Wood Tic Tac Toe Gift Box Set

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DIY Wood Tic-Tac-Toe gift set tutorial! Free plans from Ana-White.com

It's hard to believe that Christmas is just a week away!!!

If you don't have all your gifts yet made, don't worry!  Jaime from That's My Letter and I have been teaming up to bring you new gift plans for the last couple of months each week ...

Like this amazing DIY food safe wood block set -

Similar Retail: $200 - 

DIY Price: built for less than $50 (used high grade wood too!)

Or this adorable Princess and the Pea playset bed:

Similar Retail: $180

DIY Price: $20 or less if you have scraps

You can check out all the previous projects here.

With just days to get projects done, we are keeping the next plan simple and inexpensive.  You may even have the scraps lying around your workshop to put this DIY Tic-Tac-Toe gift set together!

It comes in a neat little package,

Inside are little DIY characters that you can dress up as you like - this one is going to a Star Wars fan!

And the lid is the game board.

Now here's the real question: At what age is it acceptable for your kids to start beating you - fair and square - at tic-tac-toe?  

Tell me it's normal for a seven year old ... or should I say a 33 year old to be out witted by a seven year old???

The free plans for this tic tac toe gift set follow - check them out!

But before we get to the plans, please take a second to check out Jaime's building post - there's lots more photos, building tips and tricks - so see you over there!

Thank you Jaime!

XO Ana

Dimensions shown above


Shopping List

3 feet of 1x4 boards (could also use 1x3s)
2 - 9-1/2" x 9-1/2" pieces of 1/4" plywood
30" of 2x2s
Unfinished 1-1/4" wood doll heads (try hobby store like Joanns in wood section)
Wood dowels for attaching doll heads in matching size

Common Materials
3/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch finish nails
Cut List

2 - 1x4s (1x3s work too) @ 8"
2 - 1x4s (1x3s work too) @ 9-1/2"
2 - 1/4" plywood @ 9-1/2" x 9-1/2" (for open top box, just cut one)
2 - 1x2 @ 8" (inside cleats for lid) - cut a tiny bit shy so it fits easily inside the wood box frame

10 - 2x2 @ 2-1/2"
10 - 1-1/4" doll heads
small dowels to attach dowel heads to wood blocks

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Build your box out of the 1x4 boards. You can glue and nail.

Step 2

Attach bottom with glue and nails to the 1x4 frame. If you are making an open top game, paint the nine squares on the bottom. Jaime has a trick here.

Step 3

For a lidded box, attach 1x2s to underside or remaining 1/4" plywood piece, inset about 3/4" (a little more for easy placement) with 3/4" finish nails and glue. Paint game board on top as shown in step 2.

Step 4

Cut game pieces and attach heads per Jaime's tutorial here. Paint or stain and finish.

Step 5

Step 6

Wrap with a bow and give as a gift!

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.



Thu, 12/19/2013 - 07:54

I have really loved all your handmade holiday plans this year, thanks so much for sharing them!


Wed, 11/05/2014 - 15:33

I'm looking at building some boxes like these. I can't help but notice that none of your nails show at all. I know that you say that you should set the nails and then fill it in with wood filler and then sand and stain. When I previously tried to do this, the wood filler stained a different color than the wood did. While this is still preferable to seeing nails, I would love it to look like yours...with no nail indication at all. How do you do this?