Since my husband is a game-junkie, and I’ve reached the peer group that appreciates nostalgic toys, there are always an abundance of old board games in our house. I love the colorful game boards and the better-quality bits made of wood and metal. So, when a friend of a friend gave me this 1964 copy of Parcheesi, I was thrilled.
It wasn’t sellable in my Etsy shop– the box was covered in tape, some of the “bits” were missing, and the back of the game board had water damage. BUT, the front of the game board was still in excellent shape. And let’s face it- Parcheesi has a terrific looking game board.
Even though I had already completed a clock project for my blog, I was feeling the pull to create a new one using this game board. Parcheesi game boards have a Piet-Mondrian-meets-Danish-Modern-meets-Partridge-Family-Bus quality that I just love, so I decided to give it a go. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience.
First, I needed a square picture frame- unsurprisingly, I already had one in my thrift store stash.
I carefully removed the backing and “artwork” from the frame (which was paper and recyclable), and after cleaning the glass pane, used it to trace out a square on the game board.
I *carefully* cut out my tracing with a utility knife (gosh, I’m scared of those things), and checked to make sure it fit the frame well- and it did! I also placed the glass pane in the recycling bin.
I really, truly liked that the pattern was offset- it gave it an artistic, unique quality that it would have missed had everything been symmetrical. Proof that imperfection can be pretty darn perfect.
We measured the exact center of our “clock face” and Jon carefully cut out a small circle (with an X-Acto knife).
Then, I simply assembled my clock kit based on the instructions included (each one is different).
Once I set the time and added a battery to the clock backing, I was all set! Plus, the frame already had a sawtooth hanger attached, so it was ready to hang on the wall!
Pretty cool, eh? I love that it adds funky charm and color without being TOO funky…if that makes sense.
I can think of lots of places for a clock like this- basement Rec room…den or game room…even a home bar!…a child’s bedroom…the list goes on. Maybe I’ll sell it in my Etsy shop, or maybe we’ll put it in our home office…either way, I love how it turned out.
Until next time…Craft on!