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Photoblog: Making a Pai Sho Board

If you’re a fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender, you will probably be familiar with Pai Sho. It’s a fictional game that constantly makes an appearance in this animated series. Although there are no official rules for Pai Sho, there are many community driven ones. I recently picked up this extra small DIY Pai Sho kit. The kit contains all the pieces needed to assembly a board. The tiles (tokens) included are for one of the more popular fan made games called “Skud Pai Sho”. Putting it together wasn’t too difficult, but a utility knife is definitely needed to cut out all the board parts.

DIY Pai Sho Kit

Once I glued the board together, I decided to wood burn the sections. In Pai Sho, the sections are called “gardens”. Unfortunately, I got glue all over the board. In addition, I was off a little bit so there were some gaps in the middle as a result. If you decide to try this kit, definitely take the time to measure everything out on this step.

DIY Pai Sho Kit DIY Pai Sho Kit DIY Pai Sho Kit

For the pieces, I used coffee to stain them and then put a layer of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic on top.

DIY Pai Sho Kit DIY Pai Sho Kit

I don’t know if I would recommend using the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic because some of the coats came out cloudy. I don’t know if I just put on too much or if that is just the nature of the product.

DIY Pai Sho Kit

At the end of the day, I was still quite pleased with how everything turned out. This is a tiny board to play on which makes it’s idea for taking on the go. The compact size also makes it a low time investment as DIY projects go. Now it’s time for a cup of tea and a game of Pai Sho.