It’s time for another Inspired by DIY! This time we are featuring one of our favorite designers, Jonathan Adler. His home decor and furnishings are amazing but the price tags don’t quite fit the bill. Let’s get the look for less with gorgeous and fun DIYs from the Inspired by DIY team. (Just scroll to the bottom of the post to see all of the projects.)
My kids LOVE tic tac toe so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to DIY a set that would fit into our home decor. After taking a look at Jonathan Adler’s website for inspiration, I came up with a plan.
DIY Metallic Tic Tac Toe Set
Here’s what you need:
A square piece of glass or lucite (I used a piece of marbled stain glass that was under $10)
Decorative jewel stickers
Metallic spray paint (silver and copper)
Permanent metallic marker
Truth be told, I looked everywhere out here in Okinawa for wood cut outs for the tic tac toe pieces. We don’t have a Michael’s or Hobby Lobby so craft supplies can be difficult to find. Since I wasn’t successful at finding any, I decided to use polymer oven baked clay to create my own shapes.
Clay Tic Tac Toe Pieces:
Step 1: Roll out a piece of clay until it’s 1/8 -1/4 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter or the top of a glass to cut out your shape. Create 5 star pieces (or hearts!) and 5 circles. Bake as directed (or 15 minutes at 215 fahrenheit).
Step 2: Once cool, spray 2-3 light coats of silver paint for one shape, and copper for the other.
Tic Tac Toe Board:
Step 3: Reinforce glass with a sheet of laminate on the backside. Add “feet” to the bottom of the board with decorative jewel stickers.
Step 4: Measure out your tic tac toe grid and mark with a dry erase maker.
Step 5: Use a permanent marker and a ruler as a guide for drawing straight lines.
The clay pieces have more of a “handmade” look then I wanted but they are kid friendly which is a bonus. I also like the contrast they have to the sleek, marbled board. My kids love it and had fun “modeling” for me.
Quick tip: Make sure you let the paint completely cure (a week or two!) before it’s used.
Now be prepared to be amazed by my friends’ creative works. They totally blew this out of the water!