Framing Monopoly Game


SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Feb 14, 2004
Nicholasville, KY
Hello. A customer saw the Michael's display of the framed monopoly game and wants me to do one for her.

Anyone have any tips?....I could really use some.

My thoughts:
Neilsen shadowbox frame

ATG or other "glue" to hold the game board to the mat board.

For the little houses and dice - perhaps a tiny flat head screw threw the back of the mat board and into them?

No idea how to get the money to lay down and attach.

The little peices that move around the clue how.

Thank you all ahead of time.
I found a website once talking about this, but I can not find it now.

PS: I have four of these to do.

Also, as for how much I should charge? Comments?
We have done 40-50 of these for model homes over the last year.
We use the 100 profile from Nielson. The board is glued down with silicone or carpenters glue and let set overnight. The individual plastic houses and metal players are glued down as well. :cool: The money and cards are held in position with ATG.
The display in our local Michaels is a photograph of a Monopoly board (and a photograph of a christening gown and a photograph of a golf club).

This says something fundamental and profound about the difference between BigBox framing and the sort of work produced in an independant shop.

But I'm on my way to watch the fireworks display - you'll have to figure it out for yourselves.

Use Tacky Glue for just about all of it. This glue can be cleaned up with water, even after it dries. Silicone can cause some real problems if it goes where it does not belong. Tacky will also give you a better bond with less product. Just a tiny dab, let it dry, your object will be glued down. This is especially handy when gluing down small items like game pieces. Tacky is also strong enough to hold the board in place.

I would definitely add an hourly labor charge for this. My best guess is that it would be no less than 2 extra hours or maybe 3. I don't think I would want to do it for less than $350. Make sure you use the Conservation glass. I doubt if the boards or money would hold their color very long.
Silicone is the best to use for gluing down the board, the pieces and the houses. Make sure you give it time"to set". The money I would ATG or PMA down. Hopes this helps.
As everyone said use some sort of glue for the pieces, atg for the money and property cards. We usually have 4 of our employees play the game for 20-30 minutes and then after the set time is up we frame the game as is. The ones you see in Michaels is the same in most stores, do something different and make it like someone was actually playing the game.
I was planning to do it as someone was playing the game. My only ? is how to get the little player peices to say down? Will glues actually hold the things?

Also have Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders to frame
and perhaps a scrabble which will be FUN :)
And another cool thing is that Unique Mounting Systems (they advertise in Decor), in addition to doing boxmounts, also produces these games already boxmounted. Then you can hang it as art, but the pieces are stored in the back, so it can be taken down and played. And you don't have to spend a lot of time producing it. Just an alternative; probably not what the customer wants anyway, but ....
I agree about silicone, does have some real problems. But what is this "Tacky Glue" you mentioned and who sells it? Sounds familiar but can't bring it to memory! Thanks......
Great stuff. It's actually a craft item. I think it was originally designed for gluing fabrics together, not sure about that though. You should be able to find it in any craft supply store or even in fabric shops. I would guess that some art supply stores would carry it as well.

I would advise that you purchase several, you will find yourself using it for a lot of things. We go through a lot of it.

Before discovering Tacky Glue, silicone was my first choice. Besides being next to impossible to clean up, silicone will break down in time. Silicone is also not all that great on plastics, as far as gluing them down is concerned.

Don't get me wrong, we still have uses for silicone and always have it on hand. I like it for gluing up the side panels on shadowboxes and on things I may have to remove later on. Silicone is easily cut through with an "E" string or a pallet knife.