I love a good game of Tic Tac Toe. I have ever since I was a kid. It’s a great way to kill some boredom while you’re sitting around waiting or just hanging out.
I was thinking the other day and I thought, why not incorporate this classic game from everyone’s childhood into my fall decor.
Last year when we had our big fall festival at my store, I made these large Tic Tac Toe games that you could play with real pumpkins.
For this year, I wanted to make on but on a smaller scale something nice to sit on top of my coffee table.
I headed to my local Dollarama and gathered some supplies. I knew just what I could use to make this coffee table version.
Here is a list of materials you will need if you want to recreate this DIY.
- Wood Artist Panel 12×16
- 10 Foam pumpkins
- Wood Dowels
- DecoArt Vintage Effect Wash in Brown and Grey
- White Acrylic Paint
- Black Acrylic Paint
- Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Rustic
- Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Heritage
- Foam brushes
For this project, you can use whatever type of paint and colours to suit your decor needs, but this is the paint that I recommend for the best finish using this painting technique and to achieve a finish just like mine.
- Begin by painting your Wood Artist Panel, using Vintage Effect Wash in Brown. Vintage Effect Wash can be used just like a stain, so brush it on and then rub your piece with a lint-free cloth. Make sure you paint the entire panel — all surfaces.
- Paint all 10 pumpkins with white acrylic paint. This is just for priming purposes.
- Separate the pumpkins into two groups of 5. Paint the vertical indent lines on the first group of 5 pumpkins using the Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Rustic. You don’t want a lot of paint on these lines. This is just to give the pumpkins some definition.
- Grab a foam brush and dab on the Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Heritage and then once it’s a bit tacky, use a lint-free cloth to dab the paint to create a rustic “beat up” look.
- Grabbing the second group of 5 pumpkins, use black acrylic paint to paint the vertical indent lines. You don’t want a lot of paint on these lines. This is just to give the pumpkins some definition.
- Using the Vintage Effect Wash in Grey and a foam brush, dab the paint on your 5 pumpkins. Once it’s a bit tacky, use a lint-free cloth to dab the paint to create a rustic “beat up” look.
- Remove the plastic tops of the pumpkins. Break a stick into small pieces and push the sticks into the tops of the foam pumpkins.
- Cut four wooden dowel pieces to fit within the Wood Artist Panel in Tic Tac Toe board formation. You want to cut the dowels so they fit snuggly. If you cut them snug enough, you can snap them in and they won’t move. However, you can also use a bit of hot glue to secure them.
Check out this quick video that I created over on my Youki profile to see how it’s done.
If you LOVE this project, leave me a comment! Also, if you try this project out, I would love to see your photos so make sure you tag me on social media channels @hollygraceblog