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I have this thing with numbers. I love incorporating numbers in different ways and more importantly, making them have significance.

Several years ago I used a tiny domino in a frame sequence for my family. And it then translated to a diecut domino for the This+That: Love kit.

One thing my kids remember about their Grandma Maxwell, who passed away ten years ago, is playing dominos with her.

So is it any wonder that I would have a desire to make a large domino…one that represents the number of our family?

I also thought it would be a wonderful idea to do with our women’s group at church because really, it’s kind of an easy thing to do. And it’s not exactly something you see…except…well…now…you’ll probably see it in a few homes in our neighborhood. ;)

Wanna make one?  It’d make an awesome–and fairly inexpensive–Christmas gift. So unique and so fun. And you could make these as big or as small as you’d like. How awesome would this be on a big board and put in a game room? Or the family room?

Here’s how:

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Gather your supplies: acrylic paint, sand paper, foam brush, narrow paint brush and wood. This particular piece of wood is 7″ wide, so you want to double the width and cut a board that’s 14″ long. If you have the ability to groove it in the center, do that. Home Depot can cut a piece of lumber into various widths, but they won’t groove the center. My niece has wood cutting tools, so she’s done this for me. Ain’t she awesome? :) Use the sand paper to smooth the edges and groove.


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Using the foam brush, paint white over either the whole board or where you know there’ll be a dot, if you want to save paint. I kind of liked the idea of painting the whole board so that when you sand it, white or wood may appear. I like layers. :) Let this dry before moving on.


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Cut THIS template the same width as your wood using something like Silhouette Cameo. With this template you can use any arrangement of dots. I kept mine within the 1-6 values. I know there are double-twelves dominos, but I kind of like the standard simple domino look. I also made my circles on the template just slightly larger than the vinyl dots that I eventually use so that the pencil marks get covered with paint.


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Cut vinyl dots using the same circles in the template file. Make them just a fraction smaller than the template circles so that when you place they vinyl dot in the center, the outer pencil circle will get covered by paint. Make sure you get all parts of the vinyl down or it will get paint underneath. As you can see in this photo, I didn’t get it all the way down and yes, I got a ‘hickey’ (printing term) of paint. Silly me.


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Paint black over everything, including the vinyl dots. Make sure you go with the grain of the wood (do the same with the white too). In retrospect, I should have painted the groove using a narrow paint brush before painting the rest of the board because it makes it much easier to just paint full across the board and not have to worry about cleaning up paint ‘overage’ from painting the groove. Paint the sides of the board too. I didn’t worry about painting the back.


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After the paint has mostly dried, use something like a paper piercer to carefully catch the edge of the vinyl and peel it up so that you can get enough of it up to catch with your fingers and remove. Once it’s all truly dry, use some sandpaper to expose some of the white and wood underneath around the edges, including the center groove.  And you’re done!


FYI, when I first made this, I did it late on a Saturday night and couldn’t run to get some black acrylic paint. Zach had some from an art class and let me borrow it. It’s definitely a higher quality and doesn’t dry near as fast as the typical .99 acrylic paints, like the white that I used. I used what I had at home, which was Oyster White–a slight ivory color. I thought I would have wanted white-white, but I think that slight ivory color gave the domino a more vintage feel.

I’m totally loving this new home decor item in my home!


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(p.s. this is a sample domino i made for our church group. i haven’t decided where I want my ‘five spot’ domino to go yet. :) )