DIY Concrete Mancala Board

DIY Concrete Mancala Board

Posted by DecoArt on Aug 29th 2016

Play this traditional "count and capture" game on a DIY board made with Americana Decor® Chalky Finish.


    • sandpaper
    • scissors
    • ruler
    • flat brush
    • tape
    • petroleum jelly
    • hot glue gun
    • cardboard
    • craft knife
    • pliers
    • cardstock
    • MDF
    • rock
    • wood boards
    • egg
    • concrete mix



    Let dry completely between painting steps.

    1. Cut the cardboard roll in half lengthwise. (Measure and cut to the length of the desired ends of the mancala board.)
    2. Instruction #1
    3. Tape around the open edges using packing tape. (You should have two half-cylinders once finished.)
    4. Instruction #2
    5. Tape a piece of cardstock to the rounded edge of the cylinder. (This will help create a smoother surface and hide the tape marks from the concrete.)
    6. Instruction #3
    7. Evenly space plastic eggs halves and the half-cylinders on the bottom of the form. (We used a 1" x 6" wooden board about 20" inches long.)
    8. Instruction #4
    9. Once you are happy with the placement, glue down each piece using a hot glue gun. (Make sure to go around all edges so that the concrete does not seep in.)
    10. Instruction #5
    11. Glue the form edges around the bottom of the form. (We used scrap MDF that was about 3" in height.) Apply a thin coat of petroleum jelly to the sides, bottom, and all shapes.
    12. Instruction #6
    13. Mix the concrete and pour into the completed form. Finish the concrete using a flat surface to scrape off additional concrete mix. Let cure according to the package instructions.
    14. Instruction #7
    15. Remove the sides of the form and turn it over.
    16. Instruction #8
    17. Remove all shapes from the inside of the board using pliers and a craft knife. Lightly sand away any extra cement.
    18. Instruction #9
    19. Paint the inside pieces in yellow, white, and blue with a flat brush. Let dry. Seal the surface with a sealer of choice once dry.
    20. Instruction #10
    21. Paint 48 small rocks in Copper with a small brush.
    22. Instruction #11