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DIY Giant Chess Set

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DIY giant outdoor chess set. This easy to setup outdoor game is a beautiful addition to landscaping and perfect for entertaining!

My husband and kids LOVE board games. They’ve been playing chess a lot and I thought it would be nice for them to get outside to play with an outdoor set. My kids have so much energy and we’ve spent a lot of time indoors this year thanks to pandemic-homeschooling. Before we had Child #3, a farm, and a pandemic, we took balmy vacations to St. Lucia and Beaches Negril; both had giant chess sets and the kids LOVED them. They kept asking to go back so they could play with the giant chess set.

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So when my dad asked what he should get for the kids for Christmas, I told him to check out these awesome giant chess pieces on Amazon. We agreed that we would build the giant chess board for them once warmer weather hit, and in the meantime, the kids drew out chalk squares on the driveway to play chess with these.

This set was so easy to setup. The hard part is moving 64 pavers (32 gray/32 red) and the sand. The chess pieces unscrew so you can add sand or water to them; I recommend sand because I’d be afraid water would freeze and damage the pieces during the winter months. We used two or three bags of play sand for these.

Here’s the “photo” tutorial:

What you'll need
12" Pavers: Color 1
12" Pavers: Color 2
Play Sand, 50 Lb Bags
Giant Chess Pieces
Easy Giant Chess Board!
Assemble your chess pieces. Fill with sand.
A quick DIY milk jug works as a large funnel for the sand. Dry sand would've been easier.
Choose a level spot for your game board. Ideally you would level the spot perfectly and add sand underneath. We skipped this.
Place pavers. You need 64 pavers total, 32 of each color. Total size: 96" square.
Setup your pieces.
Game on!
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