Today is the coldest day in NYC in the last 20 years! Its 5 degrees outside! No, thank you. I'm opting to stay inside all day and play this Valentine's Day inspired DIY checkerboard!
1. Create the heart stencil for the checker pieces. I did this by folding a piece of 3" masking tape in half and cutting out the heart shape. I had a little scrap piece of paper that I had cut into a heart and made to fit the wooden circles to use as a guide. Center the heart over the wood pieces and press the tape into place.
2. Seal the edges of the tape with a thin coat of Elmer's glue. You need 24 pieces total, 12 of each color. Once the Elmer's glue is dry, paint the circles pink and white.
3. Create the checkerboard. Cut your canvas piece to 15.5" x 15.5". Use 3/4" masking tape to mark out the boarder, seal that tape with Elmer's glue as well. Once the glue is dry paint the canvas with gesso.
4. While the gesso is drying, cut 32 pieces of tape that are 1 and 3/4" squares. I did this by tearing off a length of tape and laying it flat on my cutting mat and then, used a ruler and knife to cut the pieces.
5. Apply the square tape pieces to the canvas in a checkerboard pattern. Seal all the edges with a thin layer of gesso.
6. Once the gesso is dry, paint the alternative squares with the pink paint. It may take 2 coats of paint. After the paint is dry, remove the tape. Get ready to play!
Perfect for staying in and having a cozy day in front of the fire or Hulu! Or roll it up and take it with you for a day in the park when its not below zero outside! Fun!