Well, apparently everyone in my neighborhood decided Clue is boring, because the thrift store was chock full of the old mystery game. I grabbed a few for $2 each, thinking I would make some earrings out of the weapons like always. When I got home and opened one of the boxes, the game pieces were super detailed characters and the board was in perfect shape. Our Clue game growing up just had colored pawn pieces, and I was totally mesmerized by these miniature people. I couldn't toss them out, so instead I upcycled the game and made coasters out of the game board and wine glass charms from the characters.
This Clue Drink Set for Six makes a fun hostess gift for a murder mystery party, adds flair to board game night, and pairs perfectly with a viewing party for the movie "Clue," which is hilarious. Best of all, it is easy to make yourself and, with some creative adjustments, could be replicated with pretty much any board game.
Tools and Materials
- Xacto knife
- Cutting mat
- Needle or pin
- Fire (candle, lighter, whatever)
- "Clue" game; edition with detailed character pieces. You will need the game board and character pieces, plus character cards if you are making your set to give as a gift.
- six straight eyelet posts
- super glue
- Black electrical tape or Gaff tape
- Clear acrylic spray sealer
- Wire earring hoops (25mm-ish size)
- Thin wire (if you are making your set to give as a gift)
Liberate the Clue Gang
Add Charm Findings
Snip six eyelet posts to 1/8 inch. Add a dot of superglue to the post, insert into the character's head wound so that the eyelet openings face each side.
Add one more small drop of superglue right where the post goes into the character's head. Let dry.
Finish the Wine Charms
That's it for the Clue wine charms--if you are making the set for yourself, slip these murderers onto your wine glasses and get to partying! If you are making them to give as a gift, there is one more step for you at the end.
Cut out Rooms for Coasters
Using your ruler and Xacto knife, cut along the outside of the red lines surrounding each room. To get nice, clean edges, cut lightly on your first pass--you only need cut through the top surface of the paper. Make sure your first cut is shallow and crisp. Heavily go back over the same cut two or three times until you have cut all the way through the board, always using a smooth motion (no sawing through the paperboard).
After you have cut out each room, run a bit of electrical tape along the fold on the back of the Billiards room. This will keep the board flat. Trim the edges of the tape.
Seal the Coasters
I found that with all that spray, the sides were well-covered. If you notice some spots that look unsealed, make sure to go back over those areas.
Optional: Gift Presentation
Using a tack, pin, or needle, poke two small holes in the top-right-ish area of a character card. Use a bit of thin jewelry wire to attach the corresponding wine charm to the card by making a loop, poking each end through the holes you made in the card, and twisting the ends together on the back.