- Metal-cutting scissors
- 30-gauge galvanized flat sheet metal (available in the air duct section of home supply stores)
- 3 1/2-inch eyelets
- Spray adhesive
- Felt: dark blue, gold, and lime
- Fabric shears
- Pinking shears
- Fast-drying fabric glue
- 8 ceramic magnets
- Acrylic paints: white, lime, and orange
- Clear acrylic spray
- Household supplies: pencil, ruler, three-hole-punched notebook paper, hammer, large nail, and paintbrush
Note: Create tic-tac-toe and checkers games on separate boards or on the front and back of the same board. For a separate board, use dark blue and gold felt.
- Cut a 9-3/8-x-10-inch piece of sheet metal. Round the corners to match your binder. Using the notebook paper, mark three holes on one 10-inch side, placing the center hole 5 inches from top.
- Using a hammer and nail, punch the three holes wide enough for the eyelet to fit freely. Hammer smooth any rough edges on the holes. Recheck fit.
- Spray adhesive over one side of the metal; place, glue side down, on the orange felt. Trim around the edges with scissors. Spray the opposite side with adhesive. Place on gold felt. Use pinking shears to trim 1/8 inch from edge. Add eyelets to the holes, following the package directions.
- Cut 4 1/10-inch strips of lime felt. Create the grid with the strips; use fabric glue to adhere in place.
- For playing pieces, clean the magnets. Base-coat the magnets white, placing them on a metal strip to make painting easier. Paint four of the magnets lime and four orange. Paint several coats, allowing drying time between the coats. Finish with several coats of clear acrylic spray. Let the magnets dry 24 hours.
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