DIY Guess Who | Whitney Beth Photography | Utah Family Photographer
Remember a few weeks ago when I showed you all the gifts I made for my handmade Christmas? The gift I was most excited about was the custom Guess Who game that I made my parents with all of my family members’ pictures on it. Thanks to procrastination, and who I am as a person, I didn’t start assembling it until a week or two before Christmas. I found a couple “how to’s” on Pinterest and loosely followed one that looked really slick, classic and pretty. I’m a sucker for a good wood working project. Well, despite my best efforts to follow the directions, I couldn’t get the doll house hinges to stay put. I tried glue, nailing them in, and a combo of both. In the end I threw a Hail Mary and added ledges for all the tiles to sit on. It worked, but became significantly more fragile. Not exactly what you want to look for in a children’s game. It looks beautiful, but after giving it as a gift, I couldn’t help but reconstruct it in my head – which is how we ended up with my DIY Guess Who, Round 2!
What You’ll Need
- Guess Who game. There are tons of different versions online, I just found one on Amazon and made sure it had enough tiles for my whole family
- Headshots of each person (I was smart and had taken individual pictures of everyone at our family pictures in the fall with this game in mind.
- paper cutter (way worth it to hunt one down instead of free-handing with scissors)
- glue stick
- mod podge
The first thing you’ll want to do once you get your board game is to measure how big the tiles and cards are. My cards ended up being 2×3 inches and I wanted a little boarder of the small tiles to show so I made a template and sized my pictures down to 1.25×1 inches. I ended up just throwing them all in a Photoshop document and printing the small tiles on an 8×10 and the cards on an 11×14. Don’t forget to add filler pieces if you don’t have enough family members to fill every space.
Next, start cutting down your photo tiles. I found it easiest to work through one board at a time to not mix up the pieces.
After they’ve been cut down, start glueing them to the cardboard tiles that came with the box. For extra security I used a glue stick to get the photo in place and then covered the edges really good with a smooth layer of mod podge.
While the mod podge pieces are drying, cut out all the bigger pictures for your cards.
I repeated the same method as the tiles. I could have just left them as pictures, but I wanted the “Guess Who” logo to be on the back, as well as the added protection of the mod podge. Lay them to dry and check your tiles. Once they are dry start popping them into place on the board.
After everything is dry and assembled, you’ve got yourself a custom Guess Who game! My family and I like to play with scenarios rather than features. (Especially since we all look like each other!) So instead of, “Are they wearing blue?” ask, “If this person were to go into a gas station for a snack, what are they coming out with?” Things like that, it makes the game more fun and interesting and tests how well you know your family!
So what do you think? Is this something you would ever make? Let me tell you, as someone who went the completely custom route and the semi custom route, this way is way easier and way faster! Not to mention, we can actually play with it – rage quits and all!