I don't know why, but it took me a while to get into the "coffee table decor" area. I've only recently started collecting a few fun coffee table books to keep out for guests to look through, but I really like having little things like that out to help make my living room a more welcoming area. I thought a little tabletop game would also be nice to keep people entertained and be a conversation piece. I saw a really cute tic tac toe game the other day, and I thought it would be fun to make one myself by creating whatever shapes I wanted for the "X" and "O" pieces out of clay. Turns out, not only was it fun to make, it was also pretty easy and fast as well. So that's a double win for me!
–oven bake clay
-small cookie cutters in your desired shape
-clay knives or X-Acto knife
-rolling pin for the clay (nonstick is best)
-wooden square board (check your local craft store for precut boards)
–thin copper foil tape
-white spray paint
Roll out your oven bake clay to about 1/8"-1/4" thick. Take your cookie cutter and cut out your shapes. If you can't find a cookie cutter exactly the right size, you can lightly press the cutter onto the clay and then use a clay or X-Acto knife to trace and cut the lines a little bigger or smaller as needed. I added a thin black line of clay for the middle of the mouth. For the eye pieces, I didn't have a cookie cutter that I liked, so I made the black shape myself and used a large straw to punch an eye hole in the white clay oval.
I think this final game is simply adorable! You can make whatever shapes you want for your custom pieces, and if you want a more traditional look, you can use alphabet letter cutters to make your "X"s and "O"s as well. All of a sudden, a simple game of tic tac toe sounds like so much more fun! What shapes would you make for your game? xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with Stella from the Signature Collection.