Learn how to make a classic game of Tic Tac Toe into a tray and coasters for Valentine’s Day or everyday with a handy stencil!
With Valentine’s Day approaching, I mused… what could I make in my rustic style?
But this round, instead of just a project of my own, I decided to design a few new stencils with Valentine’s Day in mind first, as I didn’t have any yet. Then anyone could make whatever they want any way they want! Including me!
And today is an example of yet another Valentine’s rustic take, but this time, in an everyday way as well!
Why not play tic tac toe in a way that invites companionship? Getting together for coffee over a fun game sounded pretty lovely to me!
So here’s how to DIY your own simple game of tic-tac-toe into a serving tray and coasters, made with scrap wood! A perfect activity for both kids and adults.
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Play Tic Tac Toe on this
DIY game serving tray and coasters
Tic Tac Toe stencil
This Tic Tac Toe stencil is a 1-piece Valentine’s themed stencil that could become art, a pillow design, or used as an everyday two-player game.
Stencil the image as-is, or create game pieces by stenciling the x’s and o’s.
Supplies you will need
3 fence planks (mine are 6″ x 32″)
2 small support boards that work with your handle sizes (mine are 3.5″ x 12″)
1 square wood post (mine is 3″ x 3″)
½ pipe fittings to create two handles (assembled = 10″ long)
(you’ll need four elbows / four flanges / four 2″ pipes / two 6″ pipes)
(find a local Fusion retailer HERE)
Preparing the wood
1. Cut 3 fence planks to a desired length, then lightly sanded on both sides with a palm sander.
2. Screw together pipe fittings to create a handle. (or any kind of rustic door pull can work)
3. Cut two support boards to a length that works with the length of your chosen handle.
4. Paint the support boards in black.
5. Screw support boards to each side of the 3 side-by-side planks.
Tip: Predrilling old wood before using screws through it guarantees a good outcome.
And then there’s me who likes to screw wood together with out pre-drilling pilot holes, resulting in wood splits! Cheating sometimes works, but not this time.
6. Screw handles onto the support boards.
Stenciling the Tic Tac Toe game
Creating the perfectly sized grid of squares couldn’t be easier than with a stencil!
The horizontal lines and vertical lines are also perfectly sized for these easy game pieces to come…
Creating the game pieces
8. Cut a small square 3″ x 3″ post into wood slices with a miter saw. (I cut at 1/2″ thick)
9. Sand all sides with a palm sander.
Painting the game pieces
10. Stencil one side of the wood slices with X’s and O’s in black.
11. Flip the game pieces around, and paint them out in black to create the ‘coaster’ side.
The finished Tic Tac Toe game and serving tray
Then invite an opponent over, pour a couple of coffees and play a game of Tic Tac Toe!
So… this is cool! I love the wood, pipes and black, and the tick-tac-toe tray is actually handy to have around.
The little crate holding the game pieces is from my dollar store revamps in THIS post.
I added a few more crate sayings on it with the Shipping Crate Stamps stencil and it proved to be the perfect game piece or coaster holder!
I rather like the coffee and game concept! Who wants to come over and play tic tac toe to the next level and try it out? I’ll put the coffee on…
What are you making or putting out for Valentine’s Day?
View other DIY board game projects HERE
View all the other Valetine’s Day stencils HERE
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