Make a Low Cost Dice Tray in 5 Minutes Tutorial



A dice tray can be of great use to gamers, ensuring that your dice don’t roll into models or even disappear off the table when playing board games, wargames and tabletop RPGs. There are some beautiful dice trays out there, but here’s a quick guide showing you how you can make your own in about 5 minutes, for very little money.  You don’t even need any tools!

Our dice tray as shown below cost a little under £6.50 (around $9.30) in materials, and we think it looks great. This guide was inspired by a post over on the Ikea Hackers website, we liked it so much we decided to take it a step further and write a full guide. You can see the original post here: Board Gaming Dice Tray using Ribba Frame.

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We need two things for this project:

  • A Ribba frame from IKEA, this is a chunky picture frame priced at just £3.50 in the UK at the time of writing.
  • A 9×9 inch square of self adhesive felt in a colour of your choice. We picked this up off eBay at a little under £3 for 2 sheets that were already 9×9 inches.

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Here’s one of the self adhesive felt squares we picked up off eBay. This type of material is available in pretty much any colour you could ever want, and you just peel off the backing and stick it to whatever you wish to cover.

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Here’s what the IKEA Ribba frame looks like, its a deep frame with tabs on the back which hold everything together. This comes in both black and white, and we’re using the 9″ square (23cm) version of this frame for this project.

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By bending the little tabs on the back outwards the Ribba frame is easily disassembled into all these parts.

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These parts, including the glass and a couple of card/paper sheets will not be needed in this project. You could use these parts for something else or recycle them.

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These are the parts we need to keep and make use of in this project, two frame pieces, plus the backing plate.

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Our backing plate had a corner missing, and all the other Ribba frames we found were the same – this makes no difference in the end product though so don’t worry if yours has a corner cut off! All we need to do here is peel off the backing of the self adhesive felt square and attach it to the Ribba backing plate.

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With the felt stuck to the backing plate, we can reassemble our Ribba frame minus the glass and other card/paper pieces.

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Once reassembled, we’ve got a great looking dice tray! This took only a few minutes, cost very little and didn’t require any tools.

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We hope some of you like the look of this project and give it a go yourselves. The felt makes a great surface to roll dice on, and the walls of the tray ensure no dice escape off the edge of the table or go knocking into models or other game pieces. Let us know if you have any ideas for future thrifty and crafty gaming guides!

 

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