Make your own portable checkers set using recycled materials from your kitchen. This classic game is perfect for a picnic or rainy day fun!


  • square cloth napkin
  • fabric paint
  • square block
  • 24 bottle caps
  • cardboard teabox
  • acrylic paint
  • paintbrushes


    DIY checkers


      1. Use the block to alternately stamp squares onto your napkin in 8 rows of 8 for the checkerboard.



      1. Paint the bottle caps in two different colors; 12 of each color.



      1. Paint and decorate your tea box.



      1. Fold your napkin and place all the pieces inside your box for easy storage, and enjoy playing checkers with a friend!


Amy Johnson is a crafter, writer, and mother of four, who believes in the power of handmade, secondhand, and eco-friendly living. Her favorite craft store is the thrift store and she shares creative reuse ideas on her blog Maker Mama. Follow her on Facebook for daily inspiration!

You Might Also Like

  • Sophie

    you could use a heat gun instead of a toaster oven or oven,you could purchase a heat gun at a crft store

  • Kay Speck

    What items have a #6 that AREN’T styrofoam?  Styrofoam food trays and packing peanuts are all I’m finding with a recycle #6.

  • Gutierrezandrea

    tengo un problema al llevar al horno se arruga y no vuelve a estirarse, mi horno llega a 250 grados centigrados, sera eso, o es que lo deje quizas poco tiempo, que estoy haciendo mal??

    • B

      no es en centigrados

  • Bridge

    Can we have an example as to where to find this type of container?

    • Bridge

      I just noticed you are in that correct? Could you let us know what the plastic is like? or what types of containers? The numbering is different here, apparently. I think I may try different one and see what works.