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How to Make a Dice

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Marian is a professional artist and alongside that also enjoys making many different crafts in her home studio.

Why Make a Dice?

There are many reasons why you may want to make a dice - you may have a game that is missing a dice and you want to play it, you may have made up your own game that you need a dice for or you may just be teaching a child how to make a dice and how it needs to be configured.

Below I show you how to make a paper dice and how the numbers should be arranged - you can also use these instructions to make a wooden dice.

How to make a dice if you don't have one to hand.

How to make a dice if you don't have one to hand.

How To Make A Dice Out Of Paper

If you are looking to make a dice out of paper at home then follow these instructions to get one that is of the correct configuration. The configuration should be correct in terms of where the numbered dots should go in relation to each other - you can find further info on this below.

The diagram below also shows where you need to have paper flaps so that you can stick the dice together.

There are a few different shapes that you can make the dice out of that will give you one piece of card or paper that can be stuck together but we are just showing one of those options here.

You could make a dice out of any material you like, as well as paper, and you could even use this template to make and sew up a material dice. If you do use this for a material dice then you will need to have extra flaps to sew up the dice so that you have 2 flaps meeting at each point for seams.

If you are making the dice out of card or paper, pick the strongest card/paper that you have so that it remains as sturdy as possible.

Dice Template

Click on the image to view it full sized.

Click on the image to view it full sized.

Dice Template

So if you want to draw up your own dice template then draw six squares in the formation shown above. There are other dice template patterns that also work where the squares are joined differently when the template is flat, but I find this one easiest to cut out and they all end up looking the same.

Add in the tabs that stick out of the squares also as shown so that you can use these to attach the sides of the cube together at each joint.

The key to making a dice is the pattern (so that it does end up as a cube) and in the numbering. Traditionally a dice should have the numbers applied on each side so that the opposite sides' numbers add up to 7 (hence 6 and 1, 5 and 2, 3 and 4 being opposite each other).

Cut the template out and fold at the lines of each square. Fold the flaps so that they are at 90 degrees to the sides of the dice and use glue or tape to stick the flaps to the matching sides and there you have it - your own dice.

If you do want to just make one quickly though click on the image above and it will be shown in full size. Download it to your computer and either print it out as it is or import the image into word and make it to the size you want (it may be a bit big as it is so you could put a couple of small ones onto a Word page).

Making a Dice Out of Existing Materials

So I was recently at home and needed to make a dice out of whatever I had lying around. As with most people I had some cardboard from a package that had been delivered recently. This was perfect for making a good sized dice that my son and I could use in the garden.

I stuck it together with some duct tape. It wasn't exactly perfectly weighted I would say but it served the purpose! It was just a case of using the template to cut round and then scoring the edges with scissors where it needed to be folded.

You can make a dice out of old packaging

You can make a dice out of old packaging

Cardboard dice using household materials

Cardboard dice using household materials

Making Dice Out of Wooden Blocks

If you want something a bit more substantial then you could make dice out of wooden cubes. You can make them any size from standard small dice to be used for a board game, to large wooden dice that you can use in the garden.

For people making a wooden dice at home it is likely to be pretty impossible to get it exactly weighted correctly. The best you can do is to make sure that the cubes are truly square so that there is no bias on the dice and then drill holes in the blocks as follows:

  • 1 dot opposite 6 dots
  • 2 dots opposite 5 dots
  • 3 dots opposite 4 dots

You can use the patterns shown above in the paper template to drill the holes for the dots - this will give you the correct configuration for wooden dice blocks.

Once you have drilled the holes, paint them out with black paint (or whatever colour you have handy).

You can test the dice by rolling it many times and noting which number it falls on each time. In theory each number should appear 1/6th of the time but you should allow for some fluctuations. For example, if you roll the dice 100 times you should get approximately 17 times but it is quite possible that it may be 15 or 19. If you get wildly differing numbers for each side of the dice then you probably have a bias on it!

© 2011 Marian L

Comments

Deborah Minter from U.S, California on April 20, 2018:

Cute idea!

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princess on February 25, 2013:

excelent made a good dice

hi on December 13, 2012:

thank you very much

sophie almond on November 25, 2012:

A good dice to make

Aimée on October 14, 2012:

This is fab

pulast on February 06, 2012:

thank you

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