Make the perfect bulletin board puzzle game board

Organize your puzzle making with this perfect DIY bulletin board puzzle game board! A puzzle board on one side, and Checkers and Tic Tac Toe on the other! Made with a bulletin board, scrap wood and stencils! Click for the full tutorial with video! #checkers #games #puzzles #puzzleboard

Make the perfect bulletin board puzzle game board

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Did you know I’m into (affiliate link) puzzles lately?!

My new puzzle habit transpired shortly after our ‘stay at home’ mandate. I was pining for a puzzle to work on as a way to get my mind back into the land of the ‘present moment’ for mental mini vacations.

That’s when I started scrolling a local Facebook group where someone was generously giving away puzzles. Wow! What timing! I didn’t hesitate… I picked up a puzzle with a picture that really resonated for me (around 500 pieces and an easy picture LOL) and ended up really enjoying the mindless activity, which immediately brought me the peace I had been searching for.

Sharing my new puzzle habit on social media, someone asked to see the puzzle board I was using.

Hmm… Truth be told? It wasn’t an official puzzle board at all. I had simply plunked the puzzle pieces on top of a bulletin board as a means of carrying it around. But I admit, as I worked on the puzzle, I was dreaming up ways to refine the board itself to better suit.

So this request became the perfect challenge! I already loved using a bulletin board, so I set out to flip a good idea in into a GREAT one!

And what you’re about to see transpire is certainly one-of-a-kind. I ended up creating the perfect bulletin board puzzle game board that provides hours upon hours of entertainment after the fact!

This is a fun one! It was made with a standard bulletin board, paint, scrap wood and a few stencils.

Since this is a double sided board, I’ll separate the steps that way for easy reference.

Here’s how!

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How to make the perfect bulletin board puzzle game board

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Learn how to turn a standard bulletin board into a super helpful DIY puzzle board! Click for full tutorial.

Office bulletin board project – view original post HERE

I revamped this previous project to make this new game board!

 

Supplies I used:

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A pre-made bulletin board with wood frame (mine is 24″ x 36″)

Stencils: from Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils

Fusion Mineral Paint products (find a merchant HERE)

3 x 3 post

Wooden closet dowel

Stencil brush

A puzzle of choice! (see my own collection on Amazon HERE)



Learn how to turn a standard bulletin board into a super helpful DIY puzzle board! Click for full tutorial.

How to make the puzzle board side

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1. Masking tape around the frame of a bulletin board, then paint the cork surface with a colour of choice.

I used Fusion’s Ash because I liked how rich the dark background looked against a puzzle!

Learn how Fusion's Beeswax seals paint to help protect surfaces! #fusionmineralpaint #furniturepaint #paint

2. Remove the masking tape, then coat the painted cork and wood frame with Fusion’s Beeswax.

While Fusion doesn’t require a topcoat, I desired a surface that felt a littler smoother to the touch vs. the matte finish Fusion leaves. A light coat of Beeswax was perfect!

The Beeswax also helped to enhance the wooden bulletin board frame as well.

How to apply Beeswax:

  • Apply Beeswax to your chosen surface with a rag.
  • Leave for a few minutes, then buff off the excess.
  • Repeat if you’d like to increase durability or sheen.

I LOVED the outcome… but desired to add a tiny bit of personally to that scrumptious wood frame…

Learn how to create pallet styled projects with this Shipping Crate Stamps stencil! #stencil #palletwood #pallets #stencils #oldsignstencils

Shipping Crate Stamps stencil HERE

Learn how to turn a plain bulletin board into a super cool puzzle and game board with paint, scrap wood and stencils! #puzzles #checkers #tictactoe #stencils

3. Using the Shipping Crate Stamps stencil and Fusion’s Ash, small areas of the frame were enhanced by stenciling random pallet styled lettering on the wood frame.

I was tempted to stencil something tone-on-tone in the middle of the board, but I ultimately decided to leave it plain so it didn’t compete with a puzzle picture.

How I stenciled the frame:

  1. Position stencil in place, then hold or use masking tape.
  2. Load stencil brush with paint, then off-load most on a rag to create a dry brush feel.
  3. Tap the stencil until desired effect is achieved.

You can learn more about how to stencil from THIS POST.

Learn how to turn a plain bulletin board into a super cool puzzle and game board with paint, scrap wood and stencils! #puzzles #checkers #tictactoe #stencils

Find stencils at: Buffalo Check – medium / Tic Tac Toe

How to make the game board side

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4. Flip the bulletin board over to the other side, and either coat the surface with paint or leave as-is.

I choose to leave it as-is, although it would be more washable if it was painted. 

5. Two stencils were used to create a Checkers board and Tic Tac Toe game!

Learn how to create a Checkers checkerboard with a Buffalo Check stencil! Click for full tutorial plus video! #buffalocheck #checkers #oldsignstencils #stencils

6. Stencil a stylish checkerboard using Buffalo Check stencil.

Although this stencil is not originally designed to be a checkerboard, the scale works excellent and is easy to modify! Click below for the video to learn how.

7. Stencil just the main lines of Tic Tac Toe.

Learn how to checkerboard with Buffalo Check in the video below!


Checkerboard Video How-to

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Visit full Checkerboard Game tutorial HERE


Learn how to make this DIY gameboard of Checkers and Tic Tac Toe on a bulletin board! Plus, it's a puzzle board on the other side! Click for full tutorial including video! #games #checkers #tictactoe #puzzles

8. Once the game boards were complete, Shipping Crate Stamps was used to detail the game board and frame to give it a pallet style!

Fun, right?! 

Learn how to DIY this gameboard and puzzle board with a bulletin board, scrap wood and stencils! Click for full tutorial plus video! #checkers #tictactoe #puzzles #stencils #oldsignstencils

How to make the game board pieces

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9. Make checkers by slicing a wooden closet dowel to 3/8 thick. Stencil to design checkers if desired.

10. Make X and O game pieces by slicing a 3″ x 3″ square post 3/8″ thick. Stencil Xs and Os from the Tic Tac Toe stencil.

See how the pieces were made for both games through the tutorials below:

Make a Checkerboard from scrap wood HERE

Learn how to make a Tic Tac Toe game tray HERE

Learn how to turn this simple table into an amazing puzzle and game board using a bulletin board, scrap wood and stencils! Click for full tutorial plus video! #checkers #tictactoe #puzzles #stencils #oldsignstencils

Turn the board into a table

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So, your game board is now complete! You are free to carry it around wherever you desire to use it! And I’ll show you more ways to use it below. But first…

This is when I pulled this little metal framed table out of my own stash. It worked perfectly for a game board base and doubled up as a coffee table as well!

Overall table measurements:

17″ deep x 28″ wide x 22.5″ high

The bottom shelf was made from two cut reclaimed wood planks, then set loosely in place on top of the bottom framework.

Organize your puzzle making with this perfect DIY bulletin board puzzle game board! A puzzle board on one side, and Checkers and Tic Tac Toe on the other! Made with a bulletin board, scrap wood and stencils! Click for the full tutorial with video! #checkers #games #puzzles #puzzleboard

Puzzle table reveal

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Tadaa! Isn’t this puzzle board the coolest?!

It’s the right height, offers enough space, and is totally portable to wherever I desire!

Organize your puzzle making with this perfect DIY bulletin board puzzle game board! A puzzle board on one side, and Checkers and Tic Tac Toe on the other! Made with a bulletin board, scrap wood and stencils! Click for the full tutorial with video! #checkers #games #puzzles #puzzleboard

A framed bulletin board is so lightweight and the frame helps keep the pieces on the board when you move it to another location! It works so well!

And the puzzle looks beautiful on the plain dark backdrop!


Organize your puzzle making with this perfect DIY bulletin board puzzle game board! A puzzle board on one side, and Checkers and Tic Tac Toe on the other! Made with a bulletin board, scrap wood and stencils! Click for the full tutorial with video! #checkers #games #puzzles #puzzleboard

Various surfaces such as baking pans, muffin tins, pie plates, etc were used to organize and move around puzzle pieces. You really don’t need anything fancy!

Tip: consider a cutting board so one has the ability to slide built pieces off.


Visit many other puzzle table ideas on Amazon HERE

Learn how to DIY this gameboard and puzzle board with a bulletin board, scrap wood and stencils! Click for full tutorial plus video! #checkers #tictactoe #puzzles #stencils #oldsignstencils

Game board side reveal

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Done with your puzzle? Flip the board around and let’s have a game of Checkers or Tic Tac Toe!

Learn how to DIY this gameboard and puzzle board with a bulletin board, scrap wood and stencils! Click for full tutorial plus video! #checkers #tictactoe #puzzles #stencils #oldsignstencils

The game pieces are stored in a baking pan and some other metal container on the 2nd shelf of this little table. Works great!

Learn how to DIY this gameboard and puzzle board with a bulletin board, scrap wood and stencils! Click for full tutorial plus video! #checkers #tictactoe #puzzles #stencils #oldsignstencils

I love the neutral, rustic design! Fits right in with farmhouse decor!

Now… which one to pay first…

Learn how to DIY this gameboard and puzzle board with a bulletin board, scrap wood and stencils! Click for full tutorial plus video! #checkers #tictactoe #puzzles #stencils #oldsignstencils

I choose BOTH!

Learn how to DIY this gameboard and puzzle board with a bulletin board, scrap wood and stencils! Click for full tutorial plus video! #checkers #tictactoe #puzzles #stencils #oldsignstencils

What a fun piece!

But I have one more bright idea to share…

Organize your puzzle making with this perfect DIY bulletin board puzzle game board! A puzzle board on one side, and Checkers and Tic Tac Toe on the other! Made with a bulletin board, scrap wood and stencils! Click for the full tutorial with video! #checkers #games #puzzles #puzzleboard

Create an instant coffee table on top

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If you use two bulletin boards, you can have an instant coffee table while working on a puzzle!

Place blocks of wood in all 4 corners of the puzzle board, (or closer as shown if you wish to use a tray) then place another bulletin board on TOP.

Then it’s truly a game board AND coffee table all-in-one without removing the puzzle. What a perfect way to leave a puzzle out long term without actually being in the way of regular living!

Learn how to make this DIY coffee table that's actually a puzzle board and game board all in one! Click for full tutorial. #puzzles #coffeetable #games

Buffalo Checked tray – tutorial HERE

Wild Flower Seeds Pillow – tutorial HERE

Then add a cute tray, and you have the perfect… puzzle game board coffee table!

Now I can’t decide if it’s puzzle time, coffee time or time for a few games…

But it sure is nice to have the option…

Think you’ll create a bulletin board puzzle game board? Which part inspires you the most?

Other game boards:

Learn how to make this DIY Buffalo Check checkers game with wood scraps and stencils! So easy to customize and works so good! Featuring Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils. Click for full tutorial AND video!

Make this scrap wood Checkerboard and checkers

Learn how to make this Tic Tac Toe game tray with scrap wood and a stencil! Click for full tutorial. #tictactoe #tray #games

Tic Tac Toe game tray with game pieces

Visit many other creative stencil projects HERE

Shop for Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils HERE

 

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  1. What a great idea! I always look forward to your posts. Everything is just to my liking (just wish I thought of them lol).
    Thank you for sharing 🙂

  2. OMG!!!! That is such an amazing idea. I have wanted to do puzzles, but I have no space to work on one. This would work. Of course, I will have to buy a new board, but that’s ok. Thanks for the idea. Have you ever thought with your love of Hawaii making Hawaiian stencils?

    Thanks again for such a great idea.

    • Thanks Erin!

      Yes! Go get a new bulletin board! It’s so worth it! Mine was newish so it still turned out feeling new. Not all repurposed projects do. I just wanted something portable because I really do need every single surface actively in use in my home. This makes that easy!

      Thanks for the stencil idea! I have done a coffee stencil with a Hawaiian option to it, however not broadly. I have to be really careful of country names, towns and actual stores due to copyright infringement issues. It’s tricky to stay compliant.

      But if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Feel free to email me at donna@funkyjunkinteriors.net

  3. I am kicking myself for donating my Mom’s cork bulletin board several weeks ago. What a great idea turning them into a puzzle and game board! I’m showing my sister this who also has been making puzzles these days.

  4. Great ideas here, for some wonderful new puzzles take a look at the Cobble Hill Puzzle Company online, you may be surprised! Ann lee S

    • Thanks for the recommendation Ann!

      I’m now on my 2nd puzzle and it’s feeling like a little bit of an addiction at this point. It’s a very calming activity. I poke at it when my mind needs to settle down. LOVE my new hobby!

  5. That’s fantastic! I love this idea, and love that you dressed it up with my fav stencils.
    I’m glad you found a distraction you enjoy.
    Have fun Donna!

  6. Earlier this year I saw a movie called Puzzle. It was about competitive puzzle teams. They were very fast at putting puzzles together. I wasn’t sure I wanted to see the movie but it ended up being pretty good. At Thanksgiving our family puts together a puzzle every year. You look like you organize your pieces. Do you do it by shape? That was one of the things in the movie different people had their own way how to complete their puzzle.

  7. I have used a cork board for years to do puzzles. Not once did I ever consider giving it a “makeover”! What a brilliant idea!

  8. I really like this idea. We play backgammon and like I mentioned on Instagram this idea would be neat for our RV Table. Still pondering it, a great summer project when I’m stuck indoors. As I was reading and scrolling through the pictures, I was thinking how neat your home is. You’ve personalized it perfectly with your craft beautifully.