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DIY Tic Tac Toe Board by My Sweet Savannah

Simple Summer Games

Our friend Melaine Thompson (of the blog My Sweet Savannah) is a DIY superstar. So, when she spotted a fabulous handmade Tic Tac Toe set recently, but noticed that the makers had cut out each wooden playing piece individually (“That’s really time consuming!” she laughs, and we couldn’t agree more), we knew Melaine would find a stylish shortcut for us. A DIY superstar never disappoints! “So here is my version,” Melaine writes, “which I am calling the ‘lazy man’s Tic Tac Toe board’.” The perfect craft project that can be completed in an afternoon, and the perfect take-along for any summer vacation plans! We can just imagine this gameboard spread out for family time on the deck during that lakeside vacation we’re fantasizing about for Labor Day weekend……


DIY Tic Tac Toe | REstyleSOURCEPhoto c/o MySweetSavannahBlog.com

Materials & Tools Needed

  • Square wooden frame
  • Piece of MDF (cut to fit inside frame)
  • 1″x2″ planks (cut to fit at various lengths)
  • Saw
  • Craft paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Hammer & nails
  • Spackle
  • Wood or paper mache stars & circles

DIY Tic Tac Toe | REstyleSOURCEPhoto c/o MySweetSavannahBlog.com
  1. Start with a square shadowbox frame–I found mine at the craft store and on sale as well, so that was a bonus!
  2. I painted everything individually before putting it together–hint, it’s way easier this way.
  3. Attach dividers (I simply cut up some 1″x2″ pieces of cedar I already had) inside the frame to create a 3×3 grid of boxes.
  4. To finish it off, I added additional pieces of 1″x2″ cedar cut at 45 degree angles around the outside edge, and then added the bottom piece using a piece of MDF cut to fit inside the frame.
  5. Once everything was assembled, I spackled all the nail holes and edges. After the spackle was dry, I sanded it down, which smoothed the edges and gave the paint a nice, custom “distressed” look as well.
  6. Don’t be afraid to improvise! The craft store I was at didn’t have the cutout wooden stars and circles I originally wanted, so I substituted these paper mache ones. Problem solved.
  7. Paint your game pieces…I used “Antique Gold” by Delta Ceramcoat on the stars, and “Oarsman Blue” by Behr on the circles. Then I gave each circle a few rustic stripes with “Warm White” by Americana.
  8. Play time! I think this will be a fun summer game to play outdoors…or even indoors!
DIY Tic Tac Toe | REstyleSOURCEPhoto c/o MySweetSavannahBlog.com

Woodinville, WA

Melaine Thompson's passion for DIY projects and interior design started when she was a little girl. She is a market editor for Souvenir, a lifestyle magazine. Melaine created her blog to help spread her passion for design, and hopefully give some of you some ideas on creating the home of your dreams.

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