Project Guide

Make a Valentine's Tic-Tac-Toe Game

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1
Gather Tools and Materials
A woman and child using a sanding sponge.

For this project, you will need a Home Depot Valentine’s Tic-Tac-Toe kit, which contains all the needed pieces to make one game board, including:

  • 1 bottom board
  • 1 divider board
  • 1 game board
  • 2 sides
  • 1 front
  • 1 back
  • 10 game pieces
  • 1 sticker sheet
  • 4 long nails
  • 8 short nails


You will also need fine sandpaper, wood glue and a hammer. 


Before you begin, lightly sand each wood piece to remove any rough edges. Be sure to sand in the direction of the wood grain.


Tip: A hammer sized for your child will make it easier for them to complete the project. You can assist them with the use of a larger hammer, if needed.

2
Build the Top Frame
A woman helping a child tap nails into the tic-tac-to project.
  • Lay both side pieces on the table with the slots facing down.
  • Start 4 long nails into the nail holes.
  • Stand the back piece up.
  • Place one end of the nailed side piece on top. Make sure the slots are matching and the edges are even. 
  • Nail them together.
3
Attach the Bottom Piece
A woman helps a child attach the bottom of the tic-tac-toe project.
  • Turn the project upside. Add thin lines of glue to the top edge.
  • Place the bottom piece on top. Make sure all the edges are even.
  • Using 8 short nails, nail the bottom piece in place.
4
Paint the Project
A woman helps a child paint the tic-tac-toe project.
  • If you are painting the project, paint only the game pieces and the outside of the box. 
  • Allow the paint to dry completely.


Tip: Do not paint the boards or the slots. Getting paint into the slots will make the boards stick in place.

5
Add Stickers
A woman helps a child attach stickers to tic-tac-toe pieces.
  • Add the X and O stickers to the game pieces.
  • Then, add the colorful square sticker to the divider boards.
  • Slide both boards into the slots to complete the game box.


6
Enjoy Your Game!
A completed Valentine Tic-Tac-Toe Game.

Once your project is complete, it can make a fun addition to your home games or even be given as a Valentine's gift. Place the game pieces inside the box to store them when you are not playing. 

You and your child can work on this simple project together. Tic-tac-toe is a fun game that can be played together by all ages. This game is easily portable and packable, meaning your child can take the fun wherever they go.