How to make outdoor dominoes

Gather in the garden and enjoy an afternoon of fun with these DIY oversized dominoes.

Bunnings magazine, January/February 2020

Tools and materials

Safety equipment

Combination square and pen

Mitre saw

180-grit abrasive paper with sanding block


Disposable gloves

Plastic plate with a base diameter of 100mm

Four 2.4m lengths of 140mm x 19mm premium-grade dressed pine(timber species vary by state and may not be available in all states)

25mm round self-adhesive felt pads

13mm x 67mm self-adhesive felt floor protection strips

Water-based enamel paint(we used White Knight Splashes in Royal Blue)

25mm dowel offcut

1. Measure and cut your domino tiles

On a length of pine, use a combination square to mark 280mm from the end, cutting with a mitre saw to make a tile template for marking out and cutting 28 tiles from the remaining pine. Keep the offcuts. Smooth the cuts and round over the edges of the tiles with 180-grit abrasive paper.

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2. Draw a grid

Make a square stamp from an offcut, using a combination square to mark 140mm from the end, cutting with a mitre saw. To draw a grid, adjust the combination square to 70mm, marking lines horizontally and vertically. Adjust it to 35mm to mark around the edges.

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3. Place the felt pads on the grid

Remove the backing from six felt pads, positioning them on the grid to make a six-spot pattern. Use scissors to cut a 67mm floor protection strip in half lengthways, remove the backing and centre it along the base of the stamp, flush against the edge.

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4. Stamp the paint onto the dominoes

Wearing gloves, pour paint onto a plastic plate. Hold the stamp, felt-side down, in the paint to saturate the felt pads and strip. Hold the stamp over the lower half of a tile and press to transfer the pattern. Repeat to make the appropriate number of six tiles, reloading with paint every three tiles. To make the double-six tile, flip the stamp, line up the middle felt strip and press.

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5. Re-position the felt pads to create different numbers

On the stamp, remove the two middle spots and position a new one in the centre, creating a five-spot pattern. Remove or add felt pads on the grid to create the remaining spot patterns and repeat. 

Tip: The felt pads can become saturated with paint and come unstuck, so check them before reloading with paint and replace as necessary.

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6. Use the dowel to complete the final dominoes

To make the double-zero tile, take a full floor-protection strip, remove the backing and adhere it to a 25mm dowel offcut. Saturate with paint and centre it over the remaining blank tile. Touch up uneven spots on the tiles by adhering a clean felt pad to the dowel and reapplying paint as needed.

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Photography credit: James Moffatt


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