I saw a photo on Facebook yesterday of an outdoor tic-tac-toe board with stone markers. It was so adorable, and so totally do-able that I immediately ran outside to make my own garden tic-tac-toe game.
This project was super fast and easy, required only stuff I already had kicking around, and the kids love it.
- a can of dark spray paint
- white acrylic paint and a small paintbrush
- 10 or 12 smooth, flat stones
- 9 square tiles (mine were 6″ x 6″ slate tiles left over from our kitchen backsplash) or thin stone pavers.
You guys know how I love spray painting rocks, right? Give your tic-tac-toe stones a good coat of dark, textured spray paint and let dry.
Use the white acrylic paint to mark half your stones with O’s and half with X’s.
To play a game of tic-tac-toe you will need five of each marker. I made six of each because, with a toddler who helps in the garden, things tend to disappear.
Lay out your square tiles or pavers in a 3-by-3 grid. If my tiles were a bit thicker, I would carve away the grass and bed them down. For this tiles like these, I just laid them on the grass.
Set your markers up in cute pots off to the side…
…and let the games begin!
How do you add fun and, dare I say, whimsey to your garden?2