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I’m always looking for fun but easy crafts to make with large groups. Scouts, Sunday School or senior clubs are eager to help with projects, but they can’t be overly complicated. Then Christy shared with my Facebook Page this adorable Tic Tac Toe game!
She purchased these muslin bags from Amazon. They are 3″ x 4″ with a drawstring. Just perfect to hold the playing pieces. Christy simply painted the grid lines (with acrylic paint) onto the muslin bags. You can do it freehand – or use a ruler and lightly draw first with a pencil. Then with a fine brush cover the pencil lines.
She experimented using a Permanent Marker, but wasn’t fully happy with the results – the ink appeared fairly light and even seemed to skip spots since the muslin bags are not fully smooth. Painting was an easier method for dark clean lines.
HOWEVER – an important step: You need to put cardboard, cardstock or thick paper towel in the middle of the bag. Not only does it keep the bag taut BUT more importantly – it prevents the paint from bleeding through to the back! (Sounds like something I would forget to do!)
Christy used glass stones as her markers and for each game she includes 5 glass stones of 2 different colors. You might already have some of them already – I put them in vases as decoration. You can find them at Michaels or even HERE at Amazon.
For another option, my friend Cathy found these tile spacers from Home Depot for the “X” and water bottle tops for the “O”.
These games make up so quickly that in an afternoon Christy had 100 to include in her Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts.
(You “might” think that you can’t include these glass stones in an Operation Christmas Child shoebox – but you can! They are the same size as a marble – and marbles are allowed, because they both are fairly indestructible.)
My friends over at Simply Shoe Boxes made a printable instruction sheet to pack with your tic tac toe game – which makes it perfect to include in overseas gifts where some might never have played before. She uses 2 different color Poker Chips as her markers! CLICK HERE for the instructions
Wouldn’t this also be fun to make as birthday favors? Or even as the birthday activity and have the children take them home? Or as a class gift? As a former class mom, I was always looking for easy projects!
Thank you Christy for sharing 🙂
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