Project

Canvas Checkerboard

Kids who learn how to play checkers will always have something to do on a rainy day. Making a portable checkerboard ensures they can play almost anywhere. Collect bottle caps in opposing colors (you'll need 12 for each side), or use tempera or acrylic paints to paint the tops of mismatched caps with a color of your choice. Bottle caps stack easily, making for very regal kings.

Canvas Checkerboard

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 1 2001

Introduction

 

materials

  • Pinking shears

  • Canvas

  • Ruler

  • Pencil

  • Knife

  • Plastic art eraser

  • Ink pad

steps

  1. Using pinking shears, cut a square of canvas that's about 12 by 12 inches. (The shears will protect edges from fraying and give the board a decorative flair.)

  2. With a knife, slice a plastic art eraser into a square that's 1 1/2 by 1 1/2 inches; this will be the stamp. Begin by stamping a single square in one corner of the board; stamp a second catercorner to the first, then add a third square along the border, catercorner from the second and a full square-space from the first. Continue to fill the board; your finished board will have eight squares (four stamped and four blank) in each row and column.

  3. Continue to fill the board; your finished board will have eight squares (four stamped and four blank) in each row and column.

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