Winter is coming or a holiday season or just a weekend and we don’t know how to entertain the little ones. A perfect solution to spend a wonderful day with the children is to create our own games. We invite you to spend a day of games with your little ones. Why don’t we create with them a chess, We can create it in many fun ways, from wood, cardboard or paper. In this article we will teach you how to make a chess table with cardboard step by step, in a way that is simple, secure and in which all family members can participate. You’re ready, we’ll get started.


Chess table | How to operate the table

Chess tables are pieces that are normally made of fine wood and therefore very expensive. Here we will learn how to make a chess table entirely from cardboard. There are several models to make, but we chose this one because it is a one-piece table.

How to operate the table | Step 1 – Materials

  • 1 cardboard box: We will need a strong square cardboard box, the dimensions of the box the table was made with are 60cm wide x 20cm high. As a clue, I’ll tell you that this is a box from a Swedish furniture store.
  • White glue / water
  • Paint brushes
  • Cutter
  • Newspapers
  • The painting
  • Lacquer

How to operate the table | Step 2 – shape the table

In the case of the example, the box consisted of two parts, a top which served as a cover and another lower. With what was simple twist the lower part and insert it into the upper part.

Here our imagination comes into play since now is the time to design the table, the design can be whatever you want, as long as it is sturdy.


  • Draw – It’s time to trace the design on the cardboard with a pencil, giving it the shape you like the most. Keep in mind that you need to leave the legs wide and strong enough to support the entire table structure.
  • Cut with a cutter The design you made may be a bit expensive, we can’t forget that we have two boxes, one inside the other. If you find it very complicated, you can take out the box we introduced and cut each one independently, of course, making sure the two boxes fit together.

Anyway, don’t worry if the two halves are not perfectly aligned, this can all be fixed later. The important thing about this step is that after shaping and cutting, the table is sturdy and resistant, as well as stable and obviously horizontal.

How to operate the table | Step 3 – line the table

Now let’s give it away more consistency at the table. We will do this by pasting up small newspapers or propaganda cutouts of whoever comes to us.

  • Prepare the table. Now is the time to repair these little flaws caused when we cut the box. If the cardboard has warped or broken, if the tabs are not aligned, or if the two layers of cardboard have spread too far apart on the tabs, now is the time to fix it, with masking tape, glue, mounting with small cardboard dowels etc. The table must be stable, horizontal and robust.
  • Table lining. We cut about 2 inches of newspaperWe will need a lot of coins since we are going to cover the whole table with these coins.
  • Preparing the tail. Dilute 3 parts of white glue in 1 part of water, until it has a texture similar to that of liquid yogurt.


  • Glue the strips. We will place a strip on the cardboard box and with a large brush or a small brush we will dip it in the glue we have just prepared, to spread it later on the strip of paper. We will repeat this operation on the whole table, without any order, on top of each other covering the entire surface.
  • Drying. Now we are going to let this layer of paper and glue dry, more layers of paper can be added, the more layers, the more structure it will have. In our example, we used two layers.


How to operate the table | Step 4 – Painting

  • The painting. We will apply paint to the whole table, because in the upper part we will place the board, if we run out of paint a little, we can omit it because it will not be seen.


  • The car. We can also apply a coat of lacquer after painting, this way our table will shine much more, besides allowing it to be cleaned, in case a stain falls.

We already have our table, which could well serve as a coffee table, ready to receive the tray.

Chess table | How to run the dashboard

Now we are going to create our chess board, we are going to do it in a simple and fast way. We offer this form from our blog DIY10We will use paper, but you can make boards with squares of cardboard or squares of cork.

How to run the dashboard | Step 1 – Materials

The materials we will need for the execution of the painting will be:

  • The scissors
  • Hard carton / plywood board
  • Black marker
  • A3 paper
  • Rule
  • Pencil
  • Plastic / vinyl liner book
  • Cardboard
  • Glue stick
  • Buttons, wine stoppers, cardboard, etc.

How to run the dashboard | Step 2 – Running the Dashboard

  • Consulting basis We take the hard cardboard and cut it out, making a 28 cm square on each side.


  • A3 paper – We are now going to make the squares, for that we are going to use an A3 size sheet, because it is larger.
  • Board– We draw in the center of the paper a 28 cm square on each side, the same size of the cardboard that we cut out previously.
  • We will divide each side in 8 equal parts, that is, every 3.5 cm., in this way we will create the squares of the board.


  • Now we will join all the lines, those of the upper part with the lower part and those of the right with those of the left.
  • Beep the boxes – With the black marker, we will paint the boxes alternately, starting from the upper left corner, in black.


  • Trim panel – When we have finished filling the squares, we will just have to cut out the square, that is to say the board.
  • Dashboard lining – Now we’ll cover the board to prevent it from getting damaged. At this point, we can act in two ways, one by buying a acetate or plexiglass and cut it to the size of the board. Another way, much cheaper, would be buy plastic to cover books and cut a piece a little bigger than our board.


How to run the dashboard | Step 3 – Assembling the Board

  • We come back to take the cardboard square that we had cut to a size of 28cm on each side.


  • We apply glue stick on one side of the cardboard


  • We will place board with plastic on the cardboard square


  • We made it corner cuts to be able to fold it afterwards


  • We return the box and we glue the plastic sides on the back of the carton.


The table is already finished.

How to run the dashboard | Step 4 – Execution of parts

Now we just have to execute the pieces who will be our pawns, bishops, knights, etc.

  • We will need black and white buttons, More precisely 16 white and 16 black.


  • We will measure the radius of the buttons, always keeping in mind that the buttons are neither too small nor too large. We have chosen buttons with a radius of 1 cm. Using a ruler, measure the radius of the button, to later translate this measurement into a compass.


  • Now on the cardboard we made 32 equal circles.
  • Inside everyone circle, we will draw the chess figures, starting with a king, a queen, two bishops, two knights, two towers and 8 pawns.


  • To differentiate white numbers from blacks, for the white figures we will draw contour, for the black figures, we will fill the inside of the contour with a black marker.


  • We cut the circles and we glue them to the buttons, taking into account that white buttons will have outline drawings and black buttons will have filled drawings.


Chess table | Finish the table

This is the most awaited moment, after so much work.

  • We glue the chessboard we have just made, with the glue stick, right in the center of our table.

cardboard chess table end

  • Now if we have opted for a sheet of plexiglass for the top of the board, it is time to place it. If you want to fix the plexiglass to the table, you can use silicone paste to fill the joint. A few pieces of felt in each corner will also do the trick. The table is already finished.


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