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DIY of the Week – Rock Tic Tac Toe

Monday, August 27th, 2018

As another month draws to a close, we leave this last Monday with possibly the easiest and simplest DIY yet! No memory of childhood is complete without the ever-favorite game of tic-tac-toe, and this easy project gives you its handmade version, small and compact enough to carry with you wherever you go. Not only are the things you need simple and easy to find, the actual process takes just two steps, and these are so easy that even kids can do them (so no excuses left for you!)

Well then, let’s get this show on the road.

 

What you’ll need:

1. Ten small, smooth rocks

2. Paints of your choice

3. Paintbrush

4. Canvas drawstring pouch (you can make your own too)

 

Image source - Eighteen25

Image source – Eighteen25

 

What to do:

Step 1

Clean and dry the rocks completely. Once done, all you have to do is paint half of them with X, and the other half with O. If you feel experimental, you can always change it up by painting the two sets of rocks with different colors, or even different designs altogether.  Let dry.

 

Step 2

Take the canvas pouch and create the tic tac toe base design on its outside. You can do this with a permanent marker or with basic black paint.

 

Step 3

As promised, there is no Step 3! Once you’ve done the above two steps, your very own portable tic tac toe game is ready for a game or two. Once done, all you have to do is store the rocks back in the pouch, and off you go!

 

Image source - Wonderful DIY

Image source – Wonderful DIY

 

Happy playing!

DIY of the Week – Foosball Table

Monday, July 16th, 2018

And France has officially won it! If you have a social media account of any type, your feeds have probably been hounded with FIFA updates for a while now. And with this particular World Cup turning out to be a doozy, with high-drama outcomes, it’s no wonder that football fever has been running high across the country.

And if you don’t want to let go of that fervor and glow just yet, we can completely understand. After all, when it’s as unpredictable and high octane as the race to the 21st cup has been, who could blame you?

So, to commemorate, this week’s DIY is for the football enthusiast. And the best part is, it’s super easy to make!

Image source - yazarkafe

Image source – yazarkafe

 

What you need:

  1. A cardboard box, like any shoe box
  2. Single hole puncher, or scissors or knife, to make holes
  3. Scissors or craft blade
  4. Straws, ideally of two colors, or wooden skewers
  5. Wooden clothespins
  6. A ping pong ball
  7. Paints, sketch pens, washi tape, anything to jazz it up, and also mark your teams
  8. Glue

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What to do:

 

Step 1

Take the bottom part of the shoe box and decorate it as you see fit. You can paint the inside base green and plot out a field space if you want, or just decorate the box from the outside, depending our your style.

 

Image source - yenisafak

Image source – yenisafak

 

Step 2

On one of the narrow ends of the box, measure out the height of the ping pong ball, and mark a point half an inch higher than that.  Now cut up from base to that point, and create a cut-out rectangle that equidistant from the sides. This will be your goal. Repeat this on the other narrow side.

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Step 3

Measure out four spots on the longer side that are more or less equidistant from each other to figure out the placing of your straws/skewers. Make sure there is space enough for your ping pong ball between each straw/skewer. There should be either four or six straws/skewers in total (2/3 for each team).

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Step 4

Punch or cut holes where marked, about one to one and half inch from the top edge of the box, depending on its depth.

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Step 5

Paint, color, or decorate your clothespins in two different color options to mark different team players.

Image source – Dollar Tree

 

Step 6

Pass the straws/skewers so that they go through both holes on opposite sides of the box.

Image souce – Dollar Tree

 

Step 7

Place the clothespins on the straw/skewer. If you are using a total of four straws, then two should have three pins each, and two should have two or one pin each. One of the three-pin straws if for one team, the second for the other, and so on. Once you have finalized on their placement, place glue on the straw/skewer where you want the pin, and clip them on.

Image source - Make Magazine

Image source – Make Magazine

 

Step 8

Now all you have to do is put the ball in the middle, catch a friend and get playing!

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PRO TIP: You can paint the ping pong ball to look like a proper football!

 

And there you go! You’re all set to get your game on!

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