My kids love finding rocks! They will bring them in the house by the handful with dirt and all. Sometimes I even find rocks in their pant pockets. Here is something fun you and your kids can do with all of those rocks!

This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!

I am very excited to show you how to make this super cute Pet Rock Tic-Tac-Toe board. I love how you can play with either side of the pet rocks: either with the traditional “X” and “O” or with a rainbow and ladybug design. Your kids can easily change up the colors or designs to make this a unique and fun backyard game! Game on, friends!

Materials and Tools:

This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!

Instructions:

You will start by building the Tic-Tac-Toe board out of scrap pallet wood. To do so, cut three pieces of the pallet wood so that they’re each 10” long. Then, cut two additional pieces down so that they’re each 10” long and 2” wide. Lay down the first three pieces side by side. Next, lay the last two pieces across the back of them. Drill the pieces together.

This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!

Using the sander, thoroughly sand the top and sides of the board until it’s smooth to the touch.

With the wood stain marker, color the outer sides of the Tic-Tac-Toe board. Be sure to leave the top unfinished.

This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!

Allow the stain to dry. Once it is dry, begin painting the top of the board with white acrylic paint. Wait to completely dry and then use the dry brush method to apply a very small amount of teal paint to the top – this will create a beautiful distressed look.

This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!

As the board dries, you may begin painting your rocks. Start by painting the top of five of the rocks with red paint. As the red paint dries, paint the tops of the other 5 rocks blue. Allow to dry.

This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!

Apply painters tape to the board to make its 9 separate Tic-Tac-Toe sections. Measure 3 ¼”, and apply one line of painters tape. Measure ½” from the painters tape, and apply another line of painters tape. Repeat this process from the other side of the board. Be sure that the tape is pressed down well, then paint the lines with black paint. Once you are finished painting, slowly and carefully remove the painters tape. If any of the black lines bled through, wait for it to dry and go over it with white paint. Set aside to allow everything to dry completely.

This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!

Flip the rocks over and paint the other sides of them, respectively (red and blue). As they dry, you may finish painting the lines on your board.

This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!

Turn the board sideways, and repeat the steps you followed to make the original lines. This way, you’ll have intersecting lines that will create nine separate sections. Once you have repeated the steps, set the board aside to dry completely.

This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!

Paint ladybugs on the top side of each of your red rocks. As they dry, paint a rainbow on the top of each of your blue rocks. Allow to dry completely.

This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!

Flip all of the rocks over and paint an “O” on the bottom of each red rock. Next, paint an “X” on each of the blue rocks. Allow to dry completely.

This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!

In a well-ventilated area, spray the Tic-Tac-Toe board as well as the top and bottom of each of the rocks, making sure the top is completely dry before painting the bottom.

This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!

Allow all the pieces to dry completely before playing. Enjoy!

This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!

Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe

This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!

Materials

  • Scrap pallet wood
  • Wood screws
  • Drill
  • Sander
  • Clear acrylic sealer
  • 10 smooth river rocks
  • Painters tape
  • Craft paint brushes (varying sizes, as you will need both wide and very small detail brushes)
  • Outdoor acrylic craft paint (white, black, teal, red, light blue, dark blue, red, orange, yellow,
  • green, dark purple, light purple)
  • Large paper plate
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Wood stain marker

Instructions

  1. You will start by building the Tic-Tac-Toe board out of scrap pallet wood. To do so, cut three pieces of the pallet wood
    so that they’re each 10” long. Then, cut two additional pieces down so that they’re each 10” long and 2” wide. Lay down the first three pieces side by side. Next, lay the last two pieces across the back of them. Drill the pieces together.
  2. Using the sander, thoroughly sand the top and sides of the board until it’s smooth to the touch.
  3. With the wood stain marker, color the outer sides of the Tic-Tac-Toe board. Be sure to leave the top unfinished.
  4. Allow the stain to dry. Once it is dry, begin painting the top of the board with white acrylic paint. Wait to completely
    dry and then use the dry brush method to apply a very small amount of teal paint to the top - this will create a beautiful distressed look.
  5. As the board dries, you may begin painting your rocks. Start by painting the top of five of the rocks with red paint. As
    the red paint dries, paint the tops of the other 5 rocks blue. Allow to dry.
  6. Apply painters tape to the board to make its 9 separate Tic-Tac-Toe sections. Measure 3 ¼”, and apply one line of painters tape. Measure ½” from the painters tape, and apply another line of painters tape. Repeat this process from the other side of the board. Be sure that the tape is pressed down well, then paint the lines with black paint. Once you are finished painting, slowly and carefully remove the painters tape. If any of the black lines bled through, wait for it to dry and go over it with white paint. Set aside to allow everything to dry completely.
  7. Flip the rocks over and paint the other sides of them, respectively (red and blue). As they dry, you may finish
    painting the lines on your board.
  8. Turn the board sideways, and repeat the steps you followed to make the original lines. This way, you’ll have intersecting lines that will create nine separate sections. Once you have
    repeated the steps, set the board aside to dry completely.
  9. Paint ladybugs on the top side of each of your red rocks. As they dry, paint a rainbow on the top of each of your blue
    rocks. Allow to dry completely.
  10. Flip all of the rocks over and paint an “O” on the bottom of each red rock. Next, paint an “X” on each of the blue rocks.
    Allow to dry completely.
  11. In a well-ventilated area, spray the Tic-Tac-Toe board as well as the top and bottom of each of the rocks, making
    sure the top is completely dry before painting the bottom.
  12. Allow all the pieces to dry completely before playing. Enjoy!

This DIY Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game is one for the books: it’s bright, colorful and totally unique! Check out how an old palette and some leftover river stones brought this board game to life!
Looking for your next wooden palette project? Why not make this Pet Rock Tic Tac Toe game? It’s absolutely brilliant! All you need is some paint and a little elbow grease… your kiddos will adore how colorful it is!
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