How to Make Cardboard Figurines/Game Pieces

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Ever tired of playing those plastic gingerbread men from Candyland? Or the kids in Chutes and Ladders? Here is the solution! With these custom cardboard figures, you can play virtually anybody! These are simple and quick to make with materials found at home!

Step 1: Gather Materials

First, the list of materials:

  • 1 Pair of scissors or Exacto Knife
  • 1 sheet of printer paper or white paper
  • *optional* Colored pencils/crayons
  • Printer
  • Thin cardboard, I suggest from food boxes that contain pre-packaged food (like chicken biscuits or corn dogs)
  • 1 binder clip per figure
  • 1 Glue stick

Now, decide if you want to draw a figure or print one. If you want to draw it, make it small (1-2 in.).

If you wish to print, then find a good image and shrink it to about 1 - 2 inches tall and print.

Step 2: Assemble

Start by pasting the area where the image is to the cardboard. Cut around the figure so all that's left is the image.

Take the binder clip and clip the figure to it, and remove the silver metal pieces by squeezing the ends closest to the main piece. Then You have finished your figure! Go ahead and give it a whirl around Candyland! If you end up making this, post a picture! I'd love to see it!

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lgooms

2 years ago

Good job on your first Instructable!

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This works really well for tabletop board games that require miniatures.