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How To Make Paper Dice (with Free Printable!)

How to make paper dice with your kids.

Games are an amazing way for kids to learn. Taking turns, counting, strategy. And an important part of games is dice.

Dice alone are great ways to learn. Counting, number recognition, addition and subtraction. All of the number sense skills come out with dice. Don’t stop with numbers. You can put any symbol that you want on dice.

The problem can be finding dice that have what you need on them. Or finding the dice that you have in the jumble of toys in the playroom.

That doesn’t have to be an issue though. You can print up your own dice and make exactly what you need when you need it.

Here is how to make paper dice at home with a free printable pattern.

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This is a super easy fix if you need dice with specific markings or just don’t want to buy one.

Step one is to print out the pattern.

If you want to work on scissor skills with your child, this is a great chance for them to help out. Do know that the dice will be easiest to make and will roll best if the lines are cut straight.

You want to cut out the entire pattern.

Write in your numbers or symbols on the six big squares. This is a great chance to let your child color and personalize the dice!

Then fold the dice in on itself on the interior lines. Use the flaps to tape or glue your dice together.

It’s that easy! I will say that an adult will probably need to help with the taping. It can be hard for little hands to hold everything in place. But once that is done you are ready for all the math games you can think of!

(And who knows, maybe it will get your kiddos interested in learning more about origami! )

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Make Dice From Paper


Introduction: Make Dice From Paper

Make Dice From Paper

Here's a simple and nerve braking tutorial on how to make your own dice from paper. Good luck.

Step 1: Gathering Materials

Gathering Materials

All you'll need for making your own dice is: - paper; - scissors; - origami skills; - hot glue gun (optional); - marker.

Step 2: Cutting the Paper

Cutting the Paper

Take the paper and measure 4x4 centimeters squares (4 cm = 1.57 inches) and cut 6 squares, one square for each side of the cube (or more if you are doing multiple cubes).

Step 3: Origami Magic

Origami Magic

Step 4: Mid-step


If you folded everything right without a few steps, you should be here.

Step 5: Assemble the Cube

Assemble the Cube

If you followed the video you should have a cube (make sure to glue it). If u followed the pictures you should assemble the cube.

Step 6: Marking Sides

Marking Sides

Now you should mark the sides (it's not a dice without the numbers). Take the marker and mark opposite sides this way 1-6, 3-4, 2-5. 2 goes on the right of 1, turn the dice so 1 is facing you and the first right side to the 1 is 2. And "viola" there is your dice.

Step 7: Optional

You can put a little (or more) plastic with your hot glue gun in each cube to make it a little more durable and heavier. There is a small opening where the sides meet (at least it was here with my cubes). Take the scissors and widen it enough to fit the tip of the glue gun and press 3-4 times (should be enough). Then put the cube in the freezer for a few minutes and you should have a "ready to play" cube.

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10 years ago on Introduction

singular form of dice is die dice being the plural form since you would make more then one die the "a" in the title is obsolete therefore :"Make Dice From Paper" have an awesome day and keep posting instructables :)


11 years ago on Introduction

My brother and his friends made a much less attractive version of this in Junior high in 1978. This is a lovely, modern update. I'm telling him about this. And the comment from JesusFreke about how they're weighted to roll fairly. Of course, to be perfectly fair, with the tools they had at hand at the time, they did a real good job. Remember paper footballs, anyone else?


Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

Yeah, I remember paper footballs (triangular in shape) but they weren't around until after I was already in highschool :-)


I think you'll find an added bonus of these dice is that they can transform into roses. look up "magic rose box" on instructables.


11 years ago on Step 3

HI^^ I really like the video! it makes me more understand how to make it! thanks for uploading!


It would be interesting if you did a set of.. say 100-200 rolls with each dice and kept track of the results, to see how even the roll distribution is (in other words, how "fair" or "ideal" the dice are). They almost certainly won't be as good as real dice, but I would be curious to see how far they are off.

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that would be a lot of work.... but i'll try to do it on some holiday or in free time because i dont have much time during the day, thanks for a project idea :)))


A simpler solution is to make 6 with a different number arrangement for each, if you randomly select which die you role then it negates any issues with bias.

Not necessarily. It would lessen the bias, but it wouldn't completely negate it. An ideal dice should have .16666 chance for each face. Let's say for example that we have 5 perfect dice and 1 flawed one, which has a .2 chance of getting a 6, and a .133333 chance of rolling a 1. Now, let's just look at a single face, let's say face 6. If you randomly choose one of the dice, you have 1/6 chance of choosing any particular dice. So you would take 1/6 times the chance of rolling a 6 for each die, and add them up - 5 * .166666/6 + .2/6 = .1722. Which is not the ideal .16666 that we want.

agreed, I should have clarified, to reasonable accuracy and due to design (as opposed to individual variations unique to each)


Ah yes, the original name is the RAY cube, which can be modified, into a more interesting cube!


11 years ago on Step 7

So, is this based off Valerie Vann's magic rose cube?


These were made in jr high in the 1980s when I was in school. They were like shown this trick by grandparents who were likely shown as kids. Nice indestructible though. Simple things that maybe somebody else does not know.


This is really cool!

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Printable Dice Template (How to Make Paper Dice)

Published: Nov 19, 2022 by Molly · This post may contain affiliate links.

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This printable dice template lets you make dice to play your favorite games even if you don't have any real dice on hand. Here we'll show step by step you how to make a paper dice.

Dice template

We have lots of fun printable roll a dice games here on our site, but realized that you may not have a pair of real dice on hand.

So we came up with a quick and easy solution. Printable dice! Our dice template makes it super easy to grab, print and fold your dice in only a few minutes.

Leaving you lots of time to play your favorite games.

These will come in handy for all sorts of fun printable activities.

We even include a blank dice template so you can create your own custom dice if have something creative in mind.

The Printable Paper Dice Templates

We have six different dice templates so that you can find just the right one for your needs.

We have larger printable dice that measure about 2 inches wide when assembled.

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The first one is a printer friendly black and white version.

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And since my kids love ALL things rainbows, we created a fun bright colorful template as well.

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And if you're feeling extra creative, we have a blank dice printable template so that you can fill the spaces with any type of shapes or designs you like or need.

This one is good for printing on colored paper and adding white punch-out holes or stickers to it. Kids will love creating their own custom dice to play with.

The blank ones are also great for creating your own dice game with, or creating fun math games.

small dice templates

And if you need a smaller printable paper dice template we have these ones, that measure to 1.2-inch cube when assembled.

They're just smaller versions of the three larger templates above.

How to Make Paper Dice

First, grab and print out the dice template. You'll find it at the end of this tutorial.

You'll also need either tape or craft glue to hold the cube shape together.

You can choose from one of the three templates that we provide.

The PDF file will come with all 6 dice in one file. So I suggest when printing, select the actual page number of the one you want and just print that one out.

It'll save you paper and ink.

Then cut the template out around the solid lines. Don't cut through the dotted areas.

You'll end up with a shape like this.

paper dice template cut out

The fold the tabs on the dotted lines one a flat surface to make sure you create a nice sharp fold.

Then start folding the shape up to make a cube. Here's a step by step video to assemble the paper dice from Just the Art Teacher.

For more durable paper dice, I recommend using cardstock to print out your templates. This will make for a sturdier cube shape and they will last much longer.

Grab the Dice Printable Templates

To grab the free printables, put your email in the box below. We'll send the template straight to your inbox.

This is for personal or classroom use only, please. Not for commercial use. Thank you!

What will you be using your DIY dice for? Let us know in the comments and give others some good ideas!

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STEP 1 Paper Dice

1 Print out the template.

Print out either of these cube templates on A4 or Letter size cardstock.

STEP 2 Paper Dice

Cut out the cube templates.

STEP 3 Paper Dice

3 Fold along the inside lines.

Fold each cube template along the inside lines.

STEP 4 Paper Dice

4 Draw dots.

The die's 6 faces show a different number of dots from 1 to 6. You can draw dots or make other fun shapes like small flowers, stars, hearts, or smiley faces.

If you are keen on following a real die's positioning of these dots, follow the positions as shown in the photo. When assembled into a cube, you will notice that opposite faces of the die add up to 7.

STEP 5 Paper Dice

5 Put glue on one tab.

Apply glue on one of the tabs.

STEP 6 Paper Dice

6 Glue the tab.

Glue the tab behind the adjacent face.

STEP 7 Paper Dice

7 Assemble the cube.

Glue the rest of the faces together along the tabs following Steps 5 and 6 to form a cube.

STEP 8 Paper Dice

8 Make a pair of dice.

Make a pair of dice to use for games or simply use them to practice counting and basic addition.

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Create colorful dice.

Print out the cube template on colored cardstock to come up with brightly-colored dice.

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Boardgames are an excellent way to keep the family occupied and busy, but it can be most annoying when you take out a game and find that the dice are missing. There are even the oddest shaped dice for some games. So, here is a solution, we will show you how to make dice by using Resin. The sky is the limit as to what designs and patterns you can come up with, maybe even invent a new game yourself.

Table of Contents

What Kinds of Dice exist?

Numerous kinds or types of dice exist, some of these include:

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What Kinds of Resin Dice Molds are available?

The standard dice molds consist of a set of 7 variations, these include:

Needed Materials

Before you start with this project, it is advisable to get all your materials ready. Having everything prepared will prevent you from running around halfway through the project looking for materials you need.

Best Resin for Dice – INCREDIBLE SOLUTIONS Deep Pour

Incredible Solutions offers high-quality products for deeper pours that produces crystal clear dice. It also works if you would like to color the resin to produce colored dices. The curing time is relatively long, but because of the slower curing, less heat is produced and therefore you will get better results.

INCREDIBLE SOLUTIONS Deep Pour Clear Casting Resin

Best Dice Mold Set for Resin

Dice molds are available in different sizes and different shapes. If you are new to Dice making, we suggest starting with a Dice Mold Set from Funshowcase. That way you are covered with D4, D6, D8, D10, D12, D20, D24 molds in different sizes and have a lot of possibilities to pour your dices. This Dice Set offers good quality for a good price and you can try out all the techniques.

FUNSHOWCASE Resin Dice Molds Epoxy Casting Kit Set

Other materials

What materials you will need:

How to make Resin Dice using bought Dice Molds


How to make your dice? Prepare your workplace making sure that you have a clear working area to avoid making a mess with your resin. Apart from getting all your materials ready, you will also have to decide what type of dice you want to make.

Once you have made this decision, you can purchase the mold for your choice of dice. Some suggestions where you can find them online include:

It is important to buy good quality molds, the cheaper mold castings might not turn out as you expect.   

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Mixing the Resin

How to make polyhedral resin dice? All the standard resin molds available are listed above and are all polyhedral dice, which means a dice that has multiple flat surfaces, all equal in size. There is a choice of resins available on the market. You will have to try them out to find out which one works best for you. For example, you can try EasyCast Resin or Art Resin.

Follow the instructions on the package, this ensures you only mix the quantity you need for your project. Pour your two-part resin into the disposable cups and mix using the spoon or other mixing tool.

The disposable mixing cups do not need to be expensive; you can make use of a medicine cup or use a paper cup. If you intend to make more than one dice at the same time, you will need to have the same amount of mixing cups available. The mixing spoon or utensil can be anything you have in your kitchen, as it can easily be cleaned after you have finished using it.

Mix the resin thoroughly and position your mold in such a way that when you pour it, the air does not get trapped in any of the depressions. Make use of a toothpick to help direct the resin into the hole. Once you have poured the resin into your mold, set it aside and allow to cure. Remember, the resin may have a strong odor, so make use of a respirator and work in a well-ventilated area.

Adding Glitter or embedded Items

Before you pour your resin, you must decide if you want to leave your dice clear or do you want to add something extra? You could add alcohol inks or mica powders to give your dice color. If you fancy glittery things, you could add some glitter to the resin. Remember, to always mix thoroughly before pouring. You could even embed a small figure or item to make the dice more personal.

Examples of objects to embed:

Let it cure

Allow the resin to cure, which should take about 24 hours before you can handle the mold. A good test to see if your resin has cured properly is to check if it is hard and smooth to the touch. Depending on your resin, it could take 48 hours up to 72 hours for slow curing resin. If it is wet and sticky, your resin has not cured properly. This could be due to incorrect mixing of your resin or something that you added caused the resin not to cure correctly.

Demold your Dice

Once the resin has cured fully, you are ready to start demolding your dice casting. Remember, if it has not cured properly, it will still be sticky. If this is the case, you can put the dice casting into your freezer overnight and if the stickiness is gone by morning, your project is a success.

However, if it remains sticky, you have no other choice but to throw it away and make a new one. Be careful when you de-mold your dice so that you do not tear the silicone mold. You will not be able to use it again if you do.

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Polishing and Finishing Touches

After you have successfully removed the dice casting from the mold, you may see a small amount of extra material still left along the edges of the dice. This extra material is called sprue and if you find this, it is a good sign. This means the polyhedral dice resin shrinks slightly while curing and your end product has perfectly formed.

If you fail to remove the sprue, you will soon discover that the dice cannot roll properly. Remove the sprue by making use of a utility knife or other sharp instrument. Your dice will still look slightly rough in that area, but you can use fine-grit sandpaper to sand it down until it is smooth.

We suggest using a P150-grit to start with. Sand your dice but be careful not to remove too much of the resin in the process. You need to continue with sanding, next using a P180-grit and then move on to a P220-grit. Continue with a P240-grit and so on until you are satisfied your dice is thoroughly clean and smooth.

To accomplish this type of finish, you will need to go all the way up to P3000 grit sandpaper, which will bring you to the final finish. To keep the dust to a minimum, you can use water between each sanding.

At this stage, although your dice is nice and smooth, it might still have a cloudy look. This is where you polish your dice, using a microfiber cloth and resin polish. You will then have a perfectly shiny finished product, which is ready to use. When using a polish, such as Headlight Cleaning Polish, make sure to follow the instruction printed on the bottle.   

How to make your own Dice Molds?

First, you will need an original or master dice. Read further to discover how to make your own dice mold.

Prepare the area where you want to work and make sure there is nothing that will hinder your process. Next, you need to decide if you are going to make a 1-part or a 2-part mold for pouring purposes. For this article, we will be concentrating on a 1-part mold. If you want to dive deeper into mold making, also check out our mold making tutorial .

Instead of having one side open, the whole mold is sealed off. You will have an opening where you will pour the resin in when making your resin dice. You will have to have an original or a master dice, which can be an old dice you do not mind pouring silicone over.

Materials needed

Molding Material

You can use silicone rubber for your mold. Some advantages of silicone rubber include:

There are various products of silicone available such as Alumilite High Strength 3 or Smooth-On Sorta Clear.

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Mixing and pouring the Silicone

Take your master or original dice and heat the tip of an ordinary pin with the flame from a candle, then push the heated pin into one of the sharp corners of your master dice. Next, take your cup or container and put a small piece of plasticine or clay at the bottom of the cup. Place the tip of your master dice onto the clay. Ensure that the container you use is not too big, otherwise, you will waste silicone.

Next, mix the correct amount of silicone you need in your mixing cups. Make sure to follow the instructions on the packaging, as not all types of silicone have the same curing ratio and times. Pour the silicone into the cup over the positioned master dice, ensuring that it completely covers it.

Continue to pour until your silicone is about 5 mm above the dice in the cup. To complete this process, you need to remove any air bubbles that have been formed by lightly tapping the cup, which releases the air bubbles. Allow the silicone to dry, which should take about 24 hours. Remove your mold from the cup, you are now ready to go and make the resin dice of your choice.

If you are still uncertain about what to do and how to go about making your own dice mold, then follow our tutorial of How to make a silicone mold for resin ?

Inspiration for your own Resin Dice

Let your imagination be your guide, use the information in this article and make resin dice for your family, friends, or yourself. Great for all dice and game fanatics. Some ideas you can use include:

Anything is possible, just let your imagination run wild. You will be surprised at what you are capable of.

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