One of my all-time favorite things to do is to get a group of people together and have a game night. If you can put all these games outside as well, then you have the best scenario for me to be in!(I’m a simple person lol) After purchasing my Cricut Explorer Air I wanted to start making things but no joke couldn’t think of anything to make.. That’s when my husband suggested outdoor games for our new yard. That’s when I put my thinking cap on and attempted many different games. However, the tic tac toe game was pretty simple and it was a huge hit on my Etsy store. Like I had to limit the quantities on there because I didn’t have the time to make them.
Looked just like the picture and guests seemed to enjoy! Thank you!!
Just as described. excited to use this for the wedding reception.
Let’s get right into it, so there are a few things you will need to start this project. The main thing is a Cricut machine if you want to make any craft your little heart desires get the Cricut. I personally have the Explorer Air so I am able to hide those annoying cords and just use Bluetooth to get the jobs done. Plus they have an app so I can use my phone or iPad as well. You can cut so many different materials with a click of a button! Ok, I’ll stop confessing my love for my Cricut now and get back to the real reason you’re here ;).
- Chipboard (Use 25pt/light, so Cricut can cut through it)
- 48ft of 5/8″ Rope (You can use any size, this is just whats pictured)
- Spray Adhesive
- Glue Gun
- Packing Tape
- Cardstock (White, Creme, Walnut)
- Pearl Paper (Gold)
- Yard Staples
First, use this image of X and O and upload it into the Cricut design space or print and cut them out for a template if you aren’t using a Cricut.
If you do have a Cricut and have the access pass you can use the font “cake basics.” If you have this option you can personalize this set even more. I’ve made this game for weddings I personalized the letters to the first letter of the bride and groom.
Next, you will need to cut out 5 O’s and 5 X’s on the desired colored cardstock/pearl paper. If you are following my colors I used Walnut creme from Joannes and gold pearl paper from Cricut. You will also need to cut 5 O’s and 5 X’s with the chipboard as well. The chipboard is to give the letters a little more stability since more than likely this will be used outside.
Cricut Cut Settings
When Cutting the pearl paper you can click the custom material and there is an option for pearl paper. Pearl paper is a different material to work in the sense that it’s tough and sensitive at the same time. The Cricut will cut the material twice but with a low cut pressure.
The cardstock is super simple, you just need to set the dial to cardstock and click go!
The chipboard was one of the biggest learning curves I have had with cutting. I cut chipboard so much that I ended up changing the bonded fabric option on the dial to my personalized chipboard setting. I had to go to settings and change the cut pressure manually and also the number of times it cut the material. The pressure is …. and the cut count is 3, just to be safe.
Adhering to Chipboard
Next, you will need to adhere the cardstock and pearl paper to the chipboard. I use the spray adhesive to attach the two materials. Spray adhesive can be super annoying not gonna lie. You can’t use it inside, it gets everywhere, and it dries quick. This being said, its the best adhesive I have found for attaching the two together.
The rope is probably the most simple step. First, you will need to cut the rope into two separate lengths. The first one is 20ft long, this one will be the border of the game. Then you will need to cut 4 separate pieces to 7ft long, this will be the inside.
The only thing you have to do now is to set up the long piece as the border, lay down the 4 pieces for the inside and tie it all together. Once they are tied using the glue gun to adhere the ends of the border. You can be generous with the amount of glue you use here. Hold the pieces together till the glue has dried. Next get a small piece of packing tape and wrap the ends and BOOM you are done!!
You can use the yard staple to hold down the game board if you are in a grassy area.