Walter has delighted us with his projects for over a year now – and I really really love what he does for Halloween! I’m not sure if you remember his fun jack-o-lantern magnets or his cute Halloween cupcake pedestal tutorials, but those are a must see. He’s back again with a recycled project to have a little bit of fun this Halloween, and I love it. Here’s how he made his Halloween tic-tac-toe.
As you may know, I too adore Halloween and the imagery. I have been wanting to create a recycled craft tutorial for some time and this “Halloween Tic-Tac-Toe” item is super FUN to make.
Sometimes making stuff from discarded items can be surprisingly good . . . I am so pleased with the way this traditional, fun game came out. This is how I made it:
• Any Mod Podge will work . . . I used Gloss and Mod Podge Dimensional Magic.
• 10 plastic caps, washed and dry! Mine came from the Almond Milk I drink and have a 1″ opening.
• 1″ Friskars Circle Paper punch
• Halloween themed rubber stamps
• Mod Podge tools
• 6″ x 6″ jewelry box, got mine at a yard sale . . . you can buy newer unfinished boxes available at most craft stores
I created a 6″ x 6″ digital image using vintage Halloween ephemera and had a laser copy made. If you don’t have Photoshop skills, no problem – use scrapbook paper with pre-printed graphics! Divide the square box by three vertically and three horizontally and Mod Podge your grid to your liking. I then decoupaged the the sides of the lid and sides of the box with, orange and black textured cardstock.
It looks so good! Next, seal the whole box with Mod Podge for a durable finish. TIP: I used the NEW silicone Mod Podge mat. WOW, I love this product!!! This mat is fantastic! I use to decoupage on old discarded newspapers. No more unwanted “image transfers” on my decoupage items . . . and clean up is so easy! I hope Plaid introduces bigger sizes in the future.
For the game pieces I created two (1″ square) designs with some Halloween themed rubber stamps (skull and jack o’ lantern) and used my 1″ Friskar Circle paper punch to cut out the images. Decoupage the images into the cap, let dry and repeat!
***You want to make sure the insert is fully coated with Mod Podge, including the sides or the Dimensional Magic will seep into the image. I tripled coated my game pieces. Then I added the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic and let dry over night. They came out AWESOME; it looks like I used a resin coat without the mixing and toxic smell.
The game pieces are stored inside the box for storage . . . genius! Project completed! Let’s play Halloween tic-tac-toe on family game night! This is a great craft for children and parents – a far cry from playing video games and no interaction with family members. I plan on making another with my niece and nephew and introducing them to a game of tic-tac-toe. Happy Halloween!