Show a Critter you care this holiday season by giving them a one-of-a-kind handmade gift. This DIY dice tray is not only the perfect present for a fan of Critical Role, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to make it.
And if you’re worried about not being very crafty, we’ve got you covered. You can buy a simple MDF wood frame that’s already assembled, rather than spend hours in the garage cutting wood pieces and gluing together the tray yourself.
Here’s the how-to for how you can win at gift-giving this holiday season.
What You Need
- Medium Hexagon Frame (11″ x 9.5″)
- Critical Role logo template (link below)
- White acrylic paint
- White paint marker
- Paper hole punch
- Painter’s tape
- Sponge paint brush
- Craft knife
- Hot glue
- Wood putty
Begin by printing this Critical Role logo template at 140%.
Next, paint the hexagon frame with the white acrylic paint. More than one coat may be needed for the best coverage.
Next, trace the inside of the frame on the felt, making a hexagon shape.
Use the white paint marker to draw lines from the top point to the bottom two points, and across those two bottom points, to make a triangle.
Bisect the two sides of the triangle, connecting them to the other top points of the hexagon, to complete the dice shape inside.
Let the paint marker dry completely.
While the paint marker dries, use a craft knife to carefully cut out the sword from the Critical Role logo template.
Cut the bottom “V” shape of the logo template, and line up the paper template with the hexagon you drew on the felt previously.
Use the hole punch to make a small hole in the painter’s tape. Stick the punched-out hole at the top, in the middle of the sword hilt.
Dip the sponge brush in white acrylic paint, and dab it on top of the template quickly and firmly to paint the sword on the felt.
Continue until the entire sword is painted. Carefully remove the template and the small circle of tape. Let the paint dry completely.
Next, cut out the hexagon shape from the felt, cutting around 1/2″ outside the lines you traced previously. Place it on the bottom half of the frame, lining up the points of the hexagon.
Use the hot glue to glue the felt to the bottom half of the frame.
Carefully hot glue the top half of the frame on top of the felt and bottom frame. Press firmly.
If there is a large gap between the frames because the felt is thick, carefully apply wood putty into the gap around the edges of the frame and let dry. Sand the putty to smooth it out, and paint the edges of the tray white. Let dry.
Your DIY dice tray is complete! Give it to a Critter you love this holiday season.
What Critical Role gift do you hope to get this year? Tell us in the comments.
All Photos: Kelly Knox