Are you looking for a fun Star Wars game to play? There are so many Star Wars games out there that you can purchase, but sometimes it is nice to have another option. This DIY Star Wars Mystery Date game with printables is perfect for any Star Wars fan looking for a fun game to play!
I designed this game because I though it would be fun to play. I am a huge Star Wars fan, and I realized that there isn’t a Star Wars version of Mystery Date that you can buy, so I made my own! 🙂
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DIY Star Wars Mystery Date Game Instructions
Step 1: Find a Mystery Date Game
I purchased this High School Musical Mystery Date game for less than $2 at a thrift store.
This game is pretty easy to find used, but you could use any Mystery Date game.
The printables I designed fit the measurements of the High School Musical version, so I don’t know if they would fit another version of the game.
If you are able to find another version with different measurements, feel free to email me and I can see about adjusting things to fit your game.
The game doesn’t have to be complete either!
It just needs to have the following items:
- a box in decent shape
- a game board in decent shape
- a door that works and is not broke!
- the mystery date cards that go in the door (you will use these to trace)
- a die (although, you could easily purchase one if it is missing)
Step 2: Purchase Your Supplies
There isn’t a lot that you need to make this game, but there are a few supplies that I recommend.
- Scotch Photo Mount: I used this spray to adhere the game board and the box lid. This works really well because it doesn’t leave any wrinkles.
- Krylon Protective Spray: this is what I used to protect the game board and box lid from damage. It keeps the ink from bleeding because it protects against water (I tested it and know it works!)
- Card Stock: The cards and the door cards are both printed on card stock. This makes them more durable.
- Pawns: You don’t have to purchase pawns, but I didn’t want to try and make character pawns because there aren’t many girls in Star Wars (unless you count the newest movies).
Step 3: Print Your Items
I have provided the documents for everything that you need to print for free in our resource library. Just click on the picture below to get access to them 🙂
If you already signed up, go ahead and download them from our resource library!
The documents that I printed for this game are:
- Game Instructions (printed double-sided on white 8.5″ x 11″ computer paper)
- 48 Game Cards (printed double-sided on white 8.5″ x 11″ card stock)
- 5 Mystery Date Door Cards (printed single-sided on white 8.5″ x 11″ card stock)
- Game Board (printed on approx. 20″ x 15″ thick poster paper)
- Box Lid (printed on approx. 23″ x 18″ poster paper)
I printed the game board and box lid at my local college workroom where they have cheap poster printing services.
You have the option of printing it at home or paying someone to print it on a poster printer.
Most office supply stores offer poster printing services. You can also check local printing services and photo services at retailers like Walmart.
Note: you can print the board on two 8.5″ x 11″ papers and piece together easily.
The box lid may be a little harder to print on a regular printer, but you could give it a try. You will just have to be really careful when you are lining them up.
If you decided to do the box lid that way, you could also cover it with clear contact paper if you are worried about it peeling apart.
Step 4: Cut Out Your Items
I used a paper cutter to cut apart the accessory cards.
I cut the mystery dates out with a paper cutter first, and then used a knife to cut out the sections for the door.
You will need to use the old cards to trace around. Make sure you use each old card because each one is slightly different. You need them to be different in order for the door to work properly.
The game board and box lid cover were both cut out with a rotary cutter and a cutting mat. If you print them at home, you could use a paper cutter or scissors.
Step 5: Attach Your Board & Box Lid
You could use a variety of adhesives to attach your printed board to your game board, but I used Scotch Photo Mount.
I have found this adhesive to work well without creating lumps or bubbles.
If you decide to use a spray adhesive, make sure you read and follow the directions on the can.
I spread newspapers on my deck and sprayed it out there because it was outside. If you are doing this inside, you will want to make sure it can be properly ventilated (or maybe just a room you don’t use often).
You will then have to carefully attach the paper to the board.
Make sure it is on straight before you lay it down because it will be hard to get it up. It may be easier to have another person there to help you.
The game board has a crease in the middle, and you need to press the paper down into the crease when you are attaching it.
You won’t want your board to be wrinkly, so make sure you smooth it out.
I used a brayer to roll out the wrinkles. You can get one pretty cheaply on Amazon.
Next, you can attach your cover to the box lid. I will warn you that this is the HARDEST part of the whole project.
It will definitely benefit you to have another person help you with this task.
You will spray the back of the cover just as you did for the game board.
Then, you will have to carefully get it on straight to your box lid. Once you press it down, you will have a hard time trying to get it back up.
Roll out the top before you press the paper over the sides of the lid.
You will need to cut the corners out before you fold the sides over. You can do this before you spray adhesive on it, but I did it after because I wanted to cut it once it was on the box.
Step 6: Protect Your Board and Box
This step is optional, but it is a really good idea!
I used a protective spray by Krylon that keeps the ink from bleeding.
The spray protects it from water damage. I know it works because I tested it out!
I spread newspapers down on my deck and then sprayed it.
If possible, it is a good idea to spray it in a well-ventilated area.
Depending on your protective spray, it will have to dry for so long before you can touch it.
I moved my items in a room where they wouldn’t be disturbed and left them there for several hours.
Step 7: Paint the Door
You don’t have to paint the door that comes with the game, but it won’t really match (it’s bright red!).
I painted the top of the door with model paints so that it wouldn’t stand out so much.
The reason that I used model paints is because I already had them, and they work well for plastic.
If you have another paint that sticks to plastic well, you could use that instead.
If you paint it, make sure it is completely dry before you use it!
Step 8: Put Your DIY Star Wars Mystery Date Game All Together!
You’ll have to take apart your door and insert the mystery date door cards.
Be careful to make sure you don’t break it! This is the most important part of the whole game!
Depending on how you cut out the cards will determine the order that they need to be placed in.
Our dud card ended up being the second card, but it really depends on which cards you used to trace.
When you get ready to play the game, carefully attach the door to the board.
To store the game, you will need to remove the door from the board.
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