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How to make your own dominoes

DIY Dominoes

Tell me if I’m the only one who takes “new year” resolutions when it’s back to school time!

I just feel it’s the best time to start over and make some changes! So one of my resolutions for this year is making more kids-friendly DIY

I already have a few decor and toy ideas!

Let’s start with a simple tutorial to make colorful dominoes!

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Domino’s game is perfect for kids of all ages. The rules are simple so the youngest one can easily participate.  Kids learn to recognize patterns and colors.

Playing dominoes is a fun game that the all family can enjoy together.


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How to make dominoes game

Supplies you will need to make a domino game:

Cut a wooden plank into small sections.

I used reclaimed wood, which dimensions were 2 x 3/4′ and I cut 4 inches long pieces.

It will work with any dimensions, the section you cut needs to be twice the wood width.

If you are motivated you can try making a giant version of the domino game. It’s perfect for playing outside and kids love it.

You will need 28 pieces to make a dominoes game.

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Sand all the pieces and draw the shape on the pieces. I used a glue cap to make the dot and glass to draw the arch shape.

Be creative and use items from around the house. You need to come with 7 different shapes ( instead of numbers from 0 to 6).

You can see on the picture below the shapes I have drawn: a trinagle, a dot, a large triangle, some double triangles, a quarter of a circle, a painted corner.

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Paint the shapes. Assign a color for each shape. I picked blue for the triangle, dark green for the dot, and so on…

DIY domino game

You must end up with 7 pieces for each shape. One double shape ( double triangle for example) and 6 other with one different shape on it.

You can see the complete DIY dominoes set below!

Once the paint is dry, apply a coat of varnish for protection.

How to make your own dominoes

We have all already played dominoes, but if you have any doubts, here goes the rules for the dominos game:

Place all the dominoes face down and “shuffled”. Each player then draws seven dominoes.

The remaining pieces, if any, are left face down on the table to be drawn later if a player is unable to play from his hand.

Start laying the dominoes end to end, the touching ends must match. The first player to lay all his domino piece win.

In the classic domino game the player who has the highest double begin, as there isn’t any number in this DIY dominoes we flipped a coin to find out who started.

Have fun playing!

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How to make domino game at home

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Trying the game with my kids! I explain the rules and they had fun playing…once!

Then they used the dominoes to build a house and matchbox car garages! Well, I guess it’s another way to have fun with the dominoes!

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diy domino game

Want to remember it? Save this DIY dominoes game in your favorite Pinterest board

DIY Dominoes


You will find all the tutorials featured in the video on my “Best DIY” page.



Wednesday 29th of March 2017

Beautiful dominos. thank you so much for sharing so I can make a bunch of sets for Operation Christmas Child boxes. Want to share with everyone that you can skip cutting your own wood by visiting a large hardware store that cuts wood blinds. The end peices are the perfect size for dominos. They give them to me for free - ask when there is a sale on wood or faux wood blinds and you'll be able to get a box full of perfectly cut domino size peices.

Ama Ryllis

Monday 3rd of April 2017

This is a great tip!!! Thank you so much for sharing it!

Anthony M. Jaime

Monday 6th of February 2017

Great games

Ama Ryllis

Wednesday 15th of February 2017

Thanks Anthony!


Saturday 12th of September 2015

Thank you so much for sharing your idea - I am sure I will take it as an inspiration! I have always loved dominoes and this is such a special take on them! Greetings from Germany

Ama Ryllis

Saturday 12th of September 2015

Hi Claudia, you are more than welcome. Have fun crafting and painting your dominoes!

Vicki Smith

Thursday 10th of September 2015

These are fabulous! Beautiful photos too!

Ama Ryllis

Thursday 10th of September 2015

Thanks Vicki!

Funniest Thing

Thursday 3rd of September 2015

¡¡Ovación a tus neuronas!! Está padrísimo el juego :)

Ama Ryllis

Thursday 3rd of September 2015

Gracias Marta...los mejor es que mis ninos los ocupan y hasta pelean para la piezas!