1. Paint the inside of your boxes with craft paint. You can choose any color scheme you like; we painted opposite colors on the tops and bottoms.
2. Measure out a piece of paper that’s the same size as the inside of your box (ours is 8″x8″). Use the ruler to measure a grid of dots on the paper. Our grid is 7×7 dots. Use the craft knife to poke a hole on each point.
3. On each side of the interior of both boxes, place the grid and use the pencil to trace all the dots.
4. Use E6000 to glue a magnet on each dot.
Tip: Make sure all of the magnets are facing the same way in their polarity. This will ensure your game pieces will stick properly.
5. If you like, use your metal alphabet stamp to place a letter by each horizontal row of magnets and a number by each vertical column of magnets. Fill in the stamped wood with ball point pen to make it easier to see. If you want to skip the stamp, just write the letters and numbers with a pen.
6. Glue a small section of rope or twine to the inside of each box so that the top of the boxes stays upright when the lid is open.
7. Make your markers. You’ll lay down as many magnets as you have in each of the lids of the boxes (in our case, 98). Be sure to lay them down so that the polarity matches the magnets you glued on the box lids. Glue a small wooden ball to each of the magnets.
8. Paint 12 of the wooden balls in one color and 12 in another color. These will be the markers you use when you hit one of the other player’s pieces.
9. Add the rivets or brads to the tops of your sweets. For our game, the ice cream has four, donuts have three, macarons have two, and the cupcake has one. You can arrange them however you like as long as they correspond to the magnets on the bottom half of your game. Make a small slit in your game piece with a craft knife, add a dab of glue over the slit, and then sink a brad into the slit. This way, since the brads are metal, you can attach a magnet ball to the corresponding brad when your opponent correctly guesses at the placement of your game piece.
10. This step is optional, and probably best if you plan on playing with little kids or taking the game on the road. Add a magnetic strip to the bottom of your candy pieces so that they stay in place when you set them on the magnetic board.