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Why do my dice seem to enjoy landing on the floor?  Despite how careful I am, they seem to have a mind of their own.  When they do run amok, it’s always an awkward situation… do you try to read the roll from the floor?  Or do you re-roll on the table?  Or better yet, do you take a sneak peek at the roll on the floor, then decide if you want to try to re-roll it if it’s bad?  It doesn’t matter, they’re all a distraction from gameplay.  That’s why I realized I needed a dice box!

Finding the Box

Yeah, you can buy a premade dice box on Etsy.  I’m frugal though, and I enjoy a good DIY project too.  So, I stopped by my local ARC Thrift store here in Louisville, CO looking for a good deal.  I happened across a nice finished wooden box that was for a game of dominoes.  For $6.00, I couldn’t resist.  I then walked next door to the Hobby Lobby and picked up a piece of adhesive-backed red felt for $0.99.  A little measuring and a little cutting later, the red felt was now the soft new floor of the box.  My dice rolls were now smooth, controlled, and a little bit classier.

Closeup of Felt

Closeup of the felt liner.

Stenciling the Logo

The box didn’t feel “done” yet though.  It still needed a little extra D&D “umpf” to it.  So, I Googled “D&D Logo” and downloaded the iconic ampersand D&D logo.  Using Photoshop I resized it to fit the lid of the 3.5″ wide box, and printed it out.  Using an Exacto blade, I carefully cut out the logo.  Holding the newly-cut template carefully onto the lid of the box, I used a Sharpie to trace the shape.  There were many fine details, so making sure the paper didn’t slide out while I was inking the outline was important.  In retrospect, I should have used cardstock for the template, not regular paper.

The D&D ampersand logo template

The D&D ampersand logo template

When I was done, I stood back and looked… not bad.  You could see the logo in black pretty well, but it didn’t *pop*.  What else could I do?  Oh no!  I had a crazy idea!  What if I traced it with the Exacto blade?  If I slip, it could be a disaster!  What if it looked horrible and I had to scrap the whole box?  Before I could let crippling self-doubt kick in… I just started doing it.  Take that… over-analysis-paralysis!

Finished stenciling

Finished stenciling the logo with the Sharpie

Etching the Outline

Well, a steady and slow hand was worth it.  I had to be very careful to keep the blade perfectly perpendicular otherwise the wood grain could catch the blade and cause it to wander.  I had a few close calls with drifting, but it mostly worked well.  The blade was strong enough to break through the enamel finish and expose a fine line of lighter wood underneath.  It was just what this logo needed to get the outline to pop.  Bam!

Finished Exacto outlining

Finished outlining with the Exacto knife

I now have a fun dice box that’s as functional as it is cool looking, and I’m excited to bring with me to a game… for the whopping cost of $7.00.