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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 – Rock Photo Holder

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

Hi there!

So, it seems that we’ve hit upon a bit of a trend in August (completely unintentional, we promise). It seems that all of our DIYs for the month have featured rocks! (Maybe because August was so rocking?) So, in keeping with this trend, we’ll round off with the last project of the month also featuring, you guessed it, rocks.

This one is also pretty easy to do, and is a great way to personalize a work table or a quiet corner in your home. So, let’s get started!

Image source - One Little Project

Image source – One Little Project

 

What you need :

1. Rocks (any shape, size and number, as per your preference – though it’s easier to use smoother rocks the first time around)

2. Copper wire

3. Needle nose pliers

4. Paint (at least one dark color as base, and one light (or white) for contrast)

5. Paintbrush

6. Marker or thick pen

7. Varnish or mod podge (if you wish)

Image source - Crafted in Carhartt

Image source – Crafted in Carhartt

 

What to do:

Step 1

After washing and drying the rocks, paint them over with the base colors. You might have to give several coats to make the color stand out, instead of showing light and transparent.

 

Step 2

Once completely dried, paint small repetitive designs with the contrasting light shade. You can make lines, stripes, dots, stars, or whatever else takes your fancy. Once dry, top off with a coat of varnish to seal the colors in. (This is not compulsory, but suggested, as it ensures that your paint colors don’t fade quickly.)

Image source - One Little Project

Image source – One Little Project

 

Step 3

Take the edge of the wire, and loop it around the middle of the marker, then, straightening the remaining end, slide the marker out of the loop. Now, take the other end of the wire and loop it three or four times around the rock.

Image source - Sometimes Homemade

Image source – Sometimes Homemade

Image source - Jenny Doh

Image source – Jenny Doh

 

Step 4

Now just take any photograph, postcard, note, and slip it between the smaller loops, and your photo holder is customized and ready for display!

Image source - Rustic Crafts

Image source – Rustic Crafts