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DIY Christmas Board Game tutorial

Christmas is swiftly approaching which means soon enough precisely half of my family will be gathered round the kitchen table for some disastrous card and board games. There will be tears and tantrums, and probably more than one sore loser.

The other family members will sit in the next room rolling their eyes while sipping Glühwein and listening to us come very close to bashing each other's heads in. At least one of them will mutter something along the lines of "Told you so", or "Same procedure as every year, James".
We probably won't touch another game until next year's Christmas.

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

"Mensch ärgere dich nicht" is a classic - both in Germany and in my home. I can always find someone who'll join in for a game or two. Though probably just one.

The name of the game roughly translates to "Man, don't get annoyed", or "Dude, don't worry".

Players compete to be the first to travel their pieces around the board. But since it's not quite as simple as that and can call for one or the other outburst, the best tactic is to simply stay cool and to not get annoyed, dude!

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

I've been told there are similar versions all around the globe called things like parcheesi, Ludo, Sorry! and Trouble. So I am confident you will get the instructions fairly quickly!

Though I think I'm going to stick to calling it "Chill, dude!".

Or, since I am in a festive mood, why not play "Santa, ärgere dich nicht", or "Santa, take a chill pill".

Check out how I made this - if I may say - perfect holiday version of this classic game below.

I can't wait to see these darling little game pieces flying across the room in frustration on Christmas day!

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

for the game pieces:
- air drying modelling clay, white
- acrylic paint: white, red, green, orange, black, brown
- paint brush
- skewer

for the game board:
- cork board
- exacto knife
- ruler
- paper and pencil, or template below
- transfer paper
- masking tape
- permanent marker, black

to play:
- a dice

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

Step 1: Start by making the game pieces.

For the snowmen, roll out the modelling clay into a larger and a smaller ball. Play around with the size of your pieces, my snowmen ended up being about 1,6cm tall. Stack the smaller ball on top of the larger one and let dry. Paint black eyes and a little orange triangle for the carrot nose onto the top ball. Use a skewer for help as most paint brushes don't have a tip small enough. Add a few black buttons to the larger ball on the bottom.

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

For the trees, start with a larger ball, then shape it into a slightly rounded cone. Roll out a second, smaller ball and flatten it slightly for the tree trunk. Stick the two pieces together. (Note: Most clays will stick together without much force. Some might require you to add a teeny tiny drop of water to soften the clay. If necessary, add some glue after the pieces have dried.) Once dry, paint with green and brown acrylic paint using a small paint brush.

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

For the candy canes, simply roll out the clay and bend into a cane shape. Let dry and add red stripes with a skewer dipped in paint.

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

Roll out a larger ball and shape into a rounded cone for Santa's hats. Add a tiny ball on top for the bobble. Paint the base of the hat with red paint.

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

Always make sure to lightly press down the game pieces onto the working surface before letting them dry to create an even bottom. This way the pieces will be able to stand upright. Adjust with a nail file after they've dried if necessary.

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

Step 2: Once you have finished the game pieces, create a grid or print off the template above. Make sure it is large enough for the game pieces to stand nicely on the fields. Cut a cork board down to size using a ruler and an exacto knife. Mine ended up being 20,5 x 20,5cm.

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

Step 3: Paint the board with white acrylic paint. Don't forget about the sides and let dry.

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

Step 4: Add transfer paper to the board face-down and top with the grid template. Fixate with a few strips of masking tape. Using a pencil and a ruler, trace the grid so that it transfers onto the board.

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

Step 5: Retrace the grid with a thick black permanent marker, and paint the fields as shown above.

Let dry, grab three buddies and get started!

But don't forget to take your chill pill first!

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

THE GAME:
The game can be played by two, three or four players, but is best played with four. Each player chooses its team to play with: team Frosty, team Evergreen, team Minty, or team Bobble.
The game pieces are placed on the color-corresponding "out" base. The goal of the game is to be the first to get all four game pieces into the game, have them travel around the entire board and brought into the player's "home" row.

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

Each player is situated on one side of the board. There are three fields nearest to each player. The left one is the player's "start" field, colored accordingly. The middle field leads to the "home" row. The game pieces are moved around the board in clockwise direction.

Each player throws the dice in turn advancing any of their pieces by the number of dots on the dice. Throwing a six means the player gets to bring a piece into the game by placing it onto his "start" field. If a player does not have any pieces in the game yet, he may throw the dice three times in an attempt to throw a six. Throwing a six also means the player gets another turn and may throw the dice a second time. If a piece is on the "start" field and there are still pieces in the "out" base, then it is this piece that must be moved by the number thrown. If a piece cannot be brought into the game, then any other piece on the board may be advanced by the number thrown.

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

In the example above, team Minty was the first to throw a six and gets to move one of its game pieces onto its "start" field accordingly. He gets another turn and advances the game piece by four fields.

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

Team Evergreen is the next to bring a piece into the game, and is soon passed by team Minty as pieces can jump over other pieces.

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht | Motte's Blog

Pieces can however also be kicked out of the game by another piece landing on the same field. The game piece must then return to its"out" base. A player can also throw out his own pieces.

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht

Taking turns, each player attempts to travel around the entire board and be the first to fill his "home" base with all four game pieces. Not without kicking out other game pieces of course.

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht

DIY Christmas Board Game | Santa ärgere dich nicht

Happy gaming!


4 comments

  1. That is the best DIY ever! Thank you so much. I will do that for sure! :)
    Thank you so much!

    Happy third advent
    Hannah

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    1. Happy advent to you too! I'm glad you like the diy. Santa ärgere dich nicht - sounds too good, I feel like it should become a thing! :)

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  2. Absolutely amazing! Lovely! Inspiring!
    "Santa ärgere dich nicht" is on my to-do list now.
    Greetings & happy xmas time to you!
    vonKarin

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    1. I'm so glad it is - so much fun for the holidays! :)

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