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Published on March 2nd, 2011 | by Becky Striepe


5 Ways to Repurpose Old Games


Got an old deck of cards that’s missing the queen of hearts or a Scrabble set that’s missing a Q? Don’t send that board game to the landfill! There are lots of ways to repurpose those old games!

Before we get down to the crafty goodness, this is my plea: when crafting with old board games, stick to ones with missing pieces or that are too damaged to play. You might not think that 1970’s version of Pit is worth salvaging, but that game might make someone else’s day! Repurposing is about giving dumpster-bound items a new life, right?

1. Board Game Purse

Pat Olsen at E-How shows you how to make a cute purse out of an old game board. To make this a bit more green, you can use organic or reclaimed fabric in place of the cotton duck and liner materials and stitch up your own strap, instead of using a pre-made one.

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[Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by Mike Fleming]

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

3 Responses to 5 Ways to Repurpose Old Games

  1. Wsrib says:

    I’ve used old board games to decorate my sons’ room–just hang the boards on the wall with tacks. (The playing pieces were lost long ago)

  2. Ihateyourpets says:

    The link is for making a tote for games, not making a tote out of old games.

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