I feel like I’ve been hibernating and now that the sun is out I’ve got many, many pages on my to-do list. This is a project I’ve had in mind since late December. Forget the boring X’s and O’s, it’s time to add some life to the game board with some insect-inspired stones.
To make your own Ladybug vs. Bumble Bee tic-tac-toe game you will need:
- large, rounded river rocks (I found mine at Dollar General)
- Red, Black and Yellow paint
- paint brush
- wood round (or something for your board)
Painting the rocks is super simple but it may take a while if you need lots of coats. I needed about 5 coats for the yellow, 3-4 for the red and 2 for the black. The goal is to make happy little insect-like stones, no need to go crazy here! It’s simple enough that even my mom could do it (she banned pictionary from our home, that’s how much she loves drawing) so I promise that you can!
Decide which end will be the head and leave about 1/4 for the total length unpainted. For the bumble bees start painting yellow stripes across the top and down the sides. The number of striped you need will depend on the side of you rock and the width of your stripes. For the ladybugs paint about 3/4 of the stone red, after many coats add the black dots on top. I like the look of an odd number of spots myself but it’s up to you!
I free-handed the lines on the wooden disk (it’s one that didn’t get burned in the post-wedding bonfire!) in paint but if you were more motivated a wood burned game board would last much longer.
I can’t wait to get to use the game this summer, I love how fast the games go! One thing’s for certain, I’ll always be the ladybug team!
Keep the game going this fall with a Halloween Tic Tac Toe!
** The painted rocks can obviously be a choking hazard! Please watch young children when allowing them to play with this game