Is Valentine’s Day sneaking up on you too? Somehow when all the Thanksgiving and Christmas decor finally gets packed away, I get lulled into thinking it’s a good long while before holiday time again.
Then it’s suddenly Valentine’s Day.
Earlier this week I realized that if I didn’t want to get surprised again (I know…how can Valentine’s Day sneak up on someone who has a calendar, right?) I needed to get busy.
So I grabbed a few more of those handy tiles, and whipped up a fun little tic-tac-toe game for the kiddos to enjoy this year. They’ll also double as holiday coasters, which I think is awesome – two uses for the price of one project. Score!
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- 10 white ceramic tiles
- 6 sheets of scrapbook paper (2 each – three different patterns)
- Mod Podge for paper
- sponge paint brush
- 3″ wood letters: O and X
- 10 square cork coasters
- hot glue gun and sticks
- sheer white wired ribbon, optional
I love how Hobby Lobby displays scrapbook paper according to seasons and holidays. I found a couple of Valentine’s Day papers (Random Doodle Hearts by The Paper Studio and Best of Times – Pink by Me and My Big Ideas) then went to the pink section and found this pretty sheet to complete the trio (Soft Swirls – Pink by The Paper Studio).
Did you know that 4-inch tiles are not exactly 4 inches? It’s true. They actually measure 4 1/4 inches. So when you line your scrapbook paper up on the cutter, make sure you allow that extra 1/4 inch on both sides.
Choose the two papers you’ll use for the backgrounds and cut 5 squares from each pattern. I liked making the O’s and X’s with different backgrounds.
Let’s Make It!
After you cut out the papers, you’re ready to go. Spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on the top of a tile, then lay the paper square on top.
Starting in the center, use the edge of a plastic card to smooth out any air pockets and to create a good seal.
While the tiles are drying, you can cut out the letters. Using the wooden letters as templates, trace the pattern onto the back of the third patterned paper (5 X’s and 5 O’s), then cut them out.
Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the back of each letter, then press it down in the center of the tile, smoothing with a card. Repeat with the remaining tiles.
Let the tiles dry a couple of hours, then spread a coat of Mod Podge over the top and along the edges to seal. You can repeat this step a second time to add more durability.
Finally, use a hot glue gun to attach the cork coasters (which happen to actually be 4 inches – isn’t that nice?) to the back.
And you’re done!
You can also dress them up a little more by tying them into stack with a sheer white ribbon. Wouldn’t that make a fun Valentine’s Day gift?
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