Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Personalized Guess Who? or Who is It? Game

My husband was at a thrift store when he came upon an old "Who Is It?" game board... it's like the knock-off version of "Guess Who?". It was a couple bucks because it was missing all the cards but he knew I could do something with it. That's when we came up with a brilliant idea - why not personalize it however we want? I decided to make two versions, one for the adults and one for the kids, but the possibilities are endless regarding what version you want to make.

Here's what you'll need:

* An old "Guess Who?" or "Who Is It?" game board

* Printable shipping labels

* White card stock

* Scissors

First: decide what the theme of the board will be. Do you want it to be friends and family? Your favorite TV show characters? Whatever the theme, make sure there are that many characters so as to fill the board (in this case, I chose "Downton Abbey" since there are at least 24 characters... unfortunately "Sherlock" only has 10 so they wouldn't fill the board). Once your theme and board fillers have been chosen, measure out the size of the card holder at the bottom of the game board, find photos of your characters, size them and print them out. Since my cardholder was about 2", I made my photos 1.75" x 1.5" in Word and printed them out on card stock.

If you want, after the photos are printed out, you can print on the back the name of your new game. Or, you can just write it by hand, which might be easier.

Cut out your photos and make sure there are 2 of each person (one set for each team).

Next, depending on the size of your printable labels (I bought 2" x 4" Avery multi-use labels, since Avery provides free templates online), measure out your photos and print them out on the labels. Then cut each square and stick them to the game board. I didn't think a little shipping label like this would work with my printer but as long as it feeds from the right side, you're good to go!

 And voila! Your new and improved game, ready and waiting for the next snow (or rain) day!

And lest we forget the little ones, you could make one of their favorite book characters (example below). "Is it a person?" "Can they fly?" "Do they smell like cheese?"

TOTAL COSTS: About $5.50
$1.50 for the game from a thrift shop
$3.50 for labels from Staples (on clearance!)
$.20 for card stock from Staples at (need 3 sheets)

TOTAL AMOUNT OF TIME: Depends on theme of game
It could be easy for you to obtain the photos you want or it might take a while, depending on your theme. I'd block out 2-3 hours, just to be safe.

EASY-PEASY SCALE (1 super easy - 5 very difficult): 3 out of 5
If you're not familiar with resizing photos in Word or using Avery templates, it might prove to be a bit difficult for you. However, if you can resize like the rest of 'em, get ready for an easy way to reinvent an old game!

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