DIY Lawn Dice

4 Materials
$20
2 Hours
Easy
This is a really quick project that will create hours of fun for your family! Learn how to make DIY outdoor lawn dice to play a whole host of games with your family - and the full blog post even has a free printable Yahtzee scorecard! If you love this project, see more easy and affordable DIY ideas on my blog, Love & Renovations!
I started off with a 4X4 piece of cedar. You'll only need about 2 feet or so to create this project - I used scrap wood we had from another project we had completed!
Cut your 4X4 board down into 6 pieces that are 3.5" long (a 4X4 piece of wood is technically actually 3.5X3.5, so this will make a square) using a miter saw - if you don't know how, I have a tutorial that can teach you how to use a miter saw. You could do more or less dice, but 6 is a good number for most dice games!
Once your pieces are cut, you'll want to sand them down. Be sure to pay special attention to the edges and corners, as they can be sharp. Sand very thoroughly so that each die is smooth with no splinters, so no one gets hurt while you're playing games!
There are multiple ways you could add the dots to your dice, but I chose to use vinyl. I stained my dice and used a small circle punch to cut out vinyl circles, then I simply stuck them on the dice and added polycylic on top to help them stay in place. Be sure to add several coats of dyarThere are multiple ways you could add the dots to your dice, but I chose to use vinyl. I stained my dice and used a small circle punch to cut out vinyl circles, then I simply stuck them on the dice and added polycylic on top to help them stay in place. Be sure to add several coats of polycylic on top to help them stay in place. Be sure to add several coats of whatever finishing product you use, as these will need to be sturdy to be used in the backyard.
Then, you're ready to play! My full blog post has a free download for a Yahtzee scorecard, as well as a link to tons of other dice games you could play with your family!

Suggested materials:

  • 4X4 cedar board
  • Sander
  • Stain
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  • One Crazy Lady One Crazy Lady on Sep 23, 2017
    I've been meaning to make these for ages. I even cut the blocks. Thanks for the inspiration to finish them.
    Did you know also, the number on opposite sides should always equal 7?

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  • Anna Vincent Anna Vincent on Oct 08, 2017
    I made a set from scrap 4x4 lumber. I used a drill bit that made rounded holes (someone knows the name) and darkened to spots with a Sharpie before applying leftover light colored stain and several coats of good polyurethane. The whole project cost me about $5.

    They have been a big hit at family parties for playing Yahtzee.

  • Maude  LaFountain Maude LaFountain on Mar 09, 2019

    I had seen this before and I kinda lost it and well I bought a tote full of the 4 x 4's cut into the right size for this ...I gave $2.00 for about 30 or so blocks ..anyway I am glad that I found the instructions again I am going to make as many sets as I can from what I got ...I am saving this so that I won't lose it again .....Thank you !!!....I love playing Yahtzee



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