At the start of the summer I started to binge on Pintrest ideas for fun things I could do with Oscar. Science experiements, crafts, outings. One that seemed super easy was a DIY Tic Tac Toe board. I decided to set out to do this myself, as a gift for my Mom for her birthday. I used a wood slice from my Brother’s wedding, and collected rocks at the beach. Here is how I did it. Super easy.
• Beach rocks
The darker rocks work best if you want the organic look. The ligher rocks are suitable for painting. The chalk (next item) doesn’t show up well on lighter rocks.
• Chalk Pen
If not available, you can use a fine tip paint brush and use white acrylic paint
• Minwax Polyurethane
This will help protect the rocks from bumping around and the chalk / white paint that you used, chipping off. It also gives a gorgeous wet rock look. I chose High Gloss
• Wood Slice
I used some slices that I had around but you can find wood slices now at art stores, Etsy, or, on Kijiji. I also picked up a gorgeous thick, sanded slice from Deserres. (Not shown in the photos)
• Paint / Optional
Depending on the look you want, paint is optional. If you want a specific colour combo, go to the dollar store and grab some inexpensive acrylic paints or what I often do is go to Home Depot, get a sample pot of a great colour ($5) and that colour goes a LONG way.
• Oil Pastels
(Optional, Depending on the style of board you’re doing
OPTIONAL / MAKE THE CARRY BAG
• Cotton Bag
I used two types of cotton bags. One, a “tote” and I tried another cotton drawstring bag. This is just an added “extra” to the project – as a way to keep the rocks and board together. It also presents nicely as a gift – say you should be giving this as a present / cottage hostess gift. . This is purely for function, as in – it makes it a complete “set”. But you can skip this if you just want to have the board out all the time.
• Iron On Transfer Paper
I made up a stamp to stamp the bag saying it was a, Tic Tac Toe board. Not totally necessary, but for me it was a nice finishing touch. You can get the same look by downloading my design here, and follow the instructions on your iron on transfer packaging and make your own!
1. Collect rocks!
This is a great step to do with the kids if they are getting in on the fun.
2. Paint the rocks! I chose to do all X’s in one colour, and all O’s in another
Wait for them to dry and then draw on X’s and O’s with your chalk pen. Within a few minutes, the chalk pen “ink” will have dried, and you can add some gloss to protect it. (Do it too early and the chalk will smudge.) Normal chalk (like you use on the sidewalk) won’t work for this project. It’s much too chalky and if you put any coating over regular chalk, it will absorb the chalk and it will dissapear. This won’t happen with the chalk pen, which is more paint like. If you’re going for the organic look, you can just draw the X’s and O’s directly on the dark rocks. Apply the gloss and watch them instantly become gorgeous!
3. Paint the Wood Slice
I painted the wood slice with black acrylic paint – it needn’t be chalk paint. I experiemented with colour, and tried a very light gray (almost white) paint for another slice, which I thought looked beautiful with the lighter blue rocks. Match it to your decor! It’s so easy, and I used left over paint from other projects for all of these.
4. Draw The Lines On the Board
I found that when I tried painting the lines on the slices, it was too thick and I wasn’t happy with the look. So I instead used two different methods – I used my chalk pen on the black boards which went on really nicely. For my white backed board – I used a gray oil pastel.
5. Extra durability – protect the board
For added durability, you can add a coat of varnish to the board. I used a satin gloss (vs. high gloss that I used for the rocks) because I didn’t want the whole thing to appear shiny.
6. Make a Carry Bag, Download The Art
If you want to do a bag, you can download my design to the left and buy some iron on transfers to apply the design. Click on the image to enlarge, right click to save it to your computer. Not for resale or professional purposes. Meant solely for home use.
Last step….. PLAY!