Welcome to this month’s installment of Get Crafty:
This month, we will be making a Tic-Tac-Toe game you can take on the road when travelling or play with your friends when visiting Teen Central. There are so many creative ways to make the Travel Tic-Tac-Toe board. I will show you examples of four Travel Tic-Tac-Toe boards.
Suggested supplies you will need:
- A metallic box like an Altoids or gift card box
- Scrapbook paper or cardstock paper or washi tape
- Glue (either E6000 glue, hot glue gun or some strong adhesive)
- Paint – acrylic or even nail polish works great
- Strong magnets (either small round or strips you can cut small)
- 10 Small pieces – buttons, beads, Scrabble letter tiles, Glass Marble Magnets or Lucky Stars. You need 5 pieces each of the same type/color/pattern. You can use just about anything. Be creative!
Step 1: Decide if you want to have your tic tac toe board on the outside or inside your box.
Step 2: Now it’s time to get crafty and create your own designs. Use whatever supplies help you make the box and pieces that say “you”!
Here are some pictures to inspire you.
You can use scrapbook paper and washi paper to design the inside of the box and use buttons with magnets as your pieces.
This design comes from the online magazine, Canadian Family.
You can use red craft foam glued onto the inside top of the tin and a Sharpie is used to create the tic-tac-toe board. You also could use thin washi tape to create the board. Magnets were painted black and white and when dry, the X’s and O’s were painted on the opposite color.
This design comes from the blog, Crafts4Boys.
This box was decorated on the outside with patterned paper, washi tape and a few craft buttons.
Inside, washi tape was used to decorate the inside of the box as well as making the tic-tac-toe board. The pieces were made from bubble caps but you can easily use Glass Marble Magnets.
This design was made by Amanda Coleman on her blog, Popper and Mimi.
This box is decorated on the outside by glueing scrapbook paper and Scrabble craft tiles.
The star beads used in this box do not have any magnets glued to them but if you use a really strong small magnet, you could glue them on. You can use star buttons or make Lucky Stars and attach the magnets to them with glue.
This design was made by Joanna on her blog, The Blue Barn.
Step 3: Store pieces inside the box. Place in bag or travel activity box to carry around.
Step 4: Take out and play often.
Magnetic Tic-Tac-Toe is just one of the fun games you can make using metallic boxes and magnets. Explore the Internet to find more magnetic board games to create.
Have fun and Get Crafty!
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*”Get Crafty” features craft projects by Mary, a Teen Librarian at Teen Central, and is posted on the third Friday of every month.