Easy Tetris Christmas ornaments

Tetris Christmas ornaments

Okay, this will probably be the last Tetris project for a while! A couple weeks ago, I made Tetris refrigerator magnets using pieces from the Jenga Tetris game. I had some pieces left over, so I thought, why not add to my collection of nerdy Christmas ornaments?

This project was really simple. You’ll need:

  • Tetris pieces
  • An electric drill
  • Screw eyes
  • Ribbon

First, drill pilot holes into the pieces themselves. The Tetris pieces are two plastic halves glued together: all of my holes were on the seam. If you try to force the screw eyes in without pilot holes, you risk splitting the pieces in two.

Second, twist in the screw eyes.

Third, tie ribbon through the screw eyes to hang the ornaments.

And that’s it! This is one of those projects where gathering the materials takes far more time than the execution. It took me five minutes to make five ornaments.

Tetris Christmas ornament

Game on,

Easy Tetris DIY refrigerator magnets

Tetris Magnet

It’s no secret that I love Tetris, as my Tetris-themed wallpaper attests to. For over a year I was eying the Jenga Tetris game, thinking the plastic pieces were cool but not sure what to do with them.

Then it hit me: make the pieces into refrigerator magnets! I’d been separately trying to come up with an idea for nerdy fridge magnets, and finally the ideas came together.

It’s really simple.

Buy Jenga Tetris. I got mine off Amazon but it was in Walmart and other stores for a long time (in my area it disappeared after Christmas 2014).

Take out the uniquely Tetris pieces. There weren’t as many as actual Tetris pieces as I hoped for. One square, maybe 3 s/z-shapes, 5 L-shapes, 3 t-shapes, and a few two block shapes (not a true tetronomino, rather a domino). The purist in me is also disappointed by the lines, which are only three blocks long, not four (a trinomino?). About 2/3 of the package is just lines.

Put magnets on the backs. First I started with square magnets I got from Hobby Lobby. They have adhesive backs and stick very well.

Tetris Magnet

The problem was they were a little pricy if you wanted full coverage, so I settled on putting the magnets in the corners of the pieces. When I ran out, I switched to magnet tape. It has a much lower profile, and is cheaper, so you can fully cover the back of each magnet.

Tetris Magnet

You can also find the tape at hobby and craft stores. When it comes off the roll, it’s curved, so the edges want to lift up. To get them to stick down better, I put the magnets on all the pieces, then put them under a stack of books and games overnight.

Tetris Magnet

In actuality, I forgot about the magnets, so they ended up staying under the weights for three days, but that’s probably not necessary.

And that’s it! This project is really simple; it probably takes longer to go to the store and buy all the materials than it does to actually make, especially since you probably need to get the game and the magnets at different stores.

Enough Tetris pieces came in the Jenga game that I was able to make two sets of magnets, one for me and one for my brother.

They are a lot of fun to move around the refrigerator when I’m making dinner!

Game on,

Tetris Magnet

Tetris Shelves

About six weeks ago I detailed my stop sign table project, which was a great introduction to woodworking. In October, I stepped up my game to create Tetris shelves, seven individual floating shelves that resemble the pieces, or tetrominoes, of that famous game. I think the results came out quite well!

Tetrominoes are constructed using four squares arranged in seven patterns. Really, there are five unique patterns, but two are reversed (the L and Backwards-L, and the Z and S shapes).

I created the shelves using an 8″ square as the base. Thus, the line is 8″ by 32″, the L is 24″ wide by 16″ tall, etc.

I used 1″ x 6″ boards, cut to the appropriate lengths. The process of constructing them was pretty simple, though time consuming: Measure the wood, cut the wood, sand the wood, nail the wood together, paint the wood, distress the wood.

I painted the shelves with spray paint, then sanded the paint to tone down the brightness.

Overall I’m pleased with the shelves! Due to slight warping in the wood, they don’t all lay exactly flat, but they do all fit together, just like Tetris blocks should.

I hung them by placing 3-5 nails on the underside of each block. I’m not putting a lot of weight on the shelves, so they’ve been hanging successfully for about two weeks now!

Overall, a pretty easy project that provides for some interesting storage spaces!

Game on,

T-shape and line shape Tetris shelves

T-shape and line shape tetris shelves in bedroom

Here are the shelves in context between my bed and dresser. They don’t stick out far from the wall so they don’t get in the way.

Square and L-shape tetris shelves

On these shelves especially you can see how the grain and knots of the wood show through the paint, which I like.

Square and L-shape tetris shelves in living room

The shelves in context. Soon I’ll be upgrading the TV, but the shelves will still be visible above it.

Z, S, and Backward-L shaped tetris shelves

By leaving gaps between the blocks, you can create more shelf space.

Z, S, and Backward-L shapes in context

These shelves fill a small space between the kitchen and dining room (D&D materials on the kitchen table!).