Game Upgrades: How To Make Blood Dice
Many times when playing a new board game one of the things that goes through my mind is how it could have been better. Most games we feature on SahmReviews are ones we enjoy and feel good about recommending it to our readers. If a game is really bad, we don’t waste any more time on it nor talk about it at all.
Sometimes we love a game but feel it needs a little upgrade. We did just that when we played with Coal Baron, taking time to make period-accurate German paper money to replace the cheap copies including in the game. Think of it as “deluxifying” your game!
Full disclosure – the project you’re about to see is not something we dreamt up on our own. We’ve seen a couple friends create blood dice in the past, but they typically only share the final results. We decided to tackle it ourselves (since it is finally over 70 degrees outside) and show you exactly how we did it!
First you’ll need some plain white dice. We have a large bin of extra game pieces that we were able to rummage through and find a good handful to work with. If you don’t have the same luxury, you’ll find 100 16mm white dice on Amazon for around $8 shipped!
It should go without saying that you’ll need an open-air workspace and a work area (box, dropcloth). We used red latex paint we had left over from our rock ladybug craft, but I have to imagine you can use most any type of paint.
You’ll also need a thinning agent. Our latex paint thins out nicely with just water, or if you have something oil-based, some mineral spirits are probably your best bet. You want the final consistency to be pretty thin, but not so thin that it runs when applied. We experimented by applying it to the side of our cardboard box first to make sure it performed correctly.
Oh yes, applying the paint – here’s the fun part (gloves optional, but recommended). Gather some old toothbrushes and dip them in the paint. Again, you’ll want to experiment with the various bristle hardnesses until you find the perfect one. You’ll load it with paint and move your thumb across the bristles to fan and flick the paint onto the surfaces. Don’t worry, it’s supposed to make a mess – remember, it is simulating blood splatter!
Work your way around all the dice, paying attention to the sides as well as the top. We found having more on one side made it look more realistic since splatter would naturally come from one direction (I’m just surmising, I have no actual experience in blood splatter…). The paint should dry rather quickly and you’ll need to flip them over so you can add some to the other sides of the dice.
Once you’re satisfied with the blood splatter painting, you’ll need to seal the work to prevent it from chipping off. We picked up a can of clear matte lacquer from Walmart for a few bucks and began coating the top halves of the dice. Again, once dried, they are flipped over again to coat the opposite side.
That’s all you need to be able to make your own blood dice! I’m sure you have a number of zombie-themed games in your collection (or even mafia-themed) that might benefit from this cheap upgrade. We’re also thinking we might be able to use white paint on black or dark blue dice to get a nice night sky. But that’s a project for later.
Start to finish, this project can be done in well under an hour. Use disposable drop cloths and toss them instead of trying to clean up the drips. If you spill too much on a die, just use a rag to wipe it clean and start over!
What dice game do you have that you think would benefit from a dice upgrade?
28 thoughts on “Game Upgrades: How To Make Blood Dice”
I have some glow in the dark clear coat that i might have to try this with
Ooh, why didn’t we think of that! I’ll bet it turns out creepy as heck!
black with “zombie blood” could be neat too
time to shop for some solid colored polyhedron sets
The whole time I was reading this I was thinking “Why in the world would you want blood spattered dice? Then you mentioned zombie themed games and the light bulb clicked on. Great craft! These will be great at my next murder mystery party.
I think I just fell in love with your gaming abilities. I’m totally going to do this for my D&D dice.
My husband is a game nerd be it board games or computer games he just loves those. The concept of blood stained dice will interest him much!
That is so cool! This would be the perfect thing to do for my Betrayal on Haunted Hill game set.
That’s a fun idea! We love zombie themes and this would be a cool project.
Well, this is something I’ve never thought about doing. Kind of cool. My 7 year old would love to make blood dice….not sure what I’d do with it though!!
I would have definitely made this at home if i don’t have kids lol. This looks cool though
That is so awesome! I love the effect. You did an amazing job. They look like something you’d buy in the store.
You’ve given me excellent ideas on what to do with mine. I guess I have some thoughts on how to do it. Thanks for the tips.
Ewwww, those are creepy! Perfect for Halloween games! This is actually really cool. I’m not super into gore but this could be fun for the holidays.
Ok, this would be so much fun for some games! I used to play a vampire table-top RP and these would have been AWESOME!
That is a dice upgrade that is bound to keep things interesting. I’m sure any zombie game would benefit. 😉
This is so cool! Not too hard that the kids can’t help make them, and they’ll love playing creepy games with them. Easy and creative – the best kind of project!
Cool! I would like to play this.
Oh my goodness! Those are creepppppyyyy.
Ever since I have been a Walking Dead fan, it seems like Zombies ♂️ are everywhere!
Now we’re learning how to make Blood Dice, OH! YEAH! My grandkids will love this and I’ll help :). This was pin worthy
I don’t have any dice that need an upgrade, but my 13-year old granddaughter would love doing this.
These are awesome!
I’d think that the clear coat would throw off the balance…. pretty cool though!
It would definitely spice up a friendly game of Yahtzee using blood spatter dice!
awesome idea. thank you