Skill Level: Beginner
- FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam:
- Disc, (24) 15/16" x 3 7/8"
- Soup can, 2 5/8" diameter x 4" tall (optional)
- Rubber stamp of a crown, approx. 1" – 1 1/2" (optional)
- ColorTool® spray color, Carnation Red and Black (Design Master®)
- 40" square black matte board (or piece together two smaller sheets)
- 12" x 12" cardstock, eight red
- Tape runner or double-sided tape
- Duct or shipping tape (if piecing boards)
- Old newspapers
- Large cardboard box (for spraying)
- Small box, approx. 8" x 12" x 5" box (to store checkers)
- Paper trimmer
- Craft knife
- Cutting mat
- Yardstick (metal if possible)
- In a well-ventilated, newspaper-covered area (inside large box) spray both sides and edges of twelve discs with two coats red. Let dry. Similarly, spray twelve more discs with two coats black and let dry.
- OPTIONAL: Checkers can be left solid red and black, or you can impress a design into their surfaces as follows:
Place Foam Disc on table. Firmly press crown rubberstamp in center, going down about 1/8″. (Note: You can substitute a lapel pin or child’s crown toy for a rubber stamp – anything that will make something similar to a crown shape.) To impress circle, center open end of soup can on disc and press down enough to impress foam about 1/8″ deep. Last, create lines in border by impressing end of a ruler going from the circle out. Space lines 1/4″ apart, going all around disc. Repeat with all discs. (Note: You will see white foam in the recessed areas. This helps show the detail of the impressions.)
- For playing board, measure and mark 40″ square on matte board. If it’s necessary to piece together two sheets to get a 40″ square, measure and mark boards accordingly. Then use craft knife and yardstick on cutting mat to trim as needed. If piecing, turn boards over with tops down and butte edges together. Use duct tape or shipping tape to join. Turn playing board, right side up. Measure 2″ from all edges and draw a light borderline. Then measure and lightly mark placement lines that divide the inside space into 4 1/2″ squares. (Note: There will be 8 rows of squares going both vertically and horizontally.)
- Use paper trimmer to cut four 4 1/2″ squares from each sheet of red paper. Use tape runner close to edges of red squares and press one into every other penciled square on board to create checkerboard design.
- Storage note: To protect checkers, align into one black and one red row and store in small box. Ask players to handle gently. To repair any chips, simply re-spray. To store checkerboard, slide between cabinet or dresser and wall.
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