Tic Tac Toe Valentine

Tic Tac Toe Valentine @themerrythought
One of my boys favorite things to do is collect stones whenever we go to the lake or the woods (or someone’s driveway…ya know). Malacai is usually the biggest culprit for having his pockets loaded with stones that he just NEEDS to keep!  And I’m constantly finding them around the house, tucked in various odd places (or under my feet!) and they usually end up getting dumped in the gardens around the yard.  I decided to put some of those stones to good use with this nature/game inspired Valentine.
Tic Tac Toe Valentine @themerrythought
Tic Tac Toe is pretty much a ready made Valentine, I mean it’s x’s and o’s – so perfect! I thought making up a few little pouches, filled with painted stones and a wooden game board would be a fun Valentine for the boys.  They’re also the perfect size to throw in your purse and have on hand for long waits at the doctor’s office, or for an especially restless boy (or two) during church service.
Tic Tac Toe Valentine @themerrythought
Tic Tac Toe Valentine @themerrythought
Tic Tac Toe Valentine @themerrythought
– muslin bag
– birch plywood (1/32 x 6″x 12″)
– sharp scissors
– 9 small, smooth stones
– paint & paintbrush
– stamps & ink – optional
Tic Tac Toe Valentine @themerrythought
Cut your plywood to size, making sure it’s slightly smaller, both in height & width, than your bag. Paint a tic tac toe board on the plywood. Paint your rocks with x’s and o’s…or x’s and hearts. If desired, stamp the muslin bag. Let everything dry and have fun playing!
Tic Tac Toe Valentine @themerrythought
Tic Tac Toe Valentine @themerrythought
What was your favorite Valentine that you received as a kid?


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  • colleenpastoorThursday, February 5, 2015 - 4:47 pm

    This is the sweetest! I love that it isn’t pink pink and red for the holiday 🙂ReplyCancel

  • ElsbyCCFriday, February 6, 2015 - 1:33 pm

    I love this! I’ve included it in my round-up post “Links I love” this week. http://therusticwillow.com/friday-favorites-links-love-262015/ReplyCancel

  • nicoleneesbyFriday, February 6, 2015 - 7:20 pm

    i LOVE this inspiration for valentines! and i love that your boys collect little stones. seriously so sweet. i’ve been a fan of your IG for a while but now it’s so fun exploring your blog as well!

  • JeanneTuesday, October 25, 2016 - 9:33 pm

    Does the paint chip when the stones are hitting each other within the bag?
    Chalk marker works…but chips.
    Thinking paint would too?ReplyCancel

    • MandaWednesday, October 26, 2016 - 11:03 am

      I carried these around in my purse forever and never noticed the paint chipping, so paint seemed to work ok for us!ReplyCancel

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