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Saturday, February 20, 2010

{burlap tic-tac-toe}

I want to thank Stacie again, the talented girl behind The CrEaTiVe CraTe, for a darling project and fun blog swap yesterday! It was so fun!

Over at her blog, I posted this project:

This burlap tic-tac-toe game is perfect for my girls' little table, or for on the floor. I used their initials instead of the traditional x's and o's, and they love having their own letters to play with. How FUN would this be for a personalized gift? It's also perfect for taking in the car, or tucking in a bag to take on errands to entertain little ones.


  • burlap, cut in a square--mine is around 2 1/2 feet
  • craft paint and foam brush
  • painters tape
  • foil
  • ribbon--I used 7/8 inch
  • heat 'n bond
  • felt
  • scissors
  • Tape off your burlap like this:

    Make sure you place aluminum foil or wax paper underneath your burlap, because the paint will soak through. Make the tape long enough so it goes past your burlap and sticks the to the table--this will keep the burlap secure and in place to paint.

  • With the foam brush, paint down the middle of the pieces of tape, using a blotting motion.

  • After the paint has dried, remove the tape. Then tape again, for the lines going the opposite way:

  • Paint as you did before:

  • After the paint has dried, remove the tape.
  • Following package directions, apply heat 'n bond to the ribbon--paper side up. Do one side at a time--planning ahead which ribbon you want to be on top of the other (overlapping on the corners).
  • For one side, I just cut the ribbon a little longer than the burlap, and ironed it on. That side was going to be the one with the ribbon on the bottom. On the side that was going to be on the top, I folded the ribbon over, and ironed it flat. I then applied the heat 'n bond on top of the fold, and ironed it down. Don't worry about having excess burlap --you will trim it off later. It's most important to get the ribbon straight.

  • It will look something like this when all the sides are done:

  • Trim off the excess burlap, cutting right next to the ribbon.

  • Print a template for the initial you need. I used the Century Gothic font, sized to 400. Trace your template on to the felt. Since the felt is the same on each side, it doesn't matter if you trace your letters on backwards or forwards. However, I prefer to trace mine backwards, so there is no evidence of my pencil on the front side when I cut it out. It's much harder to get rid of pencil lines on felt than other fabrics. Cut your letters out.




Blogger Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

What a cute idea! My girls would love this. This is my first time visiting your blog & I'll definitely be adding you to my blogroll! :)

February 20, 2010 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I love this idea. So simple yet great! I posted a link to it on my blog.


February 20, 2010 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger Country Dreaming said...

What a fun kids gift.


February 20, 2010 at 6:26 PM  
Blogger ..SOCIAL BUTTERFLY.. said...

Wow, I admire you!

February 20, 2010 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger Lei said...

I said it before and I will say it again - this is too cute!

February 20, 2010 at 10:09 PM  
Blogger Queen Mother said...

This is an incredible idea and yes! it would make a wonderful personalized birthday gift! Love it! Love it! Love it!

February 20, 2010 at 10:25 PM  
Blogger Brielle said...

Great idea!!

February 21, 2010 at 9:56 PM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

I think this would make such a cute gift for my little grandchildren. Thanks. I love it.

February 22, 2010 at 7:18 AM  
Blogger Bridget said...

Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

March 1, 2010 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger Amanda K said...

I love this! I am adding this as my friday favorite this week! So fun!

April 2, 2010 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Saw you through your blog swap and I love love love this idea. I'm going to get my craft on this weekend!!!! New follower here!

Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner?

April 6, 2010 at 8:36 AM  
Blogger Tres French Hens said...

My boys love tic-tac-toe and would think it was totally cool playing on a giant board with their own initials!

Thanks for the tutorial. This is going to be a Christmas present for my J & L!

November 28, 2010 at 10:33 PM  

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