Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wooden Tic-Tac-Toe

I made this Tic-Tac-Toe board game for our little guys, Ryan and Noah but it would work for any age or as a coffee table item. Here is how I made them:

* I began with a sanded pine board that was cut to an 8.5-inch square. You can paint this to add color. I like the look of the natural wood to contrast with the paper so I left mine plain.
* I purchased a piece of scrapbook paper with a relatively non-busy background and cut it to an 8-inch square.
* I had a bag of 1/4-inch wooden rectangles that I cut in half so each measures 1.5-inches. You can purchase little wooden squares or circles that are just the right size. You will need a total of 10 for each game. Again, you can paint these or leave natural.
* For the Tic-Tac-Toe pieces I used images with a theme I thought would interest our little guys. I scaled them on a photo editor and printed them to just shy of 1.5-inches. Then I had them copied at Staples. For an easier version, use stickers or images from cute scrapbook paper. Then you can skip the trip to Staples and move right along without interruption :)

You will need two different images for each game.

* Using Mod Podge, I applied the 8-inch piece of paper to the 8.5-inch board.
* I used electrical tape to make the grid. I cut 4 strips 1/4-inch wide x 7 3/4-inch long. It would had been much easier to just cut strips of paper and glue them on but somehow I manage to find a more difficult way to do things :)
* Then I applied each image to the playing piece.
* I glued four little wooden thingies (see pic) on the bottom four corners for feet.
* I finished with a couple of coats of water-based varnish for durability.
* I tossed the playing pieces in a small draw-string bag and there you have it!
Now, who thinks they can beat Ryan at his favorite game?

7 comments:

Mildred said...

Good Morning Lorraine, What a creative and wonderful idea! I bet the grandchildren have hours of fun with this. I hope you enjoy your day.

Lady Farmer said...

I love that your gift is homemade! I have been trying to give only homemade for the last couple of years and I think it is a hit with all! Everyone loves to play games and I'm sure your guys will love the Tic Tac Toe boards! Thanks for the instructions!
Christmas Blessings!

marie said...

Love this! I'm going to tuck this one away for a future Christmas. Thanks for sharing!

KMfamily ;-) said...

Hi LDH,
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!
Your comment was so sweet, I had to come on over and visit with you aswell.
I have had some great feedback on my little icon picture & Im glad you thought my blog was just as cute!
I am in love with your tic tac toe boards!! How awesome are those!!
& I also love how you have all the old Santa pictures on your side bar -those are alwas so much fun to look at.
hope to hear from you again. Its been a treat to find your blog!

crochet lady said...

That is such a great idea! Love it. Bet the grand boys have so much fun with that.

Tracy Suzanne said...

Those turned out so good and I'm loving your ideas! Thanks so much for sharing. God answered my prayers.

We lost all but one renter in our offices which is the majority of our income, and it has made this a very tough year. So no shopping for anyone. This certainly helps me out.

Hugs...Tracy :)

Carol Mae said...

Hi Lorraine, Thanks for becomming a follower. I love the tic tac toe game you made for the young ones, I too agree it would be great for a coffee table game with any age. Will you consider making them for sale in the future? As I certainly would love one. It's so unique and great looking.
Have a great Christmas. Smiles always, Carol

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