As a child one of the first games I ever played was Tic Tac Toe, now I play it with my kids. The rules are extremely simple and it’s been used to teach the basics of strategy and good sportsmanship for years. Make your own Tic Tac Toe in a bag with just a few beer bottle tops, some hessian and aluminium tape.
What you need to make your own Tic Tac Toe in a bag:
- Some hessian or burlap (about 50 cm x 50 cm)
- 10 bottle tops
- Embroidery thread, ribbon and a needle
- Aluminium tape
- Pen and scissor
- Sewing machine
- Glue gun
To make the Board
Cut a square piece of hessian measuring 21 cm x 21 cm and zigzag the edges with your sewing machine – hessian tends to fray a lot. Carefully mark 7 cm and 14 cm on each of the four sides of your square. Using a pen draw lines on the hessian to create a grid (sorry no photo, I got carried away with the whole thing and forgot). Thread your needle with the embroidery thread and using chain stitch sew along your grid lines.
How to make the bag
Cut a piece of hessian 40 cm x 15 cm and zigzag the edges :-8 Fold the hessian in half so that it measures 20 cm x 15 cm and sew up the sides. Flip the bag outside-in or inside-out (not sure what the right word is here but the stitches should now be on the inside of the bag). Weave your ribbon through the hessian about 3 cm down from the opening.
How to make the pieces
Use a pen and put an X on 5 of your beer bottle tops and an O on the other 5. Trace the pen markings with your glue gun. I got a serious case of the shakes when I did the O’s, so they look a bit wonky.
While you wait for the glue to dry, cut the aluminium tape into 4.5 cm bits. You’ll need 10 of these to cover the bottle tops. Starting with the X’s carefully stick the aluminium foil over the bottle tops. The X’s are easier to do and will give you practice before your start on the Os. Using the bottle top as a template, cut 10 circles and stick on the inside of the bottle top to neaten it up.
Anyone for a game of Tic Tac Toe with wonky O’s?