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DIY Concrete Mancala Board

Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™

DIY Concrete Mancala Board
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DIY Concrete Mancala Board

designed by Regina Davis

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

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Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™ Paint

  • Everlasting (ADC01)
  • Honor (ADC41)
  • Inheritance (ADC12)

Dazzling Metallics®

  • Copper (DA205)

Primers, Sealers, and Finishes

  • DuraClear® Ultra-Matte Varnish (DS124)

Other supplies

  • sandpaper
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • flat brush (small and large)
  • tape (packing)
  • petroleum jelly
  • hot glue gun
  • cardboard (roll)
  • craft knife
  • pliers
  • cardstock
  • MDF (scrap)
  • rock (48 pieces)
  • wood boards (1" x 6" )
  • egg (plastic; 6)
  • concrete mix


NOTE: 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.)
    Step 0 Example
  2. Tape around the open edges using packing tape. (You should have two half-cylinders once finished.)
    Step 1 Example
  3. 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.)
    Step 2 Example
  4. 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.)
    Step 3 Example
  5. 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.)
    Step 4 Example
  6. 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.
    Step 5 Example
  7. 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.
    Step 6 Example
  8. Remove the sides of the form and turn it over.
    Step 7 Example
  9. Remove all shapes from the inside of the board using pliers and a craft knife. Lightly sand away any extra cement.
    Step 8 Example
  10. 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.
    Step 9 Example
  11. Paint 48 small rocks in Copper with a small brush.
    Step 10 Example