Any avid gamer knows the frustration of having their dice roll off the table. This is why dice trays are so handy. Oddly enough, with all the gaming my husband and I do, neither one of us owned a dice tray. I could have easily purchased a dice tray from our local gaming store, but they seem pretty generic. I thought it would be better to get crafty and make custom dice trays for us.
- Unfinished Wood Tray
- Craft Foam Sheets (I used Peel & Stick sheets)
- Felt Sheets
- Elmer’s Glue-All
- Paint Brushes
- Wood Stain (or paint)
- Metal Charms
- Hot Glue Gun/Glue Sticks
With the variety of unfinished wood products at the craft stores, you can find some cool vessels for dice trays. I went with a simple rectangular wood plaque from Michael’s.
- Measure the interior of your tray, and trim your felt sheet to fit inside.
- Measure and cut your craft foam sheet as well.
- Paint or stain your wood tray. This could take a couple of coats to get the desired color you want.
- While your color stain is still wet, use paper towel to wipe the color and soak up any excess stain.
- After your color is dry, apply varnish to seal the color in. I used a brush on satin varnish. You can use a glossy varnish for more shine.
- Once the varnish is completely dry, take your Peel & Stick foam sheet, and stick it to the bottom of the tray. If you don’t have Peel & Stick foam, use the glue to secure the foam.
- Evenly spread Elmer’s Glue-All to completely cover the foam.
- Place your felt sheet on top of the foam. Smooth out all the air pockets, and make sure the felt is glued completely to the edge.
- Add any decorative embellishments you like. I used hot glue to place metal charms on the outside of the tray.
I did a dragon theme for my husband’s tray. I found a cool scale textured felt, and dragon eye charm for the outside. With my tray, I used a purple felt and a vintage looking bee charm.
Now you can roll your dice in style with a tray that is cool, unique, and super simple to make! You can make one for yourself, or as a gift for that hard to shop for gamer you may know. This was actually a birthday gift I made for my husband. He loves it!