Keep your board games organized (and parts from getting lost!) with these easy DIY game piece bags.
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We have a lot of family game nights at our house. There never seems to be a shortage of funny moments every time we play.
Whether someone had an extremely long run of bad luck (we love to laugh at each other’s expense, we’re supportive that way) or a terrible guess as to what object they were during a game of Hedbanz, there is always something to laugh about.
But if there’s one thing that can end the fun pretty quickly on family game night, it’s realizing that you’re missing game pieces.
A few years ago we took an Operation game to the campground, which I knew was risky, and came back missing a vital organ. We didn’t discover it was missing until the next time we played. Once we saw it was missing a piece we put it back on the shelf and hoped the missing body part would show up at some point.
Months later we happened to return to the same campsite, not realizing at the time that it was the same site where the game piece was lost.
At some point during the trip one of our kids unearthed the missing piece, which was ground into the dirt under the picnic table. I couldn’t believe it.
These situations are exactly why I wanted to find a solution for storing games pieces in individual bags. No more game pieces that silently fall to the floor only to be eaten by the dog or suffer some other mysterious disappearance.
And this is why these DIY game piece bags are necessary. Aside from serving a purpose, they’re also just a fun way to customize your family’s most beloved games. Since these bags are made using scrapbook stickers you can find so many different styles and sayings that fit your family’s interests. From sports and camping, to funny sayings and monograms, they make scrapbook stickers for just about anything.
Supplies for DIY Game Piece Bags
- Zippered or drawstring bags (I found mine at Hobby Lobby for just a few dollars each)
- Stickers of your choice (I found mine in the scrapbook section at Hobby Lobby… I caught them on a 50% off week so the price was great!)
- Mod Podge
- Foam brush
1. Place your sticker in the position you would like it on your bag.
2. Brush a light coat of Mod Podge over the sticker overlapping onto the bag a small amount. Notes about this part:
- Keep in mind that although the Mod Podge dries clear, you will be able to see the clear coat on the bag once it dries. On the lighter colored bags it was hardly noticeable at all, on the dark colored bags it created a little bit of a glossy outline around the stickers.
- I applied the Mod Podge by holding the foam brush straight up and down and lightly pouncing in a spot that would touch the sticker and the bag at the same time (as pictured above). I then continued around the entire perimeter of the sticker like this giving a uniform line of Mod Podge around the edge of the sticker.
3. After the first coat dries, apply a couple more coats until there is a thick enough layer of Mod Podge that you can no longer get your fingernail under the sticker. I applied a total of 3 coats.
I made these fun DIY game piece bags for three of our current top played games:
One of the best things about Rummikub is that it’s simple enough, yet still challenging, to play with a wide range of ages. Our kids range in age from 9 to 16 and everyone is able to hold their own.
A twist on rummy, this game uses tiles to create sets and runs of numbers. The object of the game is to be the first player to use all of your tiles.
There are jokers to help your game and players can break apart sets and runs to create new groups.
For example if there was a run of 9, 10, 11 and 12 on the table, and you had two 9’s, you could break the 9 away from the run on the table and add it to your two 9’s to lay down a set.
This game will get everyone thinking as you continually scan the table for new ways to get rid of all the tiles on your rack.
Making DIY game piece bags for Rummikub is perfect because players are continually drawing new tiles. Rather than having to turn all the tiles face down in the box, you can just keep them in your game piece bag and allow everyone to draw tiles from there.
Rated for ages 7 and up, Blokus is also one that’s perfect for a wide variety of ages. Everyone in our family enjoys the challenge of the game, but the best part?
There’s hardly a learning curve so you’ll be playing the game within 5 minutes of getting it out of the box. Challenging enough to exercise everyone’s brain yet easy enough to learn to play within minutes? That’s my favorite kind of game!
In this game, every player has 21 tiles of the same color that they will attempt to get on the board. Players are only allowed to put down one tile during each turn. Every tile placed on the board must touch another tile of the same color but they can only touch on the corners.
The object of the game is to lay down as many tiles as possible before other players’ tiles cause you to run out of room. The game is over once no more pieces can be placed on the board by any players. The player with the fewest number of tiles remaining wins.
This game has several small tiles and you don’t want to lose one so you’ll definitely want one of the DIY game piece bags to keep them all safe!
Monopoly: Pokemon Edition (Pokemon has been loved by all three of our kids at some point and will always hold a special place in our memories!)
The game of Monopoly is such a classic that it probably doesn’t require an explanation. And although the Monopoly: Pokemon Edition game came with an insert with compartments that hold the pieces in place pretty well, I still wanted these bags to keep everything neatly sorted.
But here is the best part about having these DIY game piece bags in the Monopoly box: they can be used to hold everyone’s place if you need to take a break and clear the game off the table.
We never finish Monopoly in one sitting (does anyone?). So when we need to take a break we take a picture of the game board on our phone.
Then everyone can pick a drawstring bag to place their game piece, money and property in until we resume. Each player just needs to remember which sticker was on the bag they chose or you can write names on a small slip of paper and stick them in the bags to be sure there’s no confusion.
If you decide to give these DIY game piece bags a try, I’d love to see your creation!