Got a beautiful backyard perfect for gatherings? Here’s a nice little addition to your outdoor area!
Make your backyard even more fun by making an outdoor Tic-Tac-Toe game using natural elements – stones and wood, plus some paint.
It’s an easy and fun project even the young ones can do. But what we like more about it is that it’s very inexpensive to make, or even free if you happen to already have the needed supplies in your storage.
There are many possible materials you can use for the board. It could be a piece of scrap timber or plywood, some excess tiles or paving slabs, or even the top of a tree stump if you have one in your yard.
The ancient Romans actually played a variation of the game called “terni lapilli,” which means “three pebbles at a time.” They obviously used pebbles. The grid markings have been found chalked all over the paving slabs of Roman ruins!
That being said, you can be as creative as you want. Instead of simply marking the stones with X’s and O’s, why not paint something else – like red and yellow ladybugs or two types of emojis?
Have a look at a few DIY outdoor Tic-Tac-Toe games we found for you, and be inspired to make your own version!
Whether you want a classic wooden board or something a little more creative, these ideas are sure to inspire you. And the best part is, they’re all relatively simple to make. So gather up your supplies and get ready to have some fun!
Amazing DIY outdoor Tic-Tac-Toe game designs
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You’ll need the following tools and materials to make a DIY outdoor Tic-Tac-Toe game.
- 14×8″ Board
- Dark Walnut Stain
- White Paint
- Outdoor Wood Sealer
- 10 Rocks
- Paintbrushes (large and small)
How to make a DIY outdoor Tic-Tac-Toe game
This project is simple and inexpensive to make, and it’s a great way to get the kids (or grandkids) outside and play. All you need is a few pieces of supplies and some imagination. Here’s how to make your own outdoor Tic-Tac-Toe game:
1. Prepare the board
Prepare your 14×8″ Board. Trim and use sandpaper to smoothen the surface and edges.
2. Paint the board
Paint the board with a dark walnut stain. Let it dry.
To stain the board, first, use a dark walnut stain. Let the board dry completely before proceeding to the next step.
3. Draw the pattern
Draw 4 lines using the white paint to create the tic-tac-toe pattern. Let the paint dry before moving on to the next step.
4. Apply wood sealer
Apply wood sealer. This will help to protect the wood and ensure that the stain is even. Simply apply the sealer with a brush or cloth, and then allow it to dry completely before proceeding with the staining.
5. Clean and paint
Clean and paint the rocks that you will use to play on the board. Any design you want, probably two sets. then let it dry.
Make sure you clean and paint the rocks that you’ll be using to play the game on the board. You can design them however you want – probably two sets so that you have a backup. Once you’re done, let them dry.
Place a bowl for the painted rocks and let’s start the game! 😎
You can get step-by-step instructions from Taryn over at Design, Dining and Diapers!
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