Although these strawberries and kiwi look good enough to eat, they’re actually painted rocks for tic-toe-toe. Add a wood board on which to play and you’ve got an outdoor game that’s easy to take anywhere.
Make it a fun family activity to hunt for small, flat river rocks that are uniform in size and shape. Ours were at least three inches long but smaller ones would suffice. The important thing is that they are flat on the bottom.
Although it is not difficult to do, this craft requires some time, as the paint must dry completely in between coats. A few layers of glossy glass glaze on top will ensure your strawberries and kiwi stay ‘fresh’ from day one. Gloss glaze makes the craft paint more durable.
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DIY tic-tac-toe game instructions
- 5 flat round stones
- 5 flat strawberry-shaped stones
- sponge brush
- craft paint (red, black, green and light yellow)
- artist’s brushes, small and medium
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- wood board, 12″ x 12″
- white paint
- Purchase or find appropriate stones. Wash off dirt and allow them to dry completely.
- Follow instructions below to paint stones then coat the tops with gloss glaze and let dry.
- Paint wood board white, sand then paint the tic-tac-toe pattern using black craft paint.
- Disburse one set of stones to each player and begin the game.
- Using a sponge brush, apply red paint to each of the strawberry-shaped stones. Allow it to dry then apply a second coat if necessary and allow it dry.
- Using a small artist’s brush, paint black ‘seeds’ on top of the stones to form an evenly-spaced pattern.
- Using a medium-sized artist’s brush, paint 4 green blades as a leaf at the top. Allow it to dry then apply a second coat if necessary and allow it dry.
- Using a small artist’s brush, highlight each black seed with a dab of yellow paint. Add a few highlights to the leaf as well. Set aside to dry as you paint the kiwi stones.
- Using a sponge brush, paint a large green circle on the top of each round stone and allow it to dry. Apply additional coats as necessary, allowing it to dry in between coats.
- Using a small artist’s brush, paint a light yellow circle in the center of the stone. Allow it to dry then add narrow petals all the way around the circle with one coat of paint.
- Make small black dots around the yellow center then mix black and green paint to outline the green circle. Allow the paint to dry completely.