- Step 1: Choose printable patterns and print
Choose a game board to make. Download and print the pattern(s).
Print the patterns for all four sections of the game board—Upper
Left, Upper Right, Lower Left, and Lower Rright. Or print the Small
Game Board pattern for a game board that fits on one page. You can print on
computer paper or directly on white cardstock.
Small Game Board
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter size paper (8.5"x11" or A4).
When printing from Adobe Reader you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
- Step 2: Color (optional)
If you printed black&white patterns, color each game board
section with any colors you like. You might color the spaces with
alternating colors. Pick two contrasting colors or leave half the
spaces white. Save time by leaving the blank egg spaces white.
- Step 3: Cut
Trim the printed patterns to the outline around the section, or within ¼ to
½ inch of the outline. If you leave a border, make its depth the
same on all four game board sections. Be careful to cut the
angled sides of the glue tabs precisely. This will help the game
board go together better.
Step 4: Glue Sections Together
Once you have cut all four sections, glue or tape them together.
To do this, lay out the sections in their correct positions. Slide
the glue tab on each section under the adjoining section. Join
the first section with the second section. Proceed around the board
doing one seam at a time. Be careful to align the game board's track
at each seam.
Tip: If you printed on computer paper, you
can make the game board more durable by gluing it to cardboard—poster
board works well.
- Step 5: Cover with Contact Paper (optional)
Protect your game board from getting dirty with clear contact
paper. Cut two pieces of clear contact paper about ½ inch
larger than the game board in both dimensions. Apply one piece of
contact paper to the back of the board and the other piece to the
front. Be sure to center everything and to smooth out any air
bubbles. Trim the contact paper, leaving a small border.
Contact paper is self-adhesive shelf liner usually available on rolls in hardware and discount