I decided to try a little DiY project this weekend and make dice trays for my D&D group. What is a dice tray? A dice try is a little box-like try that you can roll your dice into. Because of the raised edges, it helps to prevent your dice from rolling all across the table or onto the floor.
You find them all over on websites like Etsy or Wyrmwood for varying ranges of price.
Picture frame with a raised edge
Hot glue gun
Disassemble your picture frame and set the glass off to the side. You will not be needing it. I ended up just throwing the glass away, but you can save for other projects if you so desire.
If your picture frame has a leg, gently remove it. This does leave a bit scaring on the back of the tray, but you can cover that with a piece of felt.
In a well-ventilated area, spray the backing board with spray adhesive. You will want to do the part that would normally go against the back of your photos.
Apply a piece of felt to the adhesive covered area and smooth it out. It doesn’t take very long to dry.
Using your hot glue gun, glue the felt feet (I chose to use glue instead of just using the sticky part of the pad) to the back of the frame. This is done so your players can place their tray on a table without scratching it.
You’re done! So how much did this all costs?
Frames $1.95 x 7 = $13.65
Felt 9 x .23 =2.07
Spray adhesive = $4.95
Felt feet 2 x 2.95 = 4.95
Total = 25.62
So there you go! Seven dice trays for under $40! Here’s a little video on how I build these.
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