DIY Personalised Monopoly Board Game

personalised monopoly with boxFinishing this DIY has been long overdue. We actually started making it as special birthday gift for my sister, who loves board games. But, never got around to completing it. So, a few weeks ago, we took out a complete weekend for it and I, am thrilled with the results. It’s a completely personalized Monopoly Set – from the locations, to the houses, to the colors – everything has been customized to my sister’s likes. See the details of what we made below.

Side note: Not going to lie, this project is complicated. So, if you need clarifications on any points or I’ve missed something, please feel free to message me and let me know!

Time taken: 3-4 days

Budget: Medium

Materials:

In case you don’t have an old monopoly set, you will need small items to use as houses and counters to play with.You can use small boxes, buttons, toys etc.

Game being played(monopoly) - The Craftables

Components

Needless to say, this DIY had a LOT of components. So, lets take them on, one at a time. Here’s a main list,

  1. Place Deeds
  2. Train Station Deeds
  3. Utility Deeds
  4. Community Chest Cards
  5. Chance Cards
  6. Board
  7. Dice
  8. Houses and hotels
  9. Counters
  10. Money

Place Deeds (22 cards): With Monopoly, the first thing you need to work out is the theme for the board and the places you would like to include on the board. We chose Retail Therapy (aka My sister may be a shopaholic) and swapped the places on the board for shops she likes to visit. You need 22 shops divided into 8 categories, so we graded the chosen shops on the basis of cost and preference.

Train Station Deeds (4 cards): There are 4 train stations on every board, which have now been converted into my sister’s favorite restaurants! You will not believe the amount of time we spent debating over which restaurant is the best.

Utility Deeds (2 cards): Similarly, the two utility cards were changed to Phone Bill and Wi-Fi charges.

  • The easiest way to make the deeds and customise the colors is through using Photoshop. We found this amazing file that allows you to edit the front and back of all the cards. Here is the link for the site
  • If you would like to use our cards, the template is here. You can also choose to make each of the cards by hand. But, make sure to have them laminated, or they will spoil over time. After we used the link to design our cards, we printed them out on thick white paper and cut them out for use.

DIY monopoly deed cardsBack of the Deed Cards (Mortgage): For the back of the cards, we printed small stickers with rates written. These were directly stuck onto the cards we made earlier. To add more detail, we had printed the back of the cards in another color.

personalised monopoly cardsCommunity chest & Chance Cards: Every game of Monopoly has 32 Community Chest and Chance cards (16 each). We customised these by,

  • The titles were changes to Tiffany Boxes and Tickets, where the boxes were presents and tickets were expenses.
  • We also worked out a list of instructions for each set of cards. This is where things get interested. For example, one expense was “Got caught bunking a lecture, pay a fine of $25.” Or one present was, “Your documentary did well at a film festival. Receive $100.”

You get the idea, personalize the cards to the life of the person and make it a lot more quirky.

DIY monopoly cardsDice, Houses & Hotels: Houses and Hotels don’t really make sense in a Retail Therapy Monopoly Set, so we switched them to Stores and Malls. There are 32 stores and 12 Malls.

Dice: For the dice, we dipped it in gold and silver paint.

Stores & Malls: We painted the houses in silver and the hotels in gold

monopoly custom diceBoard: The board is the most time consuming aspect of this DIY. If this is done, these rest doesn’t take much time. Here, are the steps,

  1. Cut the cardboard to the dimensions 20”x20”.
  2. Draw out lines, making clear markings on the board. An easy way to do this, is to print a full size image of the board and trace the lines onto your board. You can also draw them out (like we did). Each edge is 1.5”x2.5” and each corner is 2.5”x2.5”. We started with drawing 2.5” lines on all four sides of the board. Next, came the four corners, which are 2.5” wide. Lastly, the individual spaces have to be marked between the corners. There are 9 spaces between two corners.
  3. Fill in the colors for each of the spaces. We wanted a gradient effect (the cards need to match).

outline for personalised monopoly board4.  Once the spaces have been colored, the details have to be entered. It can be handwritten, printed on paper or printed on stickers. We went with option three and printed stickers using our Stickers template. You’ll notice, we played around with the Tax options on the board and switched them to Spa and Parlour.

monopoly custom stickers5. Place the stickers based on their value and information. You can keep a picture of the board handy, so as to avoid confusion.

6. Paste the stickers onto the board. Make sure they are in line.

7. Draw out the spaces for the centerpiece, Tiffany boxes (community chest) & Tickets (Chance). The centerpiece is in the centre of the board and can vary in size. The other two boxes are 2.5”x3.5”. Place them in the corners.

Yess! This is the ideal mid-way point for the board. And you can choose to skip the rest of the steps, & start playing directly. OR, you can follow these steps and give more finish to the board. I would recommend going through all of the steps. Because, quite frankly, how many times are you going to make a Monopoly Board?

8. Doodle around the lines in the center to add more color and body to the board.

monopoly board doodle9. The last step is the crowning glory of the board, as it ties all the components together. We decided to make a simple centerpiece on a separate piece of thick white paper. First, we drew out 3 outlines and a giant monopoly in capitals. Second, was painting the outlines and title in shades of our gradient. And third was cutting and pasting the sheet in the space we marked out.

finished custom monopoly boardCounters and Money: For the counters and money, we decided to use the parts we had from our old set.  But, you can also choose to print the money (google search shows the notes). Or, if you would like to personalise the set even further, you can design & print the money as well. For the counters, you can use knick knacks from around the house.

Bonus: We doodled the same pattern on the box for all the game!

game board monopoly

I understand this is quite a long process. So, if you would like, we can help you out?

monopoly game in play

personalised monopoly boardHow do you like our Personalised Monopoly Board? Which other games would you like to see custom boards for? Let us know! – PA

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34 thoughts on “DIY Personalised Monopoly Board Game

    1. Hi Tyler, we usually use a full size mount board to make the Monopoly set. However if that’s unavailable, then a Type N / thinest possible cardboard sheet would work too. Hope this helps!

    1. Hi Jennifer! That’s a really good question. Thanks for asking :) This particular board was not a folding one, so it is usually kept in a plastic sheet along with the box. However, we recently made a folding board for an order and that board can be reduced to 1/4th the size and placed inside a box. We made this by removing the paper from a foldable board (from an old monopoly set) and pasting a fresh sheet of white chart paper on top of it. Then, we made the rest of the details on the white paper to personalise the board. It’s far more convenient to do this, than to try and make a fresh board. For a fresh board, you would need to take 4 pieces of cardboard, stick them together leaving even spaces and pasting sheets of paper on the front and back. Hope this helps! If you have any questions please feel free to let us know by replying to this comment or at thecraftablesofficial@gmail.com. Have a great day ahead! Bye!

  1. Hey! This project was really awesome. But how can I get a printable back of the Deed Cards (Mortgage)? Please and thanks!

    1. Hey! Thanks a lot :) I’m glad you like it! Well, we usually make the back of the deed cards by using stickers instead of trying to get it printed. Basically, we get a plain color printed on the back of the deeds. And, make stickers on Photoshop for each of the deeds. Then, all we need to do is paste the sticker on the deeds and it’s ready. Much simpler than making the back printed. Hope this helps!

  2. Hey, I’ve been working already with this project with the adaptation of yours. But can I have a pdf where I can print the community chest and chance cards? Please please :)

    1. Hey Riri, we would love to help with that :) Do you have anything in particular in mind? For the best possible effect, it should match the board and the theme you’re following. Why don’t you send us the details of it on thecraftablesofficial@gmail.com and we can make and send it to you! Hope you have fun making and playing your set!

  3. I tried this at home and realized I was not as artistic as you guys as soon as I started, but I tried my best. I just wanted to say thank you for posting this. Your directions and pictures were very easy to understand and even better than all the others I tried because you had the templates available.I made this with my niece and we had a blast. So once again thank you!!

    1. Hi Mya! You’re very welcome :) I’m so happy to hear you made the personalised monopoly. I’m sure it turned out beautiful! Also, I’m glad the templates helped you, through the making of the project. If you need any help with any projects in the future, please feel free to let us know. We would love to help, as much as possible! Thanks for taking the time to write to us! Happy Crafting! – Pooja

    1. Thanks Sam :) The properties are 2.5 inches width wise and 3 inches height wise. Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  4. Hi.. I just want you to know that your site is awesome.. very artistic, me and my daughter loves your craft so much. we started doing the monopoly set we are doing exactly like you guys did however if possible(only if) could you send me the list of the community chest and chance cards and also with the place deeds?? this isn’t my area of expertise and i could use your help to finished our project. thank you:-)

    1. You just made my day Jenna! I’m thrilled to hear you’re making the Monopoly and I would be more than happy to help, in any way that I can. Give me a day or two and I’ll email you the list :) Good luck and don’t forget to share a photo with us of your game. We would love to see it!

  5. I loved this idea of personalizing classic game boards! I want to personalize this game as a gift for my dad, but maybe with a different theme other than shopping. Do you have any ideas for other theme options? :)

    1. Hi Erin, I’m so glad you like the idea :) It’s such a personal project! Since this one, we’ve made a couple of boards on order such as a Game of Thrones one, a family secrets one and a wedding one. Since everything is customised, I’d suggest making something personal for your dad. Something related to his interests or life, that he would love. For example,if he’s interested in a sport, to customise it as per that. Or, if he’s interested in travelling, a board with his travel memories or favourites. That should work well! If you need any help at all, please feel free to email me at thecraftablesofficial@gmail.com. Thanks again!

  6. HELLO IWANT TO GIVE THIS AS A GIFT FOR MY BESTFRIEND , I’m new to monopoly but She loves, Iwant to make a customize Monopoly for her bday, Can I also have a pdf where I can print the community chest and chance cards? PLEASE????

    1. Hi Percy! We’re so happy to hear you’re making a customised Monopoly for your best friend. She’s sure to love it! If you need any help at all, please email us on thecraftablesofficial@gmail.com and we would be happy to share the needed info. The PDF size for the community chest and chance cards is quite large. So, if it’s alright with you, can we email just the backs? I can also send you a format through which you can write on the front of the cards. Let me know if that works!

    1. Hi Anna, we made the box in house :) But an easy way is to cover an existing one. The wooden insert was from an older Monopoly kit we had around at home. Hope this helps! Happy Holidays!

  7. Hi, I absolutely loved this idea and want to make it for my younger sister, she loves games in general but never really understood mortgage and renting or selling, she is nine. I wanted to let her experience the fun of monopoly through the personalized. Since she is still young though, she doesn’t go shopping as much. Please help me with an idea for the theme… She loves art, pretend games, unicorns(!), ice skating and tennis. Thanks!

    1. Hi Liz, sorry about the late reply, we’ve been swamped with Christmas orders. You’re right, that’s not something that would work very well for your sister. Maybe a simplified version of the game can be made such as Monopoly Junior (http://www.hasbro.com/en-us/product/monopoly-junior-game:EB700C54-5056-9047-F549-C3BA86CB916F). With each of the “properties” made to an interest of hers. What do you think? And if you need any help, just email us on thecraftablesofficial@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you with more information. Happy Holidays :)

  8. Hi Pooja,
    This is a really cool idea.
    I have also sent u a mail for some help that I need while I make this.
    Could you please check the mail?

    Thanks,
    Snehal

    1. Hi Snehal, So sorry about the late reply! We’ve been swamped this past month with orders. If you’re still interested in our customised monopoly, please mail us on thecraftablesofficial@gmail.com. Unfortunately, it looks like the first mail, hasnt come through. Thanks for your patience and understanding :)

    1. Hi Antonio, yes that is an option. But, I’m not as confident about how neat it would look. There’s always a chance of errors or the base shining through. Please feel free to email us, if you need any help with that! have a great day ahead :)