and taped both sides, leaving about a ½" gap between the covers of the book to give it more of a 'book' appearance and to allow it to be folded easier..
- A couple of hints.
o The cardstock had a back side that ended up being the inside of the book.
o Also, since I didn't want the duct tape seam to show, the seam is on the inside of the book.

Step 4: Optional - Inserting the Instructions

- I then glued the instructions. Note that there is enough of a gap (about ¼") to allow the instructions to be folded in over the felt that will be added in the next step.

Step 5: Add the Felt

- add glue to the inside of the book
- lay the book down on top of the felt
- cut excess felt away
- Helpful tips:
o Get glue around the edges as well as various spots in the middle to ensure the felt stays in place.
o Don't use too much as it will soak through and make hard spots on the felt
o Use a dark background and a lighter felt if possible so the tape used won't show. Note that I made a game that required a board be drawn on the felt and the lighter background was needed.
o I cut the edges with the pocketknife, but scissors would work better.
o I laid the side of the book with the instructions on an edge of the felt to make trimming the felt easier.

Step 6: Finishing Touches

- Cut out any pieces needed for the game
- Fold over the instructions
- Decorate the outside of the book

Step 7: Sample Instructions

I didn't make these instructions completely by my memory and I don't properly identify the sources for my instructions as they were intended for gifts. However, it's a good idea to recognize where your source material(s) come from.

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    12 years ago on Introduction

    It's good to see ancient games being resurrected - I make card versions of Hnefatafl and Nine-Men's Morris for my classes to play at the end of the school year. (For those wishing to look for more information, Hnefatafl translates as "King's Table")


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    I definitely had fun designing this and doing the research. Thanks for the comments.


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! The design is easily adjusted to be whatever size you want. This size was arrived at by thinking of something that would easily fit into a pocket, but there's no reason you couldn't make a larger version for a different game. I found some instructions for a Vulcan chess game that I nearly made. While it would have fit on this board, a larger one would have been better. If you make one, let me know!