Rustic Chalkboard Tic-Tac-Toe

July 8, 2015

Make portable backyard gaming with this easy Rustic Chalkboard Tic-Tac-Toe DIY made out of a wood slice, chalkboard paint, and a chalk marker!

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Rustic Chalkboard Tic-Tac-Toe
Summertime is perfect for playing backyard games.  The best games are the ones that remind you of childhood.  Tic-Tac-Toe is one of those classic games that stays with you through adulthood.  Whether you’re playing it on a scrap of paper, an actual game board, or some other surface, it’s fun for all ages!
The inspiration for this Tic-Tac-Toe board came from a tree stump in my parents’ backyard.  I’ve often told my Mom she should turn that tree stump into a backyard Tic-Tac-Toe board.  But because it isn’t the most ideal space to sit around, Mom made it her flowerpot stand instead.
Rustic Chalkboard Tic-Tac-Toe

Recently, I found a set of three wood rounds on clearance at Marshall’s. I thought about buying the set and using them for photo props. I passed on the purchase. Then the idea for this DIY came to mind and I ran back to Marshall’s two days later to see if they were still sitting on the shelf. I was happy to see they were still there! So I snatched them up and took them home. Using the smallest wood slice, I created a DIY chalkboard Tic-Tac-Toe so you can play this childhood game over and over again!
Rustic Chalkboard Tic-Tac-Toe



  1. Paint a layer of chalkboard paint over the surface of your wood slice.  Make sure to keep the edge of the wood slice visible for that “rustic” feel!
  2. Once chalkboard paint has dried, rub a stick of white chalk over the surface to activate the chalkboard paint.
  3. Wipe the chalk off of the wood slice, rubbing it in slightly to create a nice, chalky surface.
  4. Use your ruler and bistro chalk marker to create your Tic-Tac-Toe board.  Make sure you have 9 spaces for your X’s and O’s!
  5. Game on!  Give each player a stick of chalk and fill your rustic Tic-Tac-Toe board with X’s and O’s!

Rustic Chalkboard Tic-Tac-Toe

What’s your favorite childhood game?

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