How to Make a Collaged Table with a Built-in Gamecomments (13) November 15th, 2008
Ok, I know I already did a board game project, but this one doesn't have to be, since you can totally leave off the board game element if you so choose— I just think a coffee table with a built-in board game of your choice is awesome! This project could be a relatively quick one, or it could be pretty major if you are able and willing to build the table yourself, which is why I'm giving you the concept several weeks before the deadline.
- A table
- Collage materials: game board, book/magazine pages, photos, and/or anything else 2-D that you want
- Scissors (and an X-acto knife might be helpful)
- Mod Podge glue sealer and foam brush
- Optional: Envirotex Lite for a completely sealed, waterproof finish
Whether you do go completely DIY with the table or you head to your local thrift store (or Ikea like I did), the tabletop needs only to be as big as the game board you want to use, or it could be much bigger if you want lots of extra collage space. A tabletop the same size as the board, decorated with nothing but the game, would result in a cleaner, simpler, less crafty look, so that might be the way to go if your recipient loves games but has a more minimalist aesthetic.
The first thing you'll need to do is take the paper off the game board, which happens to be the hardest part of this whole project. In my experience, the paper will rarely want to just peel right off; you will get some rips, which you will have to glue down as seamlessly as possible when adhering to the tabletop. Start by carefully picking at the corners with your fingernails to see where it most easily comes off.
Keep peeling, slowly and carefully, if you're able to. Right now, you want to see if it's going to be possible to peel off the whole thing in one piece. If you are able to keep going and get the paper off with minimal ripping, great! With this Scrabble board example, that was not the case...
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