Tabletop Tic Tac Toe DIY

Too cute! tic tac toe DIY (click through for tutorial)    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!

Too cute! tic tac toe DIY (click through for tutorial)Supplies:
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

Too cute! tic tac toe DIY (click through for tutorial)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. 

Too cute! tic tac toe DIY (click through for tutorial)You'll need to make 5 pieces of both shapes so either team has enough to win the game. Bake the clay according to the instructions and glaze the pieces with a matte sealer if desired.

Too cute! tic tac toe DIY (click through for tutorial)      Paint your square board white and allow the paint to fully dry. Cut four equal length pieces of the copper foil tape and create your game lines with the tape.

Too cute! tic tac toe DIY (click through for tutorial)      Now you're ready to play your game!

Too cute! tic tac toe DIY (click through for tutorial)      Too cute! tic tac toe DIY (click through for tutorial)      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.

  • This is so cute! It would be great to make one for parties and barbeques! Thanks for the tutorial!


  • What a GREAT idea! Eyes are so on trend at the moment. Love it and it looks fun to make too 🙂

    Emma Jayne x

  • This is SERIOUSLY adorable!! I need to make this ASAP! Thanks for the fun craft!

    Dressing Dallas

  • Laura, everything you touch ends up looking like a million bucks! From one Pittsburgh gal to another, you rock.

  • This is adorable! Would have been cute for Valentine’s too!! x Motte

  • That looks awesome. I’m always drawn to noughts and crosses games something to do with my website name. I love the version you’ve used.

  • Such a creative idea! Love the lips and eyes too! <3

  • Oh wow, such a cute idea. I love the custom eyes and lips :).

    Sarah xo | PolkaDotLemon

  • What a cute and interesting post 🙂

  • Love the lips and eyes instead of simple X and Os… love the color combo as well…cute DIY..


  • this is ADORABLE!! those shapes are something i would have chose too!! maybe even making a holiday themed one (easter is coming up…eggs and bunny faces?!) childhood memories at their finest.

    xoxo, Naomi

  • I adore this! The shapes are the cutest part!

    Warm Regards,

  • love love love love love this! i’ll make it to play with my niece 😀 Thank you! <3

  • This is such a fun D.I.Y project! I think adult guests would enjoy using this tic tac toe board. But, I’m certain all the little ones in my family would play this game non-stop.

    Happy Wednesday 🙂

  • Love this !

    With love from London, Hayley ♥

  • What an interesting DIY,it looks so pretty and unique,I love it <3

    Valentina from

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