Make a DIY Patriotic Tic Tac Toe Game Board using fabric, ribbon and sea shells. This started out as a thrift store find wall art piece.
Keeping the cost of seasonal decor low is always my goal. For this fun game board, I did just that.
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This is a fun piece that’s great to leave out all summer long. If you love coastal decor, combine it with red, white, and blue for a DIY Tic Tac Toe Board.
Red White and Blue Tic Tac Toe Game Board
I always love finding ways to use inexpensive thrift store wall art finds. Lots of times I’ll give them new paint jobs and add some lettering using my Cricut. This Pallet Wood Bathroom Wall Decor was a fun one to make that way.
Other times, I like to invert the piece and use them as trays like this piece that I turned into a Coffee Table Tray.
This piece is a little too small for a tray, but it’s just the right size for a game board. Priced at $1.99 at my local Goodwill, it was hard to pass up.
After cleaning the piece with a lint free cloth, I needed to remove the hanging hardware. Of course I stashed the hardware because you never know when it might be needed.
I used a small piece of medium grit sandpaper over the holes left from the hardware screws. I found some fabric in my craft stash that is great for the game board. I used some of this fabric to make a No Sew Framed Americana Flag a couple of years ago.
Using a rotary cutter, I measured the interior of the soon to be game board and cut the fabric to fit.
The piece got two coats of white chalk paint, allowing for drying time between the coats. Once it was dry, I used a paint brush to add a layer of Mod Podge to the interior.
Next, the fabric is pressed onto the Mod Podge. I used a plastic card to smooth it out and get rid of any air bubbles and wrinkles.
To make the grid for the Tic Tac Toe board, I used narrow ribbon. It’s hot glued in placed.
I like to give pieces a finished look by covering raw edges of fabric when I can. The jute ribbon goes well with the narrow ribbon of the grid. It’s hot glued in several spots along the edge.
A piece of the jute ribbon is hot glued around the outside of the tray, too. Make sure to use finger protectors to press the ribbon in place. Did you know that you can buy a pack of these at Dollar Tree? It’s the best place to buy inexpensive ones.
To protect the fabric and the ribbon, I added another layer of Mod Podge. This step is optional, but I think it will help protect it and help to keep the ribbon in place as the game board is used.
Since I had everything I needed for this on hand, it’s a very budget friendly piece. It turned out just the way I was hoping it would.
There are lots of items you could use as the game pieces. I thought about painting some wood X and O pieces in red and blue, but since I have lots of coastal decor, I decided to use painted sea shells. Using acrylic paint, I painted some red and some blue. Once they were dry, I gave them a couple of coats of DuraClear Varnish from DecoArt. (affiliate)
The mini party favor pails are Dollar Tree finds. I used these for a Patriotic Tablescape with Coastal Flair a few years ago.
I haven’t decided on exactly how I’ll decorate for the summer yet, but using some red, white, and blue to kick it off is a fun look for June.
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DIY Patriotic Tic Tac Toe Game Board with Sea Shells
Supply List for DIY Tic Tac Toe Patriotic Game Board
- Thrift Store Wall Art
- White Paint
- Hot Glue
- Mod Podge
- Sea Shells
- Red and Blue Paint
- Party Favor Mini Pails
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