The Great Canadian, homemade Tic Tac Toe game. Did you know......X is for Moose and O is for Beaver? Uhuh. These are two of the wild animals that say "Canada". Pretty talented critters; Eh? Animals that can talk? This is a well guarded Canadian secret.
This year (2017) is Canada's 150th birthday! Happy Birthday Canada! Thought I should make something in recognition of this milestone event.
This is easy to make using recycled milk lids and Free printable templates of the Moose and Beaver. Oh, and let's not forget the Maple Leaf.
Yes, the beaver is quite large compared to the moose. It is a giant in comparison. It's just how they grow, up here. Okay, not really. I just like it that way.
Age: 10 and up
Time Scale: 2 out of 5
Measure and cut a piece of material with backing, into an 8x8 square. If you were unable to get material with a heavy backing, here are alternatives:
Alternative #1: Base coat heavy canvas material with white craft paint and let dry. (No need if this has backing on it.)
Alternative #2: Want something faster, easier, cheaper? I used material, so the tic tac toe game could be rolled up for easy storage. It can be put in a little bag, along with the pieces. Instead of material, you can use a piece of cardboard, painted white.
The back side of the material is going to become the front side.
Print the maple leaf template onto white paper.
Cut around the outer edge.
Place in the center, white side of the 8x8 square.
Trace around the outer edge.
Paint the maple leaf with 2 coats of red craft paint. It is best to use paint that is a bit thicker consistency, to prevent any bleeding.
Move on to the other part of the tic tac toe project, while this dries.
Paint the outer edges of 10 milk caps with white craft paint.
Print the moose/beaver template onto white printer paper.
Use a 11/2 inch circle cutter to cut each one out, so the picture is centered in the circle.
If you don't have a circle cutter, place the milk cap over top of the picture and trace around the outer edge. Now, cut the circle, using scissors.
Sand the top of the milk caps, using medium grit sandpaper. This will help with what is called "tooth". What is tooth? Roughing up the plastic, (or whatever other material you are using) so what you put on top will grab on and adhere better.
Wipe sanding dust off with a rag or paper towel.
Mix 1 part water and 3 parts white glue into a small plastic container. Elmers glue is the obvious choice but there are other brands that can also be used for decoupage. It is necessary to check the glue, to make sure it dries clear.
Use a small paint brush to coat the lid of the milk caps, with the glue mixture.
Place the cut out pictures on the top of the milk caps. Smooth down. The picture may be just a tiny bit wider than the top of the cap. That's okay. Fold and smooth this down, over the sides.
Cover each picture with a light layer of the glue mixture. Do only a light layer, to prevent the ink from running. Some printer ink is much more durable than others.
Start with a light layer and make one swipe of the brush, over each area. Multiple passes may also cause the ink to run.
Another good reason to apply light coats, is so the glue will dry clear. Too thick and the glue mixture may stay cloudy.
Add 2 more coats, drying between each layer.
Now to add the lines on the tic tac toe game and get them even, without using math... My specialty. How to not use math when you are suppose to use math:
Fold the material in equal thirds. No, this isn't math, it's folding. Okay, so you have to know what a third is. There is no adding, subtracting or dividing involved to derive at equal spacing for the lines. That suits me just fine.
Fold the one direction and then turn and do the other way. This will mark the vertical and horizontal grid lines on your tic tac toe game.
Use a ruler and pencil to mark the lines.
Now, check to see if they are even. If so, congratulations, you also can get by on limited math skills. I believe that takes great talent!
Use a fine tipped black marker and go over the pencil lines.
That's all there is to it. I had my doubts at first about whether this really was an easy craft project. It took me hours! The reason it took so long was because I had to draw the moose, the beaver and the maple leaf. You don't have to do that. It's right here, already done for you. Now you can create your own unique, Canadian souvenir, with far less trouble.
Yes, this tic tac toe game, really is easy to do!
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