DIY Crafts For a Low Budget DM (Part 2)

Welcome to the second installation of this post series! Last time, I talked about cheap supplies for DMs that anyone is able to obtain in order to create an enthralling experience for their players. Today, I’ll be talking about how to create terrain that’s visually striking, cheap, and easy to make! This craft will require supplies listed in the previous post, and other easily obtained, cheap materials.

I did tell a little fib in my last post; however, and did not have the time to craft these items a second time before putting this up. I will explain in excruciating detail how to craft this item, so no fear.

[Part 1]

Quick ‘n’ Easy Dungeon Tiles

Materials needed:

  • cardboard
  • hot glue (gun)
  • spray paint
    • black
    • stone texture paint
  • box cutter
  • ruler

These pieces are very simple to make and come apart easily, they don’t take up much space, and are the most important pieces of any D&D game! The anatomy of a dungeon tile is simple, a doorway where the PCs enter, a wall going around the outside of the tile, and some rubble on the floor. That’s all there is to it!

  1. Cut out strips to line the wall of the dungeon tile. 1cm in width is recommended. Cut as many strips lengthwise across the whole piece of cardboard as you think you’ll need.
  2. For the room, decide how large you want the tile. Let’s say we’ll make a room that’s 8″ x 8″. Measure it out on the cardboard, and add some interesting detail to the shape if you feel that a square room is boring!
  3. Cut out the room. Please be as careful as you can, box cutters are very, very sharp – I cannot stress this enough!
  4. Now, measure where you want the doorway in the room. Maybe it’s a centered room, and the doorway is in the middle of the wall on the South side. Then, measure half way into the ‘wall’ and draw where your door will be.
  5. After you’ve given your glue gun time to warm up, it’s time to make the walls of the dungeon. Lay the strips across the edge of the cardboard, gluing as you go. Cut off the excess edge, and continue using that for the rest of the piece.
  6.  Now you’re done making the base of the tile! It’s time to paint. As always, when using spray paint, it’s smart to be in a well-ventilated area, or even better, outside. Use the black to do a base coat of the tile, then wait for it to dry.
  7. While the tile is drying, you may want to think about item placement on the tiles, such as where a chest may go, what monsters will be in which rooms, and where plot items are going to go.
  8. Now that the tile is dry, it’s time to use the hot glue gun again. Placing random shapes and layering glue on the tile to give it texture is not a necessary step, but it gives the appearance of rubble; therefore, giving your players something to interact with.
  9. When the glue dries, take the tile back outside and give the tile an artistic spraying of the stone texture paint. It’s up to your discretion how textured the piece is, but make sure to spray the most over the piles of rubble!
  10. After the stone texture dries, you’re ready to go. The next step for making a complete dungeon would just be making more tiles!

I hope this tutorial was helpful for you! Please look forward to more DIY dungeon items later on! If you have any questions as to how it’s supposed to look, or are confused on a step, don’t hesitate to comment.

[credit for the idea]

Wander back sometime, drifter.

(s.o. to Nat for that)



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