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Make a Halloween Tic Tac Toe Game

Use a wood box and bottle lids to create this unique Halloween tic tac toe craft. Kids will have so much fun with this Halloween game!

Make a Halloween Tic Tac Toe Game

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 game is super FUN to make.

Halloween Tic Tac Toe


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 Mod Podge Gloss and Dimensional Magic
  • 10 plastic caps, washed and dry! Mine came from the Almond Milk I drink and have a 1″ opening.
  • 1″ Fiskars Circle Paper punch
  • Halloween themed rubber stamps
  • Paintbrush
  • Mod Podge tool set
  • 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.

Upcycled Halloween craft - tic-tac-toe

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″ Fiskars 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.

Upcycled Halloween craft - tic-tac-toe

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.

Upcycled Halloween craft - tic-tac-toe

I plan on making another with my niece and nephew and introducing them to a game of tic tac toe. Happy Halloween!

Don’t forget to visit Walter’s Etsy shop or follow him on his blogFacebook and Twitter.

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Cindy deRosier

Thursday 10th of October 2013

I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your Halloween tic-tac-toe! You can see it here:

If you have other kid friendly crafts, we'd love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a fun project idea!

Heather Barber

Tuesday 24th of September 2013

Great idea - and good to be using items that would be thrown away

Jenn/Rook No. 17

Saturday 6th of July 2013

I absolutely adore the vintage look of this project. Pinning!

Bee Bailey

Tuesday 16th of October 2012

Awesome craft! Great post.

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