My family has such a huge collection of board games. It’s always been a wonderful tradition, playing board games throughout the week and even though my children are grown now, we still play regularly. I have game boards for everything from Monopoly to Clue and whatever falls in between. Let me tell you, over the years, some of those games have had to be replaced due to lost pieces.
Kids lose things – that’s just a fact of life. If you’ve got some board games that aren’t at their best and are missing pieces, you don’t necessarily have to throw them out. There are some amazing things that you can do to repurpose those old board games, and I’m going to show you all 20 of them! You know how much I love to upcyle old things. Just look at these 100 ways to repurpose and reuse household items. Repurposing is in my blood and this collection of game board repurposing projects fits in perfectly.
Everyone loves games, right? Many of these projects can be made with any game board that you have on hand, so be a bit creative with them. You could make them for your own décor or to give as gifts. Some of them are even awesome enough to resell so if you want to hit up your thrift store and find loads of old games, you could totally make some extra money with these projects. Oh, and speaking of games, be sure to check out these 35 backyard games that are fun and easy to make for the upcoming spring and summer season.
If you have old board games that you’re planning to throw out, try these projects instead. From jewelry and clocks to coasters, wine stoppers and even a great game board table, there is something in here that is sure to help you repurpose that game board and create something unique and fun at the same time!
1. Scrabble Tile Napkin Rings
These napkin rinks made with Scrabble tiles are the bomb! You use napkin rings – which you can get at the Dollar Store for around a dollar for four, and then add your letters. Use random letters to spell out a message or if you’re hosting a dinner party, you can use your guests’ initials so that you know where each one will sit. This would make a wonderful wedding gift as well for someone who loves games as much as you do.
2. Game Board Purses
How awesome would it be to carry around a purse or tote bag of your favorite board game? Even better, these would make amazing gifts for anyone you know who loves a specific game, and they’re pretty easy to make. You just have to bend the board in half and then add the sides and handles. Pretty easy, right? And you’ll have the most unique purse or tote bag on the block.
3. Board Game Storage And Display
So this one is a bit different. Not only do you get a great looking display from those board games but you can also use them. You just add the game board to a wooden frame and then put the game pieces in a baggie that you attach to the back of the frame. This is brilliant! You can take the board down anytime you want to play and when you’re not playing, it’s perfectly stored right there on the wall where it doubles as awesome artwork.
4. DIY Board Game Shelves
Turn those old board games into decorative shelves in just a few minutes. You basically just have to add L brackets to the back of the board and then hang it up. You can then use those board game shelves to hold mementos of the games themselves or anything you want. This is a great idea for kids’ rooms. Think Candy Land for nurseries and Risk for boys. The possibilities are endless with this one.
5. Scrabble Signs
How cool is this bathroom sign made from old Scrabble tiles? You could do this in any room, just to spread whatever message you want to spread. I’ve seen these used on mantels during the Holidays and even on Easter, but honestly they could be used year around. Just spell out what you want to say and do it with Scrabble tiles. Plus, you can easily attach twine to the tile board to hang it.
6. Chess Piece Wine Stoppers
If you don’t drink wine, you could use these great stoppers for sodas. Take your old chess pieces and add a cork to the bottom for an elegant and gorgeous bottle stopper. I love the idea of using these as gifts with a bottle of wine, especially around the holidays. Or, you could make and sell them – they’re a pretty hot item right now. You can attach the cork with some strong glue and turn out several of these in an hour.
7. Scrabble Board Picture Frame
So, we covered what to do with your old Scrabble tiles – how about a neat project for the board? I love this idea of turning that old Scrabble board into a picture frame. Cut out spots to add your photos – however many you want to display, and then add the entire thing to a wooden frame. It’s an easy project and it would make a wonderful gift for grandparents for birthdays, holidays, or Grandparent’s Day.
8. DIY Bingo Card Coasters
I found this idea on Etsy, but it looks so easy to recreate. You can turn old Bingo cards into coasters. You just have to choose the cards you want to use and laminate them. I would also use some sort of backing here, maybe some thick cardstock to make them stand out more and be a bit sturdier. These would be so easy and would be a great gift for anyone you know who loves old board games.
Available on: etsy
9. Chinese Checkers Clock
I love Chinese checkers – I mean, this is one of my favorite games. I also love this clock that is made from an old Chinese checkers board. This would be a great gift for anyone who likes eclectic gifts or even those who love Chinese checkers. The round shape is perfect for a clock kit and there’s really not much work involved aside from adding the clock itself.
10. Jenga Board Necklace Rack
If your Jenga board is missing a few pieces, don’t fret. You can turn those pieces that you do have left into an amazing necklace rack. Actually, this rack could be used for any number of things. You could hang it inside the door for coats and scarves or use it in the closet for neckties. The possibilities are endless and it’s a really easy project to complete. You could even paint the board pieces first if you need a specific color.