At our house we try to encourage playing that does not involve video games. My little guy loves to play tic tac toe. He is always with paper and pen looking for someone to play with him, and usually someone will.
When I came across this post by Let's Drink Coffee Darling, I knew Anthony would love it if I made him one too. The only problem was don't have a Hobby Lobby nearby, so I needed to figure this out on my own.
STEP 1: Dollar Store and Goodwill to the rescue!
I found the unfinished Jewellery box at the Dollar Store for $3.00 and the XO's at Goodwill for $2.00.
The little black tray is plastic, but the XO's are copper (I think). If I didn't find those at X's and O's at Goodwill, I was headed to Michael's next, and probably buy their wooden X's and O's and spray paint them gold.
STEP 2: Home Depot to the Rescue.
I do not own power tools other than a hand saw, so I usually rely on nice people at Home Depot or Lowes to cut my wood. They usually do it for free, since I'm buying the wood anyways.
I removed the dividers out of box, and the lid (it has mirror on the inside), and took my little box to Home Depot. I found a piece of wood that was about 2" x 2" in their Clearance bin for $2. I then sweet talked the "nice wood-cutting guy" into cutting me 9 - 2 inch square pieces. I made sure that the blocks were not too snug, so that we can still get our fingers in there.
STEP 3 - Stain all the wooden pieces.
I first sanded (to avoid splinters) and then stained all of the wooden pieces using Minwax Dark Walnut stain.
Once that stain had completely dried, I hot glued my "X" and "O"s on the blocks. And called it done.
Here is Pottery Barn version:
|Pottery Barn's Tic Tac Toe Game|
And here is mine:
Pretty close, I would say. For the a total cost of $7, since I already had the stain on hand. Looks like the PB version is no longer available but my guess is that it didn't cost $7 to buy it.
Do your kids like playing Tic Tac Toe at your house?
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