Make Your Own Planning Poker Deck
In a previous post I showed my custom Planning Poker Deck. In this post I am going to describe how you can make your own inexpensive, hard-wearing deck. The original template was created using iWork Pages on a Mac. Only a minority of people are likely to be able to use this format so I’ve converted it to Word. Ideally I would be presenting a PDF format but I had no luck distilling the template down to PDF while retaining the original sizes of the cards. The chosen sizes are very important when it comes to laminating as I’ll explain later.
You can download the Word template from here: planning poker cards template.
I give permission for this template to be used for any purpose short of creating cards for sale. You can also modify the template as you see fit.
You will also need:
- four sheets of A4 per planning poker suit required
- a colour printer
- sharp scissors
- one 250 micron 60x95mm laminating pouch per card required
- a laminating machine
Printing the document to a colour printer on A4 will give you four sheets like so:
The four sheets provide the face and backing images for one suit of a planning poker deck (14 cards). I’ve used a light blue border for the face cards. You can use Word to change the colours to any you prefer. This will also allow you to use a different colour for each suit you require (different suit colours are very useful when sorting your deck upon gathering it after a planning session).
With your sheets printed in your chosen colours the hard work begins. Cut out all of the cards sticking to the borders as much as possible. This includes the rounded corners. Make sure the scissors you use are sharp or you won’t get good results.
With all the cards cut out then laminating can begin. The cards are designed to print to a size of 54mm x 89mm. This is deliberate as laminating them requires 60mm x 95mm laminating pouches. This gives a 3mm border between the edge of the card and the edge of the pouch ensuring a good seal. I used 250 micron (125 microns to a side) pouches and these worked really well despite each having to contain two sheets of paper. The pouches should be rounded like the card template. This gives the finished product more of a playing card look.
Place a cut out face and backing into each pouch ensuring that they both face outward and are the same way up. Lining up the two pieces exactly can be tricky but the effort is worth the improved result. Once you have a number of pouches loaded fire up your laminator and feed them through. As the cards are laminated check them over and place them on a flat surface under a heavy, flat object to ensure they do not curl while they cool. After a few minutes they will be ready for use.
Simply repeat the process until you have enough suits of cards for your team.