YARDZEE! A Bucket of Fun for Family and Friends!

Yardzee Set - Play Anywhere

Some friends and I are part of a Silhouette Challenge group. This group challenges us to create new projects and ideas based on a monthly theme where we use our Silhouette machines as part of creating (as a template or stencil) or the finished product. This is my September’s challenge project. Please check out everyone’s September Outdoor project listed near the bottom of my post — who knows what kind of great ideas you’ll find! Also, keep reading as I’ve included a free template file so you can make your own Yardzee dice! Woo Hoo!!

Growing up, I remember spending hours and hours sitting around someone’s kitchen table playing games. Usually card games like Rummy or Uno, but sometimes we’d play Yahtzee and those dice bouncing all over the table was sooooooooo much a part of the fun! It was challenging to get winning combinations and also have everyone scrambling to stop dice from bouncing off the table!

The only bad thing about Game Nights were they stopped during the summer. The outdoor games were more complicated — they needed nets or hoops set up. And normally involved balls that found me and would bounce off of my head at least once. Volleyball concussions anyone?? Not Fun! Nope, nuh uh.

Boy, I wish I’d known about YARDzee back then. It probably existed, if you knew where to look. The internet didn’t exist and Etsy was still a twinkle in someone’s imagination. If you were a DIY’er, the project wouldn’t have been nearly as jazzy or as easy to make as it now is. That’s due to a machine capable of cutting out the bucket decorations and perfectly round & perfectly spaced dice pips.

Your Mostly Useless Trivia For The Day: A single “dice” is called a die and multiples are called dice. The round dots on a die are called pips!

This project was fun and hard work, but totally do-able if you have the time and a few tools.

First you’ll need 5 cubes of wood. My dice are made from kiln dried fir and measure 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ and there’s a good reason for that. I start out with a 4″x”4″ fence post and cut it down, but I only have to cut it lengthwise into 3-1/2″ pieces. How does that work? Well, a 4″ x 4″ fence post is actually 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ … it’s a lumber/construction thing. You’ll always get the length you are buying, but you will rarely get the width and thickness. Seems everyone is economizing and making their products smaller for the same price — not just grocery stores!

Please Note: If you decide to cut these cubes yourself, you will need a 12″ table or chop saw. I’ve been told that a 10″ saw is not big enough to go all the way through the wood and you’ll have to make multiple cuts. A circular (hand-held) saw rarely comes with a blade larger than 7-3/4″ and you don’t even want to think about cutting these with a hand saw. The only way to get a really even cut is with a chop or miter saw. Otherwise your dice will be wonky.

Now comes the fun part! I prefer to just put a clear sealer on the wood dice and let the natural color and wood grain show through. But you can paint them too. I’ve seen many sets created in team colors!

  • Orange with Navy pips for Auburn University (War Eagles!)
  • Black with Gold pips for Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Blue with White pips for New York Giants
  • Silver with Blue pips for Dallas Cowboys

You get the picture!

Now, if you plan to paint the pips, you’ll also want to use the template I’ve provided at the bottom of this post. Cut out a stencil from contact paper or vinyl using a cutting machine. I have a Silhouette Cameo that I love, love, LOVE! Once the stencil is cut, weed out the pips leaving the large area and cover your cube. Then paint your pips with a couple of coats of your chosen color.

Here’s what a couple of my vinyl stencils looked like after I weeded them out. The black is the vinyl and the blue is the backing. After you lay down the contact paper or vinyl on the cubes, where the wood shows through is where the paint will adhere to the wood and where ever the vinyl is stuck down, the paint will just sit on top until you remove the stencil.

Die Template for Paint

All of the dice needs to have the following sides and this is the order the pips need to be placed on the cubes.

Pips Layout for Dice

I generally start with the side that has 6 pips and I work my way towards the left.

If you are cutting your pips out of vinyl and you don’t have a vinyl cutting machine, you can cut them by hand using a 3/4″ hole punch. I’ve never used a hole punch for vinyl myself since I have my Silhouette Cameo, but I read where others have. If you are cutting them using a hole punch, you will need 105 circles to make all 5 dice. Once the pips have been applied to your cubes, allow the vinyl to cure for 48 hours before use.

Yardzee Dice Only

So if you are interested in making your own set of Yardzee Dice, here’s the link for the template file. You’ll also be notified of new posts and also get more downloadable goodies.

YARDZEE Dice Template File

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Want Your Own YARDZEE Set?

I can make you a YARDZEE set with double-sided Bucket decorations (the YARDZEE & Dice side like you saw above) and personalized side like you see below!

Yardzee Set - Personalized Side

YARDZEE Set’s include:

  • Double Sided Decorated Bucket with Lid – colors other than black extra
  • 5 Dice with Natural Finish & Black Pips (color dice or color pips extra)
  • 6 Laminated Scorecards for use with Dry Erase Markers (markers not included)
  • Yardzee Instructions

Price: $60 plus shipping
Free local Lehigh Valley, PA meet-up and delivery available. However, payment is due in advance.

If interested, please contact me here or visit my Handmade @ Amazon shop.

Want Just The Decals??

OK, you talked me into it! I’ll create, cut and weed 2 bucket decorations for you — the YARDZEE decal and a personalized decal with your name at the top! You receive them flat and ready to install on your own bucket — available at most Home Depot, Lowes or Menards. Saves on shipping costs. Here’s what you’ll get:

  • YARDZEE Side Non-Personalized Decals in Black (Colors other than black available at additional charge)
  • Personalized Side Decal in Black (Colors other than black available at additional charge)
  • All Decals come with Transfer Tape pre-applied and ready to install
  • 6 Laminated YARDZEE Scorecards
  • YARDZEE Game Instructions
  • Step-by-step Decal Application Instructions
  • Application Tool
  • Care Tips

Price: $25 plus shipping
**Bucket, Lid & Dice not included**

If interested, please contact me here or visit my Handmade @ Amazon shop.


Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so check out the projects below for more Silhouette inspiration!

Update Your Mailbox A Watering Can With Personality YARDZEE! A Bucket of Fun for Family and Friends! DIY Home Address Plaque Free Flying Lessons Witchy Halloween Sign with {FREE CUT FILE} Shabby Chic 'Happy Fall' Pumpkin Door Hanger: My Girly Gourd Glow In The Dark Pumpkins How Does Your Garden Grow? A decorated Planter. Outdoor Fall Welcome Sign Nautical Personalized Cooler A "Green" Mailbox Makeover Seed Packet Storage Tin "Something Wicked" Porch Banner Catch-a-Bug Box Southwester & Outdoorsy DIY Coasters

1. From Whine to Whine // 2. Small Stuff Counts // 3. Comfort and Yum // 4. Patina Paradise // 5. My Paper Craze // 6. Where The Smiles Have Been // 7. Practically Functional // 8. Get Silvered // 9. DIYJustCuz {Brittany} // 10. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 11. Crafty Bonds // 12. Two Purple Couches // 13. Tried & True // 14. It Happens in a Blink // 15. DIY Just Cuz {Sam}


FRUGAL CAVEAT: I like to give people all their options and I also like to be up-front about the cost of things. There’s nothing worse than to get excited about a DIY project and then discover you need a bunch of items that you weren’t told about. Now you need to abandon the project or shell out even more money.

This is one of those projects that can end up on Pinterest as the $9 DIY Project that cost $200. If you don’t have any of the products necessary already at home and you have to go buy everything, the costs can add up fast.

It may be cheaper and less stressful to just buy a Yardzee Set (from me, of course)!

Here’s the price break-down for everything that you’ll need to make a set based on having nothing at home.

Additions for the REALLY SERIOUS crafters out there:

Now, before you get discouraged and leave … DON’T!!

You can have your Yardzee set. I can make the whole thing for you OR I can provide you with the vinyl bucket decorations and you can apply them yourself!

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  1. says

    I’ve heard of Yardzee before but I never thought to make it myself–I love it!! It’d be the perfect game to play at my mom’s house during all of the holiday get togethers. Thanks for sharing this!! I gotta make it now :)


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