Construction Dominoes

Friday, March 1, 2024

We are back with one last (for now) dominoes DIY! I created this jumbo outdoor construction dominoes for my kid's 4th birthday a couple of years ago. They are made out of recycled cardboard, acrylic paint, and a lot of love. 

These are unfortunately not weatherproof, but they are quite durable and held up to being used as a walking path for my 6-year-old when we got them back out recently. The hardest part of creating this set was figuring out the patterns and how many I would need, and I've already done that for you!

For this project, you will need: cardboard boxes, a box cutter, a ruler, a pencil, acrylic paint (orange, yellow, black, and white), painter's tape, a brush, and a place to lay out the dominoes to dry.

1: Cut your boxes to size. 
I made my dominoes 16" x 8". You can do whatever size you want, as long as the length is double the width. Use your ruler and pencil to measure the size of the rectangle, then use your box cutter to cut them out. For this project, you will need 28 rectangles.
I used a lot of little boxes to make mine. Saving Amazon boxes really pays off sometimes!

2: Draw on your designs.
Use a ruler to make drawing straight lines easier! I've created a template you can copy to make your set. I will often write which color goes in which spot as I'm drawing to make it easier to paint.

3: Paint your designs.

Follow the color labels on your drawings to paint your designs. If you are worried about straight lines, use painter's tape to make the job easier. Let them dry at least 24 hours before using.

As I said earlier, these aren't durable enough to hold up to rain, but they are strong enough to withstand rough play. I created this set to be used at a construction birthday party, and then we kept them and have used them to play a few times since!

If you would like more domino projects, check out my Magnetic Dominoes, and my Printable DIY Dominoes!

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