How to Create a Monopoly Board

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In 1935, one year after Charles B. Darrow invented the game, Monopoly became the best-selling game in the United States. This internationally popular game has a traditional layout that has been marketed under a variety of themes. Creating your own Monopoly board allows you to personalise the classic game. A handmade Monopoly board serves as a memorable gift, an innovative group project or interactive memento.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Printer

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  1. 1

    Choose a theme. Some theme ideas include the classic game, cities, television shows, movies, books, decades and favourite memories.

  2. 2

    Cut a blank board out of cardboard, poster-board or foam-board. These materials are the cheapest options and can be found at any office supply or craft store. Monopoly boards are square and usually measure 19 by 19 inches or 20 by 20 inches.

  3. 3

    Measure out your spaces using a ruler and a pencil. The four corner boxes (Go, In Jail/Just Visiting, Free Parking and Go To Jail) are square and are 1.667 times as wide as the other 36 spaces. For instance, if your board is 19 inches by 19 inches, the corner boxes would have a length and width of 2.5 inches. All other spaces would have a length of 2.5 inches and a width of 1.5 inches. These measurements leave a quarter-inch border around your design.

  4. 4

    Assign all spaces according to the trademarked Monopoly layout. Place the "Go" box in the lower right-hand corner. Rotating clockwise, the other spaces will be labelled as such:

    First panel: Go, first purple property, Community Chest, second purple property, Income Tax, first station, first light blue property, Chance, second light blue property and the third light blue property.

    Second panel: In Jail/Just Visiting, first pink property, first utility, second pink property, third pink property, second station, first orange property, Community Chest, second orange property and the third orange property.

    Third panel: Free Parking, first red property, Chance, second red property, third red property, third station, first yellow property, second yellow property, second utility and the third yellow property.

    Last panel: Go To Jail, first green property, second green property, Community Chest, third green property, fourth station, Chance, first dark blue property, Luxury Tax and the second dark blue property.

  5. 5

    Name and price your properties. The values should escalate as you move clockwise around the board; the purple properties are traditionally the cheapest and the dark blue properties are the most expensive.

  6. 6

    Add photos or graphics. Choose photos that will illustrate your theme, then crop them to fit the measurements of each space. You can crop photos on the computer by using the Paint application or a free photo-editing software (Picasa). Glue your cropped photos, images or drawings onto the board.

  7. 7

    Assign space in the middle of the board for Community Chest and Chance cards.

Tips and warnings

  • For lasting durability, laminate your board; copy and office supply stores often provide laminating services.
  • If you have access to a monopoly board, make a copy and size your designs to fit those spaces. This will save you measuring and drafting time.
  • Don't use your board for commercial purposes. The Hasbro website states: "the MONOPOLY tokens, Railroad, COMMUNITY CHEST, CHANCE, and Title Deed designs, as well as BOARDWALK and all four game board corners are legally protected."

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