How to make giant 10-sided dice

October 9 | Guest post by queenyfm
Giant d10s next to a regular-sized CD for scale.
Giant d10s next to a regular-sized CD for scale.

I present to you my tutorial for making giant d10 (because the giant d20 didn't work out so well — the pattern is far more complicated and didn't really work with the thick cardboard).

If you have questions, feel free to ask 'em in the comments.

What you will need:

  • grey board (we bought this at a shop for architectural needs). The size depends on how big you want your die. We used the DIN standard a1, which is 84,1 x 118,9 cm, the board was 2mm thick.
  • a really sharp knife for cutting the board (we used a box cutter)
  • some kind of straight edge to cut along
  • a printout of the die pattern (we used the one here) printed accordingly to fit the cardboard
  • glue of your choice
  • adhesive tape (masking tape works wonderfully!)
  • filler (preferably in white or light grey)
  • a putty knife
  • acrylic paint and paint roller
  • sponge or paper towels

Okay, let's get started…

How to make a giant d10 1

First, you need to cut out your pattern, then copy it to the cardboard. Then, with the help of the latch, cut the thing out. Be careful not to ruin your floor (like we did).

How to make a giant 2

When you're finished, cut along the folding edges carefully. Do not cut straight through, but score the surface. Then fold the die completely (it works a lot better with several pairs of hands!).

Does everything fit nicely? Does it fold well? If not, maybe you want to score the folding edges a bit more. Then, glue it together. Use the tape to help you hold it together. Use as much tape as you need to really hold it together fast! This cardboard is stubborn stuff. 

How to make a giant 3

We started with one half, waited for it to dry, then we did the other half and glued the middle together lastly. Let it sit for a night so the glue can really dry.

How to make a giant d10 4

The next day, start dressing it with filler. Let the putty dry completely (might take another day), then flatten it with fine sandpaper (sorry, no pictures of this step).

How to make a giant d10 5

How to make a giant d10

Then start painting it. You'll need several layers of paint, so again, this might take a day or two to be completed. Once you have the base color, you can take a sponge or scrunched up paper towel and dip it in a second color to dab a pattern on the die.

Giant d10s next to a regular-sized CD for scale.
Giant d10s next to a regular-sized CD for scale.

After the paint has dried completely, you can either stencil numbers on, or, do as we did and use adhesive numbers.

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  1. I made a small d20 once, certainly nothing at this scale, it was about the size of the palm of my hand (it was a Christmas ornament, actually). I can see where the cutting and folding of the d20 would make things difficult. For mine I cut out each triangle of it individually, taped the pieces together and then used papier mache over it to make it a whole solid piece. I don't know if that would work with something to this scale, but you'd probably be able to use a thinner board that way. The papier mache would make the edges and points a little rounder too, I imagine.

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