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DiY Dice trays


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.

My goal, make seven dice trays for my group while spending less than $40.img_1463

Materials
Picture frame with a raised edge
Felt
Spray adhesive
Felt/rubber feet
Hot glue gun

Step one
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.

Step two
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.

Step three
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.

Step four
Apply a piece of felt to the adhesive covered area and smooth it out. It doesn’t take very long to dry.

img_1464Step five
Trim all the edges of the felt. Once completed you can go ahead and insert it into your frame.

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Step six
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.img_1476

You’re done! So how much did this all costs?

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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

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So there you go! Seven dice trays for under $40! Here’s a little video on how I build these.

Patrick Cossel is the Publisher of the Forge Herald. He is a writer, gamer, father, husband, and Level 1 Magic Judge. Professionally, he is the Operations Manager of a family-owned newspaper company. He can be reached at pcossel@gmail.com

 

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