DIY Tic Tac Toe Board

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Learn how to make a Tic Tac Toe Board using a pencil box and some washi tape! This simple idea can be made in under 5 minutes!

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pencil box made into a tic tac toe board

Homemade Tic Tac Toe Board

Tic-Tac-Toe is a timeless game for people of all ages! Today we’re sharing a fun DIY version of this board that uses a pencil box, washi tape, and a variety of different “markers” to use as x’s and o’s. The pencil box is a handy way to keep all your pieces together. It travels well since it’s small and compact, too!

Here’s how to make it –

supplies needed to make a tic tac toe board

DIY Tic Tac Toe Board


  • small pencil box
  • washi tape
  • X and O markers – you can use painted rocks, pom poms, wooden pegs, discs, small toys, etc.
  • small plastic baggies to hold your markers, optional
  • paint and paintbrush to paint your markers different colors, if needed
painting markers for tic tac toe


PAINT. Paint your markers in 2 different colors. Let them dry completely.

applying washi tape to the lid of a pencil box

TAPE. Make a Tic Tac Toe grid on the top lid of your pencil box with your washi tape.

tic tac toe pieces in baggies

STORE. Place your markers inside plastic baggies to keep them more organized, then place them inside your pencil box until you’re ready to play.

playing tic tac toe on a homemade board

PLAY. Pick your markers and let the games begin!

So simple and fun! ENJOY!

collage of images showing how to make a tic tac toe board

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