I hope you are ready for a challenge because I’ve got one that will stimulate both sides of your brain today! Make this 3D chess board with me, and let’s play.
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Every household needs its own unique chess set, don’t you think? And this one is sure to stand out! It even includes little drawers for storing all the pieces.
The key to this project is patience: patience when setting up all those score lines, patience when waiting for your cutting machine to get around all those tiny details, and patience with assembling each and every one of those delicate chess pieces! So, don’t expect to head into this one and have it done within an hour, but do be ready to have an absolutely stunning, playable chess set when you’re finished.
Note: I try to design most of my files so that they can fit on 8.5″x11″ sheets of cardstock, but this project will require a few sheets of 12″x12″ cardstock.
- Hot Glue
- Precision Craft Glue or a Glue Stick
- Decorative Gems (optional)
- Bone Folder (optional)
- A Cutting Machine or X-ACTO knife
- My Free Template
How to Make It
1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the 3D chess board pieces.
Note: If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don’t forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending them through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.
Prepping All the Pieces
2. Layer together the pieces for the top of the chess board, the sides of the board, and the fronts of the drawers like so.
Assembling the Chess Board
3. Take the four side pieces and fold along the score lines. Attach the long tabs to the underside of the chessboard top, and the short tabs to the adjacent side piece. Be sure to attach the side pieces that include holes opposite each other.
Assembling the Drawers
4. Take the two, green drawer pieces and fold along the score lines. Attach the tabs inside to form a 5-sided box. Then, attach the drawer faces to the front, making sure to keep them centered. Add drawer pulls using a bit of ribbon and hot glue.
Take your two remaining large, green rectangles and attach them together. Fold the end strips inward along the score lines. Then, glue on the two skinny green strips and attach them to the other edges of the square. Fold along those score lines too. Place the whole thing inside the base of the chessboard, lining up the folded edges with the bottom of each side. (This piece will provide rigidity to your chess board and keep your drawers from sagging.)
Next, slide the drawers into the holes provided.
Assembling the Chess Pieces
5. Gather the cutouts for your chess pieces, and line them up with their matching pair. Sort out the round bases. The largest ones are for the king and queen, the middle-sized ones are for the bishops, knights, and rooks, and the smallest ones are for the pawns.
Match two pieces together and interlock them. Then, slide the bottom tabs into the slits of a circular base (one of the ones with an “X” in the center). Glue the tabs down, and then glue one of the solid circles overtop. Repeat the process with the rest of your chess pieces until they are all assembled!
Believe it or not, when I got the idea for this design, I figured that it would be one of my simpler 3D projects. And while the structure of this design isn’t my most complicated, all those delicate little embellishments certainly added more time to both the design and crafting phases of this project! But I just couldn’t help myself.
I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other fun freebies available on my blog!
Enjoy putting my 3D chess board together. And don’t forget to share your elaborate finished project with me on Instagram!
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