How to Build a Magic the Gathering Board




About: I like to make things for Dungeons and Dragons, Magic the Gathering, and more random things. I usually make things out of duck tape and house hold material, most people go out and buy the things they want to...

Hey there, and welcome to my second project. In the first instructable I made, it was a case holder for cards. If you noticed in the picture those cards just so happen to be Magic the Gathering, I have been playing for about a month with the new cards, and have played before in the past. I got into the game very much so that I built a simple board dedicated to the table top. The inspiration came from Duel of the Planeswalkers. Before we begin, I must say this project is easy and fun! Why so? You can get really creative with your board, and do some wicked art for Magic the Gathering! Let's begin.

= What you will need=
-2x Foam Board ( I used a 20x30x3/16 inch Elmers Foam Board, but of course you can get the size that suits fit). Cost me 2.99 at Michaels
-White glue, glue in general.
-Box cutter, or anything that works out for you, (Not that hard to cut foam).
-Light sandpaper
-Ruler (I prefer a yardstick).
-DO NOT USE ACRYLIC PAINT! Markers work the best.
reason being is because the paint will sratch your cards up bad.

Step 1: Trace, Cut, Glue

Make about 1 inch boarders on the sides, top, and bottom.

5 inches from the bottom boarder will give you a good amount of space to work with while you are laying down your lands and tapping them. You can do a little less to make more room, 4.12 I'd say.

In the lands box you will need 2.12 inches from the side boarder to make a graveyard. Then a divider line of .5 inches.

Make reminders not to cut into the boarder and play area! Now with our tracing done, and making a size area suit fit, we need to cut out the land and graveyard box. Don't cut out the divider.

Then after we cut out one side, we do the same for the other. Then with your glue, make a even spread on the cut out foam board, and get a tiny bit of glue on the divider. Lay it out evenly on the second board, end result should look something as such.

Step 2: From the Scraps

Library pad was easy pesy, from the scraps of the lands area, use that to cut out whatever you need to add, in my case a library pad for my well...library. I took a bowl, traced around it, and whala! Then glue that down some where by the graveyard.

Step 3: One Blank Board

Now that we have a board, paint some artwork, and go play!



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    4 years ago

    Great project with my boys! I used duck tape, 3m color tape, and felt!

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    That's what I'm talking about! Very cool! I was a bit surprised to find people still looking at this DIY up that I posted like three years ago :) Have fun!

    No, not since ever haha. I occasionally play magic on Steam now, but I don't think I will return to the card base version :) I might do future projects for Pathfinder or Dungeons and Dragons over my upcoming break from college!


    5 years ago

    I like this a lot. How big a foam board is optimal to give more space for each player?

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    This looks awesome i am going to do this i just got my magic the gathering cards
    today so i will do this in the future. I'm starting with a green and white deck if someone has advice for me on what i should do / card pair strategy's and such please pm me.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is a great idea, I think I am definitly going to be making one of these as soon as i get my craft/hobby room back into working order. Would make playing Magic a whole lot more interesting. But it is one of the best games I have played not on console anyhow :D

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    Yes I have constructed one with a friend and it was not quite big enough but still useable. Was a fun thing to make :D It accidentally got crushed in the games closet so I need to make another one. This time it will be much better than the first now that I have already tried :D


    8 years ago on Introduction

    What about constructing a board table? Do you think you can mimic this same design and what surface should I use if so? Would velvet be a possibility?

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    That was my original idea at first, but I made this to be simple and portable. It is possible to do it in a table format just like this one, but I suggest making the board much bigger than mine because the card layout will get overwhelming. You just need templets. And board table is the way to go, you can just stack it on about anything and play, also velvet would easily done as well. I guess for velvet it would be some what like those playing card mats. But if you did table board that's just fancy and awesome!