How to Make Tic Tac Toe Travel Board Game
I love my local Goodwill store. It’s where I de-stash things when I purge my house. Of course, I only donate clean and unbroken items but more often then not, I find things that are slightly dented, worn, and torn. I cringe when I see the ‘quality’ of items that people donate but that’s ok because that’s what I buy to repurpose to make things with…like a Tic Tac Toe board game.
I had a brilliant idea of turning those non-recyclable plastic bottle caps into a magnetic Tic Tac Toe pieces for a travel-friendly magnetic Tic Tac Toe board game. The game pieces were all plastic bottle caps that can’t be recycled so I collected a few from various bottles. I picked two opposing colors, white and blue.
The board was a bit tricky since short of buying a piece of sheet metal, cutting it and covering it myself, I had to figure out what type of metal surface I can use to make the magnets stick. I could have used already made, primed, and painted perfect magnet board but that would go against my principle of reusing materials and repurposing them. So, I was on a mission to find a reclaimable sheet metal that can become the “board” part of the board game but I was stuck.
Sometimes, it’s the totally unexpected places where you’ll find that diamond in the rough. While dropping something off at a Goodwill store in the neighborhood, I spotted a slightly dented but tin can with a lid tossed up on a table. It was a perfect size for my board and it was in almost perfect condition! You know my philosophy of repurposing a material only if it’s not so perfect in entirety. In fact, I wouldn’t buy something that’s perfectly fine only to turn it into something else for sake of repurposing. In my opinion, it’s not recycling, when someone else could have used it as a whole item. That’s being irresponsible. Sorry, I digress…back to the tin can.
The bottom part of the tin can was a little dented but there was no smell or stain. I bought it – for 50 cents! Can’t beat that! I glued the entire lid with vintage cotton linen and covered the bottom with a sheet of cork to make it into a non-skid surface. I used fabric glue.
Then I glued pieces of black ribbon to make the squares. I even made its own drawstring bag for traveling or storing. If you don’t know how to sew, you can store them in any bag. No biggie.
The Tic Tac Toe Game Board turned out better than expected and I was so thrilled to make a toy that kids of all ages can enjoy. In fact, I still play Tic Tac Toe with my kids and the time spent on trying to beat one another is one of the best memories we’ll have. Every time I play the game, it brings back fond memories of my own childhood. It beats any electronic games that are available today. This Tic Tac Toe board game is timeless; no electricity required, no battery required, no assembly required, will travel without losing pieces!