Our Mini Family: DIY Tic-Tac-Toe Coasters & a Dark Chocolate Dr Pepper® Cherry Float

Jun 5, 2015

DIY Tic-Tac-Toe Coasters & a Dark Chocolate Dr Pepper® Cherry Float

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Summer break is such a magical time as a child--I remember each year on the last day of school when it felt like all was right with the world. Days after school had ended and I was hanging out at home, it was great to have a break! But every year, like clockwork, I'd get incredibly bored since I wasn't in school! If you know what I'm talking about you either have similar memories, or you're a parent to kids at home who are already telling you that they are bored. Well, I can empathize! Summer is meant to be filled with fun--but not all fun has to be planned! Enjoy the break with some spontaneous summer fun.

Today we're sharing a DIY on how to make your very own, tic-tac-toe coasters (which are sure to inspire some impromptu tic-tac-toe challenges between siblings, friends, and family members alike!) We'll also be sharing an awesome #ShareFunshine sweepstakes, and also a little dessert featuring Dr Pepper® Cherry!

Craft Supplies:
  • Wooden squares (I used free flooring samples from my local hardware store)
  • Black chalk paint
  • White chalk paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Sandpaper tool
  • Ruler/yard stick
  • Black permanent marker
  • Primer paint (optional)
  • Polyurethane (optional)

Before you lay down any chalk paint, you can opt to prime it so that the coasters can be used indoors and outdoors (and help fight water stains). It's optional, so don't worry if you don't have a primer/protectant paint. 

The first chalk paint layer you want to do is what you want your secondary color to be (i.e the color that peeks through after you've sanded it). I like to start with darker colors, and then work up the spectrum to lighter colors--since that's my favorite style of distressed wood.

After the black chalk paint was dry, I coated the squares in 2 layers of white paint and let it dry for a few hours. I like to spend the time I wait for paint to dry by doing chores around the house, since it makes me feel less guilty for taking time out of my day to do some crafting. But some days, I just end up back on the computer browsing online! One of my favorite things to do when I'm bored online is to enter sweepstakes--do you like sweepstakes, too? Check out the #ShareFunshine sweepstakes below:

Share a Little Funshine Sweepstakes
Good luck! I hope you entered the contest--I could definitely buy a lot of things with $100 at Walmart! 

Once the squares are completely dry, you can begin to sand them down. In this picture above, you can see that I have purchased a handheld, sandpaper tool meant for distressing furniture. Most hardware stores carry these, and I highly recommend using this style for sanding.

There isn't a specific technique to get this achieved look. My biggest piece of advice is to just run your sandpaper all around in different directions and watch the results as you continue to sand (and worse case scenario, if you really don't like the way it distressed you can always repaint another white layer!)

You can tell there is a huge difference between before I sanded it and after I sanded it (left vs. right). I also wanted to point out that if you're thinking about some day venturing into distressing your own furniture, doing smaller wooden samples like these is a great way to see if you like the color combination before you actually start painting your furniture (e.g. a table, your front door, a dresser, etc).

Next you'll want to measure out your tic-tac-toe graphic. Almost everyone should know what shape I'm talking about with this--it's essentially a hashtag shape, but not squished and off centered. I would recommend using a straight edge to do your lines. I used a yard stick for mine.

The first time I tried this project I used paint for the lines, and to be totally honest I just thought the lines did not look clean enough. So for the tiles you see in my pictures, I used a black permanent marker to draw my tic-tac-toe board onto the coasters. The final step is optional--this is painting on a final layer of polyurethane (which will give your coasters a glossy look).

The best part about our tic-tac-toe coasters is that you can use your imagination when choosing which game pieces to use! This summer while we're sipping on some Dr Pepper® Cherry, I'll use some of my summer candy as tic-tac-toe game pieces: Starburst® Original, Skittles® 14 oz, Starburst® Minis Unwrapped, and Life Savers® Hard Candy Variety.

Adam loves Dr. Pepper®, so when I head to Walmart I try to remember to pick up a Dr Pepper® Cherry 2-Liter for him when I'm buying groceries every week.  

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And there you have it! An easy way to have some spontaneous summer fun--with these easy to make, DIY tic-tac-toe coasters! I think this is such a great idea for someone who's been wanting to try distressing projects. I encourage you to give it a try if you like shabby chic decor and furniture. Finishing DIYs like this one will give you the confidence and skill to take on even bigger projects!

And now that we've done some fun DIY, I think it's safe to say we've built up an appetite!

This Dark Chocolate Dr Pepper® Cherry Float recipe is awesome! You've gotta try it!

Dark Chocolate Dr Pepper® Cherry Float

  • 2-3 scoops of dark chocolate ice cream
  • 1 cup of Dr Pepper® Cherry (1 cup per 2 scoops)
  • 2 tablespoons of dark chocolate sauce

  1. Get about 2 to 3 scoops of dark chocolate ice cream, and then place them in a bowl or dish of your choice.
  2. Pour your Dr Pepper® Cherry over your ice cream.
  3. Top with some yummy, dark chocolate sauce! 

Ice cream floats are such a yummy summer treat--doesn't an afternoon of making floats and playing tic-tac-toe sound fun? It does to me! It's all about the simple things in life that make me happy. Spending time with friends and family while having fun and eating tasty food is what summer is all about!

Did you play tic-tac-toe? What were some of your other favorite childhood games you played?


  1. That's a pretty cool idea. You've got your drinks. You've got your game. I love it.

    1. Exactly! Everything's right where you need it!

  2. That is such a cute idea! I totally want to make some of these for my kids.

  3. This is such an awesome idea. My friends would get such a kick out of these coasters

    1. That's awesome! I think my friends would, too!

  4. Oh my goodness, this is such a fun and creative idea! Going to have to make these coasters!

  5. So cute, fun, & functional! Adding these to my "must make craft list"!

  6. This is such a cute idea. It would be great for a BBQ. I will have to make some for my next party.

  7. Oh boy do i love my Dr Pepper with candies! yum! And those coasters are oh so cute!

  8. This is pretty creative! I like that it is easy to make and has multiple uses as a coaster and a game.

    1. I am so glad you think that! That is exactly what I had in mind :D

  9. I can imagine my kids playing this for hours or until they had eaten all the candy! LOL They love Tic TAC Toe.

  10. What a cute idea for flooring samples! Popping over from SoFab!

    1. Thanks! Yes, gotta love when craft supplies are free!

  11. That is so cute! I'd love the added texture to the cards and they are so compact - it would make a great portable travel game!

    1. They are most definitely compact and great for travel!


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