Gift Games—Tic Tac Toe

Want a really easy gift game idea for your kids friends or for your neighbors this Holiday season? How about this simple but fun Tic Tac Toe game? This portable, magnetic game is perfect for taking on road trips, restaurants or appointments to help pass the time for your restless little ones…or let’s face it…yourself.  Want to know how I made it so you can make one to?  I thought so…

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As part of the Martha Stewart Holiday Paint Campaign sponsored by Plaid, I was sent an amazing collection of paints, stencils and brushes from Martha’s new paint line! It was like Christmas morning! So many great products for creating so much creative goodness.

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For this project, I used a couple of the paint products—Martha Stewart’s White Satin Paint and Martha Stewart’s Magnetic Paint. I used many of the various sized paint brushes they sent me and some fun Letter Stencils.  You will also need some magnets, a wooden plaque and some round wooden 1 inch buttons which I was able to pick up at Lowe’s.

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Take your wooden plaque and paint three coats of the magnetic paint onto the front of it.  I painted just up to the edge of the plaque.  I followed the directions on the back of the magnetic paint label and painted one coat at a time and let it dry for an hour before painting each additional coat.  You will want to add at least two layers of the paint so that your magnets will hold well.  Then I let it dry for 24 hours.

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While the magnetic paint was drying, I painted the wooden buttons using Martha Stewart’s satin white paint.  I loved this paint.  It was so thick and smooth.  It only took a two coats and the finish was so smooth and pretty.  After they had dried completely, I stenciled the letters x and o with the Martha Stewart Letter Stencils onto the white buttons.  I made a total of 10 buttons and made 5 o’s and 5 x’s.  When they are dry glue some magnets to the bottoms using some E6000 glue.

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Then I painted the edges of the plaque with a coat of black paint.  This will show up under the white when I sand and rough up the edges for a nice distressed look.  When the black paint is dry, use the white satin paint again to cover up the black and to give your plaque a nice finished look.  I only painted around the sides and edges of the black as I added some fun patterned paper on the top.

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Attach the paper with some Mod Podge with a layer underneath and a layer on the top to adhere and protect the paper. I prefer the matte finish Mod Podge.

When it has dried completely you can take a piece of sand paper and rough up the edges to give it a fun, distressed look.

Pretty simple and makes for a fun, homemade inexpensive gift idea.

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And…that is not all…if you want you can change it up and turn it into a fun little photo display or recipe holder…

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Amy Huntley is the owner/author of The Idea Room. A mother of five, who enjoys sharing her love of all things creative in hopes of inspiring other women and families. Connect with her on Google+, or read more of her posts.


  1. 1

    what a great idea! I love the tic tac toe/memo board! Your right, this would be a great gift to make for Christmas!

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    I like how it turns into a memo board after the kids are finished with it — I love items that do double (and triple) duty.

  3. 3

    SO fun! Love this idea! I’m loving the martha stewart paints!

  4. 4

    Oooh i love the photo and recipe holder ideas too! I even have that paper on a project in my kitchen. love it!

  5. 5

    This is awesome Amy! Love it.

  6. 6

    Very cute, Amy! I’m doing something similar in concept, but yours is much more fancy. Just darling!!


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    Shannon Kosub says:

    Sooooo cute!!!!

  8. 8

    What a neat idea! Where would the rest of us find this Martha Stewart magnetic paint?

  9. 9

    this turned out so cute! don’t you love the magnetic paint? I have been playing around with it too. I love the idea of a travel game – very clever!

  10. 10

    Such a great and versatile project. Thank you!

  11. 11

    This is an adorable project! Thanks for the inspiration :) How strongly do the magnets stick to the magnetic paint?

  12. 12

    This is really cool . . . but now explain to me how you magically got the supplies in the mail? Because, I need that kind of magic in my life.

  13. 13

    So pretty!! Would LOVE it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin’ party! (I’m also including red for the holidays)

  14. 14

    This is fabulous and cute! I’d like to invite you to my handmade Christmas linky party (I know you probably get lots of invites, but if you have time, I would love for you to stop by!)

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    This is wonderful! I know tons of kids in the family that would love this. What a great little game to give.

    I’d love for you to link up and share:

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    I LOVE this!!! I made a board for my son and one for my niece for Christmas…they LOVED it! I also added magnetic funny face project you had previously done and a blank laminated paper with a dry erase marker for a “busy bag” project for traveling, doctor office, church, and so forth. Thank you for the great idea!!!!!


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  2. [...] Have you recovered from Thanksgiving weekend? I hope so, because I have a lot of craft ideas coming up in the next few weeks that you are going to need to try. One I found recently is by Amy of The Idea Room – and uses the new Martha Stewart Decorative Paint Line goodies. It’s a game or an organization center, depending on what you want to do with it. I like that it’s versatile, and it’s also a great gift idea. Want the tutorial? Visit Amy here. [...]

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