How to Make a Collaged Table with a Built-in Game

comments (13) November 15th, 2008     

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leethal Lee Meredith, contributor
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You could choose a table about the same size as the board game, or one much bigger for more collage space like my table.
For my Scrabble board, I found these sign language images—perfect!
If you build the table, you can add a shelf or drawer to hold the game pieces so its always ready for playing.
You could choose a table about the same size as the board game, or one much bigger for more collage space like my table.

You could choose a table about the same size as the board game, or one much bigger for more collage space like my table.

Photo: Lee Meredith
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If it's refusing to peel off like this one was, you'll have to resort to taking it off in pieces and placing the pieces back together on the table. The next thing I did was to run my X-acto knife around the edges of the board paper to pry it up from underneath. Then, starting from the side opposite of that part that I'd already ripped, I pried the corner up with the blade and ripped a strip of the board off. I was able to rip the whole thing off in four sections using this method.


These four curled-up strips of board game will be easy to piece back together on the table.

Different boards will act differently, and you may have bad luck by choosing a game that just won't come apart or rips in too many pieces, but hopefully you'll be able to use your crafty skills to get that paper off the board in whatever way you can. Once that's done, you get to start on the table: Start by covering the area where the game will go with a generous coat of Mod Podge.


If the game paper is curled up, you'll need a plentiful amount of glue to hold it down flat and securely.

Now flatten the game paper onto the table, carefully lining up sections, and smoothing out air bubbles.


If you want the game to look seamless, be sure not to place the pieces in the wrong order like I did on the left side with that visible seam.

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Comments (13)

Katrine writes: Hey.. Looks awesome! I want to do something like this, but with postcards. They are a little thicker. Do you think that it is possible? Thanks for you're answer

- Katrine
Posted: 1:12 pm on January 7th
veems48 writes: I used a hair dryer on high to remove the board game paper. It's timely but it comes off easier and cleaner. =) Thanks for the idea!
Posted: 3:33 pm on June 6th
MissTui writes: I love this!
Posted: 5:50 am on August 30th
msnew007 writes: So much fun! I love board games, and this is a fantasic idea for a game room or family room!
Posted: 12:36 am on July 27th
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Posted: 12:14 pm on May 11th
Jadja writes: Thank you for the idea! We have a horribly abused coffee table in our TV room, the top has been toddlerized but the sides and drawers are in great shape. I was just going to paint it but this will look awesome, it's a great way to reuse too. :)
Posted: 3:41 pm on January 19th
Anasofia writes: I LOVE YOUR IDEA
IT IS SO CREATIVE
I WILL TRY IT!
Posted: 3:04 pm on December 7th
Shannonfnp writes: I love your table. I made my daughter a similar collage toybox. To avoid having to tear original pictures, I took a digital photo and printed it with a matte (non-glossy) photo paper. This I decoupaged onto the table after cropping out what I didn't need of the image. I think the tears give your table a more artistic and authentic look overall.
Posted: 2:27 pm on November 23rd
Ldybugs writes: OOh! I love this idea. I think the ripped scrabble board adds character. I would probably intentionally rip one. but if you wanted a perfect looking one just use a steamer. I picked one up on sale at Kohls for about $20 it is a garment steamer.
Posted: 5:28 am on November 19th
Toffy writes: Too bad the game board didn't come right off. I think I would soak it in water to get it loose then iron it flat and dry. This looks like a very fun project. Great idea.
Posted: 2:32 pm on November 18th
tagoean writes: It would be easier (plus you'd save your original game board) if you could take a colour copy of the board... Any copy center could do that.

Other than that: great idea, I'm so gonna make one...
Posted: 7:14 am on November 17th
Sister_Diane writes: Super, super awesome!!
Posted: 2:11 pm on November 15th
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